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Riding A Dream

  • Episode:

    1 of 1

  • Transmission (TX):

    Sat 02 Nov 2019

  • TX Confirmed

    Yes

  • Time

    11.45am - 12.15pm

  • Week:

    Week 45 2019 : Sat 02 Nov - Fri 08 Nov

  • Channel:

    ITV

  • Published:

    Wed 23 Oct 2019

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Riding A Dream

“A big part of my life has been proving people wrong. I am thrilled that I am part of a shift in social understanding of what women can achieve and what they can be good at. There’s quite a stereotype around Muslim girls and them ‘not being able to follow their sporting dreams’. I want to be a role model to anyone who wants to do something that they wouldn’t initially believe was in their comfort zone and allow people to follow their aspirations and dreams.” - Khadijah Mellah

Riding a Dream follows the remarkable story of Khadijah Mellah, 18, from Peckham, South London who made history and global headlines this summer by becoming the first British Muslim woman to win at one of British horse racing’s most prestigious festivals, Glorious Goodwood, barely four months after she had sat on a racehorse for the first time.

Charting her journey from the charity Ebony Horse Club in Brixton where she first learnt to ride, to one of the highlights of the global sporting calendar, the documentary follows Khadijah as she prepares to compete in the Magnolia Cup, an all-female charity race against the likes of Olympian Victoria Pendleton, model Vogue Williams and professional event rider Sophie van der Merwe.

With just four months to prepare for the race of her life, Khadijah had to juggle studying for her A-Levels and fasting for Ramadan with a gruelling training and assessment regime in order to just make it to the start line. 

However, all her determination, discipline and passion paid off when, against all the odds, she won the race on a horse called Haverland, resulting in one of the biggest sporting success stories of 2019 and securing her spot in British sporting history.

Growing up in Peckham with no real connection to horses before she started riding at Ebony Horse Club, Khadijah’s fairytale story broke down barriers and stereotypes and proved that there are no limits to what you can achieve when you put your mind to it. Hers is a story that not only impressed a nation but also inspired the world.

This is an UnVeil Arts production for ITV