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The Golden Girl of Irish Student Riding, Kelley Hutchinson.

As Kelley prepares for World Finals at the end of the month. I catch her for a quick natter on what she's most looking forward too and also some tips and tricks she has up her sleeve!

You've represented us so well so many times at SRNC throughout your time in student riding, is there any one memory that stands out for you?

Wow, a standout memory that’s a tricky one! Individually would have to be SRNC Germany 2017 winning individual on my birthday [if gte vml 1]><v:shapetype id="_x0000_t75" coordsize="21600,21600" o:spt="75" o:preferrelative="t" path="m@4@5l@4@11@9@11@9@5xe" filled="f" stroked="f"> <v:stroke joinstyle="miter"></v:stroke> <v:formulas> <v:f eqn="if lineDrawn pixelLineWidth 0"></v:f> <v:f eqn="sum @0 1 0"></v:f> <v:f eqn="sum 0 0 @1"></v:f> <v:f eqn="prod @2 1 2"></v:f> <v:f eqn="prod @3 21600 pixelWidth"></v:f> <v:f eqn="prod @3 21600 pixelHeight"></v:f> <v:f eqn="sum @0 0 1"></v:f> <v:f eqn="prod @6 1 2"></v:f> <v:f eqn="prod @7 21600 pixelWidth"></v:f> <v:f eqn="sum @8 21600 0"></v:f> <v:f eqn="prod @7 21600 pixelHeight"></v:f> <v:f eqn="sum @10 21600 0"></v:f> </v:formulas> <v:path o:extrusionok="f" gradientshapeok="t" o:connecttype="rect"></v:path> <o:lock v:ext="edit" aspectratio="t"></o:lock> </v:shapetype><v:shape id="Picture_x0020_2" o:spid="_x0000_i1025" type="#_x0000_t75" alt="&#127873;" style='width:12pt;height:12pt;visibility:visible; mso-wrap-style:square'> <v:imagedata src="file:///C:\Users\User1\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image001.png" o:title="&#127873;"></v:imagedata> </v:shape><![endif][if !vml][endif]but overall experience was WF 2016 in Netherlands being crowned world champions at the first WF I got to ride at was pretty cool.

Trials for the super squad are in the New Year, what would you say to someone who isn’t sure about trying out? Any words of encouragement?!

If you’re looking to make friends from all over the world and help Ireland continue to dominate the top of the leader board trying out is a must! I’ve made life long friends and had some epic experiences. However if you’re close minded and not willing to engage 100% don’t even bother trying out!

You’ve created your own business, what’s that like?Any tips for any fellow entrepreneurs in Ponyland?

Business, it’s been up and down! No it’s been pretty great and very fulfilling seeing it grow and the little successes do spur you on. That said looking at 8 breakers on a wet winter morning can be a little tough, like anyone in the horse world it’s not something you do unless you love it. So should you find yourself drawn to it, just give it your all!

Finally, are we going to bring home the gold?!

Are we bringing home gold - we most certainly intend to do nothing less. I’ve ridden at two WF gold and silver so I have no doubt with my talented team mates gold is firmly within reach!

Thank you so much Kelley! To keep up with Kelley and all her happenings make sure to follow her on Instagram @kelleyannhutch and give her business page a like too Hutchinson Sport Horses!




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