Embracing Equestrianism: A New Role Model Emerges

Ever felt bound by society’s stereotypes in your desire to venture into what's defined as the domain of the opposite gender? Think equestrianism is a girls' game? Listen up! One brave young lad is proud to break the gender stereotypes in equestrianism, and he is all set to redefine perspectives.

A Bold Leap into the Equestrian World

Meet Ollie Rowles, an 11-year-old with a love for equestrian sports, who, despite his initial apprehension of stepping into a girl-dominated sport, took the risk. Starting almost a year ago, Ollie has participated in the national vaulting championships and now hopes to inspire other young boys to pursue their interest in equestrian activities.

Amidst the rising popularity of equestrian vaulting, Ollie's journey began with a rather hesitant stride. His hesitation had nothing to do with the size of the 17hh Irish sport horse Barney that he'd be competing with. Instead, it was the absence of fellow boys in his vaulting class. Despite this initial discomfort, Ollie decided to give it a shot and discovered a hidden passion for equestrian vaulting.

New Title, New Responsibilities

Today, Ollie's fearless and passionate approach has not only earned him recognition in the equestrian world but also made him the official vaulting ambassador for the Boys Ride Too magazine, a publication dedicated to encouraging boys in horse sports. "I was speechless at first and very happy to be recognised," he said.

Ollie has found a unique satisfaction in being part of a pas de deux team - a duo performance in equestrian vaulting. "There is so much more you can do with horse sports, and vaulting is fantastic for those at both beginner and advanced riding levels," Ollie remarked. Not only has he enriched his fitness levels, but he also discovered the importance of teamwork, respect, and courage.

A Vision for Future Equestrian Enthusiasts

In his new role as an ambassador, Ollie aims to inspire more boys to step outside their comfort zones and try something new. He hopes his accomplishments will serve as a catalyst to change the perception that equestrian sports are only for girls.

It's not surprising that Ollie’s mother, Joanna, is beaming with pride. "He is an inspiring representation for boys in the equestrian world. It’s such a shame that boys are not represented more in this age group with equestrian disciplines," she voiced.

Success and Beyond

Ollie’s recent achievements include winning the pas de deux and securing second place in the individual class at Moreton Morrell College. He's set to participate in five more equestrian events this year, including the prestigious British championships in October. With his determination and zest, Ollie sure has a promising future ahead.

As Ollie’s inspiring journey unfolds, remember, true strength lies in challenging conventions and venturing into the unknown, even if it seems like an uphill climb. After all, equestrianism is not just for girls. Let's cheer for more Ollies in the world and make equestrianism everyone's game!