NEWS AND COMING EVENTS (Updated Feb 21, 2018)
Congratulations to Madeline Backus, 22, as she is moving to England to immerse herself in an elite training program.
Madeline is the recipient of the $10,000 Rebecca Broussard National Developing Rider Grant and the inaugural $45,000 Wilton Fair Grant, which is given to a rider 29 and under who has not yet ridden for a senior U.S. team, combined to give her $55,000 in funding.
P.S. Arianna, her 17-year-old four-star partner, is of course going along for the journey. An Anglo-Trakehner mare (Ibsen X Amazing Raven) bred by her farrier Dennis Ackermann and started by her mother Laura, Madeline got “Ari” as a present for her 10th birthday. They have come up the levels together and completed their first CCI4* at Kentucky last year.
Madeline will also be bringing her one-star horse P.S. On Top of the World. An 11-year-old Trakehner cross gelding (Meisterwind X April Mist) bred by Elizabeth Stokes, “Vinnie” finished fourth in the USEF National CCI1* Championships at Hagyard Midsouth in Lexington, Kentucky last year.
We wish Madeline the best of luck as she heads to England!