'I feel really good that I made Jamaica proud'
Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
Jamaica's junior equestrian representatives, Danielle Gore and Hannah Deleon, were beaming with pride over their outstanding performances at the annual Guaymaral Gran Derby 2014 FEI Children's Invitational Show Jumping competition in Colombia over the weekend.
"I feel really good that I made Jamaica proud," said Gore in an interview with The Gleaner yesterday shortly after her return to the island.
"It was very difficult because I had to go against the owner that rides my horse every time," she said. "I was very confident because I had the support of my coach and my teammate."
The 12-year-old Gore, who attends Hillel Academy, admits being very tense before the final.
"I was nervous for the final A because I was worried if I was going to knock a pole or something," said Gore
She added: "The horse was very nice, and he was very fast, and sometimes he would get out of control; but he was a very good horse, though," she said. "This will make me feel good, and it will make feel like I can do anything on my horse."
Deleon also gave a good account of herself at the championships, as she finished a creditable fourth in the Under-14 Final B section.
Deleon noted encountering difficulties with the horse on which she competed, pointing out challenges that may have ruined her chances of earning a medal.
Despite this, she was "proud" to have given it her best shot.
"I think that I tried my best because it was very difficult to go abroad and ride a horse that I am not used to, but I am still proud of myself," Deleon said.
She explained: "One day, the horse refuses to jump, and so he didn't go over the jump, and so I had to circle (the ring), and so that is a fault.
"One day, I knocked over a pole, and other day I circled and took too long," she continued.
"But I think the experience was very good, and I would love to do it again," Deleon explained.