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Horse endurance rider Emma Mason is going on a long journey.
A year 12 pupil at Upper Hutt College, Emma has been selected in the New Zealand Young Rider team for the World Champs in Abu Dhabi in December.
Her path to selection has been a long one already, both in her competitive miles on her horse and in the many places she's been to on the way to earning her recognition.
Making the worlds has meant a two-year commitment of travelling to Federation Equestrian International qualifying events throughout New Zealand, and, in the last phase, Australia.
The 16-year-old's "long list" selection was made last month but it came with a catch ... meaning a trip to Australia and another endurance event.
In April, Emma won the 160km New Zealand junior champs in Taupo, riding the 160km course on Tarelea Sheer Illusion in 11 hours 25 minutes at her first attempt at this distance, more than an hour ahead of the second finisher.
Emma won the North Island competitive trail riding champs earlier in the year and the national endurance champs at Easter...
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