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Super League Update after Horse of the Year Eventing

Photo - Libby Law Photography Clarke Johnstone and Balmoral Sensation extended their lead in the ESNZ Eventing Super League with their title win at the Land Rover Horse of the Year Eventing last weekend, and are now assured of top spot at the end of the competition year, which is hardly surprising. The next outing for them is the Waipa Home of Champions CIC3* at the National Eventing Championships being hosted by Kihikihi on 6-8 April, and the plan is to contest the Sydney CCI3* after that. They hope to go to Europe later in the year as part of their campaign for the World Equestrian Games at Tryon, North Carolina, in September. Cantabrian Emily Cammock and Shaw Lee still hold second place,

Protest Leads to Change in Title at Horse of the Year

There have been changes to the placings in two title classes at the Horse of the Year following protests relating to horse ownership. The GJ Gardner Pro-Am class has received a shake-up with two riders losing their placings and the crown was today awarded to Sally Clark (Dannevirke) and Victoria’s Secret. The combination finished second on the day with James Cottle (Karaka) on Oracle WT but a protest was lodged after the class. Article 143 of the ESNZ General Regulations relates to protests received at an event. The protest, received in conjunction with Article 2.1 of the Pro-Am Series conditions within the ESNZ Jumping Rules, was upheld. The rule states that riders in a Pro-Am class must

Working Hunter at Horse of the Year

Working Hunter HOY overview Hain Untouchable in Working Hunter Last to go in the Working Hunter Horse of the Year title class, the irrepressible Merran Hain and Untouchable showed their experience, clinching the title. Merran, from Gisborne, is a familiar face at HOY. A fierce competitor, she has won numerous titles on many horses over the years – so many even she wasn’t sure how many times she had won the Working Hunter title. Untouchable is a 17-year-old Thoroughbred by Warsaw Pact out of an Icelandic mare, Melting Point. Merran had two aims for this season, to win the TiES Show Hunter series for Thoroughbreds, and to win the Working Hunter title at HOY. Both goals she can now tick off

Horse of the Year Pleasure Ring

Three in a row for Short Less than ideal Horse of the Year preparation didn’t stop Dannevirke’s Natalie Short and Golden Conquest from winning the Pleasure Horse of the Year title for the third year in a row. Natalie, who is pregnant with her first child, has suffered from bad morning sickness and been unable to work her horses in the lead up to the show. “I was very, very happy, so happy I cried. I normally never cry, I’m not sure if it was pregnancy hormones,” a delighted Natalie said after the win. Natalie, who is a farmer and riding instructor, adores Quest, who she bred and produced herself. “I didn’t think it was possible (to win three times). I thought we would go for fun because

History-Maker Briar Wins Olympic Cup

Briar Burnett-Grant created a slice of history today when the 17-year-old hoisted high the very special Olympic Cup. With all the pressure in the world, Burnett-Grant and Fiber Fresh Veroana went head-to-head against the calm Clint Beresford (Aus) aboard Emmaville Jitterbug. After two exciting rounds of jumping they were the only two with clean slates In the opening round, Burnett-Grant, Beresford and defending champ Lily Tootill aboard Ulysses NZPH were clear, seven combinations were on four faults, five on eight faults and the remainder on more. Ten came back for the second round where clears came from Beresford, Burnett-Grant, and Aussie visitors Stuart Jenkins aboard Fairview Aliquidam

Simply Sensational

Clarke Johnstone and the gorgeous Balmoral Sensation cruised to their third Eventer of the Year crown with a faultless showjumping round. New Zealand’s best-performed eventer at the Rio Olympic Games finished 8.4 penalty points ahead of the second-placed Nick Brooks on For Fame. “He does enjoy it and finds it easy,” he said of Balmoral Sensation. “It is a pleasure to ride him and I am very pleased to have won.” Johnstone admitted he does feel some pressure from Sensation’s many fans. “Everyone loves him because he is white and cute, and he has such an incredible record . . . it would be a shame to ruin it.” He feels they are well on track for selection for the 2018 World Equestrian Game

