An update from Callum Hunter

We caught up with Nettex Supported Rider Callum Hunter after the Broadway Horse-Trials

“Wow…what a weekend! On Saturday the 17th of October, I took part in my first ever British Eventing event at Broadway Horse-Trials in the BE90 on Jimi and it was amazing! It was an early start as we had Dressage at 10:38, Jimi warmed up really well and was feeling great in all three paces. I managed to keep myself calm despite being really nervous! The test went really well and I posted a 36.8, a great achievement for our new partnership in my first proper test. The test card was filled with 6’s and 7’s, and there were lots of really good points that we can work on for the future.

The Showjumping was the next discipline on the cards and Jimi felt ready to go after being a superstar on the flat. We managed to get an awesome clear round with 2 time faults. It probably wasn’t the prettiest of rounds, with fence 6B being rattled with in the cups, but we managed a super round and I was so pleased with the result!

Now came the exciting part…Cross Country! As we went to the XC warm up arena, Jimi knew what was next and was ready to tackle the course. After a couple of practice fences and a nervous wait, we fired out of the starting box and had a super round. We went clear jumping and we had 13.2 time faults, but he attacked every fence and sailed over them all with ease.The optimum time for the course was 4:06 and we posted a time of 4:39, but I am so pleased with the result and I don’t really mind about the time faults as we were taking the course steady and making sure we jumped everything well.

We finished on a score of 52 penalty points and we came 24th in the class out of 37, an amazing achievement for our first outing together, my first BE event and biggest XC course to date!

This would never have been possible without the Reserve Forces Association Equitation (RFAE). I would never have been able to get back in the saddle if it wasn’t for the RFAE and they have given me the chance to compete this year and some superb events, I completed my first ever Showjumping competition, at CSEC, and my first ever ODE, at RAF Championships, with them this year and it has set me up for a superb riding season. Everyone on the team has been so supportive and welcoming and I feel honoured to ride with such a great group of people.

I’d like to say a special thank you to Nettex who have supported myself and the Reserve Forces Equestrian Team throughout the year. Without their support we would not be able to turn out as smart as we do and it really does make a difference when we travel to shows!

I am still pinching myself over what I have accomplished this year, having got back in the saddle in February. I have competed three times with the Reserve Forces Equestrian Team, won my first ever 1st place red rosette at the Combined Serves Equestrian Championships, competed in my One Day Event, getting a 5th place orange rosette in the Showjumping, at the Royal Air Force Festival of Equitation; and to finish the year off I have competed in my first ever British Eventing event. I am excited to see what the future holds and I am excited to get back competing next year!”

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