Olivia Robertson has announced that she is staying on in Europe and will be flying her two top horses over from New Zealand to join her shortly.
She made the announcement on her Facebook page. “I can now tell you all that I have made the exciting, nerve-wracking, bold, difficult, but well thought through decision, that I am going to be staying in Holland!!!”
Olivia, aged 21, has spent the last two European seasons over there, riding for De Dinkelhoeve. She flew out at the end of the New Zealand show jumping season this year and has been competing on horses at various shows since. Owned by Jeroen and Marjolijn Groener, the stables are a professional breeding and horse training establishment, and also stand a number of stallions.
DHS Ceniki and Ngahiwi Cisco will be flying over in the next few weeks to join their young rider. Olivia has had plenty of success here in New Zealand, and, at one of her last events in the New Zealand season, had a great win in the Norwood Gold Cup at the Horse of the Year Show. The year before she won Dunstan Young Rider of the Year.
Olivia has been based in North Canterbury for some time, moving up from Queenstown to pursue her equestrian dreams. Her father, Duncan Robertson, was an All Black in the 1970s and her mother, Jan Hunt, has been very involved in the equestrian world, including serving on the ESNZ Jumping Board for some time.
We wish Olivia all the best in the Netherlands and will be keeping up with her career as closely as we can!