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Off to assess Olympics course

Kaye Williams’ work as an FEI level 3 international judge is taking her off on another adventure . . . this time to Australia where she has been appointed as the FEI’s assessing delegate for a special 2020 Olympic Games qualifying competition.

The long-time equestrienne competitor and official will attend the Australian National Jumping Championship where all the best combinations will be chasing their only onshore chance of obtaining a certificate of capability which would make them eligible for selection for the Tokyo Games. While at the event, Williams will walk the Grand Prix course to ensure it is up to FEI standard and watch the class. She is expecting up to 40 combinations in the 1.6m class who are chasing the Australian title as well as their CoCs.

“I am really chuffed to be asked to do this,” she said. “Usually they would have someone from Europe so this is exciting. Australia has some serious horsepower at the moment, so it will be an impressive class.”

One of the biggest bonuses for Williams was the chance to learn more.

“Every time you go somewhere you learn a little bit more and that’s good for everyone.”

Her last big trip was to the Royal Windsor Show in the UK as a judge and steward this year. As a level 3 international judge, she is one of the highest ranked in New Zealand.

HEADING OFFSHORE: International equestrian judge Kaye Williams. Picture by Paul Rickard