We first met Madeline through Instagram a few months ago. She had been following @Equestrian_moms, but one day decided to send us some beautiful photos of her and her (then) 3-year-old riding her horse. She was so clearly an Equestrian Mom we wanted to know more about. As we began speaking with Madeline we discovered that she lives in Germany. We were able to catch up with Madeline and ask her some questions about how she introduced her daughter to the horse world, her own riding background, and her experience as an Equestrian Mom.
When did you start to ride?
“I started riding at 8 years old.”
What is your earliest memory of horses?
“My earliest horse memory is of a pony named Snoopy. I think I was 5 years old and on holiday.”
Did your mother/ parents encourage you to ride?
“My mother also rode horses, but we didn't own any.”
Tell us about your first competition.
“I started competing very late. My first competition wasn't until I was 19.”
As a child, do you remember your first fall? Tell us about that.
“My first fall didn't come until I owned my own horse when I was 18.”
What was the most fun about riding for you as a child?
“As a child I loved jumping over small parcours.”
Looking back, what were the most important things you learned from your involvement horses?
“The most important things I learned from being involved with horses is to trust and be a team.”
What age did you start your daughter riding?
“I started my daughter riding before she was even born. I was riding while pregnant with her. The first time she sat on a horse, I think she was 6 months old. She's been riding on her pony since she was 1 and a half. She had just turned 3 years old before her 1st competition.”
Why did you feel it was important to get her involved with horses?
“I got my daughter involved with horses because I think horses are the best teachers. She respects the horses, takes care of them, and she loves it! I think it's important for kids to grow up with animals.”
As an Equestrian Mom, what is your best advice for other moms whose children want to learn to ride?
“My best advice for other equestrian moms is love and harmony. Do not stress your child or yourself. Every child will learn differently.”