Madisen joins our team from Texas where she and her Hanoverian mare, Panache, participate in eventing!
Horseplay: Hey Madisen! Tell us about some of your goals for the future with your riding.
Madisen: Well I would love to go to the 2020 Olympics for Eventing, and my all time goal is to compete in every equestrian sport in the Olympics.
Horseplay: That's awesome! What kind of training are you doing to prepare?
Madisen: I started riding when I was 12, so I got a late start, but I have jumped right back in with my age group and I am training with an Eventing trainer that has an extensive resume in Eventing. I am getting a new horse soon and I hope they will either be my Olympic mount or take me to the level I need to be at. I also focus a lot on my Dressage work, as it comes as the basis for pretty much every equine activity.
Horseplay: Do you have any short term goals set that will help you with your
longer term goal of getting to the Olympics?
Madisen: Once I get my next horse I hope they will help me up through either the Eventing or Show Jumping levels, and I hope to be competing at 3'6" later this year. I just really want to learn all I can to get me there.
Horseplay: Along with riding, are you doing anything else fitness wise to prepare?
Madisen: I am in the color guard at school, and the flexibility and stamina it takes as well as full body workout has really helped me improve my riding as well as always making sure I can physically run as far as my horse has to on cross country.
We are so grateful to have been able to chat with you, Madisen! We know you will not only meet those goals, but crush them! We can't wait to watch!