Monday Video from Tredstep Ireland: Age is Just a Number

Area IV eventer Rebecca Hunt brought her 19-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare, Philadelphia, to play at Texas Rose this past weekend for her first Training level run since she took a few years off to breed.

Bred by Rebecca’s mother, Philadelphia is by Contago and was bred for dressage. “My mom handed me the reins six years ago to see how she liked jumping,” Rebecca said. “She was a natural! We did one Beginner Novice, then bumped her up to Training that same year. We completed three Trainings, then I decided I needed some babies out of her. She gave me three gorgeous ones.”

Rebecca and Philadelphia at Heritage Park in 2015. Photo by Jessica Ptak.

Rebecca and Philadelphia at Heritage Park in 2015. Photo by Jessica Ptak.

In 2015, Philadelphia made her return to recognized competition with a win in the Beginner Novice at Heritage Park and a second in the Novice at Windermere Run Horse Trials.

Rebecca and Philadelphia completed their Training comeback this weekend on a tough and beefy Texas Rose course, and we’re loving this helmet cam from their run. If you saw this mare in the flesh, you’d never guess her age — just further proof that ages is just a number when you have a horse that truly loves its job!

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