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during the 2017 winter season, and began their first
Open European Tour this past summer . "I attended my
first Nations Cup™ with him this summer in Europe as an
Open rider," said Hicock . "We were the highest placing
American combination on both of the teams that we
competed on . We got to do the Freestyle in Falsterbo
and ended up finishing in second place behind Patrick
Kittel . We'll take that! At Hickstead we were second in
the Grand Prix and third in the Grand Prix Special, so
I was very happy with the placings . It was nice to go
over with a few more years of experience under our
belts, and with our relationship being that much better
as well . We felt a huge improvement from the last time
that we were over there so it was an honor to go, and
was very rewarding ."
Back at the barn, Kitty is as opinionated on the ground
as he is under saddle . Not being one to embrace the
element of surprise, the gelding has a routine and is
privy to sticking to it . Hicock elaborated, "He's not a
morning horse . He likes his beauty rest . In the mornings
he will go on the treadmill if one is available, if not, he
gets hand walked . He gets out at least twice a day,
that's very important . We then ride, usually around
lunch time, that's his preferred hour, so he can have his
afternoon siesta before dinner ."
According to Hicock, those that have been accepted
into the gelding's "inner circle" know that it's his barn,
and they're just riding in it . "He's a funny guy," she said .
"He's quirky, and he's very serious about a lot of things .
He's been around the world a few times, so he kind of
knows the drill . One of his favorite things is when you're
bridling him, it takes seven or eight tries to do the curb
chain, because every time, he shakes his head at the
perfect moment ."
For Hicock, the support from owner Al Guden and his
wife, Andrea, means everything . "Al is the first owner
that I've ever ridden for, and I honestly think that he is
the dream owner . His faith in my partnership with this
horse has been wonderful to have . This has been such
a cool story to be a part of, and it is going to be a great
With another year of experience under her belt, and
with the opinionated gelding on her team, there is no
doubt that 2018 will be a memorable year for Hicock
and Sagacious HF .
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