Chloe Whittleton and her mare True Valorem, otherwise affectionately known as “Lucy” excelled in 2019 with multiple wins in a number of equestrian events.
The Mundijong youngster and Byford Secondary College student recently competed at the Equestrian in the Park Wildcard Challenge, where she was the youngest in her category, competing against riders some of which were double her age.
Chloe’s mother Lana Whittleton said it was a great opportunity as she missed the last event due to her horse being injured.
“She knew if was a big ask of her mare to be ready for the event with a small window of training since her injury,” she said.
“She started off strong but then noticed her mare coming down short with her back legs on jump four and five so she pulled her up to retire at the brush jump.
“She cleared the water jump where most horses refuse.”
Chloe has now switched her concentration to eventing and show jumping with Equestrian WA, after finishing first on the pony club leader board in 2019 in the heights one-metre to 1.15-metre category.
Mrs Whittleton describes Chloe as a great advocate on and off the track with her mare True Valorem, which was originally bred for the racetrack.
“This mare was trained by Chloe to be a versatile competition horse and recently took out the Baldivis Champion 6-bar against stiff competition that included purpose-bred warm blood showjumpers and much older riders,” she said.
“She is looking for sponsorship to bring on a new competition horse to transition to in 2020.
“She has retrained three off the track horses and this is her passion and goals for the future.
“Chloe is also is a licenced strapper with Racing Western Australia and works at a local stable to help save money for a float and her upcoming events.”
Chloe was also recently nominated for the 2020 Young Achiever Awards under the Surge Fitness Sports Award category.