Emma Mason

What age did you start riding?  I think I was about 10 years old.  I got my first horse at 13 years old.

How did you get into riding?  My family isn’t horsey, but I was obsessed with horses from a very young age.  I convinced mum and dad to take me to riding lessons at the local riding centre.

Did you attend Pony Club? If so which club?  Mount Gravatt Pony Club in Queensland.

What made you want to pursue Eventing?  I think the pony club I went to had a lot to do with it – our grounds had an EA cross country course and that seemed to be the focus at pony club. I love that in eventing, you don’t have to have the best jumper or the best mover – bravery, trainability and schooling are also a big part.  It is possible to do well in our sport without the horse costing a fortune.

What are some of your greatest competitive achievements? 

  • Winning Adelaide 2**,
  • Winning Goulburn National ODE 4* two years running,
  • Being shortlisted for London 2012 Olympics,
  • Being a member of the Australian Team Oceania 2019 and 2022.

Current occupation:  Coach, with a bit of law work on the side

What are your goals for the future, both long and short term?   To win a CCI-4*L, and to represent Australia – hopefully in Paris 2024!

Do you have anyone you particularly admire?  I have admiration and respect for everyone competing at the top level of our sport because it is so tough.  Shane Rose stands out as someone who works hard, puts a lot into the sport and is in the mix for team selection year in and year out.  His wife Niki is actually also my hero – I think she is amazing to juggle the kids, compete with success and have a great sense of humour.

Most recent notable results (date, event and placing): 

With Warrego Marco Polo:

1st Camden CCI 3*-S
6th Sydney CCN 4*