Published Saturday 23 August 2014

Emily Fraser can boast possibly the biggest personal fan club in Nanjing.

The show jumper has an 11-strong entourage from her home country supporting her, including trainers Sally Clark and Maurice Beatson, parents Donald and Karen Fraser, grandfather Terry Spitz, his partner Christine, aunt Amanda Fraser and sister Hannah Fraser.

Amanda flew in from Paris in time to see her niece in the team event on Wednesday and three friends will be at the Xinzhuang Equestrian Centre for the individual competition, which starts on Saturday, August 23.

Both Beatson and Clark are Olympians, with Clark winning silver at the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games.

Emily’s mother Karen explained: “This is only a one-off. This will never happen in Emily’s life again as she will be too old next time.

“The next stage of the Olympics is very, very expensive. It’s self-funded and you have to take your own horses.

“Achieving this is a lot easier. We go everywhere we can with Emily. We’ve been to South Africa twice and we go all over New Zealand from the top of the North Island to the bottom of the South Island.

“It’s 24 shows a season. We all go in a big truck with seven horses.”

Fraser, who totted up just four faults in two rounds on board Exilio in the team event, says she feeds off the fan club.

“It is great to have their support and I’m grateful for them being here,” said the 18-year-old. “It’s like an energy boost. I don’t spot them during the round, but I spot them before so I know where they are.”

Fraser is looking forward to the individual event, in which all 30 riders compete.

“I was pleased with my performance [in the team event]. I couldn’t have jumped better. We have connected pretty much straight away and it’s been perfect the whole way.

“I’m pretty confident for the individual and I’m looking forward to it.”

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