They are currently living on different continents but the reputation of Singleton siblings, Jake and Cade Hunter, continues to grow as they make impressive strides in the competitive world of showjumping.
Currently riding professionally for Duffy Sport Horses, Jake recently secured his first international win at the two star rated prestigious Balmoral show. And, in doing so became the first Australian rider to accomplish this feat. He not only took out the International J8 Speed&Power event but went on to be crowned Champion International Young Rider.
This is just the latest in a string of top class performances for the rising star, who says his ultimate goal is the Olympics. Jake says he is enjoying life abroad.
“It is a lot different to the life at home but it is exciting and involves a lot of traveling which I really enjoy and I am really looking forward to what the future holds,” he says.
“I have met a lot of very influential people in Ireland. I have learned a lot from my trainers Jean Gill, Padraic Judge and my boss Vinnie Duffy.”
He says highlights of his journey include competing at the Dublin International 5* horse show in 2015 and 2016 - and at the international young rider shows in France and Spain.
While his younger brother, Cade, impressed at the Sydney Royal Easter Show. After two wins and two placings in the jumping events on his horse, Kelstar, the pair were awarded the prestigious Maurice Gordon Perpetual Trophy for Most Successful Boy Rider in Junior Jumping Competitions.
This is the third time he has won the trophy (2014, 2016, 2017); a record only equaled by two others. Cade will be competing at the State Interschools Championships in July as he continues to juggle his sport and HSC studies.
He is based in Glendonbrook with the family business, Hunter’s Lodge.
But was briefly reunited with his older sibling last month when they both competed at the Aquis Champions Tour on the Gold Coast.
It was a fantastic opportunity for the brothers to revive a little sibling rivalry with Cade securing a win in the Young Riders event ahead of Jake who placed third.