Meet the young hunter that’s making waves in the show ring

By Nicola Jane Swinney on |


Darkwaters Dejavu is wowing the horse show crowds

A young hunter is attracting favourable comment from show-goers and judges alike this season. Dawn Trimarco’s Darkwaters Dejavu won a huge four-year-old class at the Royal Welsh in July and has already qualified for next year’s Royal International Horse Show.

“The judge at the Royal Welsh said he was his best ride to date,” said Trimarco, who bought the handsome chestnut from Darkwaters Stud last Christmas. “I just wish I’d entered him for the small hunters, too!”

Dejavu is by Romarnic Ranger out of the State Premium Trakehner mare First Love. As a foal, he was the spitting image of his sire, hence his name. He has competed in dressage classes — finishing third in his first outing under saddle — and Blue Chip sport-horse classes. But his forte would appear to be the show ring — after qualifying for Hickstead at the Aintree National Show, he stood reserve hunter champion to none other than Robert Walker, beating some well-established competitors, and went one better at the Newport Show.

Most recently, he won the four-year-old class at Anglesey County and stood overall hunter champion, ridden as always by Zara Owen. And at Wales and West Hunter Show this week (August 19), he was third in his first attempt at a Horse of the Year Show qualifier.

“He was the only four-year-old in a massive class of 14, which included a Who’s Who of the small-hunter world,” said Dawn. “He has had some fabulous feedback from some of the top show judges so far and we are very excited for his future.”

Image by David Puttock


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