12-year-old Madison Heath from Nantwich, Cheshire was on incredible form when she stormed to victory in the 138cm Championship at the Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) held at the NEC in Birmingham, on Sunday 8th October.
Five combinations from the 19 starters made it through to the final jump-off round. Madison was riding her trusty steed, Sonas Barney (the 2015 138cm Horse of the Year Show champion with Nicole Lockhead-Anderson). Jake Mayers on ‘The Agent’ set the pace, clocking an impressive 35.48 seconds. However, Madison took charge and stormed to victory, finishing two seconds ahead, in a clear time of 33.60 seconds.
Madison was delighted with her win. Reflecting on her incredible achievement, she said: “I always feel confident with Barney – he is amazing! I knew we could do it, especially as he won here two years ago with Nicole.”
During the event Madison displayed a confidence and composure beyond her years, not allowing herself to be overcome by the atmosphere at the world-famous HOYS: “I try to think that I’m at home jumping and just focus on the pony. I was so determined to win – I wasn’t going to take second for an answer – I’m so happy that I actually managed to do it,” commented Madison.
It has been an incredible season for the talented duo, who have won three major titles, including Bolesworth International in June and the BS National Showjumping Championships in August.
Madison will now focus her efforts on preparing for the English Home Pony 2017 which takes place later this month at South View Equestrian Centre. This is a particularly important competition as she has been shortlisted to jump here for the England pony team. This will be Madison’s final major event competing on her trusted 138cm ponies Barney and Jacaloupe, before she progresses to the 148cm pony class.
Madison has high ambitions for the future, with her sights firmly set on competing at the Olympics. Her talent has certainly not gone unnoticed. She has gained the support of a group of outstanding sponsors, including Olivia’s World and Williams Equestrian. Her father’s businesses – Graham Heath Construction and TFC Supplies are also keen sponsors.
Madison is always keen to attract new sponsors to help her achieve her ultimate ambition of competing at Olympic level. Anyone interested in sponsoring Madison should contact Paula Hassall on: 01270 781158.