By PHILIP CHANDLER
After debilitating illness, star Queenstown showjumper Olivia Robertson has got back on her horse to produce an amazing run of results.
Over the past month she and Dutch-bred chestnut Teddy — show name, Grandaire — have won all four South Island premier league events they’ve entered, competing in the most demanding 1.40 metres to 1.60m class.
That run climaxed in Gore last weekend, where they took out the South Island champs in appalling conditions.
Robertson, who turns 26 next month, last won the South Island title on Ngahiwi Cisco in 2014.
What’s special this time is she’s had health hurdles to clear, being laid low for the first month-and-a-half of the season with, first, glandular fever, and then pneumonia.
In a major understatement, she says ‘‘it wasn’t a lot of fun’’.
Robertson first teamed up with Teddy, who’s now 10, when she was based or almost three years in Holland — they originally competed when he was four.
It’s taken years of hard work to bring Teddy up to his current standard, she says.
‘‘It’s very exciting that this is paying off.’’
Robertson and Teddy will next compete in Mosgiel on January 9/10.