We’d like to introduce you to a new Nettex Supported Rider; Callum Hunter. Callum is a 19 year old student currently studying Mechanical Engineering at Aston University in Birmingham, sponsored by the Royal Air Force.

“I first started learning to ride in spring 2011, having weekly lessons up until the summer of 2012 where I had to give up riding as I moved to Welbeck the Defence Sixth Form College, a military boarding school near Loughborough. I decided that, in the summer between my two years at Welbeck, I wanted to have a summer dedicated to horses, so I wrote to some 40 different Polo and Eventing yards across the country. I was offered a 6 week placement on the yard of the young, up and coming event rider Tom Rowland, at his yard near Cheltenham. Here I learned a lot about horses, the sport of eventing and a lot about myself as a rider.

When I started University I got in touch with the Reserve Forces Equestrian Team through my unit in the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme. I started training with them in February 2015, at Jill Carenza’s Equestrian Centre under the guidance of Zoe Davies the team coach.”

This weekend Callum made Nettex incredibly proud at the RAF Championships;

“Wow what a weekend RAF Championships was! Having arrived at RAFC Cranwell on Friday afternoon after coming straight off of a 6 day Exercise at Catterick as part of my University requirements, I wasn’t quite feeling human! But after a long shower, the horses arrived and we set to work with the preparations for the weekend ahead.
Saturday was the Dressage and Showjumping, I got 63% in my Dressage test and managed a double clear round in the Showjumping, even if it was with only one stirrup for the most! Despite this, I finished fifth in the showjumping class and won a cheeky orange rosette! Sunday was Cross Country day and after a bit of a tumble in the warm up, me and Symphony were eliminated at the third fence due to refusals, but they let me carry on and finish the course and it was absolutely fantastic! An awesome round and I couldn’t fault Symphony at all. He was an absolute machine and I’m incredibly proud of him.

Big thank you to Zoe Davies for getting me to my first One Day Event after being back in the saddle for 7 months! Also thank you to my family for supporting me in all my horsey endeavours, even with my Dad being allergic to horses. Thank you to those at Jill Carenza Equestrian for supplying the horses, they are awesome horses to ride and it’s an honour to compete on them! Thank you to Nettex Equine, who have continued to support myself and the team, providing grooming products to make sure we the best turn out at competitions. Finally a huge thank you to all the people on the Reserve Forces Equestrian team, you are all so supportive and I wouldn’t be riding if it wasn’t for you guys! Still pinching myself that I’ve got my first ODE under my belt but looking forward to the future and what it may hold!”

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