Madi­son reigns supreme

Central and North Burnett Times - - GAYNDAH SHOW -

WHEN Madisen McGill went out into ring one she was de­ter­mined to do her best.

On her horse West­lake Star Struck, also known as Jerry, the young rider came away with Supreme Ju­ve­nile Rider of the show.

Madisen, 11, has been rid­ing since she was five and is a ris­ing eques­trian star.

She re­cently came back from the grand na­tion­als in Syd­ney where she kept her cool to be awarded run­ner-up in the un­der 12 age group.

“It was my first time at the na­tion­als and it was very big and they had English judges,” she said.

Madisen’s favourite class to com­pete in is the open pony.

“It’s fun and I like show­ing be­cause I like get­ting dressed up and mak­ing the horses look beau­ti­ful,” she said.

“You have to plait them up and they have to be un­der lights so their coat doesn’t grow.

“The light has to be bright enough so that you can read a news­pa­per un­der it.”

PHOTO: KATHER­INE KOKKO­NEN

WIN­NING COMBO: Madisen McGill, 11, won Supreme Ju­ve­nile Rider of the showwith her horse, West­lake Star Struck.

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