Maisie bounces back from horrific fall to secure her ticket to the Trailblazers finals

Diminutive Maisie Farnham has overcome major surgery following a horrific fall to bravely return to the saddle and qualify for this year’s SEIB Trailblazers National Championships.

Last summer, Maisie – who is only seven – suffered a terrifying fall and was trampled on. She had to endure two operations to repair multiple fracture to her jaw. Now fully recovered, she is delighted to be able to ride her ponies again, although understandably with a little more caution.

Although her confidence was dented, pony-mad and showjumping-obsessed Maisie is determined to be just like her hero, John Whitaker.

“I want to ride just like John, he’s amazing,” she said.

Jumping Around caught up with Maisie's hero John, who is impressed by Maisie's courage and determination and wishes her luck in her championship bid.

“We all fall off from time to time, it is part of the game and the sport. Maisie, you’re not on your own, I still fall off too, you just have to brush yourself off and keep going!” said John.

Scunthorpe-based Maisie's return has met with success, she finished second in the 12 and under 65cm at Sykehouse Arena in South Yorkshire on Black Magic, a pony bought last October, to qualify for the Trailblazers annual championships at Stoneleigh. The showjumping finals take place on 2 - 5 August.

“I’m so excited, I can’t wait to go to the finals at Stoneleigh. I’ve always wanted to go to a big show and sleep in the lorry, it’s like a dream come true!” said Maisie.

Watch out for more reports from the Trailblazers second rounds and the finals.

Photos © Jumping Around & courtesy Trailblazers/Country Pursuit Images