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Anyone know Hank Hudson??Pa.

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  • Anyone know Hank Hudson??Pa.

    Just cuious if anyone out there is familiar with him.My friend is going to do a lesson with him.She's a trainer herself and was told he's good.I never heard of him and am curious.Thanks!

  • #2
    YUP!!! I do.....

    He was the FIRST person that my first horse and I EVER did our FIRST ever Cross country school with!!!......(hahaha....he IS alot OLDER than he looks!!!.....)

    That was around 26 YEARS AGO!!!......Silver Image and I had a BLAST jumpin with Hank (its' "Hutson" btw).....sadly I had to put Silver Image down on Nov. 16, 2009....I was lucky enough to have my special partner for 25 1/2 yrs.....I will always miss my palomino appy jumpin machine.....

    Hank was an inspiring and FUN guy to work with.....and I met him again in the past few years when he worked as a trainer at the barn where I've been taking lessons for about 10 years......

    If you would like any additional input and/or have questions feel free to pm me......

    And be sure to tell Hank that "Holly & that gray Riverman mare, Riviera" say HELLO!!!


    • Original Poster

      Wow,thanks!I'm so sorry for the loss of your horse.I lost my horse of a lifetime and best friend in Nov as well.....Nov 3,my birthday.Thanks for the good info on Hank!


      • #4
        I'm so sorry you lost your special partner in Nov. too....but hay at least we were both fortunate to have them eh?

        Hank is ALSO a very talented, skilled and FEARLESS rider.....he is GREAT Fun to work with and your friend will not even "think" she is "working" but she might feel it later....

        Be sure to say "Hi from Holly & Riva"!!


        • Original Poster

          I'll be sure to tell her to say hi....her first lesson is next Sunday.And yes,we sure were lucky to have our wonderful steeds with us for as long as we did.Thanks!


          • #6
            Excellent Experience

            Hank is the trainer at the barn where my mare is wintering. She's not the most trusting of horses, but immediately took to Hank! She follows him all over the arena...I've also watched him teach and am most impressed at his ability to communicate and give positive feedback.


            • #7
              Hank trains at Springdale Farm and it is a beautiful facility with a huge arena, he is great and the horses love him. He worked under Scott Hassler for a number of years at Hilltop Farm. He used to event (rolex, ships quarters ect) trained with Ann Gribbons and numerous other trainers for both dressage and eventing. He currently has two horses from Harmony Sporthorses in training and also a horse from Betsy Steiner.

              Anyone interested in boarding/training/clinics with him PM me. He also holds about 2 clinics a month 1 dressage, 1 jumping.


              • #8
                I know him well and he is one hell of a horseman!


                • #9
                  I learned to event from Hank when he was head trainer at a barn outside of DC (before he went to Hilltop, etc).
                  He is a FEARLESS but very intuitive rider. I have worked with a lot of wonderful people who have competed to upper levels in both eventing and dressage...and have developed better teacher-student relationships with some of them than I had with Hank (who can be very tough)...but NONE of them I think are better horsemen than he is.
                  He's a rare talent.
                  The big man -- my lost prince

                  The little brother, now my main man


                  • #10
                    Does he start babies?

                    I am local to the Chadds Ford/SE PA area and have an unstarted 3 year old WB that I want started this spring. Does anyone know if Hank starts youngsters and what his methods are? Feel free to PM me. Thanks!


                    • #11
                      FWIW.......I suggest.....

                      You contact Hank and just ask him.....I personally observed his ridin during the time he worked at Hilltop and imho, (also fwiw) he did a super job of riding youngsters and HOTHOTHOT horses really well!!!

                      As others have noted he is an EXCELLANT horseman......he also has a lotta years of success and experience......(maybe more years than he will admit to....)......


                      • #12
                        Hank is one of the most naturally talented and intuitive riders I have ever seen ride.
                        He can be tough on the rider as a trainer (and if you are not focused and trying, he will get tougher). I rode with him for years and learned tons. He is definitely worth a try to see if he works as an instructor for your trainer.
                        Jake's Mom- from what I have seen, most horses take to him. My gelding heard his voice once after not seeing him for a year, broke the ties and trotted over to the ring to say hi
                        There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.(Churchill)