PollyAnn Huntington needs very little encouragement to jump on a plane to New Zealand, so when she needed to update her TD status she turned to the BNZ Kihikihi International Horse Trial.

The Brit-turned-Aussie, who lives in Perth, will be returning to this year’s event as TD of the one star and Bing Allen’s assistant for the other classes.
Horses are an inherited love for Huntington. Her mother bred very well known eventers – they were originally produced by her and Huntington, but she was then discovered by Bertie Hill, Queen’s rider of Country man and team trainer of the British team in the 1970s.

The horses were all medal winners, and the tradition was continued by her sister who continued to event.

Meanwhile, Huntington moved to Germany for five years where she rode dressage and produced the stallions for testing.

In 1982 she called by Australia en route to New Zealand and met her husband Ian. “I got no further!” The couple have 40 acres north of Perth. Their two grown children are hard at work in the mining industry, leaving Huntington to indulge in her passion for horses.

She is a national A level dressage judge, judge educator, judge mentor, and has been a TD for more than 20 years. She is also a national Coach, coach educator, has trained and organised the Indonesians for 2011 SEA games, and is now heavily involved with National High Performance for eventing. She is an FEI 3/4* rated eventing judge, and is also an FEI 1/2* TD.
Unsurprisingly, she has won several awards, including in 2003, 2004 and 2005 as eventing coach of the year.
As if that doesn’t keep her busy enough, she also runs her own stud and has produced two home-bred horses to grand prix and many others to FEI level.
She has judged before at Kihikihi, Taupo and Christchurch.

“I love coming to New Zealand,” she says.

In return, John Nicholson will be helping her out as course designer for the WAYER International Horse Trials in Perth just before Kihikihi.

Date Added: Tuesday, 18th March 2014