Hijabi Khadijah Mellah Shows She Is A Champion
18-year-old, the first rider to race in a hijab in Britain, is victorious in the Magnolia Cup
The 18-year-old was the first rider to race in a hijab in Britain and she delivered her Charlie Fellowes-trained mount with a perfectly-timed run to lift the ladies-only charity race.
Hijabi Khadijah Mellah Breaking Boundaries
Hijabi Khadijah Mellah, who hails from Peckham in South London and is set to study mechanical engineering at university in September, learnt to ride at the Ebony Horse Club charity in Brixton — but sat on a racehorse for the first time only in April.
She certainly belied her lack of experience, as she exercised plenty of patience aboard Haverland, only making her move coming into the final furlong.
It was a blanket finish to the race, but after a tense wait, Haverland was eventually called the winner by the judge.