Equidays Junior Rider Series

Only four of the 29 starters managed to leave all the fences up in the Dunstan EquiFibre/Equidays Junior Rider Series and make it through to the jump-off. The four who returned to battle it out for the $200 prize money left all the fences standing. But, it was Matthew Irvine riding La Perla who managed to stop the clock in the quickest time of just 28.11 seconds, .23 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Emma Watson and Maddox Kiwi Silverkee. Matthew is enjoying his last season on La Perla who is for sale, but his mum Steph says, "if she is not sold by December she will be finding a boyfriend." La Perla has enjoyed much success in the showjumping ring including winning the Six-Year-Old t

No Foot, No Horse - Equidays Farrier Competition

Ten teams of three took part in the final class of the 2017 Equidays Farrier Competition yesterday - the P3 Equestrian Heavy Horse class. With the demanding challenge for each team involving making two shoes from scratch and fitting them on a Clydesdale in just 70 minutes, the pressure was on from the start! The crowds that gathered to watch were treated to an excellent display of speed, strength and skill, with the eventual winners after two heats being the team of Pat Schimanski, Jim Bryant and Grant Nyhan. P3 Equestrian Heavy Horse - RESULTS 1 - Pat Schimanski, Jim Bryant, Grant Nyhan 2 - Jordaan Aplin, John Hawthorne, Adam Illston 3 - Josh Fox, Ryan Harris-Hayes, George Hunt 4 - Jock

A Very Special Victory

Winning a class at Equidays is special. Winning a class remembering someone that was loved by all that knew her is a dream finish to the show. This year the winner of the Lisa Chittick Memorial Grand Champion Ridden Exhibit went to the Pryde's Easifeed Supreme Champion Pony - Linden Just a Dream ridden by Billie Roach. Billie has had a fantastic show and qualified two ponies for the Supreme Pony Championship. Linden Fine Art was the North Island Premier Show Pony Champion over 138 - 148cm. But, the afternoon belonged to Linden Just A Dream who qualified by winning the North Island Premier Show Pony Championship, over 128 - 138cm earlier in the day. Amanda Berridge, a successful show and dres

Who's Who Of Pony Jumping Contested The Pony Grand Prix At Equidays

The who's who of pony jumping came out this afternoon to contest the Country TV/Cheval Liberte NZ Pony Grand Prix with a prize pool of over $1000. The first rider to enter the ring was Lilly Carpenter riding Tallyho Mystic who posted a clean, clear round. But, following her, there was a 'clear round drought'. That is until the second to last combination came in. Georgia Bouzaid and Redcliffs Bill, off the back of their win in last night's Pony Six Bar, also posted a clear. But, when Emma Watson enters the ring, she means business, so there was a high chance there would be a third clear round, and that it was. Emma and her consistent Maddox Fun House posted a picture perfect round to ensure a

Grand Prix Dressage Takes Over Equidays

From Grand Prix Show Jumping to Grand Prix Dressage, the NRM and McMillan arena was transformed in record time to make way for six of the country’s top dressage combinations to battle it out for the win in the Wade Equine Coaches Grand Prix Freestyle to Music. Continuing his winning streak, after taking honours in yesterday’s Grand Prix, John Thompson and seasoned campaigner, JHT Antonello, danced their way to first place again tonight. Their electrifying performance had the crowd in raptures the very second he made his final salute to the judges. Posting an impressive score of 73.875%, over four percent clear of his closest rival, Wendi Williamson and Dejavu MH on 69.625%, John took the win

Equidays Seven-Year-Old series

Just two of 12 starters produced clear first rounds to come back and jump off in the Purepine Shavings/Equidays Seven-Year-Old series class this morning. Out first to jump off was Katharine Van Tuyl and Centavino, who produced a quick clear round, laying down the challenge to Helen McNaught and La Riviere. Helen and the lovely chestnut, La Riviere, rose to the occasion effortlessly, taking an inside turn and shaving five seconds off Katharine’s time to take the class! Purepine Shavings/Equidays 7yr Old Series - RESULTS 1 - La Riviere Helen McNaught 2 - Centavino Katharine Van Tuyl 3 - Ricker Ridge Sooty GNZ Samantha Felton 4 - LC Showtym Cassinii Amanda Wilson 5 - Be Mine NZPH Duncan Mc

Track Sensation to Show Ring Star

A quality horse is a quality horse. So it's not surprising to learn that Phillipa Whitaker's star show horse and winner of the Beyond The Barriers Off The Track Thoroughbred Championship at Equidays this afternoon, Booming, was previously a successful racehorse. Successful might be an understatement. The 13-year-old has his name etched on both the Zabeel Cup and the Wellington Cup, and even qualified for the Melbourne Cup before retiring from racing just three years ago. Since turning his hand to showing, he has continued his winning form, being sashed Champion and Supreme on many occasions. Standing reserve was the current Hack of the Year title holder, Lady's Honour RP, with owner/rid

