Badminton Grassroots Blog

Megan XCName: Megan Alecock

Age: 14

Location: Moreton, Dorset

Other interests: Sports, fitness, running and eating out with my family and the yard gang.

Favourite Eventing moment: Ah, either the completion of my first BE100 at Aldon with a 24.5 dressage or, my two consecutive wins at Pontispool or Treborough.

What is your favourite one day event? Treborough!

What is your favourite International event? Aldon

Which four team members would be in your multi-national fantasy Olympic eventing team? William Fox-Pitt, Jonathan Paget,  Kristina Cook & Dirk Schrade.

Facebook fan page: Megan Alecock Eventing

Favourite quotations:

  • Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land amongst the stars.
  • The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit and fire.

Essential piece of kit: Oh, either my pink and white zebra print cross-country colours or my hit-air jacket.

People and horses who inspire me: Definitely Nicola Wilson riding Beltane Queen. Nicola is a very inspirational figure to me, most probably because of her agreeing to take on a fabulous coloured and show her the insight of many large successes. It’s a shame that the higher the levels are, the number of coloureds decreases –  and I think coloured horses and ponies are the best!  Nicola & I almost have the same birthday – Nicola’s is the 1st of October and mine is the 2nd PLUS I adore the fact that she took the horse she had been riding since the age of 13 to Burghley!

Biography/About me:

I am a 14-year-old eventer, competing my fabulous 14.1 skewbald Welsh D X mare; Hamlin Ester.

I was introduced to riding aged 3, pretty much as soon as I was taking my first steps. Throughout my childhood I’ve owned 3 ponies (Ratty, Cookie and William). My second pony Cookie took me onto being crowned the reserved champion of CHAPS 2007.

In 2012 I bought my current pony – Hamlin Ester. We first hit off our eventing career by entering the Area 14 Eventing 2012 where I competed for our local branch of the Pony Club….it was my first ever ODE and we WON! After this, I was hooked!

In 2013 I became a member of BE, I entered two BE80(t)’s. The training sections really helped me get into eventing, I met lots of new people and made some new friends, many of whom have really helped me get to where I am today. Due to the committed and exceptional tuition from my former instructor; Ben Lee Liles – we went on to finish the season with a BE90. Just as many first timers – I was pretty nervous but we bagged a pretty unexpected placing!

Then rolled on 2014! I was beginning to spy some of the opportunities ahead and it was here that Ester and I set along the path to qualify for Badminton Grassroots!  I used to constantly nag my Mum that I wanted to be a good enough rider to jump the ‘big’ fences at Badminton and so it is literally a dream come true to be competing at Badminton Grassroots 2015!

I give my heart out to my superstar pony, who really goes above and beyond. No words can devote her dedication to my safety and how hard she tries for me. So all I’m left to say is that, I hope you enjoy following our very exciting journey to Badminton Grassroots 2015!

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