I’m Maddie, the blonde behind The Blonde & The Bay. I am a 26-year-old Adult Amateur FEI dressage competitor, working in the real estate and creative industry while balancing my riding career on the side.
My riding debut started out as backyardy as backyardy can be, hopping on borrowed horses from family friends’ fields and then progressing through lessons at horse camp, riding in a local
My days are long, and in climates that run to the extremes, with my winters in Wellington and my summers in northern Virginia. Heat and humidity are a constant, and I accumulate a lot of saddle time. I’m also a professional rider and trainer, so looking good in spite of it all is important - I want to look polished and presentable to my customers, even when it’s 104* with 100% humidity and theirs is the sixth horse of my morning.
Eli and I have been partners for about five years now, and we are venturing into the hunter ring, which is new for me but he seems to love it. I have been obsessed with horses for as long as I can remember and have been riding since I was 9.
I am 33 and rode extensively as a junior and then took a break from horse showing. This past week got a new horse, Louis, who is a lease. I live to ride, so my work has naturally evolved around that!