Jett Newman’s parents were both jockeys, and genetically she has the build and bloodlines to follow in their footsteps. She is a natural athlete, a talented runner, hurdler and gymnast. School is not her favourite place, as you can imagine, other than for the sporting activities, but she does excel in history.
Along the road towards her ambition to become an apprentice jockey she has made the most of every opportunity to acquire as many skills in equestrian sports as she can. As a 14-year-old, it’s another year before she can legally ride the trackwork she believes she has always wanted to do. Moving through showing, dressage and eventing, the thrill of jumping has now tapped into her cool and competitive nature.
With parents Mitch and Debbie both in the racing industry, Jett started riding when she was five and the first pony she rode was her sister’s. Her first competition pony was Glenview Traveller, then there was Angel, a pony she shared with her sister and whom Jett qualified for the Sydney Royal Show. She won the working hunter at Sydney Royal when she was eight years old!
The die was cast. From Pony Club it was on to pony showing where they were extremely successful right through to the highly competitive Royal shows where Jett was always in the placings. She made quite a name for herself, and having a good understanding of the basic dressage training, she was quite in demand. Being of such a slight stature she was certainly suited for the catch rides.
Jett was spotted as a top rider and was asked to take horses on as well, and she was lucky enough to be given a 12.3 hand buckskin pony. Gold Charm, or Grace as she was called, turned out to be an amazing ride for Jett. They won dressage to Elementary level, and at Dressage NSW competitions against top horses of all sizes, they would win with 72% and above. Grace won Arabian Derivative at Sydney Royal and placed over the two years Jett had her in all her open show pony classes there. Grace also won in eventing and show jumping where they would go to Sydney Showjumping Club to compete. Jett and Grace were named overall champion at the NSW State Jamboree and were runner up at the National Jamboree in showing in Melbourne.
A TASTE FOR MORE
Grace was a fantastic pony and taught Jett so much. The novelty of making circles and showing ponies was coming to an end, however, as Jett had a taste of show jumping and liked it. With an almost devilish want for more, jumping took over and so a Thoroughbred was purchased. Debbie would cart Jett out and about show jumping every weekend.
The mare Allie was purchased from a friend of theirs who had been eventing the brown Thoroughbred, and this was Jett’s introduction to show jumping. It was now that Amanda Madigan became involved as her coach and Jett started to train seriously with her at Diamond B Farm in the Hawkesbury area. It wasn’t long before they started to see success and yet another stepping stone towards her dream of being a jockey, with plenty of experience at so many equestrian levels. They were then already jumping 1.10m classes and the eyes were out for another horse.