The New Guard: Huntridge LLC earns tricolors all year round

Halie Robinson and Baas

By Tyler Bui

If you had asked Halie Robinson years ago what her dream barn might look like, she would have described the barn she has now.

“I always had a very specific vision of what I wanted the stable to be and what I wanted the horses to be,” Robinson told The Plaid Horse. “I feel really lucky now that with the right group of people and the right owners and customers, this is really coming to fruition.”

Huntridge LLC, run by Halie Robinson, quickly grew into a thriving business, producing some of the best hunting and derby mounts on the West Coast. Huntridge LLC is home to a fleet of top hunter mounts and a range of junior and adult riders who compete on the west coast and travel east for the indoor season and finals. Additionally, Robinson currently sits fourth in the WCHR National Rider Rankings as a developing professional.

“We all share the same goals, both for the riders and for the development of the horses. We are very lucky, everyone really enjoys being involved in raising talented young horses,” says Robinson. “Thanks to the relationships and the people we have, we are able to let these horses shine in these really important times.”

Midway through the 2022 show year, Huntridge has performed at most A-tour shows on the West Coast, including the Desert Circuit, Blenheim, Temecula and Menlo. As the WCHR shows draw to a close, the farm is looking forward to Indoors in the fall, especially Capital Challenge.

“A lot of attention to detail in addition to a lot of riding skills is essential in hunters,” says Robinson. “What works for one horse won’t work for another horse, so you really have to listen to them.”

Read on to learn more about some of Huntridge LLC’s horses.

kingston

KINGSTON

Kingston is a 2015 4 p.m. Dutch Warmblood Bay gelding owned by Stonefield Sport Horses LLC. Although relatively new to the show circuit, he has already proven himself in his first year on the show.

“Kingston is a horse that has really surprised me with how far he has come. He was five when we got him, but he was so natural and brave,” says Robinson. “He just turned seven and he has about a year of competitive experience, but it seems he has so much more experience than that. year. He gets in the ring and he doesn’t want to lose.

While Kingston and Rocketman have their own personalities, Robinson says they have a few particular traits in common.

“It’s their spirits that really set them apart,” she says. “They are the calmest, bravest horses you will ever meet and nothing bothers them. For them, they will really thrive in situations like Capital Challenge and Derby Finals at night under the lights. Those are my two big goals for both of them, because the more you throw at them the better they get.

Kingston Equestrian Show Highlights:

  • $5,000 USHJA Open National Hunter Derby – Blenheim June Classic II – Top 10
  • $5,000 USHJA 3’/3’3″ Green Hunter Incentive – Blenheim June Classic II – Reserve Champion
  • US Equestrian Young Hunter 7 & Under National Points – Top 10
  • USHJA Zone 10 Young Hunter 7 and under – Top 2
Little Prince

LITTLE PRINCE

Little Prince is a 15.3h, 2014 gray Swedish Warmblood gelding owned by Hero Bean Stevenson (who The Plaid Horse recently featured on our cover), purchased within the last year.

“Prince just has the most precious personality. He’s a doll and he lives to make everyone happy,” Robinson says. purchased, he’s a barn favorite. He’s still been through a lot for the first time, but he still amazes us with his willpower. Prince is the perfect match for Hero and their partnership has grown so well over the course of the short time they worked together.

Highlights of the Little Prince horse show:

  • $5,000 USHJA 3’/3’3″ Green Hunter Incentive – Blenheim June Classic II – 6th
  • $5,000 USHJA Open National Hunter Derby – Blenheim June Classic II – Top 10

BAAS

Baas is a 16.1h 2006 KWPN bay gelding owned by Talia Jones Roston. As a young horse, Baas competed as a top rider in Europe and now performs as a top adult hunter and in derbies.

“Baas is 16, which surprises a lot of people. We’ve had him since March 2020 – he had his very first show with us in August, and now he’s an international Derby horse,” says Robinson. “He goes from 3′ Adult Amateur Hunters with Talia straight to International Derbies, which shows how amazing he is.”

Highlights of the Baas Horse Show:

  • $15,000 USHJA Professional National Hunter Derby – Blenheim Spring Classic III – 2nd
  • $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby – Desert Circuit IV – Top 10
  • $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby – Blenheim June Classic II – Top 12
  • $25,000 West Coast WCHR Hunter Classic – BlenheimJune Classic I – Top 10
Rocketman

ROCKET

Rocketman, or “Pluto,” is a 2014 KWPN Bay gelding owned by Rosender LLC. As fate would have it, Robinson knew the gelding as a young horse, years before she knew he would end up in her program. Today it is presented by both Robinson and Hadley Boyd, daughter of Patricia Boyd, owner of Pluto. Boyd and Rocketman compete in the Amateur Owner Hunters and have earned several wins and championships together.

“I rode Rocketman when I was 4 years old in Europe for a sales video. I rode so many horses that day, I couldn’t really remember the names, but he marked me and I I was shocked he was only four years old because he was so easy to ride,” says Robinson.

After hearing nothing about Rocketman for a few years, Robinson found herself flying across the country at a horse show to try out a horse for a client.

“I jumped six jumps on him and knew he was awesome. Three months later I realized I had ridden him years before, and it finally figured out why I had felt like to know him,” she said.

Not only does Robinson have a special relationship with Pluto, but she also considers the Boyds part of her family. Robinson and Hadley Boyd attended school together from kindergarten through high school, and their mothers are best friends after meeting in the kindergarten queue 20 years ago.

“Doing all of this and being so successful with Rocketman means so much more because they’re basically my own family – it’s such a special experience for everyone. Pluto is the kindest, most loving horse and for him , having such a wonderful family makes me so happy.

Rocketman Horse Show Highlights:

  • $5,000 USHJA 3’6”/3’9” Green Hunter Incentive SW Regional Championships – Winner – Score 94
  • $10,000 USHJA Pro National Hunter Derby – Blenheim Summer Festival – Top 10
  • $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby – Blenheim June Classic II – Top 10
  • $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby – Temecula Valley National II – Top 10 – Score 98
  • $15,000 USHJA Professional National Hunter Derby – Blenheim Spring Classic III – 4th
  • WCHR High Score Performance Hunter Award – Blenheim June Classic I
  • Best Overall Score Award – Blenheim June Classic I

*This story originally appeared in the September 2022 issue of The Plaid Horse. Click here to read it now and subscribe for issues delivered right to your door!

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