Young Lauder rider Megan Morris is just days away from her dream trip of a lifetime to this year’s Olympia Horse Show in London.
Megan, aged 11, will travel south on Saturday to take part in the jumping events at next week’s prestigious winter equestrian event.
The Lauder youngster has dreamed about this since the first time she visited Olympia to watch the show, and is over the moon to now be taking part in the event herself.
Megan has been picked as one of only two 128cm tall riders from Scotland to compete in Olympia’s mini major speed class on Monday.
This is a class in which young competitors will be paired up with a top international show jumper and jump a round against the clock, with the fastest pair being the winner.
Megan is keeping her fingers crossed to be paired with the Borders’ own Olympic equestrian hero, Scott Brash from Peebles, the current world number one.
They will be up against two junior riders from England, Ireland and Wales and this will be the first time in six years there has been a Scottish junior rider competing.
Megan has had ponies from a very young age and has always shown natural riding ability.
She has had her current mount, Brown Sugar III, since August 2012, after a friend brought her home from a show and suggested trying her.
“Megan loved her, so she has been with us on the farm ever since,” said Megan’s mum, Anne, this week.
“They have done everything together, from pony club games to cross-country to BS show jumping. Brown Sugar III is a very experienced pony and has jumped at all major venues including Scope and HOYS.”
Over the last two years, the partnership has become very successful.
This year got off to a particularly good start, with Megan qualifying one of her ponies for the 128cm class at The Royal Highland Show, but sadly she didn’t get to compete due to a broken leg.
Anne added: “Megan has put so much effort and dedication into her ponies since returning to the saddle and has been rewarded by being picked as reserve for the Scottish 128cm team at Scottish Home Pony International, and more recently, picking up the trophy for most improved Scottish 128cm rider from British Showjumping Scotland.”
Asked for her reaction on being selected for Olympia, Megan, who has sponsorship from Rockrose Equestrian Sport of East Lothian, told us: “I’m so excited about going; I can’t believe it and I’m going on the best pony ever – Sugar!”