And the cow jumped over the moon

2017-07-16 06:05
Hannah Simpson (18) and her cow Lilac jump over a hurdle. Picture: Instagram

Hannah Simpson (18) and her cow Lilac jump over a hurdle. Picture: Instagram

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There’s something quite poetic about a cow jumping over something.

Hannah Simpson, 18, jumps over large logs on the back of a dairy cow, even though she has a horse.

“Why ride a horse when you can ride a cow?” the dairy farmer from an Invercargill farm on New Zealand’s South Island asks on Facebook, where people have started noticing her unlikely pastime of riding her heifer for years.

On her 11th birthday, she was told that a pony or horse would be too expensive.

She was dared by her brother to try riding a cow instead – and the relationship blossomed.

Hannah says the Swiss Brown breed is her “best friend”.

She shares selfies, proudly declaring she is definitely a cowgirl.

“Lilac was only six months then and I was just a midget,” Hannah told The Guardian.

“It was a dare from my brother to jump on and she seemed okay with it, so we kept going. Before then I’d only ridden a pony twice, and a sheep.”

These days, Hannah and Lilac are a daily sight in the area.

Hannah has taught her cow to jump, and although the heifer isn’t quite as precise or sophisticated as a horse, it’s more than capable.

When she’s in the mood, Lilac is apparently able to scale obstacles up to 1.4m high.

Hannah works on a dairy farm in nearby Southland.

She said her cow doesn’t enjoy cantering around the place or running up and down hills, but prefers gentle strolls through the bush, and gentle river swims.

But Lilac also loves jumping on occasion.

A horse saddle is a step too far for Lilac. Hannah rides bareback with a halter – she’s been bucked off a fair few times.

But Lilac is, on the whole, a faithful, triumphant steed.

Despite the rarity of Hannah and Lilac’s bond, the duo has only shot to fame in recent weeks.

Hannah doesn’t enter competitions with Lilac, but she’s soon to be featured on local television.

It’s thanks to a video of Hannah cow-jumping that was posted on a New Zealand farmers Facebook page.

Her Instagram is gaining traction and she’s milking her new-found fame. – The Mirror

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