A Dream

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"After I learnt the basic commands I just got better and better." Marcus is passionate about jumping and hopes to do what he loves best in the world.


"The adrenalin and the power build-up when you're coming into a jump. The missing of heartbeats when soaring over and the extreme satisfaction and amazement in knowing that you've completed and achieved something when you land on the other side.

Show Jumping, in my opinion: the best sport in the world.

It all started when I was just seven years old with riding lessons. Touching the side of the horse with your legs makes it go faster and pulling of reigns makes it turn or stop. After I learnt the basic commands I just got better and better. After three years of lessons I finally got my own horse, Ebony. Then soon after, my brother had a pony.

Four years later we got a miniature Shetland pony and a show jumper, Poppy. How amazing she was, and still is. She can jump six foot with an experienced rider, whereas I can only jump five foot on her but my confidence and jumping ability have built up over the last year. I enjoy Show Jumping far more than ordinary riding, it's more exciting and controlled.

I practice every weekend to get better and also to keep Poppy fit because I want to get to the stage of professional Show Jumping. I won't block everything else out of my life but being a Show Jumper would be a fantastic bonus."

By: Marcus Thomas
Published: July 2004

An interview with the author

Please tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Marcus Thomas and I live with my family. I am 15 years old and I have four horses.

What's your story about?
Show Jumping - which is a dream and a passion I have. I chose to do this story because my Show Jumping passion is not done by many people and I wanted to show what it is like and also to get my dream noticed and out in the open.

What did you find most rewarding about the workshop?
Probably working with such a big and well-known company as the BBC and also getting my dream and people noticed by people far and wide.

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