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In Brief: Marie Palzer (22) from New Zealand

Name: Marie Palzer

Age: 22 years

From: Marahau, New Zealand

Notable achievements / palmares of  Marie Palzer.

First to ride solo, without a pack horse and unsupported the length of New Zealand’s South Island, from Cape Farewell to Slope Point, 1,500km, 102 days.
Accepted to be one of the 30 riders to compete in the 2017 Mongol Derby, the world’s longest and toughest horse race.

Endurance World Marie Palzer. Jumping over a small river.When did you start riding?

I started riding at age 4

Does riding run in the family?

My sister enjoys spending time with horses and hacking out however, my other siblings, parents or wider family do not share the love of horses.

Why horses?

They are so majestic, wild, and free, they empower, inspire, and motivate me. Their behaviour and development is fascinating and there is nothing like having a strong relationship with such a large animal. They make me happy and forget about all the worries in the world.

Why endurance?

Being out in the high country by yourself with only your horses is a feeling I crave. It’s one I can’t describe, its empowering and humbling at the same time. When out on a long-distance ride you bond with your horses on a much deeper level. you become fully reliant and dependent on one another and the weather. It’s an adventure, its wild and its unpredictable.

Endurance World Marie Palzer. Riding in the open.You’re not a typical horse rider, if you wouldn’t know horses what kind of adventures would you do?

I have never had a horse riding lesson, I taught myself to ride through experiences and trial and error. I spent many hours as a child just being around my pony, she taught me the ins and outs of horses. I remember it taking a long time for me to be able to clamber on her back and when I was finally on her it was a real challenge getting her to move. I was lucky to have grown up in the country where my parents allowed me and my four siblings to roam freely through the country side and the beaches. I believe that this is where my passion for long distance horse riding comes from. I used to explore the forest farm land and beaches on my pony and later horses. More than once my pony threw me off and ran back to her paddock leaving me behind with a long walk home. I didn’t have much horse gear until I could afford to buy my own, which meant that I learnt to ride bareback in a rope halter. I still prefer to ride in a rope halter now, although a saddle does make endurance riding a little more sustainable 😉. I try to keep my horses as similarly as they live in the wild, I take great pride in my horses’ well-being and condition.

I’m not sure what I would be addicted to if it wasn’t horses, perhaps scuba diving something that would allow me to explore a whole another world, and give me that sense of freedom that galloping through wide open spaces gives me.

Endurance World Marie Palzer. going uphill.Does Marie Palzer participate in FEI Endurance Races?

I have started competing in the local endurance and trail riding club as training for the Mongol Derby, however I really enjoy these and after the Derby will continue to do these and would love to get my hands on a young Arab Gelding and start competing nationally.

Own horses or ride for somebody else?

I am lucky to have three of my own beautiful horses, one of which I completed my first long distance ride with, and use in endurance races. One of the others I have trained and took out on his first overnight trek last weekend and will start him in trail rides next season. My third horse is a rescue horse and I use him to give riding lessons, he is wonderful at empowering young children.

Do you train horses?

Yes, there is nothing like seeing a result in a green horse, and being able to develop a strong trusting relationship with these majestic animals.

Endurance World Marie Palzer. Riding in nice scenery.What did Marie Palzer study and what does she for a living?

I studied for three years in Auckland a Bachelor of Education specializing in Waldorf Steiner Education. I am currently teaching at the Motueka Rudolf Steiner School, and have a mixed aged class of 3, 4, 5 and 6 year olds. I love my work and look forward to being with class every day. I am passionate about educating the next generation in sustainability and providing them with a sense of awe and respect for nature and the world. I also give riding lessons to a hand full of horse enthusiasts and lead horse treks for a local horse trekking company in their busy summer season for whom I also do farrier work. I also run a movement called Hoofing Around for Change which advocates Self-Worth and Empowerment for individuals to follow ones’ dreams. This movement is the driving force behind my own adventures that I have embarked on and am about to embark on. My next dream is to develop and run self-worth and empowerment camps for young girls in the outdoors with horses.

What else do you enjoy?

I enjoy any adventure that gets my heart going, tramping in the mountains, snowboarding, camping, water sports, caving, biking and trail running.

Photo credit: whitewater_dreamtime / Ryan Morris.

