Every year Pony Club Branches and Centres in the UK and internationally nominate members to be put forward for the Mounted Games International Teams. Making the team is an outstanding achievement for Millie and recognises her suitability to act as an ambassador for her country as well as her participation in Mounted Games and also her exceptional all-round Pony Club CV.
The path to the GB Team has involved huge efforts and sacrifices on Millie’s part, with selection not only being down to her riding ability alone. She has had to pass the Pony Club C+ test, attend preparation sessions over the winter, before training, on Sunday mornings and Wednesday afternoons and had to miss out on taking part in DofE due to clashes with expeditions and training.
Unfortunately, sport worldwide is being affected by the spread of the Covid-19 virus, with many events having to be cancelled and the International Mounted Games is no exception meaning this year’s successful members are unable to travel to the competition in Australia.
Millie said: ‘I was delighted to be selected for the GB Mounted Games team as the only Scotland representative. I am really disappointed not to be travelling to Australia due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the cancelling of all events, however after a successful year with Misty, then Gunner, I am so happy that our hard work has been recognised with selection. I hope once things get back to more normality the 2020 GB team will have a chance to compete.’
Although she may not be able to travel to compete this year, Millie is still heavily involved in the equestrian world. Going forward she is going to help train the junior members in Mounted Games. She is continuing with show jumping and cross-country and hopes to enter some British Eventing Competitions if any open up in Scotland this year.
Well done Millie, you have worked incredibly hard to achieve this and we all look forward to seeing you compete again as soon as possible.