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Rider Connect from Bit of Britain: Madison Blodgett
Today’s featured rider is Madison Blodgett, an ambitious junior rider who is working her way up the levels with her two horses.
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Get to know Madison
I am 14-years-old, and I am from Norridgewock, Maine. I started riding in a local Rec program at Pendragon Farm when I was six, because my mom grew up riding. I am an eighth grader at Skowhegan Area Middle, and I currently compete at Novice level Eventing. For the 2017 show season, by biggest goal is to move up to Training with at least one of my horses.
Madison’s horse power
In June of 2016, I started riding/competing a 16-year-old Thoroughbred Mare named Hunt For Joy. She is owned by Sandy and Audrey Bean. Joy’s biggest struggle is gaining trust in her rider, however we gained trust in each other fairly quickly, and she always takes care of me. Unbeknownst to me, she was in a lot of pain at a competition this fall, but she still went out with big heart as always, and didn’t show her lameness until the show was over. I board her at Pendragon Farm, and her favorite treats are Saddle Snacks.
Right now, I train with Audrey Bean-Bailey, and Sandy Porter-Bean at Pendragon Farm Equestrian Center. Every day after school, I go to the barn and work both of my horses. One of which my parents just purchased for me. During the summer, I do a lot of field work, flat work, and jump work in the field along with competing. During the winter, all of my flat/jumping takes place in the indoor, but on good days to stay fit, I go in the field and do trot and canter sets. Really the only time she gets off is one to two days a week, and a couple of weeks off after Virginia Horse Trials.
Influence and inspiration
The most influential people in my riding career have been Audrey Bean-Bailey, Sandy Porter-Bean, Daryl Kinney, and Sue Berril. The person who really got me into Eventing, and has really inspired me is Audrey Bean-Bailey. The two people who have taught me the most are Sandy and Audrey Bean.
Most embarrassing Eventing moment
When I was at Plantation Field Horse Trials, and on cross-country I was going slower than I thought, and when I saw the video afterwards I thought it was in slow motion!
Most triumphant Eventing moment
At the GMHA Festival of Eventing, which was our first event together, we scored a 26.0 in dressage and finished 3rd place.
Being able to travel to and compete at the Virginia Horse Trials, and finishing in 4th place.
Best of luck this season Madison!
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