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HomeHorse Training‘You don’t get many younger boys in showjumping’: brothers qualify for Hickstead

‘You don’t get many younger boys in showjumping’: brothers qualify for Hickstead

  • Two younger brothers who hope to comply with of their coach Man Williams’ footsteps have secured tickets to the horse finals on the Royal Worldwide Horse Present.

    Alex Leggot, 9, certified on 128cm Bubbas Delight on the pony premier at Morris Equestrian on 28 January, and his 13-year-old brother Henry certified 138cm Letterkeen Bettyn at Area UK on 12 March.

    Alex and Henry’s father John Leggot, who owns Blossom Stud in North Yorkshire, instructed H&H his sons began using from a younger age, however Henry took a break when he broke his arm aged 5, and solely began competing in showjumping two years in the past.

    “Alex has a really particular relationship with Bubbas Delight. He’s had him two and a half years, and the horse needs to leap these large tracks for Alex, they’ve a lovely relationship,” he mentioned.

    Alex and Bubbas Delight

    “Henry has had Letterkeen Bettyn since simply earlier than Christmas. He had a pony earlier than that was a bit too ahead for him, so we purchased Betty as a result of she was a bit quieter. They’re each very laid-back, they amble on spherical and soar every little thing. They’re unbelievable collectively.”

    Alex and Henry are skilled by John, and prime showjumper Man Williams.

    “They’re very lucky to be skilled by Man. They aspire to his drive and dedication, and since beginning with him their competitiveness, morale and drive has dramatically elevated,” mentioned John.

    “Man’s recommendation to them is ‘You’re in it to win it’. Alex is critically aggressive, so we’ve acquired to curb him a bit bit.”

    John mentioned the boys are very a lot a group.

    “We strongly encourage them to be a group and never compete in opposition to one another. If certainly one of them has a catastrophe then it’s in regards to the different one doing effectively to carry up the group,” he mentioned.

    “They’re each actually happy for each other that they’ve each certified for Hickstead. We’ll be aiming for the Horse of the 12 months Present qualifiers later within the yr and each boys aspire to be on the England pony group, however it’s a giant ask.”

    John added that he’s very proud to see each his sons qualify for Hickstead.

    “It feels actually particular since you don’t get many boys on the showjumping circuit at a younger age. To have two boys from the identical household qualify, I believe they’ve completed amazingly effectively,” he mentioned.

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