Amelia is in Grade 9 at Greenfield Community School, and has been a dedicated horse show-jumper since the age of 8 years old, in Poland. She moved to the UAE three years ago, and she joined the Arabian Equestrian Federation. Her family brought her horse from Poland, and she began show jumping last year in the “Children’s” Class. She was consistently in the winner’s circle; this means in the top six finishers out of 20 or so competitors at each competition. This year she moved up to the more difficult (higher jumps, timed) Junior’s Class, which are aged 14-18.
She has had an outstanding season so far. She is currently rated the #1 rider in her class for the UAE. These last two weekends she competed in International Shows, these attract competitors from around the world—including the U.S., Britain, numerous European countries, and most of the GCC.
She competes all over the UAE, Al Ain, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, etc. three weekends each month. Amelia is the sole representative of Poland.
These competitions are televised, sanctioned and attended by members of the royal family, and followed by the showjumping community around the world.
Amelia has become a bit of a celebrity in the showjumping community, especially in Poland, where her competitions are featured in real-time videos on numerous Polish websites and blogs. She has over 100,000 viewers each time she is posted.
Her plan is to compete in the Olympics and represent Poland.
In order for her to achieve this, Amelia rides her horse six days a week, after she completes her schoolwork, in any weather, sometimes late into the night. She never, ever needs to be asked to do her schoolwork, or to go to the stable. She does this on her own. She sacrifices a social life to complete the homework for the next week on her days off, and her grades—she is not a native English speaker—are really good and constantly improving.