Ward and Pessoa pay tribute to Hunter Harrison

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Tuesday 19 December - 20h31 | Lulu Kyriacou

Ward and Pessoa pay tribute to Hunter Harrison

The jumping world lost a great supporter this week when Hunter Harrison passed away after a short illness aged 73.  The owner of HH Farms, he has been intimately associated with many top class horses, most recently Longines FEI World Cup winner HH Azur, who is ridden by McLain Ward.

 - Ward and Pessoa pay tribute to Hunter Harrison

McLain Ward and HH Azur
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Harrison is a noted figured in business on the other side of the Atlantic but has always had a passion for horses.  He was President of Canadian railroad company, CN, when they came aboard as the original sponsor of the Global Champions Tour in 2006, a partneship that continued for several years. CN was also involved at Spruce Meadows where the then-named CN Grand Prix had the distiction of being the richest class in the world for some time, and is not part of the Rolex Grand Slam of Showjumping.

​With regard to his horses and the riders he has supported, his most notable associations were with Brazilian legend Rodrigo Pessoa and the aforementioned McLain Ward. With Pessoa in the saddle, Hunter Harrison was the owner of a Pan American gold medalist in 2007 with HH Lets Fly, a half-brother to Meredith MIchaels Beerbaum's great Shutterfly, and then a few years later came within a whisker of a World Championship Individual medal when Pessoa was 4th at the 2010 edition of the Games in Lexington, Kentucky riding HH Rebozo. Pessoa paid tribute to the man he called 'Boss'; "An extraordinary man has passed away, a man who always found time for everyone. I will cherish the memories of our discussions and our stories. One thing is certain, trains will be on time now in paradise! Rest in peace Boss".

​Although the successes with Pessoa were notable, it has been the recent victories of McLain Ward that have brought the HH brand back into prominience. Super mare HH Azur collected a Team silver at the 2016 Olympic Games and then won the World Cup in 2017.  Ward expressed his tribute via social media: "Have a good trip, my friend, there are so many things I will miss you at home, all our discussions, your inflexible faith in me and your love of the game." You left me with a challenge, we will not let you down." 


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