Destined to Soar: An interview with Jemima Southwood, Equestian Rider

Destined to Soar: An interview with Jemima Southwood, Equestian Rider

Celeste Kocabay
Destined to SOAR.

This interview series is aimed at celebrating, recognising and promoting the incredible talent and ferocious courage of our young women of tomorrow.
Let's recognise the magnificent effort of girls' in sport across all codes!

Today our interview is with youth sensation Jemima Southwood. Soar Active had the privilege to catch up with Jemima and chat about her love for Equestrian.

1. Jemima, tell us about your early life?

Jemima: I started riding horses when I was 5 years old and found it really fun but it wasn't until I was 10 when I seriously started my equestrian dream.

2. So how did you discover Equestrian?

Jemima: My mum grew up riding horses and wanted to share love of horses with me.

3. What was your next step?
Jemima: My first big step was getting my first horse who taught me lots about riding but also challenged me a lot as she was young.

4. How do you balance your competitive training and managing school?
Jemima: I train my horses in the morning before school, and then homework or work after school. I'm lucky that my school is super close so I have that time in the morning. When we have a long distance to travel to a comp (3+ hours), have lunch/last period off school to get there.

5. What do you do in your downtime?
Jemima: In my downtime, you'll find me outside mostly doing small jobs around the farm.

6. What makes you feel happy, brave, and strong?
Jemima:  When I achieve.

7. Tell us about a special moment in the last year?
Jemima: Winning the overall intermediate (YR7-9) overall point score at the Queensland state interschool championships across all 5 disciplines is definitely a core memory and achievement I'm super proud of.

8. What is your ultimate goal?
Jemima: An ultimate goal of mine would be to represent Australia in either showjumping or Evening, and compete around the world.

9. What's your favourite attribute about yourself?

Jemima: My patience, Especially when dealing with young/inexperienced horses.

10. Favourite song on repeat right now?

Jemima: Popular by the weekend

11. What has Equestrian taught you about life?
Jemima: Equestrian has taught me to be resilient and flexible because horseriding isnt an individual sport but a partner sport with your horse.

12. What would you say to other young females about following their dreams?
Jemima: When you get to the point you feel like nothing is working, it will soon all come

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