Showjumper Tina Fletcher tells H&H about her pony-shaking Hickstead Derby winner.

Fact file

  • Stable name: Murphy
  • Age: 17
  • Height: 17hh
  • Breed: thoroughbred-Holsteiner gelding
  • Sire: Gale Force (Burggraaf)
  • Discipline: Showjumping
  • Owners: Graham and Tina Fletcher
  • Rider: Tina Fletcher
  • Groom: was Stacey Greenshield. Now Olivia Gent
  • Best ever results: Hickstead Derby winner 2011, Horse of the Year Show puissance winner 2010

Five things you didn’t know…

  1. He doesn’t stop windsucking from dawn till dusk and will use anything available to grip on to – even his lead rope.
  2. He jumped double clear in the Hickstead Derby in 2010 and still only came second, behind Guy Williams and Skip Two Ramiro – only the second horse ever to have done so [the first was Wiston Bridget with Tim Stockdale, when the pair finished second to John Whitaker and Welham in 2000].
  3. Murphy is a multi-tasker who can go out and win a top speed class, puissance or Derby.
  4. Despite his fiery nature in the ring, he can be left to graze by the lorry without being tied up or held at shows.
  5. It takes a lot of work to get him sane enough to jump – he is lunged before going to a one-day show and jumps best when he’s tired. He lives out a lot of the time, to keep the edge off him.

To read the full interview with Tina Fletcher about Promised Land see the 5 April issue of H&H

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