A child­hood dream achieved

A once-ner­vous rider bags team gold at the pony Euro­peans

Horse & Hound - - Fantastic Feats - El­lie Healey

“IN Au­gust 2014, we bought my pony, Casper [Mid­night Dancer II], as a just-backed four-year-old. I was only 12 and Casper was bought for my mum to pro­duce for my younger brother. How­ever, af­ter one hack around the block, I de­cided he would be mine and from that day on we have never looked back.

“I have al­ways been known as “Ner­vous Nerys” so when I had Casper at Pony Club camp a week later, ev­ery­one thought I’d gone mad! Casper and I just kept grad­u­ally im­prov­ing, hav­ing a fab­u­lous time as we went.

“Af­ter my first novice in 2016, my dream of pony tri­alling wasn’t all that far away any more. The 2017 and 2018 sea­sons were full of pony tri­als and this year, four years from the day we bought him, Casper was on a trans­porter to Bishop Burton as part of the Bri­tish Pony Euro­pean eventing team and helped bring back gold.

“My child­hood dream was achieved and the gold medal was the ic­ing on the cake. To think where we came from, to where we fin­ished off four in­cred­i­ble years later, is un­be­liev­able.

“It’s now my time to step back and watch him teach my brother the ropes.”

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