At just seven years old, Tracey Carney was inspired by her big sister to start riding. She has been in the saddle ever since, competing successfully at Children, Junior and Adult levels and acting as a work rider since the age of 12. Over the years, Tracey has worked for the likes of Barry Taylor, Anneli Wucherpfennig in Holland, Michael Benjamin, Ronnie Lawrence and the Neill Family. She has been coaching since the age of 19.
Tracey received provincial colours for Equitation in Childrens and Juniors, as well as National and Provincial colours for Show Jumping in Juniors and Adults. In Juniors, Tracey won every title in Show Jumping (except for the SA Junior Derby, where she finished second). As a multi-talented rider, she has also competed in Dressage to Elementary level.
In her career as an Adult competitor, Tracey boasts many strong finishes. In 2005, after a very successful year in the ring, she was ranked third in South Africa and represented the then THS at Inter-Provincials. She continued this streak in 2006, again representing THS and ranking as the top South African rider on the SANEF Riders Ranking. In 2007, Tracey received South African Colours and toured to New Zealand for Tri-Nations series. She successfully competed against teams from New Zealand and Australia, with South Africa finishing second. She was also chosen for the South African team to compete at the All Africa Games in Algeria, where she won a bronze medal for the team event.
Tracey started her own stable yard in 2010, Carney Equestrian, situated in Randjesfontein. She continues to compete at all levels, producing clients’ young horses for competitive Show Jumping. She also competes successfully in the Open Classes on her two horses, which she produced herself. Tracey passes on her knowledge passionately, coaching pupils in Eventing, Dressage and Show Jumping up to 1.40m.