Talented young horse sports competitor, Lahni Madsen, rides her way to success

Lahni Maden and her horse ‘Louie’, with sashes won at the Malanda Show.

NINE-YEAR OLD Lahni Madsen from Mourilyan is making quite an impression in her chosen interest of horse sports, winning lots of ribbons and accolades at events throughout the region.

Horses are a huge part of her life and Madsen has been riding since the age of two.

In May, she took out most of the Mareeba Gymkhana events and won the overall aggregate for her age group. 

At Herberton Horse Sports, Madsen had a successful event with both her horses, placing in all events on ‘Louie’, and placed in a few events on her new horse, ‘Lyrica’.

She placed well in all events and won the overall group aggregate at the Holly Brown Memorial Barrel Day in Mareeba.

Madsen won the aggregate for her group in the Interschool Horse Sports and compiled enough points to place her school, Mourilyan State School, in second place overall for the junior riders. 

At Gordonvale Pony Club Gymkhana and Open Horse Sports event, Madsen had a successful weekend winning many blue ribbons. 

Madsen also took out the A Group Aggregate, plus High Point Junior Visiting Rider for the Gymkhana on the first day, and then backed it up the next day with another aggregate win in her age group for Open Sports.

At the Babinda Gymkhana, Madsen performed well and claimed first aggregate on her horse ‘Louie’, and second aggregate on ‘Dodge’.

She also competed in the show jumping and Gymkhana at Black River Pony Club. 

Madsen and her horses ‘Louie’ and ‘Lyrica’ performed well in the unofficial jumping ring and took out second and third aggregate. 

The next day, Madsen and ‘Louie’ teamed up with a new friend, Amy, from Pioneer River Valley Hack and Pony Club and they won the Junior Pairs Rider Class. 

She then took out the age group aggregate and was also awarded the Overall Champion for the Under 13 riders.

At the Malanda Show, Madsen had wins and placings in Led and Ridden classes, placings in the pony club sporting events, as well as Champion Led Australian Pony and Champion Ridden Australian Pony.

Madsen took out Reserve Champion in Led Pony, Ridden Pony under Saddle and Pony Hack, Ridden Child Rider Under 13 years, and Ridden Pony Hack classes at the Innisfail Show.

Madsen competed at the Mossman Show and received first place in Rider class, placings in all Led and Hack classes with both of her horses and multiple placings in the pony club sporting events.

At the Tully Show, Madsen had multiple placings with her upcoming horse in Led and Ridden Breed classes, including Reserve Champions.

She then competed at Kuranda Gymkhana where she won or placed in almost every event and was awarded Age Group Champion.

Madsen and her mount ‘Louie’ are heading to Goondiwindi next month to compete in the State Sporting and Formal Gymkhana, representing the region for Zone 18 Pony Clubs.

A wine and cheese fundraiser event for Lahni, hosted by Rhonda Mayocchi, is being held at Roscoes Piazza in Innisfail on August 27.

Any individuals or businesses interested in assisting Lahni with sponsorship so that she can compete in Goondiwindi, should please contact Julianne Madsen on 0418 757 621.

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