Third-generation equestrian Hannah Isop teaches and trains at her family’s Harkaway Farm, in North Salem, New York, with her aunt, Tracy Freels, and her mother, Susie Isop, who manages the barn. Her grandparents, Jeri and Bob Freels, were both horse trainers. Hannah has earned top placings in many hunter and jumper divisions, including several wins in national and international hunter derbies, second place in the 2011 Ox Ridge Charity Horse Show’s Grand Prix, second in two consecutive years at the USHJA World Championship Hunter Rider Developing Pro Challenge, first and second at the 2018 Devoucoux Hunter Prix at HITS-on-the-Hudson II, and a top-10 finish in the 2018 Platinum Performance/USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship.
In this episode, Hannah shares how she brought back one of her top horses from a collateral ligament injury, what she likes about the hunter and jumping disciplines, how she handles losing and insight into her training article that appeared in Practical Horseman’s Summer 2020 issue: “From Hunters to Jumpers: How to Retrain a Former Hunter to Become a Competitive Jumper.”
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