The second day at the North Island Premier Show didn't disappoint with a display of seasoned sho

Trey Cadwallader had a wonderful day in the 12.2 Open Pony Championship and performed extremely well to take the win on Eastdale Diva. Hot on their heels came Ruby Norton-Collins riding Sanlirra Pretty Polly who secured the Reserve championship. Natacha Otto and Cuv’ee looked beautiful and the judge sashed them with the Champion ribbon. It was disappointing to see that they were the only entry. Natacha Otto said after the class, “It is a let down to see that there was not any competition and it felt like a hollow victory. We don’t come to shows to be the only one in the class.” The Riding Horse section seemed to have the most entries in the hack rings and what a wonderful display of horses i

After a fiercely fought competition, it was ultimately the eventers who triumphed in the Beyond the

The final day of this three-day competition began with the Beyond the Bit Dressage. The environment was a challenging one. The gusty wind set banners and flags flapping to add to the noise from loud-speakers and passing spectators. In addition, after the exceptionally wet spring and the intermittent rain during the competition, the going in the grass arena was deep. Judge Marcia Bayley commented, “Some seasoned dressage horses would have had problems in this environment – it was a credit to the riders and the training of the horses that they all completed.” The winner of this phase was Amanda Pottinger on her cheeky five-year-old, Perry. The dressage was followed by the New Zealand Bloodstoc

Not content with her third place in yesterday’s Horse Derby, Holly Morrell came out today and took t

A field of top New Zealand eventers fronted up in the sunshine for the Isuzu D-Max Cross Country and Show Jumping Challenge. First out, Holley Morrell riding Alani set the standard achieving maximum points in the show jumping phase of the challenge and then going clear on the cross- country and finishing close to the optimum time. No stranger to success, including internationally, Donna Edwards-Smith aboard 3* eventer DSE Mr Hokey Pokey was next in the ring. They were another combination to go double clear and come in close to the optimum time, however not quite as close as Holly, who kept the top spot and took the $3,000 cheque. No one could match these two combinations around the course, a

It was ‘cheque mate’ for Lucy Olphert and Eve Saint Laurent as they won the 2016 Hyundai Derby along

Over a course of fences set at a maximum of 1.35 this two round challenge saw 24 starters in the first round, the top ten being called back for the second jump off round. Early to go in the draw was Amanda Wilson aboard last night’s Grand Prix winner, Showtym Cassanova. Riding confidently, the pair took two rails for a total of eight faults. As the class progressed, it became clear that eight faults might not be so bad, with the riders following knocking down many rails over the challenging course. The first clear came for Lucy Olhert and her upstanding partner, Eve Saint Laurent. Together the pair were bold and careful to guarantee themselves through to round two of the competition. No one

After all the preparation and work, it was show time today at the North Island Premier Show.

The day started with the Led section and what a wonderful display of lovely horses and ponies, then ridden classes commenced. Conformation is the key factor in these classes and in the Horse section, Greenmoor Infatuation owned by Victoria Weston certainly ticked all the boxes to win Champion Youngstock and Supreme Led Horse. In the Led Pony ring, it was three-year-old Coroview Master of Arts (Kolbeach Holly's Masterpiece x Eastdale Escapade), led by Ben Thompson that secured Champion Youngstock Pony, Supreme Led Pony and was sashed overall Premier Grand Led Champion Exhibit, with proud owner Janine Palmer watching the proceedings. First Ridden The ponies and child riders in the First Ridden

The Beyond the Barriers competition at Equidays 2016 got underway today and despite the changeable w

First up was the line-up of 36 horses in the Gregory Equine Best Presented and Conditioned. This class ran in the morning sun, and it was a delight to see these horses parade. Each horse was trotted up, followed by an inspection. The Palamountains Derby consisted of a course of 11 show jumps set over a cross country style distance and incorporating a man-made mound. The course was a test of boldness as the mound was probably unlike anything the horses had seen before. The class was judged on speed, so that the fastest clear round was the winner. For each rail down, four seconds was added to the time. Unfortunately during the class the weather changed for the worse, and riders and spectators

A broad smile adorned the face of Briar Burnett-Grant as she was sashed the winner of the first titl

In one of the first classes at Equidays 2016, held at Mystery Creek, 40 horse and rider combinations stepped forward. The FEI Challenge was created to offer show jumpers in more remote countries the opportunity to compete in an international competition without having to leave their own country. All riders in the FEI World Jumping Challenge compete in the same size arena (65 x 45m) and over a course designed by an FEI appointed designer. There were 18 clears in the first round which left it wide open for the second round over a new timed course. The morning sun turned to rain as the second round commenced in the early afternoon, perhaps deterring some of the starters from returning with nin

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