After just nine months in Germany, the Nano Healy is riding a wave of success. The 24-year-old Irishman from Hilmer Meyer’s stable in Morsom is set to receive the golden riding badge he already has at the Hanoverian Show Jumping Masters in Werden on Saturday. In the long run, the talent wants to start at the Olympic Games.
VERDEN – Nano Healy is going from victory to victory. The young Irishman recently won again at the top level and is looking to reach the golden riding badge at Verdun. For this, the 24-year-old, who has been working exclusively in Germany since February, needs ten victories in the S class. He missed only one goal. Hilmar Mayer was instrumental in the Nano Healy’s success, paving the way to Germany and thus to equestrian sports.
The talented rider grew up in Mullingar, about an hour away from the Irish capital, Dublin. He has been in the saddle since he was young. “I grew up in a family that loved horses. We always had horses in our house,” explains Nano Healy.
Nano Healy reveled in the atmosphere
Like many other talents on the Emerald Isle, the 24-year-old always wanted to go to Germany and improve himself. Last winter he heard from a friend of his show jumpers about a vacancy at Hilmer Meyer in Morsom and immediately applied.
In Germany, Nano Healy is particularly excited about the atmosphere at the tournaments. “There’s a lot of sports going on here,” he says. He learned a few words of German. Of course, working with horses takes up a large portion of the young man’s time, which means he has fewer opportunities to hustle. Nano Healy takes care of the eight horses at Hilmer Meyer’s establishment every day.
Americana is my favorite horse in the stable. She is a fighter and has a big heart.
With the selection of his new protégé, he once again showed a nice touch as Nano Healy could become the 10th rider under his tutelage to win this prestigious award. A unique achievement, if not in Germany, at least in Lower Saxony. “Nano Healey has incredible empathy and can adapt incredibly quickly to individual horses. He has a lot of emotion, and that’s something you can’t learn. “You either have it or you don’t,” says the seasoned trainer.
Nano Healy has already demonstrated this instinct in Oak Grove’s eleven-year-old mare Americana by Aganix du Seigneur (DS Heartbreaker). The relationship between the two is unique because Americana is blind in one eye and has regained the confidence to compete at a high level with Nano Healy. “America is my favorite horse in the stable. She is a fighter and has a big heart,” he explains. Hilmer Meyer also noticed the connection: “Americana is number one in Nano. This horse is really special.
But Chandor (Com il Faut x MV Almox Prints) also liked emerging talent. “It was love at first sight,” he laughs, because the 12-year-old Westphalian had only been in the stable for a short time. However, the Irishman hopes to form a good team with the stallion competing at the highest level.
Nano Healy wants to buy badges in Verdun
“I love the adrenaline of show jumping. You have to do what you enjoy and I couldn’t think of anything better than being in the saddle every day. I want to be as good as possible. “Participating in the Olympic Games will be a big dream,” said the Irish star. Before he can tackle this big dream, the young rider has a milestone – the golden riding badge, which he wants to get by the end of the year: “There is no comparable award in Ireland. Of course getting a Golden Riding Badge is something very special.
First up for the team from Morsum is the Hanoverian Show Jumping Masters this Thursday to Saturday at the Werden Lower Saxony Hall. The highlight of the tournament, which will also feature the Irish, will be held there on the final day with the Master Show Jumping competition at S*-level with jump-off. There he has to compete against his coach, Hilmar Meyer. They are also in Morsom hoping to qualify for the important tournament in Poland. It can also work there to complete ten wins.
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