Age: 18 (born on 13.07.1996)
Registration number: 0039213
Hometown: Singleton (NSW)
Coach: Gail Hunter (his mum)
Jake’s family has been involved with horses for a very long time. His mother Gail who is also Jake’s coach has been coaching for over 35 years. Jake was riding before he could walk and competing by the age of 7.
In 2008 at the age of just 12, Jake represented Australia at the FEI Children’s International Jumping Competition Final in Bogota, Columbia. One of the youngest competitors and riding a borrowed horse, Jake placed 9th. A few years later, in 2012, Jake took the Australian Junior Showjumping Champion title riding Midnight Rock exactly 30 years after his mother won the title.
Jake’s ambition is to eventually represent Australia at the highest senior levels. He has some exciting young horses coming along which he hopes will help him realise his ambitions. To gain his place in the Australian team Jake spent 12 months competing at events – specially selected by Equestrian Australia as part of their selection process, and also attained a – сertificate of capability. From this rigorous process four riders were chosen to attend a final two-day selection camp where Jake excelled, riding a horse provided by Olympic silver medallist Shane Rose. His selection makes him the second Australian Youth Olympic equestrian athlete in history.
Jake now follows in the footsteps of Australia’s first rider and silver medallist at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in 2010 in Singapore – Thomas McDermott. Two years later McDermott went on to win the FEI Rising Star Award.
“Ever since I heard about the Youth Olympics in 2010 it was something I was inspired to do. I am so honoured to be selected to attend, and I am extremely excited about the opportunity.”
“My goal (at the YOG) is to do the best I can, and hope that by doing my best I can achieve a good result.”
“Nanjing will be challenging to get to know the horse after only one ride, but it is a challenge I am really looking forward to and will make the most of.”
“I am lucky enough to have a variety of different horses to practice and compete on. So I have experience on a lot of different types of horses which helps me a lot.”