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Top Kiwi showjumper to return home

March 30, 2011

Kiwi showjumper Samantha McIntosh is moving home to Waikato, after spending nearly 15 years based in Europe.

Samantha McIntosh and Loxley 38. © Kenneth Kraus/
McIntosh has been based in Europe since 1996 and rode for Bulgaria at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, five European championships and two world games. She switched nationality back to New Zealand in time to ride at the 2010 World Equestrian Games.

The 35-year-old says while she's been living the dream for 14 years, the time is right to come home.

"Excited is not the word for it," she says.

"I am looking forward to spending time with my family and plan to spend the winter eating feijoas and working with some of the exciting young horses we have at home."

Her top horse Loxley 38 will return to his owner Horst Jaggli, who bought him as a three-year-old, and is likely to be spending more of his time eating Black Forest grass. Fifteen-year-old Loxley has been with McIntosh eight years.

While she has no world-class horses with her now, she is not discounting representation at top level again.

"You never know what is just around the corner."

As word leaked out about her pending return, the phone at her mother Penny Stevenson's home in Cambridge is rang hot with New Zealand's rising young stars hoping to spend some time training with one of the sport's top achievers.

McIntosh is due home in early April.



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