Year 10 student Alicia Keen has been pictured in Horse and Hound magazine during her latest successful season of show-jumping. Alicia competed at the recent Pony of the Year show where she, and her newest horse Grayson, finished 12th out of a field of 50 in the Grand Prix qualifier competition whilst qualifying for the Grand Prix final. They can be seen competing in a clip on YouTube under the channel TheAKequestrian.
In addition to Grayson, she also has Remi and another horse, Harry, who is too tall to enter the current classes, but whom Alicia will ride competitively in the future. Her latest competition has been the Blue Chip Winter Championships, a five day event held in Gloucestershire.
Alicia spends all her spare time caring for and training her horses and competing at weekend events. She tackles jumps measuring between 1 and 1.25 metres, depending on the horse she is riding and which class they are competing in. She was pictured in Horse and Hound after competing at a recent event from 13:00 to 21:00, clinching joint first place with another competitor.
Alicia said: ‘I really enjoy it, it is good fun, I love the ponies and spending time with them. I get up at five in the morning and go to the stables for an hour. After school I go straight there most nights and normally ride and muck out. Most weekends I am off doing events. It is quite a sociable sport. I only found out about the piece in Horse and Hound when a friend at a show said it was a good write up and picture.’