March 2015: Rider earns places in international horse show


KEEN horse rider Madison Jameson has two chances of winning honours at the Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead.

The Year 9 student at Haslingden High School dreams of competing in an Olympic Games and her latest success – against 60 riders – means she is well on her way to that goal.

She competed at the Morris Equestrian Centre in Ayrshire and two of her five ponies were placed in the top three meaning she earned two places at Hickstead in July.

Madison, 14, said: “We weren’t expecting to qualify on one of my bigger horses but he is such a pleasure to ride.

“I go to horse shows and competitions every weekend and normally take two horses.

“My mum and dad are not from a horse background. I have been riding since I was five, started jumping when I was about 10 and competed at British Show Jumping at 12.”

She will be entering the competition on Eclipse VI, known as Clippie, and Misty Bay II.

On Misty Bay she will be taking on riders aged 12-14, but because Clippie is larger she will be up against riders aged up to 17.

The previous owner of Misty Bay won Hickstead in 2013. Madison has owned her since July 2013 and Eclipse since October 14.

She has to be 16 before she can try for a place in the Olympic team.