Name: Jason Mark Slade
Date of Birth: 2005
Pony name: My Irish Boy.
Which disciplines do you take part in and which is your favourite: I take part in Equitation and Showjumping, I really enjoy them both so don’t have a favourite yet.
How long have you been riding for? I started riding on the lead rein at age 4 and rode for about 18 months before stopping to do other sports. I started riding again 2 years later with a pony called Nala in the 60cms and 70cms, then I was lucky enough to get My Irish Boy, who we call Laddie. I started with Laddie in the 70s and we have just been selected for the Gauteng 1m team to compete in South African Pony Rider champs.
What is your most memorable horse riding moment?: My Most favourite thing is just seeing my two ponies in their paddock in my garden, but if you want to know my most memorable win, it would be winning the 1m class at the Farnham show.
Jason has had a very successful 2017 with jumping and equitation and is equestrian captain of Beaulieu prep. Jason and Laddie have won the pony rider open equitation title at Pony Rider derby, and the Mark White Nissan super league. He has represented Gauteng the last two years in jumping and last year won team and individual gold in intermediate equitation.