Jumper Nation: You may have noticed that an off-the-track Thoroughbred (OTTB) placed fourth at Junior Hunter Finals. That’s right . . . an OTTB. Because I found this story so exciting and full of hope for the breed, I followed up with the horse’s owner, Ashley Williams to learn a bit more about this ex-racehorse and his path to success in the hunter ring. I hope that you will find this interview as full of promise as I do. Remember, there are OTTBs out there looking for a home everyday. A lot of them may be a bit banged up, skinny, or hot… but knowing what is under the racehorse is the great secret. Cheers to Ashley for seeing through the racehorse to the winning show horse! And this special guy is for sale. (Check out his sale advertisement here). He deserves a special show home that will allow him to showcase what the American Thoroughbred is capable of achieving.
Q: What other accolades or accomplishments does Little Lion Man have under his belt?
A: He has a good amount of experience for his young age. Exactly a year ago from Junior Hunter Finals he made his Hunter debut up in Vermont in the TAKE2 Thoroughbred Hunter division where he was reserve champion. Since then I dabbled him in both the jumper and hunter ring and he proved to shine in the hunters where he has since stayed. He had the highest first round score in a USHJA National Hunter derby out of 31 where he jumped around with some of the best and ended up sixth. He was champion first time out with his catch rider Maddie Flocks (who rides for Lauren Newmeyer) at Saratoga Springs where she had literally only tried him one time prior (and it was her first time riding a horse as she is an excellent pony rider!). Junior Hunter finals was only her third show ever riding him! He is that easy!