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. Here he shares his latest news.
As I write, I’ve not long been back from the big 5 star show in St Gallen, where I was lucky enough to be on the British squad for the Nations Cup with Happydam (Happy).
Although I’ve jumped on a five star team at Gijon, this was my first “super league” team league and so it was a new kind of pressure. Happy has proved himself enough over big grand prix tracks but he is still relatively green at this height. He had jumped really well in the Grand Prix on the Friday and then had a day off which I think probably left him a bit fresh. As a result, he was strong in the first round where the time was tight, so we ended up with 17 time penalties. Sadly, that first round of ours ended up counting for the team when Louise Saywell’s horse – Golden Wave OL – was naughty at the water and eliminated. Such a shame for her. I was hugely relieved therefore when Happy and I went in the ring again to notch up a clear second round.
With Holly Smith and William Whitaker jumping double clears, that made it five clears in total for us. This sort of performance would typically have secured Britain a better position than our final fifth. But, it was a quality field in which France went on to win. It was a great learning experience and I think the team feeling is that we have some exciting new horses and new riders coming through, so we’ll have to watch this space.
Meanwhile, back home, we’ve been busy bringing on the youngsters. We have a promising six-year-old called Domino who is very talented and exciting. We’re doing the round of Young Horse classes with him and he recently jumped three clears in the one day! Also, Burhill Sportshorses, the breeding and selling operation I am building with my partner Kevin Witteveen, have a couple of four-year-olds coming on. On top of that, two or three times a week I usually teach pupils who are based with Abdel Said at his yard here in Belgium, where I’m based. That’s always satisfying when you see how they improve in their next competitions. So, all in all – we’re never not busy!
In the little spare time we do have, we’ve been working away on our website which I am pleased to say is now live at www.samuelhutton.com Come and find out more about us here.
You can read Sam’s first installment here: https://www.localrider.co.uk/2018/05/31/sam-hutton-our-man-from-surrey/
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