Young Rider Series Class At Equidays

Crowds lined the outside of the Hyundai Arena to watch 32 combinations battle it out for the top spot in the ESNZ/Equidays Young Rider Series class earlier today. The tough track caused plenty of problems in the first round, with just four clears eventually coming back for the second round. First out to jump off, Oliver Croucher set a cracking pace on Waitangi Surf, jumping clear in 35.50 seconds. Following him, Elmo Jackson and Next sped around to stop the clock at 34.72 seconds, but paid for a tight turn with a rail off the back of the triple bar. Greta van den Brink’s tidy, clear round on Billy Sparky in a time of 35.78 seconds was enough to slot them into second behind Oliver as the last

A Happy Birthday For Harriet Redmond

It is a very happy birthday indeed for Harriet Redmond who has claimed the win in the North Island Premier Novice Horse Challenge, and a $500 cheque from sponsors, Designer Bars at Equidays today. Harriet, from Ashburton, rode Ngahiwi Frostie, a horse who has only recently changed disciplines from high-level eventing to showing, after being bought by Harriet’s coach, Christine Weal. Earlier this morning, the pair also claimed the Novice Saddle Hunter Championship. It was another eye-catching grey that impressed the judges in the Scott Borland Novice Pony Challenge running at the same time in the ring next door. Young Mikayla Wildermoth has already achieved a lot in a small amount of time in

A $10,000 Win

There was plenty at stake this afternoon in the Hyundai Premier 1.35m Derby, with a cool $10,000 on offer to the winner. Amanda Wilson and her long-time partner, Showtym Cassanova were last to go in the second round and no stranger to pressure, they entered the ring looking cool, calm and collected. Being the only combination to jump clear in the opening round and with zero faults to carry forward, they could afford to have a rail down and still win. Flying around the course they had the crowd on edge as they knocked down the second to last fence, but secured the victory seconds later as they cleared the last to finish on a two-round total of four faults. Amanda Pottinger and Pampero jumped

Redcliff Ponies All The Way In The Six Bar

It was the Redcliff ponies all the way in the JLT Pony Six Bar tonight! Thirteen starters lined up vying for top honours in the class, with Redcliff's Bill and Redcliff's Ted, both Kaimanawa Horses, progressing to the final round where the last fence stood at 1.45m. Redcliff's Ted went down the line clean until the very last where they just touched the top rail, dislodging it. It was down to Redcliff's Bill, with rider Georgia Bouzaid. The pair managed to leave all the fences up, taking home $300 in prize money for their efforts.

Equidays Is Underway

Equidays 2017 is underway! So much to see and do, and we’re loving it! “Riding is communication, repeating, repeating, repeating!” This was just one of the little pearls of wisdom we picked up from international show jumping coach, Rob Ehrens, in the NRM and McMillan Indoor Arena this morning in his first lesson of the day. The Livamol Horse 1.25m in the Hyundai arena and the International Animal Health Products 80cm pony in the Ultramox arena have kicked off the show jumping competition for the weekend. The showing arena is a buzz of activity with Lead Rein pony and Led Horse and Pony classes opening the North Island Premier Showing Championships which run through to Sunday afternoon. Keep

A Dream Come True Olivia Newsom

Winning the 2017 Honda Pony Derby this afternoon was a dream come true for 12-year-old Olivia Newsom. Riding her seven-year-old pony, Moonspirit Treasure, Olivia rode two foot-perfect clear rounds, with a jump-off time of 49.38 seconds to take the win. “It’s a one in a million win, I expected her to go well, but I didn’t think she’d win,” said a thrilled Olivia after being presented with her prizes, including a brand new Honda motorbike! 1 - Moonspirit Treasure Olivia Newsom 2 - Get the Beat Senga Hickson 3 - Too Much Pizzazz Keeva McCambridge 4 - Redcliffs Bill Georgia Bouzaid 5 - Maddox Fun House Emma Watson 6 - Alasaan Arzu Olivia Apatu

Thrills, Spills And Surprises in the Horse Grand Prix

Well it was a class of thrills, spills and plenty of surprises, and the packed crowd along to watch the Dunstan EquiFibre and GH Mumm Horse Grand Prix at the Equidays night show this evening certainly won’t go home disappointed. Twenty riders started the class, taking on a tough 1.40 – 1.50m track, but the night belonged to 22-year-old Rose Alfeld and My Super Nova, all the way from the South Island, for just their second start of the season. The first of ten riders to come back for the second round, Rose carried eight faults from round one after she posted a near picture perfect round, looking set to be the first clear of the night before having an unfortunate run out at the last fence and

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