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New Zealand Girl Can't Have Horse, Trains Pet Cow to be Horse Instead

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Social Content Editor
Updated: 13 April 2017
Cow jumping? We’ve seen everything now.

Yes, you read that right. A New Zealand girl who didn’t have a horse growing up has taught the family cow to high jump instead (mouth drop).

The ingenious teen, Hannah Simpson, rides her jolly (and very friendly) Swiss Brown dairy cow, Lilac, on their family farm in Invervargill on New Zealand’s South Island.

It all started when her brother dared her to start training Lilac as a horse when she was six months old (the cow, not Hannah). According to a recent interview in The Guardian, Hannah has managed to train her trusty stallion to jump a colossal 1.4 metres (4.5 feet) above ground – holy cow!

‘She is a cow and I can’t expect her to ride like a horse. Without a bit of prodding she wouldn’t really do anything, she has a very chilled-out nature’, she told the British newspaper.

Hannah’s Instagram feed is chock-a-block with pictures of herself and her beloved jumping giant.

Now aged 18, Hannah does actually own a horse, but she still prefers to ride her ‘awesome cow’ bareback (ouch) instead.

On how it all started Hannah said:

‘I have always loved jumping, I always wanted to do showjumping on a horse’, she continued.

‘And Lilac was always jumping out of the cow shed when she was young so I think she likes it, too. We started her off with stepping over logs and it just got bigger and bigger.’

Luckily, Simpson doesn’t want to ride her professionally, or compete in showjumping events with her faithful galloping steed: ‘I don’t think she would behave if we took her anywhere but home. And I don’t need to compete. She is more special than a horse, more rare’.


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