“In high school, I use to play touch rugby but because of my passion for animals especially horses, I made the change for this particular sport three years ago.
“The main people who drove me to this sport are my coach and my also my mother, who rides socially. That allowed me to follow in her footsteps before taking it a little further. I have the 100% support of my family.”
Currently on a summer break from her studies at the Boston University in the US, Amanda said that one day she hopes that she will be given the chance to ride at the SEA Games or in European competitions.
“It is an expensive sport to take part in but the more pertinent factor is the ability to bond with your horse and that is not easy,” added Amanda.
“Sometimes it's quite difficult and tricky especially dealing with animals but if you love the sport and can take it as a challenge, I believe you can be a better person as a result.”