Show jumper Alicia Keen has written an article that appears in this month’s issue of All Horse magazine. Alicia, who is in Year 9, is pictured on page 45 of the publication competing on her latest mount, an Arab stallion called Spirrit.
It took her a couple of days to write the article that appears alongside other news from the East Midlands region of the British Showjumping Association. She detailed how her riding has improved under the tutelage of trainer Matthew Lanni and described the horses that she rides competitively; a Connemara gelding called Ballinamurra Prancer and Spiritt E Lucjan, that she rides on behalf of his owner.
Alicia said: ‘I wrote the article at the end of last term and am really happy to see it in print. Spirrit is a stallion so he is quite different. He is not really naughty, but more cheeky. I helped out at a stud farm and used to ride their ponies so I used to deal quite a bit with stallions anyway. My showjumping is going really well. I managed to get all the first rounds which involve jumps of up to a metre and now I am concentrating on the second rounds when the height of the jumps go up to 1.25m.’
Alicia, who has been riding for three and a half years said in the article: ‘I have gained massive amounts of experience by attending the British Showjumping Northamptonshire junior academy. The academy offers a great learning environment and helps to give myself and other members an insight into the professional side of the sport, whilst learning new skills from everything from caring to competitively riding your horse and pony.’
She added: ‘In the future my aims are to become a successful show jumper and, at the same time, an equine surgeon. One of my main goals is to represent my country in show jumping which would be a dream come true.’