Young Rider Profile - Lane Clarke

Photo: Julie Wilson

Age? 16.  

Lives? Mogilla, NSW.

Career/Education? This year I am in year 11 at Bega High School and during the holidays I work at a welding shop.

How old where you when you first started riding? When I was born.

Tell us about your first pony? Maggie, a chestnut Stock Horse of Dad’s, she was a great horse.

Where was your first competition and how did you go? I was 3 years old and it was at the Young Pony Club, I won the high point score.

It is fair to say you come from good show jumping bloodlines – who in your family rides and how are they involved? Dad, Mum, one of my brothers and sister ride.

Winning the Bega Cup on a homebred horse must have been a huge thrill, tell us about GH Tiger Lily? She is a Warmblood Clydie Cross by our stallion, Grasshopper, out of a Clydie mare.

Describe the feeling in the final round of the Bega Cup when you cleared the last fence and you knew you had won and beaten your father? Very excited, very happy with my horse and happy I beat my dad.

Would you prefer to compete on mares, geldings or stallions? Mares, because I have had a few and just seem to click with them.

How many horses do you have in work at any one time? On average I have about ten horses in work.

Describe a ‘typical day’ in the life of Lane Clarke? I get up at 6am, feed the horses, go inside and get ready and go to school. After school, I ride about 6 horses and get inside around 7.30 for tea, fit in homework when I can, watch TV, go to bed and do it all again the next day. Most weekends we are out competing.

The best showjumping competition and why? Sydney Royal, as I won the leading boy Junior Rider.

Do you have a special bond with a particular horse? Yes, GH Tiger Lily. We bred her and broke her in, so I have been riding her since she was young. She is a beautiful ride and brave. Dad and my sister, Jess also ride her.

Who has had the biggest impact in your riding career and why? Dad, he is the one who always helps me, tells me what I am doing right or wrong and he is always there for me.

Photo: Julie Wilson

What is your favourite training exercise at home? Jumping the utes in the paddock.

What do you love about your sport and why? It’s good competition, fair and it has a good family life about it.

When was the last time you fell off? Unfortunately the day after I won the Bega Cup! I was riding Dad’s horse in the 1.20 speed class and she put in another stride and came down.

How do you manage the highs and the lows of showjumping? Just keep riding.

If you were not showjumping what would you be doing? Bull Riding for sure. I rode 12 times last year and fell off once.

What is your ultimate ambition in life? To represent Australia at the Olympics in Showjumping.

Sponsors? Mum, Dad and Pop.

Food? Melted Cheese on toast with BBQ sauce and salt & pepper
Drink? Powerade
Movie? 8 Seconds
TV show? McLeod’s Daughters
Book/Magazine? Horse Deals
Horse? GH Tiger Lily