Classy Corlinka Takes Junior Crown

Brigitte Smith may come from a highly-successful endurance family but today she made her own mark with victory in the Fiber Fresh Feeds Junior Rider of the Year. Both her mother Andrea and sister Georgia rode for New Zealand at the 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games in France, where Brigitte groomed for her mum. Today Brigitte showed nerves of steel as the last to go in the 30-strong class. Ahead of her the other two clear rounds – Ally Carson aboard Whiorau Ritchie and Samantha Carrington on Double J Breeze On – had both taken the last rail in the time-crucial round. The 18-year-old knew her horse Corlinka had plenty of speed, but the goal was to go clear. “I was a bit nervous but when Sam

Saturday Showing at Horse of the Year - Ring One

Hack of the Year Hastings’s Sue Reynolds rode off with the prestigious Hack of the Year title on Seattle yesterday, a horse she bought sight unseen from Australia just five months ago. Sue bought the six-year-old Thoroughbred from Adelaide after watching a video of him, and the goal was to get to Horse of the Year Show and win the Rising Star title. Though they may not have quite achieved that goal, taking runner-up in the Rising Star class, they more than made up for it with today’s efforts. They also won the Livamol Thoroughbred Show Horse of the Year earlier in the show, making it a very good week at the office. Sue was pleased with the horse’s efforts in the ring today, especially g

Showing Saddle Hunter Horse of the Year

An emotional Natasha Connolly could hardly believe it when her name was read out as the 2018 Saddle Hunter Horse of the Year at the Horse of the Year Show this evening. Natasha, a hairdresser from Nelson, and her lovely World Edition travelled up from the South Island and captured their first ever HOY title. “I’m over the moon, I never thought anything like this would happen to someone like me,” she said. “I was surprised. It was a tough field, there were lots of stunning saddle hunters – you never know what to expect.” Natasha has ridden from a young age but only seriously got into showing in the last three years. She has owned 14-year-old Tigger, as he is known at home, for just over

Blundell’s Career Best in Premier

Daniel Blundell’s victory in this evening’s Premier Stakes was doubly special for the Auckland rider. The winner of the 1.45m class wins bragging rights, but more importantly, hoists the Tom Gadsby Memorial Trophy – a special silver cup donated by the Gadsby family in memory of Tom, an eventer and showjumper who died while eventing in the United Kingdom in 2013. Blundell was very proud of his eight-year-old mare Athena NZPH. “She was amazing,” he said of the career-best win. Blundell almost didn’t come to HOY this year – Athena NZPH has been out for half the season after getting an abscess but a good outing at the recent Takapoto Estate Show changed his mind. “I am so pleased I did!” T

Tears Flow at Apatu Wins Pony of Year Crown

The IRT chute erupted with shrieks of joy followed by floods of tears as Havelock North teen Olivia Apatu realised she had won the Farmlands Pony of the Year title. It’s been a season-long goal for the 14-year-old but when she ended up head-to-head in the jump-off against series leader Emma Watson on Maddox Fun House. Thirty combinations started the class with 10 coming back for the second round. Just Watson and Sophie Scott aboard Benrose Playtime had clean slates. Apatu and Alasaan Arzu carried four from their first round, along with seven other combinations. However, when Watson took the last fence, it forced a jump-off. Apatu was first out and while she rattled a few, came home clear

Supermodels of the Open Show Pony ring gleam at HOY

Showing is a family affair for the Roach family, and they were thrilled when Billie Roach and Linden Fine Art rode off with the Show Pony of the Year, over 138cm and not exceeding 148cm, today. The Cambridge 14-year-old and her pony Nina, as she’s known at home, went one better than last year, when they were the reserve in the class. They also took the prize for best presented. “It’s pretty exciting; we took her to Australia last year after she got reserve here. It’s a really exciting moment,” Billie said. “It’s been a real family affair getting here. Mum works nights at Cambridge Stud to help fund the showing team, and my sister helps turns them out.” This is the family’s third season wi

