Rickmansworth teen, Megan Ridler, selected to represent England at horse riding championships (From Watford Observer)
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Rickmansworth teen, Megan Ridler, selected to represent England at horse riding championships
A Rickmansworth pupil has been selected to ride for England in the horse riding World Team Mounted Games Championships next month.
Megan Ridler, a pupil at The Royal Masonic School for Girls, in Rickmansworth Park, will be representing her country at the championships, which will be held in Normandy between August 17 and 24.
She will also be riding for England in the European Mounted Games Team Championships, which will take place between July 23 and 27, in Ghlin, in Belgium.
The Mounted Games are a branch of equestrian sport in which very fast games are played by people of all ages.
The games require a high degree of athletic ability, good riding skills, hand-eye coordination, determination, perseverance and a competitive spirit, whilst also demanding an ability to work together with other riders and a willingness to help one another.
The 16-year-old had to enter lots of competitions over the course of the year and from these competitions, the best riders were selected for the initial squad.
These 11 riders selected to go through at this stage then had to compete against each other for a position in the final five.
Megan, who has been riding since she was three years old, said: "When I am riding my horse, I am incapable of thinking about anything else in my life, it overrules everything.
"I love my horses more than anything. They are my life and I am down at the stables every day I can. I love the sport due to the intense and competitive environment as well as the extreme danger and adrenaline. But most of all, I love the connections and friendships, built on trust, that I have with my horse and ponies."
Megan will be riding her horse Tiffany in the games in France and Belgium and hopes that success will lead her one step closer to her dream of one day owning her own Yard and making a living working with horses.