Camilla Kruger is the first Zimbabwean to represent her country at the Olympics.
As well as the determination and sheer hard work that’s needed to get this far, we wanted to ask Camilla about some of the more unique challenges of trying to reach the Olympics as a citizen of a country that doesn’t typically perform at international levels.
Tell us about your riding journey? What got you hooked on riding?
I started riding when I was very young on our family farm in Zimbabwe on mostly ex-race horses. Zambezi King probably taught me the most, especially patience! However I am still learning so much with my top horse Biarritz. Being outdoors and working with such incredibly gifted creatures that have such genuine hearts got me hooked mainly and the shear excitement of going cross country.
What does it mean to you to be the first ever Zimbabwean competing at the Olympics in Equestrian sports? Do you still “feel” Zimbabwean since moving to the UK?
I still very much feel Zimbabwean! I have kept the whole Zimbabwean way of life and Africa stays in your blood! I feel very overwhelmed to have achieved a lifelong dream of going to the Olympics, and feel very proud and honoured for my country to be the first ever equestrian athlete. I hope it now inspires many more to pursue equestrian sports.