20 Questions with Kate Hinschen

Mar 10, 2022 | Articles | 0 comments

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  1. Where are you currently based/ training with? I am currently in the process of moving to Canberra to base myself and train with Izabella Stone.
  2. Were horses always part of your life? From the age of 4 they have been in my life, I can’t remember a time when they weren’t!
  3. Describe a typical day for you.. Get up, feed the horses, clean stables, ride, repeat!
  4. What horses are currently on your showjumping team, do you have any exciting young horses coming through? (paddock names and comp names) – Currently just the one horse (Oaks Ventriloquist) also known as Venti at home. He is a horse that George Sanna and Amber Fuller sourced for me from Oaks Sport horses in 2017. He is a once in a lifetime horse.
  5. What are your expectations for the 2022 competition season? Venti is stepping up into the World cups this season which I am looking forward to seeing what he can do. He just recently placed 6th overall in the Australian Senior title at Australian Championships in February which I was very impressed with him.
  6. Describe your long term equestrian goals? I’d love to ride at an Olympics/ World games or World Cup final. I know how hard it is to stumble across a horse that is good enough for that level and I believe Venti is good enough. So it would be great to make the most of the time I’ve got with him.
  7. How have you been able to successfully develop a partnership with your main super star Venti? To be honest, a lot of disciplining by Amber and George, I have not always had the smoothest run with Venti and at times I have struggled to keep my patience. With their guidance over the years we have found our way to working together and now I love him more than anything! (Patience is key)
  8. Do you have any advice would you give to younger riders coming through the showjumping grades at the moment? You get out what you put in. The road is long and there are no shortcuts in getting to where you want to go so all you can do is your best. Oh and listen to your coach… as much as you think you know best you’ll find that they are mostly always right!
  9. What are 3 essential items packed in your tack box for every show? Bridle, saddle and riding boots.
  10. Do you have a favourite Penelope Store Australia Product? Penelope ugg boots!!!
  11. How do you overcome challenges you face within the sport? Keeping a clear mind is most important. I believe if you’ve got a clear head you can overcome any bumps in the road.
  12. What are the 3 essential items you bring to competitions? Lead for pet rat, bed for pet rat and water bowl for pet rat… if you’re wondering who pet rat is, she’s my hairy jack russell.
  13. Do you have a routine/any superstitions before a competition? A bit weird… but sometimes if I’ve had one or two rails in a previous class, I just know the next class I do after that is most likely going to be a clean round… that feeling of “got the rails out the way”… then can also work in reverse… sometimes if I’ve jumped a few clean rounds in a row, I get this weird feeling that it’s not gonna last, there’s a rail coming I can feel it. So I always feel more confident if my horse has had a rail in a warm up class before the final day rather than jumping clear in the warm class… strange I know.
  14. How do you create a program that will allow you compete competitively in the World Cup circuit throughout the year?  I think the best plan for Venti and myself stepping up into the World cups this year is mainly to keep Venti confident. Being a green horse at that level I’ll need to focus on what classes he needs to do to make sure I’m not over facing him and try to do a few smaller starts in between to keep his confidence.
  15. What is your favourite aspect of the sport? That rewarding feeling when it all comes together.
  16. Greatest competition highlight? Winning the Gold tour final at Takapoto (NZ) with Finch Farm Cadel. The best trip of my life spent with the Chatham Park Team 
  17. Do you have a favourite quote or saying? You get out what you put in.
  18. What advice would you give your younger self? Relax, stop getting so angry that it’s not happening the way you want it to, everything happens for a reason, just sit back and enjoy the ride.
  19. What is your favourite competition or location to compete at? Takapoto show in NZ.
  20. When you’re not riding what do you get up to? Not much…. I’m not a very social/ outgoing person. Probably just fly home to Qld to see family when the horses aren’t in work.