With the London Olympics only days away, excitement is ‘mounting’ in Berkshire as local mum and equestrian Samantha Albert prepares to participate in the historic Games, where she will be representing her country of birth, Jamaica.
A mother of two living in Newbury, Sam Albert spends her ‘spare time’ training and competing as a successful international horserider. Qualifying for the 2012 Olympics is by no means her first big break. Over her 22-year career, Sam has ridden in three World Equestrian Games, two Pan-American Games, one European Championship, as well as at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Now, she wants to finish her career with a flourish by riding at her very best at the 2012 Games in London.
With a Jamaican mother and British father, Sam was raised in Jamaica, and it was there that her passion for horses first blossomed. Now living in Britain, she remains the sole international event rider for Jamaica and continues her success in the sport – as her Olympics qualification testifies!
Fitting in her training around looking after her two young sons, Sam worked extremely hard through the winter, bringing her steeds up to speed for a shot at the Olympics. She then came through a difficult (and muddy!) course at Ballindenisk, Ireland in February to qualify for the Games on her faithful grey and top horse, Danny.
But that’s not all – besides her busy schedule as a rider and mother, Sam also finds time to teach and inspire others. At the competition yard she runs through her local Yew Tree Stables, Sam teaches pony club children and other event riders, as well as her son Miles’s school equestrian team. That’s one jam-packed diary!
While you would be forgiven for thinking that Sam was somehow superhuman, she cannot do all of this alone. Event riding is very expensive, and merely qualifying for the Olympics costs a vast amount of money. As such, Sam is fundraising in order to ease the financial burden of her sport and make sure that her Olympic dream does not drain her purse! So if you’re in a position to help out, simply trot over to Sam’s Road to the Olympics fundraising page to make a donation and assist the talented rider on her way to glory!
From all the team at HugoFox.com, we’d like to wish Sam the best of luck!