 

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In Brief: Marie Palzer (22) from New Zealand

Name: Marie Palzer

Age: 22 years

From: Marahau, New Zealand

Notable achievements / palmares of  Marie Palzer.

First to ride solo, without a pack horse and unsupported the length of New Zealand’s South Island, from Cape Farewell to Slope Point, 1,500km, 102 days.
Accepted to be one of the 30 riders to compete in the 2017 Mongol Derby, the world’s longest and toughest horse race.

Endurance World Marie Palzer. Jumping over a small river.When did you start riding?

I started riding at age 4

Does riding run in the family?

My sister enjoys spending time with horses and hacking out however, my other siblings, parents or wider family do not share the love of horses.

Why horses?

They are so majestic, wild, and free, they empower, inspire, and motivate me. Their behaviour and development is fascinating and there is nothing like having a strong relationship with such a large animal. They make me happy and forget about all the worries in the world.

Why endurance?

Being out in the high country by yourself with only your horses is a feeling I crave. It’s one I can’t describe, its empowering and humbling at the same time. When out on a long-distance ride you bond with your horses on a much deeper level. you become fully reliant and dependent on one another and the weather. It’s an adventure, its wild and its unpredictable.

Endurance World Marie Palzer. Riding in the open.You’re not a typical horse rider, if you wouldn’t know horses what kind of adventures would you do?

I have never had a horse riding lesson, I taught myself to ride through experiences and trial and error. I spent many hours as a child just being around my pony, she taught me the ins and outs of horses. I remember it taking a long time for me to be able to clamber on her back and when I was finally on her it was a real challenge getting her to move. I was lucky to have grown up in the country where my parents allowed me and my four siblings to roam freely through the country side and the beaches. I believe that this is where my passion for long distance horse riding comes from. I used to explore the forest farm land and beaches on my pony and later horses. More than once my pony threw me off and ran back to her paddock leaving me behind with a long walk home. I didn’t have much horse gear until I could afford to buy my own, which meant that I learnt to ride bareback in a rope halter. I still prefer to ride in a rope halter now, although a saddle does make endurance riding a little more sustainable 😉. I try to keep my horses as similarly as they live in the wild, I take great pride in my horses’ well-being and condition.

I’m not sure what I would be addicted to if it wasn’t horses, perhaps scuba diving something that would allow me to explore a whole another world, and give me that sense of freedom that galloping through wide open spaces gives me.

Endurance World Marie Palzer. going uphill.Does Marie Palzer participate in FEI Endurance Races?

I have started competing in the local endurance and trail riding club as training for the Mongol Derby, however I really enjoy these and after the Derby will continue to do these and would love to get my hands on a young Arab Gelding and start competing nationally.

Own horses or ride for somebody else?

I am lucky to have three of my own beautiful horses, one of which I completed my first long distance ride with, and use in endurance races. One of the others I have trained and took out on his first overnight trek last weekend and will start him in trail rides next season. My third horse is a rescue horse and I use him to give riding lessons, he is wonderful at empowering young children.

Do you train horses?

Yes, there is nothing like seeing a result in a green horse, and being able to develop a strong trusting relationship with these majestic animals.

Endurance World Marie Palzer. Riding in nice scenery.What did Marie Palzer study and what does she for a living?

I studied for three years in Auckland a Bachelor of Education specializing in Waldorf Steiner Education. I am currently teaching at the Motueka Rudolf Steiner School, and have a mixed aged class of 3, 4, 5 and 6 year olds. I love my work and look forward to being with class every day. I am passionate about educating the next generation in sustainability and providing them with a sense of awe and respect for nature and the world. I also give riding lessons to a hand full of horse enthusiasts and lead horse treks for a local horse trekking company in their busy summer season for whom I also do farrier work. I also run a movement called Hoofing Around for Change which advocates Self-Worth and Empowerment for individuals to follow ones’ dreams. This movement is the driving force behind my own adventures that I have embarked on and am about to embark on. My next dream is to develop and run self-worth and empowerment camps for young girls in the outdoors with horses.

What else do you enjoy?

I enjoy any adventure that gets my heart going, tramping in the mountains, snowboarding, camping, water sports, caving, biking and trail running.

Photo credit: whitewater_dreamtime / Ryan Morris.

 

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