Qualified to Ride

We would like to congratulate year 9 student Maddison who has recently gained a Royal International Horse Show Qualification with her pony named Hollyland Lion in Winter

Maddison has qualified with her pony also known as ‘Bertie’, in the 143cm Show Hunter Pony section for the prestigious Royal International Horse Show held in Hickstead.

Each year 1000’s of children and adults compete in a variety of equestrian disciplines to qualify for this show but on average only 20 in each section achieve this. This is a fantastic achievement not only for Madison but also her pony who is only 5 years old, which is incredibly young to be competing at this level. 

Maddison and Bertie are trained principally by her parents who are both renowned equestrians. She has competed Nationally across the UK since 2014 and has previously won the Lead Rein Pony of Hunter Type section at the Royal International Horse Show in 2015, when she was only 7 years old! She has gone on to achieve numerous firsts and champions at horse shows across the UK since then. Only in October last year, Maddison and Bertie finished 10th at The Horse of the Year Show 2021 held at the NEC in Birmingham. 

Maddison is due to start her qualification campaign for this year’s Horse of the Year Show in the same sections from June. Qualifiers are being held across the whole of the UK, which means a lot of traveling and early mornings! We wish both Maddison and Bertie the best of luck!