New takes place in Dubai
New Zealand rider Charlotte New has made her mark on the international stage.
The 14-year-old Hauraki Plains College pupil finished third in an international pony race in Abu Dhabi on Monday (NZ time).
Charlotte partnered Kulla into third place in the Sheikha Lateefa Bint Mansoor Bint Zayed Al Nahyan International Pony Race final at the Abu Dhabi Sports and Equestrian Centre Racecourse.
Thirteen countries were represented in the 15-horse 400m dash, which was won by a French rider, with the Romanian representative second.
The other countries represented were USA, Algeria, Russia, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Great Britain, Belgium, Sweden and the UAE
Sheikha Lateefa, daughter of the UAE Deputy Prime Minister Sheikh Mansoor, presented the trophy to Charlotte, with Charlotte's proud mum, Kylla, in the winners’ enclosure to share the moment with her daughter.
The race was preceded by the world's richest pure-bred Arabian race, the Jewel Crown ($1.2m euro)
Charlotte earned the right to represent New Zealand in Abu Dhabi by winning the 300m New Zealand final at the Tarzino Trophy meeting at Hastings on August 31. The Hastings win was the third in succession for Charlotte and her mount Armadale Hitari, following success in the Waikato Hunt pony scurry at Te Rapa and the Pakuranga Hunt pony sprint at Ellerslie.
Charlotte got her first pony aged 18 months and joined the Waikato Hunt as an eight-year-old.