Wednesday, Jul. 24, 2024

Hunter Holloway’s Grand Prix Acrobatics

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Hunter Holloway rode VDL Bravo into second place in the $216,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix at the Tryon International Equestrian Center (N.C.) on June 10, but her night wasn’t without drama. She very nearly didn’t get a chance to contest the jump-off when she had a hairy moment in Round 1.

“I almost fell off; my horse is amazing,” Holloway laughed. Holloway was briefly unseated and riding in front of her saddle in the middle of the line with a particularly careful vertical on the way out.

“He’s amazing. That horse I have such a good partnership and I really trust him. This is one of the bigger classes I’ve ever jumped on him so I walked it and was like, ‘Oh my, this is a little bigger than we’re used to,’ ” Holloway said. “He jumped the liverpool and got a bit of a rub and then he came to the Rolex oxer and I mean he really fired, and I wasn’t ready for it.”

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VDL Bravo’s amazing effort over the oxer. Photos by Ann Glavan

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It looked at first like Holloway was going to bounce right out the front door on the landing side.

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And even if she managed to stay on, the next fence was coming up in a very tight seven strides for most riders who, you know, could sit down in their tack and whoa.

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But Holloway stayed the course, and VDL Bravo kept her in the tack.

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Holloway was able to right herself about three strides out from the vertical…

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And voila, up and over the vertical on the way out no problem.

“I don’t know how I stayed on. He kind of lifted me back up like, ‘Stay on mom!’ ” Holloway continued. “I climbed back on and managed to keep going and he was just like, ‘What are you doing lady?!’”

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Holloway gave VDL Bravo big pats for his efforts.

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And she was all smiles on the way out of the ring.

Holloway had just the final fence down in the jump-off to slot into second.

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