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Bareback horse riding secret to athlete's success

After coming third in the state in discus, Mulgildie's Jessie Moscrop will head to the national competition in Tasmania this November. Photo: Emily Smith / Central and North Burnett Times
After coming third in the state in discus, Mulgildie's Jessie Moscrop will head to the national competition in Tasmania this November. Photo: Emily Smith / Central and North Burnett Times

RIDING horses bareback can lead to a state discus placing.

That's a fact Mulgildie's Jessie Moscrop came up with, after an unconventional training program saw her throw 37.94m at the state athletic championships to finish third in Queensland last month.

"When you ride bareback you have to hold on with your legs and that really helps to strengthen them," Jessie said.

"I always liked riding, but we found it was making me much stronger.

"So now I try and ride a couple of hours each weekend. It helps with balance as well."

After taking out the third placing, Jessie is off to nationals in Tasmania on November 26, where she will have the tricky task of bettering her eighth national ranking she managed last year.

"I think it was about three years ago at Little Athletics that I noticed I had a natural talent for discus," Jessie said.

"I've trained every day, for about an hour or two, since August."

"It's a very technical sport so you really need lots of practice to get better," she said.

Along with her bareback riding, Jessie's training sessions tend to include sprint training as well as throwing.

"The sprinting helps with your speed in the circle," Jessie said.

Along with being her biggest supporter, Jessie's dad Mark is her coach.

"Throwing further comes down to getting quicker in the spin, before you release the discus," Mr Moscrop said.

"But the quicker you spin, the less accurate you get.

"That can cause some problems because it is a foul if you step over the line, or you throw outside the designated area."

Although Mr Moscrop said Jessie put pressure on herself to improve, he thought she was coping well with the stress.

"It's annoying though that the kids aren't allowed earphones at the stadiums anymore!" he said.

"Listening to music used to be a good way to relax before an event.

"But she was chosen to be Wide Bay Team captain out of 116 kids this year, and that meant reading the athletes oath out in front of about 3000 people.

"She was nervous but she did really well!"

Ahead of Jessie's trip to Tassie next month, she is getting fortnightly coaching sessions with Bundaberg Commonwealth Games discus thrower Taryn Gollshewsky.

"She's really down to earth and a big help when it comes to technique," Jessie said.

"That's good, because my favourite thing about the sport is still having fun and meeting new people."


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