Olivia Barton and Hollyander HG’s success at the Land Rover HOY NZ CCI4*

Mar 19, 2024 | Articles | 0 comments

Olivia Barton and Hollyander HG completing the cross country phase at the land rover horse of the year

Olivia just touched back down on home soil after an incredible trip over the ditch to the Land Rover Horse of the Year show in New Zealand where she finished second to Shane Rose in the CCI4*-S with her team-mate Hollyander HG. We caught up with Olivia to chat about the whole experience including her favourite moments, a few bumps in the road she faced, along with her plans for the future and aiming for the Paris, Olympics 2024.

1. You’ve had a busy last few months, would you be able to give us a quick summary of how you prepared for not only the competition but also the horses for the flight?

The past couple of months have been very hectic compared to how we normally start the year! The horses were back in work at the end of December and were galloping regularly by the end of January. The horses were only able to have one small unofficial warm-up event before going over to New Zealand which felt very strange when you normally would have 3 or 4 events before a major event. For the flight, the horses are prepared as you normally would prepare them to put them on a truck or float. As scary as it seems to put a horse on a plane in many cases it is actually smoother travelling for them than travelling them in a truck or float.

Olivia Barton at the Land Rover Horse of the Year Australian Team
Olivia with her Mum Carlene and brother Jeremy waiting for the trot up

2. How did it feel to achieve such an incredible result at your first competition on international soil?

It was a pretty amazing feeling! It was a pretty intense week of competition so to finish the week off with such an incredible result was the icing on the cake.

Olivia and Hollyander HG competing in the showjumping phase

3. What were your favourite moments of the experience?

Going through the finish flags after jumping a clear show jump round was a pretty unforgettable moment. Along with that, I would just have to say spending time with the amazing Australian cohort that all went over with us. 

To view Olivia’s showjumping round click here: https://fb.watch/qUqxTMNQNO/

Olivia Barton and Hollyander HG winning the werribee 3 day event
Olivia and Holly winning the Melbourne International 3 Day Event CCI4* class in 2023

4. Were there any challenging aspects either for organising travel logistics, travelling or competing?

Thankfully we had the amazing Di Saunders who organised all the travel logistics which there were a lot of! There was a lot of travel for the horses but they all seemed to cope pretty well with it. Unfortunately, my horse Hernik APH, who was selected in the Australian Senior team, had an injury that was found on arrival in New Zealand and couldn’t compete. This was a very disappointing part of the trip but he enjoyed spending his time in NZ eating lots and doing not much!

Olivia Barton and Henrik APH
Olivia and Henrik APH competing at SIEC in 2023

5. What are your plans for the future including the remainder of the 2024 season with Henry and Holly?

Holly is now aimed to go to Scone CCN 4.5* in preparation for competing at Adelaide in the 5*, this will be our first 5*! She is currently in contention to be apart of the Olympic eventing team in Paris later on in the year so hopefully after Adelaide she will be hard to look past. Henry has to have a bit of a holiday because of his injury so we will just have to wait and see what 2024 brings for him.