Courtney Tincknell competing at the show jumping event at the Goomeri Show on March 24, 2018.
Courtney Tincknell competing at the show jumping event at the Goomeri Show on March 24, 2018. Jessica McGrath

Show jumper reaches higher heights

SHOW jumping is a family affair and Courtney Tincknell jokes that it is in her blood.

Ms Tincknell was the 1.15 metre winner at the recent Goomeri Show, with her horse Santa Cruz - and also won the grand prix and open two phase.

"Goomeri is a great show, I've always done really well,” she said.

The horse she competed in the 1.15 metre and has not had a rail down yet this year.

"I don't mind if they have a rail to be honest, but its nicer to jump clean than have penalties,” Mr Tincknell said.

She has been riding horses since she was one year old and started show jumping when she was only five.

The family is off to competitions just about every weekend, travelling from their home town in Yandina to compete.

The competition side is always a bit of a thrill, as she pushes herself to do better.

"I've just started to step up a bit more in my bigger heights,” Ms Tincknell said.

The competitor is hoping to do her first World Cup this year on one of the horses she trains herself.

She said she would prepare for the cup by more training at home and jumping the bigger jumps.

She is also pushing herself by entering in bigger classes such as the grand prix at the Goomeri Show.

"Not really going for that win, but trying new things, jumping jumps on different angles, really starting to set my horses up a bit more, and aim for the bigger heights instead of the money,” Ms Tincknell said.

Ms Tincknell works as a coach, looking after a few clients and also trains other people's horses and is sponsored by Mi Feed Australia, Professional Horse Products and Giddey Up Girl Australia.

The winner of the Goomeri Show Open Grand Prix was Court riding Screwdriver and the winner of the Open Super Two-Phase was Lisa Harris riding Brodie.

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