Thursday Helmet Cam from Cambox: Ride the CCI1* Track at the Portugal Winter Tour

The fences may be a tad smaller but the challenge is still formidable in this week’s helmet cam from Cambox. Andrew Hoy has had a few of his top horses out at the Portugal Winter Tour, which is hosting all FEI levels including the newer CCI1* level this month.

The 6-year-old OSO Monolitos, an approved Selle Francais stallion owned by Andrew’s longtime friend and supporter Linda Mars, got to practice his galloping around Eric Winter’s track, which made ample use of the varying terrain at Barroca d’Alva to challenge horses to keep their balance. Notice how Andrew educates his young stallion about the notion of landing and galloping away from each question, and how he allows the horse to find his feet when the going gets tricky.

“We gave him a year off (after we purchased him from Tom Carlile as a 4-year-old) as he had to work a lot for his stallion approvals and was still growing,” Andrew told EN. “He is now in full swing and, I believe, a young version of my top horse Vassily de Lassos.”

Andrew says he’s proud of this young horse’s progress and plans to aim him for the 7-year-old championships at the World Young Horse Championships at Mondial du Lion next year. “He is incredibly athletic and is finding everything easy,” Andrew commented. “Just the four-legged girls distract him at times!”

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