Six-Year-Old Stars in Show Hunter Title Class

10 Mar

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Hillman Hunter’s HOY campaign almost came to an early end when he was kicked in his yard on the first day of the show . . . but yesterday he ruled supreme and won the Show Hunter of the Year crown.

Abby Robinson couldn’t believe it. The 25-year-old administrator from Ohaupo had to scratch her six-year-old from the showjumping classes, but held out for the show hunter.

“I was worried because I thought he would be fresh as fresh for it,” she said.

Abby Robinson rides Hillman Hunter and wins the Horse Show Hunter of the Year, Horse of the Year 2017, Hawkes Bay A&P Showgrounds, Hastings, Friday, March 10, 2017. Credit: KAMPIC / Kerry Marshall

She needn’t have worried – he was a star. At the end of the first round they were lying second behind Karen Riddle (Rotorua) and her lovely grey stallion LC Telepathy.

“After that first round I thought we had a good chance as there weren’t many clears,” said Robinson. “He didn’t put a foot wrong in his call back so it was just incredible.”

It is the first HOY title she has ever won, and her first time in the open show hunter title class.

The victory meant a lot to Robinson and her mother, Maryanne Robinson.

“She is very involved with it all and was here to see us win. She keeps me in line!” Hillman Hunter was chosen by her mother as a weanling when Robinson was out of the country.

“It was pure luck really.”

She has done plenty of show hunter competition over the years, and says it is a good discipline for young horses.

Results – Horse Show Hunter of the Year: Abby Robinson (Ohaupo) Hillman Hunter. Reserve: Karen Riddle (Rotorua) LC Telepathy.


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