An annual favourite, the competition sees Pony Club Members aged 12 and under pair up with a top international rider to each complete a Show Jumping round in the quickest time with the fewest faults.
The lucky riders competing in this year’s Mini Major are:
· Thomas Bradburne (11 years old – Old Berkshire Hunt) riding Runaway Dolly
· Sophie Wicks (10 years old – Furness & District) riding Bubbas Delight
· Connie Mensley (8 years old – Quorn Hunt) riding Gemstone Sienna
· Simone Leathem (12 years old – Iveagh) riding Mohill Sundance
· Kym Moore (9 years old – Tullylagen) riding Smoke Gun
· Poppy Deakin (11 years old – Tynedale) riding Forever Penny
· Savannah Roper (9 years old – East Aberdeenshire) riding Glen Hill
· Robert Russell (9 years old – Iveagh) riding Newtown Black Guy
Excitement is high amongst the eight riders who are all looking forward to riding at this prestigious show in front of the onlooking crowds.
“It’s a dream come true!” said Kym Moore, who turns 10 just a few days before Olympia. “Smokegun may enjoy making holes in his timber-built stable, but he’s my best friend and always looks after me.”
Poppy Deakin loves her pony Forever Penny, known as Sooty, who has taught lots of riders to jump including Poppy and her sisters. Poppy said
“Sooty talks to me; she always whinnies when she sees me, especially at tea time.”
Sophie Wicks said she ‘could not believe it’ when she and Bubbas Delight qualified. Look out for their lucky red earmuffs, a gift to Sophie from Bubba’s previous owner.
“When we bought Bubba, Sam who used to ride him sent us his lucky earmuffs which he said he has to wear.” said Sophie “We always make sure that he has them on; he just doesn’t look right without them!”
For more information about Olympia, the London International Horse Show, go to https://www.olympiahorseshow.com/