M,BORO RIDER TO COMPETE AT NATIONALS
How Madi and Pirate earned their place at the national title
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.