Hannah is a 20yr old university student, currently studying sports and exercise science. She is from a strong horse background with her mum competing up to grand prix show jumping, her grandfather playing polo for New Zealand, and her great grandfather raced Empire Rose to win the Melbourne Cup. This love for horses has carried itself through the generations, explaining Hannah’s strong passion for horses and show jumping.
Hannah began riding at the age of 2yr, from there the love for jumping developed. From the ages of 6-10yrs she competed in show hunter, coming away with 2x New Zealand titles, 15x national championships, and many wins and placings. At aged 11yr Hannah competed in her first Pony Grand Prix, and continued to win and place in many Pony Grand Prix’s. At aged 12yrs, Hannah was given the opportunity to represent her country in New Caledonia. Competing in the Children’s FEI Teams competition, with team New Zealand taking away the Win. In 2014 and 2015 Hannah was given the opportunity to work and compete on the Australian show jumping circuit, and picked up wins and placings at junior and young rider level.
Hannah is now successfully competing at Young Rider level and is hoping to step her 8yr old mare up to Grand Prix level (1.40-1.50m) later this season. Hannah currently has a team of three horses:
Whakanui De L’Amore – 8yr old Grey Mare, by Blue Indoctro. I bought Dallas as a green broke 3yr old, with some money I had saved up from riding ponies for people. I was 15yrs old. Dallas is a self-produced mare, whom I have taken through the age group classes myself. As a 5yr old she finished 6th in the national 5yr old series. As a 6yr old we won numerous style prizes and was placed in junior riders. As a 7yr old she stepped up to compete in young riders picking up placings, also finished 8th in the FEI jumping Challenge. She is now successfully competing at young rider level and I aim to compete her in lady rider of the year this year at hose of the year, as well as young rider of the year.
Whakanui Homebrew – 7yr old Chestnut Gelding, by Lindberg Des Hayettes. My family bred Mister Ears out of a pony I competed up to mini prix level, before she was injured. Mister Ears is the stable clown at home, always keeping me entertained. He has an over achieving jump and a bright future ahead of him in the show jumping arena. He has picked up some good placings this year in the 7yr old classes (1.35m).
Whakanui Dusautoir – 5yr old Bay Gelding, by Don Eduardo. Hearty is a traditional thoroughbred with strong racing and jumping lines. My grandfather bred Hearty hoping to have one more shot at the Melbourne Cup, however he is more suited as a jumper. I am hoping to compete him in the 5yr old series and in 5yr old of the year at Horse of the Year.
Hannah's goals for the future are to continue to produce young horses which fit the niche market here in New Zealand. Hannah also aims to one day take a team of horses to Australia to compete on the Australian Circuit. "I also hope to in a few years have a horse that is ready to successfully compete in the New Zealand World Cup Series."
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