Hailing from a family of equestrians, Hunter has been around horses her whole life, and she’s been competing at the top of the sport since a young age. At just 12-years-old, Hunter became the youngest ever to win a national Grand Prix. In 2016, she won the ASPCA Maclay Finals, the Washington International Equitation Championships, and the U25 Jumper Championship at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show.
Hunter’s success has continued into her professional career with highlights including the CSI5* AON cup at Spruce Meadows, the CSI5* $405,300 HITS Grand Prix at Hits Saugerties, and numerous national and international Grand Prix wins. She has also represented the United States on Nations Cup teams in Canada and Germany.
One of her most recent and profound accomplishments, though, was her third place finish aboard Pepita Con Spita at the 2023 World Cup Finals in Omaha, Nebraska. This podium finish was especially meaningful to Hunter because of her Midwest roots. Born and raised in Topeka, Kansas, the CHI Health Center Omaha, where the Finals were held, was considered a hometown venue for her.
During the conversation, Hunter shares how special the 2023 Finals were to her. She also speaks about her history and rise in the sport, her training philosophy, and how she believes her love of the horse has helped her to be so successful.
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