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5 minutes with: Show horse producer Anne Leaver *H&H Plus*

The show horse producer on scary trakehners and a mechanical happy hacker

Anne is a show horse producer and judge. Based in Lancashire, she is known for her rides on the cobs Tom Cobley and Father Ted, and more recently the lightweight Whitegate Dazzler, reserve champion at Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) in 2019.

If you could have any horse in the world, which would you want?
It would be my own horse of a lifetime, a dark brown gelding called Chunky Monkey. He wasn’t a show horse but he was the most wonderful all-round hunter and I took him hunting all over the country. He had a lovely attitude and even had his own little fan club wherever he went. He was just perfect. I lost him prematurely two years ago.

How do you handle competition nerves?
I would call myself a bit of a box walker. I probably get more nervous than people would assume and if I feel I’ve got a good chance the nerves hit me harder. I like to be on my own and have a little wander to get in the zone.