Jackwitz works magic
EQUESTRIAN competitor Mitchell Jackwitz says a lot about his ambition when he reveals his sporting goal.
“He's very keen,” proud mum Leslee said. “He wants to be an old man riding a big grey horse at the Olympics. He's decided all great Olympians ride big grey horses.”
While Mitchell's perception was largely the case at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, he's proving that young people can succeed in the sport.
The Fernvale-based 11-year-old recently won the Queensland Interschool Equestrian Show Jumping Championship at Warwick. He was named overall winner at the final after qualifying and impressing in three separate events in his class.
However, what was most incredible was the unexpected obstacle the West Moreton Anglican College student had to clear. Just months before the state titles, Mitchell's familiar pony Rhythm got sick after the equestrian enthusiast enjoyed his first major success.
“Mitchell had to ride a massive big horse (KH Black Magic) and the horse had been in the paddock for a year-and-a-half,” Leslee said.
“He only had from February until July to get to know him, learn to ride him, qualify him. And to win it (the state title) with that horse was absolutely amazing.”
Leslee was delighted how Mitchell took the unfit horse and learnt to handle KH Black Magic so quickly.
“He worked really, really hard,” she said. “It was a bit of a shock for him.”
As part of the Queensland team, Mitchell will ride KH Black Magic at the national titles in Werribee in October.
That achievement is only in his Mitchell's second year of competition. However, showing his all-round talents, Mitchell also won a sportsmanship award for his efforts at the recent Queensland championships.