A 14-year-old student from Linden High School uses the virtual lessons and is preparing for the upcoming horse shows, in which she will compete in classic equestrian sports.
Madison Hoffmeyer goes to Encore Stables in Brighton Township to practice riding her horse Gus a few times a week.
The Linden Community Schools student has been riding horses since she was eight or nine years old and began competing in the American Morgan Horse Association Class A in 2019 after about three years.
Madison won numerous awards in 2020. In October 2020, they traveled to the Morgan Grand National and World Championship Horse Show in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Madison won Reserve GN Saddle Seat Classic Equitation 13 and took 3rd place in the UPHA Challenge Cup. For the first time in the 21 and under AMHA Gold Medal Finals she placed in the top 10. Then she won the world champion in the Saddle Seat Classic Equitation 13 and under.
“It was pretty cool. It was only my second year at the World Cup. I didn’t really have enough confidence to get into the top two. It was really cool for me, ”she said.
She is currently training for the Indiana Spring Classic in April. It shows up in walk, trot and gallop in classic equestrian sport.
“It’s based on me and how good I can make him look,” she said. “I’m pretty nervous, but I always trust him to take care of me in the ring. With every horse I ride, I just make sure that I worry about what they are doing so that I can do them justice. “
The April show will be their debut with Gus, the horse they bought last November. You previously rented a horse.
Participants must collect enough points at regional shows to get into the Grand Nationals.
In 2019, she earned just enough points to qualify. The 2020 season was shortened due to the pandemic. Madison only took part in three regional shows before going to the championships. They usually attend about six regional shows a year.
Not entirely sure how this year’s season will go with the pandemic. Some shows have been canceled in the coming months, but they plan to attend a few others.
“I like to be with the horses. You always have a friend with you. In this sport, you always learn something, whether you learn from a bad ride or a high from a really good ride, you always learn a lesson, ”she said.
Madison started riding when she was young. Her mother, Dawn Hoffmeyer, said they drove past Silver Lake Stables when it was still called Higgins, and Madison said she wanted to take a class. She started training with Kimber Sharp. Madison followed Sharp when she moved to Encore Stables in Brighton Township.
“It’s really fun,” said Hoffmeyer. “Just the whole atmosphere. Watch them. Any other classes you can see. It is exciting. Nerve-wracking, but exciting. “
She said it was “so exciting” when Madison won the awards last year.
“We are so proud of her. She loves it … it’s about competition at the end of the day, but it’s more about fun. Most of the time it’s learning, ”she said.
Madison has a quote in her room that says, “I’m not losing. Either I win or I learn. ”She is thinking about becoming a trainer in the future.