Nineteen-year old Vicky Scott is one of South Africa’s foremost young horse-riding event riders, and is pursuing her dream of competing in the 2008 Olympics, in Beijing.
Together with her horse, Current Flame, Scott has elected to be based in the UK this year to compete in FEI 3-star events, in hopes of qualifying as an individual event rider in Group "F" at the Olympic Games.
Group "F" covers all of the African countries including the Middle Eastern countries and Pakistan. Scott is currently the most qualified rider in this group, but she still has to get four more qualifying results, which she can’t attain in South Africa.
Scott is based at David Green’s yard in the UK, which is also the Olympic base for the 2008 USA eventing team. Green has competed in three Olympic Games achieving two gold medals, and under his expert tuition, Scott will endeavour to be the first ever South-African women to event at the Olympics.
Scott has had great successes in South Africa as a children’s and junior eventer, having been the only rider to have held the titles of South African Children’s Eventing Champion and South African Junior Eventing Champion.
Further titles to her name include winning provincials championships in eventing and dressage, as well as being in Provincial teams for eventing and dressage, and has also represented South Africa as a young event rider.
South Africa is unable to send a full team to the Olympics due to difficult qualifying procedure, and is grouped together with Australia and New Zealand (two of the world’s strongest eventing nations), among others.
The rules state that only one country from the combined groups can participate at the Olympics, but if Scott manages to obtain her qualifying results in the UK, she will be able to represent South Africa as an individual eventer.
But like many South African sportswomen, Scott will require a huge sum of money to pay for transport for her and her horse to events in Europe and the UK, for this dream to become a reality, even though she works for her and Current Flames keep in Green’s yard.
Anybody able to assist Scott in achieving her dream are requested to contribute towards her costs as a sponsor, and are invited to contact her, or her father Colin Scott, to discuss the details of a sponsorship opportunity.