Teen the first S'porean to make it into finals for international competition

Teen the first S'porean to make it into finals for international competition
MGS student Janine Khoo, 16, is making waves in the international equestrian community, having trained seriously only in 2011.

SINGAPORE - She started training seriously for jumping competitions only in 2011, but already, student Janine Khoo is making waves in the international equestrian arena.

The 16-year-old came in fourth at the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) World Jumping Challenge Final 2013, held in Venezuela last month.

It was the first time a rider from Singapore qualified for the (FEI) international competition since its inception in 2001.

A self-professed perfectionist, Janine told The New Paper before the competition started that she was hoping to draw a "good horse" for the jumping challenge. Competitors draw lots for their horses for the competition.

"I not only want to clear the course but to clear it well. And I was lucky to get the best and we worked well together," said the teen, who is also one of the top Secondary 4 students at Methodist Girls' School.

Her main priority is to ensure that the horses she rides "stay in top shape and do not get hurt". On her mount, After Eight Z, Janine topped the group of 12 riders going into the semi-finals and she subsequently ranked third among the four riders who made it to the final.

Unfortunately, she fell in the third round of the final, which put her out of contention for the medal.

Janine was one of two youngest of the 21 riders from 16 countries. The other was Tunisian Amel Meziane, also 16.

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