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Show Horse Finale In The Kubtoa Outdoor Arena

The final classes in the Kubota Outdoor Arena belonged to the show horses and ponies. It was disappointing that not all the horses invited to compete turned up, with only three of the ten invited showing up for the Show Horse Challenge. Perhaps they didn't realise just how unique riding at an event like Equitana is. But, the winners were undoubtedly quality. Of the three hacks, it was the successful Lady's Honour RP, ridden by Vanessa Everton, that claimed the garland and rug, backing up her IRT OTT Thoroughbred Show Horse Championship win yesterday. Eastdale Diva has been one of the most successful show ponies in New Zealand of all time, and so it was fitting that she was sashed the winner

Under 17 Mounted Games

Yesterday, after three days of intense competition, the New Zealand team emerged the ecstatic overall winners in the Under 17 World Mounted Game Team Championships. Since Thursday, Equitana Auckland’s Kubota Outdoor Arena has played host to the thrilling battle of speed, skill and accuracy that is mounted games at its best. The New Zealand team of five have been the only ones riding their own ponies for this competition, with visiting teams from Australia, Canada, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the United States, and defending champions England, all competing on borrowed ponies. This is the first time the New Zealand Mounted Games Association have hosted the event and it’s been nothing short of e

Hunting For The Garland

Hunter horses and ponies made their presence known in the Kubota Outdoor Arena earlier this morning. Australian judges, Mark Kenzig and John Paget, had the opportunity to look over the horses as they worked together on the circle. The riders then worked individually in the beautifully presented ring before lining up to have their conformation assessed. Seven ponies entered the ring vying for the garland, rosette, and rug, but there could be only one winner. Today, that was Noah Murphy riding the relatively young Windermere in Memory. Stepping in to claim the reserve champion was KS Rose d'Or ridden by Paris Masterson, no stranger to success at this level. When the horses made their way into

A Different Way For Every Horse

With just four hours to take a horse from wild to willing, competitors in the IRT The Way Of The Horse showed that not only were they incredibly talented and natural horsemen and horsewoman but they had a complete understanding of their horse. The trainers were given an arena with plenty of obstacles and just 15 minutes to show off their training in front of the three judges, Andrew Nicholson, John Lyons and Jonny Hilberath. Along with the judges, there were packed stands of eager onlookers waiting to see how the horses would handle the new open space and how the four trainers would manage their nerves. Number one to enter the arena was the first representative from New Zealand, Emily Weibel

Equitana Dressage Belongs To Julie And Vom Feinsten

The dressage at Equitana 2017 belonged to Julie Brougham and her loveable Vom Feinsten. Following up from their impressive win in the New Zealand Open Freestyle Grand Prix to Music on Friday night, the pair put on their dancing shoes again to score 70.63% this morning to claim the final dressage prize of the show, the Kubota Equitana Open Grand Prix title and the $2000 prize money. In the prize giving, Julie paid homage to her equine partner, Steiny. "I wouldn't have an identity without him," she told the crowd. She then went on to thank her husband, David who she described as her second coach. Finishing her speech, she thanked Kevin Hansen, and his team, for bringing Equitana to New Zealand

Way Of The Horse Makes New Zealand Debut

Making its New Zealand debut, the IRT The Way Of The Horse is proving to be a very popular competition at Equitana Auckland. Four expert trainers, Tui Teka and Emily Weibel from New Zealand, and Sharna Little and Brett Davey from Australia, each teamed up with an unhandled three-year-old Holsteiner from Delta Hostein Stud in Pukekawa on Thursday. After selecting their horse on Thursday morning, the trainers had a one hour session with them on Thursday afternoon, Friday morning and again this morning, all in the Premier Indoor Arena, each in their own round pen in front of the crowd. In this morning’s session, each contestant worked through several exercises with their horse, including saddli

Kiwi's Victorious In Trans-Tasman Clash

The Aussies gave it their best shot, but it was the Kiwi team, made up of show jumpers, Samantha Morrison and Clarke Johnstone, and dressage riders, Julie Brougham and John Thompson who were the eventual victors in last night’s Trans-Tasman clash. With the teams sitting dead equal following the Harrison Lane Jumping Grand Prix, thanks to the efforts of Samantha, Clarke and Australian jumping team riders, Gabrielle Kuna and Kate Hinschen, it was all down to the dressage riders to decide the winner in the Freestyle Grand Prix to Music. The Australian dressage team riders put in a great effort, with Rozzie Ryan riding the young mare, Adonie to score 66.46% and place 7th and Brett Parbery guided

Show Horses Made Their Presence Known At Equitana

Show horses made their presence known in the Premier Indoor Arena earlier this afternoon. Six off-the-track horses were invited to be assessed by a panel of industry experts on their conformation, soundness, manners, paces, and presentation. Gina Schick from Event Stars, Cherry Taylor from Trelawney Stud and top Australian show rider Mark Kenzig assessed the horses presented to them, firstly inhand, and then ridden, with Mark Kenzig then riding each horse to feel their schooling and way of going. The eventual Champion and winner of the custom-made Show Circuit Magazine garland was successful show hack and current Hack of the Year title[Office1] holder, Lady's Honour RP, owned and ridden b

Katie Laurie Claims City Of Sails At Equitana

In a very unusual format, round one scores were completely wiped for the 10 combinations that came back to start the second round of the City of Sails Classic Winning Round in the Premier Indoor Arena at Equitana Auckland this morning. Five of the original 12 that started the class went clear in the first round, however, unlike most two round competitions, where faults are carried forward, the only influence round one results had on the second round was the order of competition, with the most faults coming back first, all on a clean slate. Jasmine Sketchley and her classy stallion, Bravado Ego Z produced a quick clear round to stop the clock at 43.36 seconds and take an early lead. Going one

The Winning Streak Continues For Rose Alfeld

The winning streak continues for 22-year-old South Island sensation, Rose Alfeld and her lovely homebred gelding My Super Nova, taking out the Equitana New Zealand Harrison Lane Invitational Jumping Grand Prix tonight. It was a small but strong field of nine quality combinations that took on the testing track, with eight coming back for the second round, providing the enthusiastic crowd with world class show jumping entertainment. The first of three clears to come back towards the end of the second round, Rose put her foot to the floor to finish double clear in an incredibly quick time of 34.84. Next out, Katie Laurie and Breeze looked set to challenge Rose’s position, until an unfortunate t

Quality Over Quantity in the ATEED Dressage Freestyle at Equitana

It was quality over quantity in the ATEED Dressage Freestyle tonight, but none of the other six competitors could quite catch Julie Brougham riding her fiery little superstar, Vom Feinsten, who put on a stellar display to score 72.46%. Hot on their heels, Wendi Williamson and the lovely Dejavu MH finished second on 70.38%, with John Thompson and JHT Antonello coming in so close behind on 70.29% to finish third. RESULTS: 1st: Julie Brougham - Vom Feinsten 72.46 2nd: Wendi Williamson - Dejavu MH 70.38 3rd: John Thompson - JHT Antonello 70.29 4th: Brett Parbery (AUS) - Raukura Satori MH 69.33 5th: Jody Hartstone - Ali Baba 67.04 6th: Abbie Deken - KH Ambrose 66.79

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