Four months ago Mark Mc Auley started to work at the Menada-family’s stable in Italy, and after just two weeks he was competing at the Global Champions Tour in Doha. “Everything went really fast and now I have seven horses that are mine to ride. I also ride the two horses that belong to the daughter in the family; Maddalena Valenzano.
She is studying on the weekdays and then I help her at the shows in the weekends. Maddalena is riding the amateur tour at the GCT shows, while I ride in the big tour.” Both Mark and Maddalena are training for the French chef d´equipe Henk Nooren.
Mark, who is 24 years old, left his father’s stable in Ireland about 2,5 years ago, and went to Italy where he educated young horses in a trading-stable for about two years. The Irish rider has now moved on to ride and compete older horses, and he will stay in Italy even though he isn't that fond of the warm weather. “I start to ride at five o'clock in the morning and ride until it gets too warm, then I ride the rest of the horses late at night.”
Loriot is at the moment his best horse, and went with Mark to the Global Champions Tour in Hamburg. “He has a lot of experience and competed at the WEG when he was nine so it is really good for me to have such a good horse now that I am off to ride the biggest classes. But he isn´t the easies horse to ride… Pro Trois is another horse in the stable, she is just eight but really one for the future,” Mark lets us know.
This year Mark will ride all the Global Champions Tour shows, and in the future he is hoping to be able to ride some nations cups as well as getting into the Irish team. With Mark’s speed it probably won’t take that long until we will see him on the Irish team – just after our interview with Mark he landed a big sponsor deal with Horse First.
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