International champion, Jake Hunter, is making a quick trip home to Singleton for Christmas and will be conducting a series of showjumping and eventing clinics.
The first one is scheduled for Saturday, November 18 at Hunters Lodge but as you would expect it is already booked out.
Currently riding professionally in Ireland for leading showjumping stable Duffy Sport, and the Stallion Company, he is keen to share his vast experience and knowledge.
Jake recently posted his first official international win at the CS12* Balmoral Show, where is he was awarded leading young rider.
And, also won the prestigious Hitchmough Bursary, on board Alan Robertson's Ogara at the Millstreet International.
This means he will now have the opportunity to travel to the UK with his horse and train with Irish Olympic showjumper, Billy Twomey – all expenses paid.
Jake says he is heading home to see family and friends for a few weeks.
“I will be teaching a wide range of things from basic to advanced training that I have learnt in Ireland from top riders and trainers,” he explains.
“Anyone from any level is welcome to attend. There are no places available on November 18 but I will be home for a few weeks and would love to share my experience and knowledge to any level of rider that would be interested. They can contact me via email or facebook.”
To register your interest in future clinics message HL Equestrian on facebook.
After his break at home, Jake will be straight back into competition mode as he embarks on the Spanish circuit says his mum, Gail.
A former showjumping champion herself and now accomplished coach, she is looking forward to seeing her successful son who has been in making a name for himself in Europe for the past three years.
She is also excited about the first clinic as the granddaughter of the man who taught her to ride will be attending.
“Now my son will be teaching her; we have come full circle,” Gail says.
Her younger son, Cade, continues to star on the national stage and this year pulled off the delicate balancing act of competing while completing his HSC.
Unlike his older sibling, he would like to attend University before embarking on the international circuit.
But Cade still enjoyed plenty of success in 2017, including taking home the Maurice Gordon Trophy for Most Successful Boy Rider in the junior jumping at the Sydney Royal for a third time.
A record only equaled by two others – Wayne Roycroft and Ian Hamilton – so it’s a great honour to be included in such illustrious company.