How Madi and Pi­rate earned their place at the na­tional ti­tle

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - MADI­SON Hose and lov­able steed Pi­rate will face their toughest chal­lenge in their five-year part­ner­ship this week. The Yen­garie rider is one of two lo­cal com­peti­tors at the Pony Club Aus­tralia Na­tional Cham­pi­onships at Toowoomba Show­grounds. Hose, 20, a

MADI­SON Hose and her beloved Pi­rate’s jour­ney to the Pony Club of Aus­tralia Na­tional Cham­pi­onships started five years ago.

A then-teenage Hose ac­quired the green broke horse from Brisbane breed­ers. He came with the com­pe­ti­tion name APH Swash­buck­ler, and Pi­rate seemed the per­fect fit to a unique horse.

“It was in­ter­est­ing,” now 20-year-old Hose said of Pi­rate’s name.

“I didn’t like it to start off with, but I like the quirk­i­ness – there’s no other horses with that name.

“It’s unique, ev­ery­one knows him. If they see him they know who he is.”

She’s trained him her­self. “Lots of hours, pa­tience, and you have lots of ups and downs,” she said.

“Young horses can be naughty, they can be quirky, but they have to have time to de­velop and learn. He’s a quiet, nice-na­tured horse.

“He doesn’t like change so if you do change some­thing and he’s not used to it he will get cranky.

“But he’s very tal­ented. If I teach him some­thing he’ll pick it up straight away.”

The pair qual­i­fied for na­tion­als af­ter a suc­cess­ful Pony Club Queens­land State Cham­pi­onship cam­paign.

Hose won gold in com­bined train­ing and the pre-novice event­ing, and sil­ver in novice dres­sage.

Their na­tional ti­tle cam­paign, which will start at Toowoomba Show­grounds to­day, will include dres­sage, cross coun­try and showjump­ing phases.

“I usu­ally do quite well in the dres­sage, and he can usu­ally pull out a good cross coun­try round,” Hose said. Some­times we strug­gle with time be­cause he’s a bit slow.

“Showjump­ing we usu­ally go quite well so we’re pretty good at all three as­pects of the event which is good.

“I don’t know about the com­peti­tors as they’re from other states (but) I’m aim­ing for gold. Our Queens­land team is very strong so we could be among the team’s plac­ings so that’d be cool.”

Hose, who was PCQ’s rider of the month in July, drove four-and-a-half hours to Toowoomba yes­ter­day, and used the af­ter­noon as time for Pi­rate to pre­pare for com­pe­ti­tion.

The long haul is not new to ei­ther of the cham­pion pair. For Hose and Pi­rate to com­pete at higher lev­els, they reg­u­larly have to travel long dis­tances, which is dif­fi­cult when you con­sider Hose is a third-year uni stu­dent and works part time.

“Uni is 40 hours a week, not in­clud­ing as­sess­ments, work is part-time and I have other horses,” she said.

“I ride maybe five times a week, then I com­pete two days a week if I’ve got the week­end. But it’s pretty full-on. To get to the comps I want to do I have to travel all over the place. Yep­poon, Brisbane, Kooral­byn – they’re fair drives. Lots of kilo­me­tres with the float.

“We’ll walk him heaps, ice him, and give him plenty of grass out­side of the sta­ble to re­cover from the float trip.”

I didn’t like it to start off with, but I like the quirk­i­ness – there’s no other horses with that name. — Madi­son Hose on ‘Pi­rate’


Madi­son Hose on Pi­rate work­ing on her jump­ing.


WORK­ING HARD: Madi­son Hose on Pi­rate work­ing on her jump­ing and (right) the pair af­ter the short ses­sion.

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