2 Mutch Show Jumping
Phone : 561-632-8630 Email: info@hughmutch.com

“The art of the sport is the communication between the horse and the rider. The connection that becomes one for those few moments is what makes us a rider.”

– Bert Mutch

Hugh Mutch

RIDER/TRAINER

“Bert” as he is known, grew up riding on the East Coast with his legendary father, rider and trainer R.W. “Ronnie” Mutch.  His 50+ year career encompasses many accomplishments & awards in the hunter & jumper world.  When asked what he is most proud of in his career, he will always reply: “Being one of the few riders left that can ride and train both hunters and jumpers equally as well”.

As a junior rider, Bert won the 1978 USEF Medal Finals, becoming the first and only father-son combination to have won the Finals (Ronnie won in 1950).  In that same year, he also won the National PHA finals, and gold medals in both the USEF finals and the Prix de Nations Junior Jumper Finals in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

After his successful junior career, Bert moved into the professional ranks, posting prestigious wins from coast to coast on such famous mounts as Holy Smoke, Touch the Sun, Count Tuscan, Henry the Hawk, and the incredible Rox Dene.  Bert has also successfully represented the USET and our country on several occasions both in U.S. and International Competitions. 

 

In 2010, Bert returned to Northern California.  Over the past 6 years, he has remained successful with personal wins in the International and National Hunter Derbies along with numerous Grand Prixes with Bunnistar, Cold Smoke, Spectacular, Casimir, Dolliebanta, Eminent, Overdressed, Kiss Me, Casseur de Prix, Let’s Dance, W. Natal, and Chiara Van De Broekkant.  He is equally proud of his students’ accomplishments as they have won championships in all discipline levels; hunters, jumpers, and equitation.  Participating and top placings in World Cup Qualifiers and Finals, Young Riders Finals, Hunter Derbies, and Equitation Finals, are some of the priorities and additional accolades of his students.  

Bert believes that “The art of the sport is the communication between the horse and the rider.  The connection that becomes one for those few moments is what makes us a rider”. 

It doesn’t matter whether you call him Hugh or Bert, regardless you will find he loves what he does and his work embodies the Mutch legacy as the quintessential horseman (and mutch more).

MOST MEMORABLE CAREER EVENTS

  • 1978: Won AHSA Medal Finals in Harrisburg, PA – only parent/child combination (Ronnie Mutch won 1950)
  • 1979: Return to Harrisburg as a 1st-year professional, won GP on Boston Taxi
  • 1979: Receiving USET Team, pink coat, affixing Ronnie’s USET patch to front
  • 1981: Awarded Working Hunter Champion on Holy Smoke at Madison Square Garden, Devon, Washington, Harrisburg and later inducted to the Show Hunter Hall of Fame in 2015
  • 1982-1990: Worked for Rodney Jenkins family farm, Hilltop Farm, Joe and Diane Fiore, Rhiannon Farm, and Mike Cohen, Lotus Farm
  • 1991-92: Showing Rox Dene (owners: Elaine and Chanda Boylen), the famed “Hunter Horse of the Century”, in her pre-green and 1st year to USEF Horse of the Year 1991-1992
  • 1994: First rider to win 3 GPs in the series at Palm Beach on S&L Second Honeymoon and S&L Low Rider (owners: Sam & Libby Edelman)
  • 1998: Won World Cup Qualifier American Gold Cup, Devon, PA on Cardinal 846 (owner: Randy Johnson)
  • 1998: 4th in American Invitational at Tampa on his own Currembero, a joint project with Ronnie Mutch
  • 2012: Joint coach (with John Charlebois) to Alec Lawler, 2nd in the World Cup Qualifier at LA National and Joint coach 1st GP win at Thermal Winter Circuit
  • 2015: Joint coach (with John Charlebois) to Rebecca Reyes, 3rd place at International Hunter Derby finals in Lexington; Co-coaching Rebecca Reyes on Casseur de Prix and Let’s Dance to win 3 out of the 5 Young Rider trials
  • 2015: First rider to win Open Welcome, Hunter Derby and Grand Prix in one week at LEGIS Woodside
  • 2016: Menlo Circus Club Horse Show, Show High Score of 95 on Bunistar (owner: Naomi Rubin)
  • 2016: Joint Coach (with John Charlebois) to Naomi Rubin, Circuit Champion 3’3″ Junior Hunters Sonoma Horse Park 2016
  • 2016: Coach to Sloan Lindemann Barnett, Circuit Champion Winter Series, Miss January was champion or reserve at every show she attended in 2016.  Winner $25,000 PCHA Children’s and Adult Hunter Championship at Del Mar National. USEF 3rd Place National HOTY for 3’3″ Amateur Owner Hunter.
  • 2017: Multiple Client and Horse Circuit Champions at HITS Coachella
  • 2017: Winner Woodside Spring Grand Prix
  • 2017: Winner $10,000 Open Speed Derby at Sonoma Horse Park
  • 2017: Winner $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby aboard Spectacular (owner: Sloan Lindemann- Barnett)

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CONTACT BERT

3421 Nicasio Valley Road
Nicasio, California 94946

info@hughmutch.com

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