ONE of the many positive outcomes of the Baileys Horse feeds Flexi Eventing Series is the encouragement of all riders, but, particularly, the underage who can progress and develop at their own pace. This has been very evident this year with the younger riders dominating many of the classes each week.
This week, it was the turn of 13-year-old Maya Constable, who came runner up in a competitive class of 17 in the Pre Novice ‘B’.
Despite the fact that she has been around horses at her grandmother’s yard since she was born, she never really showed a serious interest until the summer of 2021. Since then, she has applied herself diligently to the sport and moved on quickly from her 24-year-old school master, ‘Smurf’.
She competed with Eventing Ireland for the final two Northern Region events last season as a 12-year-old, in the EI 90P class, on her lovely 13-year-old Connemara pony, ‘Duncarbery Cascade’, aka ‘Cloud’, where she placed second and third. She also regularly competes her mother’s event horse, ‘Urneypark Big Cat’, in dressage and jumping.
Maya has the luxury of being home-schooled and trains twice a week with Trevor Smith in Gilford. She believes it’s the consistency of training that has allowed her to progress so quickly in the discipline of eventing. Maya is excited for the season ahead, as she plans to move up to the EI 100 with ‘Cloud’. She also has plans to ‘steal’ her mum’s ‘eventer’ as soon as she is age appropriate!
Those at the Northern Region predict a bright future ahead for Maya and look forward to following her progress.
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