Welcome Brand Ambassador Olivia Ruzsicska.
Hello, my name is Olivia Ruzsicska and I am honoured to be a part of the Platinum Pony Team again for 2018.
I am 15 years old and I first started riding when I was 18 months old, I then started riding competitively when I was two winning my first Champion Rider on my very first pony, a white mare named 'Pebbles'.
I now have three horses: 'Warrego Dumbledore' 15yo (Wizard) who is an Oldenburg Warmblood, 'Bloomfield Royal Charm' 9yo (Charm) an Australian Warmblood and 'Remi Lazzarini S' 18 months old (Oscar) who is a Hanoverian Warmblood.
My horse 'Wizard' has been with me for four years and over the years we have done jumping, hacking and now we are competing Medium dressage and training Advanced level dressage. 'Wizard' will always hold a special place in my heart as when I bought him he had never stepped foot in a dressage arena and he has now had some major achievements. 'Charm' is a relatively new horse and I have had her for about five weeks, she is definitely a step up from 'Wizard', who is 15.2, whereas she is 16.2h and not only that she has massive movement.... and is a mare. We have already attended our first competition where she came first in one of her classes. I am so excited to bring 'Charm' along and not only that but she has already taught me so much and I am really looking forward to seeing where our partnership takes us.
I was lucky enough to have been the 2017 successful applicant for the Remi Stud Scholarship and received little 'Oscar' as part of the Remi Stud Scholarship. He will be broken in next year. I still cannot believe that I was lucky enough to win such a beautiful horse with exceptional breeding lines. He has already grown so much and I can tell that he will be a beautiful horse when he is older and I can’t wait to start working and competing with him.
I have been lucky enough to represent the Northern Territory at the Australian Inter-school Championships in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017. I was the Team Vice Captain in both 2016 and 2017.
I am now in my third year at New England Girls School (NEGS) with only five terms left of my schooling life before I go out into the world as an adult. Since coming to NEGS I have been able to promote myself more into the community and I have learnt to become a lot more independent and to take responsibility. I was lucky enough to attend the World Polo Championships as a groom in 2017 and also to go to America on an Equestrian Study Tour in 2018 as part of NEGS.
My equestrian life would not be made successful without the help of my parents and of course my horses. My parents have supported me financially and have really taught me a great life lesson with independence and horses, as this was my idea to pursue it so I had to be passionate and dedicated enough to keep up with it, so I am thankful that my parents did that as it has made me appreciate the sport so much more and has increased my love for it which my parents can see.
My horses have been through it all, they have dealt with me putting on the bridle wrong, to my first major fall, to representing the Northern Territory and to recently competing my first Medium dressage test.
Horses are the heart of this industry and are what push me to pursue my dreams of going professional and hopefully one day the Olympics, my horses have been through my highest of highs and have dealt with all my lows and tears and I honestly appreciate them for that because we have a bond which doesn’t require words and is purely based on trust and a connection which cannot be explained which is what makes this sport so incredibly special…. and of course, I thank my Aunty Karen who got me into this in the first place.
Some of my major achievements for 2017 and 2018 include:
• Elementary Dressage Championships winner (2017).
• 15th in Australia for Elementary dressage and 3rd in Elementary freestyle at the Australian Young Rider Youth Championships (2017).
• Winning the 2017 Remi Stud Scholarship.
• The Inter-schools Horse Extravaganza (ISHE) where I received Elementary Reserve Champion, 3rd in the Hunter Hack class and 2nd in the rider class. (2017).
• Novice Freestyle Champion and Elementary Dressage Champion as well as being part of the Champion Dressage team at the Coonabarabran North West Equestrian Expo. (2017).
• 5th in Australia for Novice dressage and 11th in Australia for Elementary dressage. (2017).
• 5th on the dressage New South Wales Elementary young rider leader board. (2017).
• 2nd in my first ever open Medium tests. (4.1 and 4.2) (2018).
• 1st in open Elementary dressage (3.3) with 66.375%, 4th in Elementary dressage (3.3) and 8th in Elementary dressage (3.2), with my first ever competition on 'Charm'.
Some piece of advice I offer to individuals who ride horses is to always remember that your horse has its own mind too, so it’s important to treat them respectfully and with morality and even though sometimes we may get frustrated we need to reflect on ourselves and work with the horse for the best results. Riding horses should be enjoyable and it should be something you feel as though you can turn to when times get hard, it shouldn’t feel like a chore or something you are made to do, because riding is a lifestyle not a hobby.