Walton-on-Thames born and bred, Sam Hutton, is one of Britain’s most successful young riders who has been based in Belgium for the past few years. He is currently based with top Egyptian rider Abdel Said (AS Sport horses) and is now a regular member of British Nations Cup squads. Over the coming months Sam will be sharing news and stories as he follows the summer showjumping circuit across Europe.
As I write, I am really looking forward to being on the British squad, with my best horse Happydam (Happy) for the Nations Cup in St Gallen, a 5 star show in Switzerland which runs 30th May to 3rd June.
So far, this Spring, Happy, a very talented 11-year-old warmblood stallion, has been jumping really well. Abu Dhabi was an amazing event where I was very lucky to receive a wild card entry and Happy jumped superb there and left me really excited for this Summer. The next big show was in Samorin where it all came together again and we produced top rounds and good placings in all the classes we ran him in.
I am really looking forward to competing in the Senior Nations Cups and would dearly love to be on the British team for the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, Carolina, USA in September. I am pleased to say that I am on the long list at the moment, which is a good start, but there is a long way to go until then.
Another two of my horses showing great promise are also 11-year-olds – they are Aramis who is competing at 1.50M level and should be stepping up to 5 * Grand Prix this year and Cameron de HuI Reals Z currently competing 1.45 m level. 2018 is to get him stepping up to 1.50m level.
Of the two, Aramis is the newer horse to the string and we have a great connection together already. We’re still getting to know each other more and I really want to push him towards a higher level.
I am based with to Egyptian rider, Abdel Said who runs a trading, competition and training stable in Belgium, near the border with Holland. Many different clients come and buy horses here and we also train a few younger riders, across the levels, who base themselves at the yard. So, it’s a very busy place and a ‘buzzy’ place to work.
If we’re not at a Show, I usually start riding my horses at 8.30 am every day and then later I’ll try to take my best horses out for a hack in the afternoon, because that helps keep them relaxed and gives them variety. I will probably jump the horses at home once or twice a week max and we do a lot of what we call gymnastic exercises on the flat to keep them show ready.
It’s been a very busy time for taking on new sponsors too, which is very exciting too. Team GBR sponsors NAF have supported me for a while and I have also discovered the best gloves for riding in, whatever the weather – Macwet. Plus, I have also been invited to trial a really stylish Italian clothing collection called Anna Scarparti (ASup for short). It’s not all that well-known in the UK and, unlike it perhaps sounds, is not just for women!
Follow Sam and the British squad’s progress in St Gallen at http://www.longinestiming.com/#!/equestrian/2018/1492/html/en/longinestiming/index.html
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