7 year old 16.2hh imported Irish Sport Horse gelding. “Hootie” is a dark bay, show jumping super star and would love a job doing just that! He is a talented and careful jumper that forgives rider mistakes and will jump from any distance you need him to without ever saying no. With three beautiful gaits and a nice rhythm, we could even see him excelling in the Hunter ring! He would be a great candidate to do a hunter round with a kid one day and the 1.30’s in the jumpers the next. Hootie is truly a unicorn! He is the horse that people notice in the warmup for all of the good reasons, and always performs his best in the jumping phases at horse trials. He has competed in Ireland at the Preliminary/E110 level with Olympian Michael Ryan, and has had an excellent start to his show career.
Hootie can be ridden every day or pulled out of his stall with a week off and is the same happy, easy boy. We’ve even used him as a backup horse in summer camp (wow, lucky kids!) because he is such a quiet reliable type. Ride him on the windy days, or when it’s 90 degrees out, on or off the property, and he is still the same guy. He also LOVES to swim!
No spook, no vices, turns out with others, wants extra peppermints after his rides, and is just an absolutely perfect boy. We have nothing bad to say about this unicorn, except he doesn’t love the flat work as much as we do and thus, the reason for sale. If he was owned by an amateur then we would happily keep him and enjoy all of the wonderful things about this gentleman, but as professionals we just can’t keep them all. We’d prefer to see him do exactly what he loves and excels at, which is jumping big jumps!
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