Chris Chugg, one of Australia's elite show jumping riders, is sponsored by Kentucky Equine Research. Chugg has been the Australian champion three times, and also twice represented Australia at the World Cup Final. He has won 30 World Cup qualifiers aboard 11 different horses. Chugg is presently working with a new horse, Baluga, a four-year-old bay stallion, and expects the young horse to be a wonderful addition to his stable as well as an important sire of future jumping stars. Baluga is out of a mare by Carismo, a son of Calypso II.
As detailed in an article from The Horse Magazine's website, Chugg is working with the stallion on all phases of riding as well as manners under saddle and on the ground. While Baluga is already mannerly, it's important to reinforce the rules when working with a stallion, especially one that is used in an active breeding program. Dressage, trotting poles, and jumping both in the arena and outside are all worked into the training routine. Getting a young horse used to seeing and being around other horses at home will help with relaxation and confidence at shows, according to Chugg.