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  • Anyone know eventers who have been successful...

    in hunter divisions after retiring (or just changing jobs)?

    Just curious. I'm thinking about horses who were relatively successful eventing first.
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  • #2
    I have a friend of mine who bought another woman's eventer for her daughter. While he's a little like, what, jump another round again? He's been great and done very well!


    • #3
      Didn't Bruce Davidson's little stallion Lion King get gelded and turn into a hunter some years ago?
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      • #4
        Yes, Bruce's Lion King was gelded and purchased by a YR to do hunter classes. I think that she posts on the H/J forum. I believe that he has a bit of success.

        Also, hasn't A fine Romance done a bit of everything?

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        • #5
          Ok here's where age catches up with me. But Annie Eldridge sold her very nice bay gelding who did Prelim or Int to Betty Oare and he went on to be very successful in Hunters.

          This was circa 1996-97 ish.

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          • #6
            We've sold a couple of horses into the Eq ring. Does that count?? One was bought with the intent of it being the horse that the boss would try and get to the Athens Olympics on, but he was too big and hard on himself, and tried to break down once we started trying to get him ready for the two star level. He then nearly made it to Grand Prix in show jumping, but, again, couldn't hold up (we blame some of this on poor management by the rider/trainer we had him with...we were clueless and just went on the advice of another eventer). He finally has found his niche in the Big Eq. He went to all the medal finals with various kids one year, and now has his very own kid to take care of.

            We have a fellow COTH member who has the other one, Tip. But I don't know if I would deem him as a "successful" eventer. He could have been, but he had the bejesus scared out of him at Seneca one year when he got chased 3/4 of the way around the xc by someone's JRT (a JUMP JUDGE'S JRT, at that!). He was never quite right, after that. xctrygirl got to ride him for a summer and ended up taking him to Local finals at WIHS!!!! He's a super cool horse and I couldn't have wished for a better person to have him!


            • #7
              Corta Glen (or is it Gorta Glen??), who DOC won Radnor or the two star at Jersey Fresh on one year, and then Austin Allen did YRs on, is now a hunter and pretty successful at it.


              • #8
                My first advanced horse Ben should have done hunters. I was offered big sums of money for him several times, and he was ridden by a BN hunter trainer here that wanted to purchase him for hunters, but being a silly attached teen-ager I passed it up.



                • Original Poster

                  OK, next question: If you had an eventer who could also be a hunter, would you enter a hunter competition if there was an incentive (built into the competition)?
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                  • #10
                    Lantana, an Oldenburg chestnut gelding, owned and bred by Elizabeth Callahan and ridden by Marty Morani at advanced in 2005 is now showing and winning at the level 7 jumpers and Mini prix.


                    • Original Poster

                      AH, but it's gotta be hunters. Like, maybe, the new "high performance hunter" type stuff: four-footers.
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                      • #12
                        Can't believe I'm the first one to post the really big one.

                        Julie Gomena's Treaty, who WON Rolex (when it was a CCI***), was sold as a big money hunter. They had a picture of him competing at Upperville in the Chronicle. My memory is that Julie said he was happy doing the job, and she got three times the money for him than if she'd sold him as an eventer despite hiis impeccable credentials. Plus the vetting wasn't nearly as rigorous.

                        As far as the second question, if I had one for sale that I thought could be sucessful at both, and there was an incentive, I would consider entering the horse with a proper hunter rider. If you ask me if I'd ride it myself, no, I'd rather claw my own eyeballs out. (That's not a slam on hunters--I just don't ride that way, period, and why go and have a bad hunter round and prove some eventing stereotypes. Well, that and I CANNOT STAND the waiting around. The endless, endless waiting around, while we wait for trainers, parents, Godot, whoever. K' guess that last part was a bit of a slam on the hunters, but I do admire their top riders). I also wouldn't do it with one I was planning to keep as en eventer.

                        I've had a few off the track that wouldn't go XC, and rehomed them as hunters, but I always managed to sell them cheaply without show miles, or found a friends, cousin's roomate or some such type who was a hunter rider who was willing to show them for me.
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                        • #13

                          Why would we not enter our eventers in hunter shows anyway?? Incentive or not, I willingly and happily enter hunter shows, maybe not A shows, but we do it to practice the steadiness of our rounds.

                          Someone will have to explain to me the "downside" of competing in a variety of disciplines.

                          "Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgment that something is more important than fear. The brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all." ~2001 The Princess Diaries


                          • Original Poster

                            This is great. Really. More, please???
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                            • #15
                              PhoenixFarm just listed off all the reasons why I'm not looking forward to carting a few over to Morven for a hunter show in a couple of weeks. I don't mind the schooling part of it (8 nice fences from good distances while working for the relentless pursuit of rhythm). Not wild about the waiting, waiting, waiting, or that I have to go and buy a shirt.

                              At least we're going to Morven...we can run reconn missions all day to help decide when we actually GO with the horses!!!


                              • #16
                                I believe several of Missy Ransehausen's horses went on to be good Equitation horses.


                                • #17
                                  Also, back in the Dark Ages, Heyday's grandma was Reserve Champion Junior Hunter at Harrisburg, did Junior Jumpers, foxhunted, and did Prelim eventing with me when I was 12-17 or 18. Cross training is fun!


                                  • #18
                                    I am older than XCNTYGRL. Molly Bliss' horse, I think the Roan Ranger went to do the Eq.


                                    • #19
                                      I was going to mention Julie's horse (that was my first trip to Rolex!) but I couldn't remember if he'd gone on to do hunters or jumpers. Great story, though!
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                                      • #20
                                        I went through training on my old horse, Riley. Before I got him he was going prelim...He tore a muscle and I didn't want to put the stress on his leg, so I switched disciplines. Luckily I knew of a great local hunter/jumper trainer who put lots of painstaking hours into polishing us up for the hunter/eq ring. We were successful at the local circuit showing in the Adult Hunters and Equitation....I didn't do any A shows because I'm a broke college student . We actually qualified for the year end PSJ adult medal finals in 2006. I would always feel really good when we did well because we were both still eventers at heart

                                        I know Riley's story is NOWHERE NEAR the big time...but I thought you might enjoy a story about a local success

                                        here are a few pictures...one of us eventing and the other from the hunter ring.