Jock Paget, Eventing

Jock Paget's rise to the Eventing elite is nothing short of impressive, moving through the levels to finish seventh (individual) at the World Equestrian Games in 2010.

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He first started riding on a regular basis at the age of 18, when he got a job as a working pupil. Instead of working for a wage, he received training in how to manage top competition horses and run a yard. He went from apprentice bricklayer to competing at major international events just two years later.

Equestrian is a sport that for most top riders is also their business. A typical day for an eventer includes riding 8-10 horses, coaching younger riders, managing grooms, yard and horse owners, and keeping on top of paperwork. Moving to England helps New Zealand riders be in the right training and competition environment. Paget has set up base in Surrey, riding and managing a large team of horses.

"For me, moving to the UK and raising the bar was one of the biggest learning curves,” he says. Through creating his base in Englan d, Paget has learnt to balance his life while not over doing things.

"Having the right team, coaches, sponsors and owners is a necessity and none of this would be possible without them. They have helped me in every way," he says.

What he enjoys most about his sport is getting everything to come together at the right time on the day.

"There is months of work and preparation involved in the major events and when it all comes off and you win, it’s very rewarding."

National Eventing Coach Erik Duvander

National Eventing Coach Erik Duvander works closely with his riders and believes Jock is one of the most complete young athletes in his sport.

"He has talent, drive and a real will to win. Jock is a great asset to our team in every way."

Erik says Jock is arriving at the Olympic Games with great potential to achieve individual success.

New Zealand Olympic Equestrian Eventing Team

  • Jonathan Paget (Clifton Promise)
  • Mark Todd (NZB Campino)
  • Andrew Nicholson (Nereo)
  • Caroline Powell (Lenamore)
  • Jonelle Richards (Flintstar)
  • Reserve: Lucy Jackson

Did you know?

In each of the three equestrian disciplines (Dressage, Eventing, ShowJumping) there is a team and an individual competition and men and women compete on equal terms. The eventing competition takes place over four days in the order of Dressage (over two days), Cross Country, followed by Show jumping.

The first showjumping round decides the placings in the team event, then a second showjumping round determines the individual winners. Teams can consist of up to five athlete/horse combinations, but only the best three count towards the team’s score.

Athlete Life

Lead Athlete Life Advisor and Equestrian Sports NZ High Performance Director Sarah Harris is overseas with the NZ Eventing Squads regularly. The Team comes together on a formal basis 3-4 times a year, and in a training environment up to twice a month leading into the Olympics.

"At 28, Jonathan is one of the newest high performance riders to the sport of Equestrian (Eventing)," she says. Since 2010 Jock has worked hard creating a business around his equestrian establishment in the UK.

"This brilliant ability to plan and his sheer hard work and determination will all contribute to his longevity in the sport," Harris says.

The Athlete Life Programme provides support to athletes with their career and education, sport lifestyle, personal leadership and finances so they can achieve competitive greatness.