Showjumper Tina Fletcher tells H&H about her cat-licking Nations Cup ride.

Fact file

Stable name: Sailor

Age: 13

Height: 16.3hh

Breed: KWPN gelding

Sire: Kigali

Dam: Navarra (Indoctro)

Discipline: showjumping

Owners: Lady Harris and Lady Kirkham

Rider: Tina Fletcher

Groom: Stacey Greenshield

Best ever result: member of the winning Nations Cup team at Hickstead, 2010

Five things you didn’t know…

1 He has been difficult to get into the competition ring ever since someone crashed into him at Towerlands Park and almost knocked him off his legs. He gets extremely nervous anywhere that has a tunnel, like Horse of the Year Show, but is fine once he gets in the ring.

2 He is incredibly strong and very difficult to turn left.

3 He licks everything and everybody, including the cat.

4He’s like a Labrador to look after.

5 He doesn’t jump well at home and tends to rush his fences.

To read the full interview with Tina Fletcher about Hello Sailor see the 9 February issue of H&H

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