5 Strides With: Juju VDM

Juju VDM and Savannah Hemby. Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography

An “interview with the show jumper (via her rider, Savannah Hemby!)

The 13-year-old Warmblood mare won the $25,000 EPIC Sporthorses Grand Prix at the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show

1. How did it feel to win on your home turf in Texas?

Very special—it was our first Grand Prix win together. There was a large crowd so I knew it was a big deal. My rider was worried about the time allowed in the first round, but I told her not to worry (per usual). I knew she hadn’t won a Grand Prix before, so I needed to give it my all. 

Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography

2. What’s life like at home when you’re not competing?

I love going out in my pasture and relaxing when we’re at home, but I don’t like when my rider makes me work. She lets me go on lots of trail rides around the barn, though, which makes up for it. I like being at the horse shows way more!

3. If you could eat any human food, what would it be? 

I love donuts! Glazed donuts with vanilla icing and sprinkles, to be exact.

4. What do you enjoy most about the jumper ring?

Big jumps and large crowds. I will jump anything and having everyone watching is so exciting.

5. What’s your favorite part of a jump off?

Wait…I thought every round was a jump off? I never understand why my rider tries to hold me back; going fast is way more fun!  

*This story was originally published in the May/June 2022 issue of The Plaid Horse. Click here to read it now and subscribe for issues delivered straight to your door!

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