Clint Beresford Claims Silver Fern Stakes

Aussies ruled in the Horseware Silver Fern Stakes this evening, with Clint Beresford (pictured) taking out the class and the Australians the victors in the Trans Tasman Test Match. It was a four-way jump-off between Beresford on Emmaville Jitterbug, Stuart Jenkins (Aus) on Fairview Aliquidam, Brooke Langbecker (Aus) aboard Quintago I and the sole Kiwi hope, Katie Laurie on Casebrooke Lomond after all had gone double clear in the two-round competition. Jenkins was first out and laid a mighty challenge for those to follow, posting his third clear of the class and stopping the clock at 40.03 seconds. It looked tough to beat, however, Beresford wasn’t having a bar of it. He was second in the

All Gold for Lady Gold

Emily Hayward waited until the very end of the Bayleys Real Estate Young Rider of the Year class to make her point. Ahead of her 28 combinations had taken rail on rail, but the Te Awamutu teen was the queen of cool aboard her Australian import Yandoo Lady Gold to ride the only clear of the first round. She backed that up in the second with another clear to claim the historic Big Red Cup. “She’s been so consistent all year,” said Hayward, who for the past three years has won the Aspiring Rider of the Year crown. “This was one of our goals for the season.” In preparation for the two round competition, Hayward focussed on Yandoo Lady Gold’s fitness and it paid off for her in spades. “It is

Clarke Johnstone and Samantha Felton Lead Eventing Classes

Rio Olympian Clarke Johnstone and Balmoral Sensation lead the CIC3* eventing class after the dressage with a smart 31.7 penalty point score. “I thought he was good and we are in the lead, so I am happy,” said Johnstone who was New Zealand’s best-performed at the Rio Olympic Games with their sixth-place finish. The combination won the Eventer of the Year crown in 2016, and as the class was cancelled last year, they head into the event as defending champs. Sitting in second is Amanda Pottinger and Just Kidding on 33.6, with Sarah Young and Leo Degas just a snip behind in 33.7. The top four combinations in the CIC2* have all gone sub 30 in the dressage. Samantha Felton leads the charge, sit

‘Cool’ Dude Takes Title

It was a long wait between the two fault-free rounds in the Seven-Year-Old of the Year class but in the end, the day belonged to Tegan Fitzsimon and her beautiful Windermere Cappuccino (by Corofino II out of Vespa). It became a head-to-head battle in the jump-off between the slight Christchurch rider and long-time campaigner Robert Steele aboard Delta Blue (by Littorio out of Blue Bird). Fitzsimon was first out and knew she had to leave nothing unturned, coming home clear in 49.29 seconds. Steele and his big grey were also very quick and took all the tight turns but paid for their speed with a rail near the end of the course, to finish with four faults in 48.63 seconds. Fitzsimon was pleas

Quinella for NZPH in Five-Year-Old at Horse of the Year

New Zealand Performance Horses owners were purring after a stellar effort in the Five-Year-Old of the Year saw them take first, second and fifth places. NZPH rider Alex Loiselle steered Dakota NZPH to victory in the 24-strong class, going double clear in 69.89 seconds. He backed that up with second place on Dallas NZPH, finishing all clear in 69.08 seconds. Amy Roydhouse aboard Downtown NZPH took fifth place with her double clear rounds in 75.07 seconds. NZPH co-owner Warwick Hansen said they were reaping the efforts of many years of hard work. “We are very pleased and proud that NZPH is really starting to perform across all levels,” he said. Dakota NZPH will now head to Australia to be

Friday Showing - First Year Ridden Section

The Cadwallader family had a sensational morning at Horse of the Year Show, with three children taking out four titles in the space of a few hours. First up was Mia Cadwallader, 9, who rode off with both the First Ridden Pony Rider of the Year and First Ridden Pony of the Year, not over 138cm, with Eastdale Diva. The super consistent Diva, who the family describes as the pony of a lifetime, has won the Show Pony of the Year not exceeding 128cm for five years running and will attempt to make that six years on the trot this afternoon, ridden by sister Brooke. She has also won the Lead Rein title three times and the First Ridden title twice. The family hails from Coatesville, Auckland and ar

Horse of the Year Showing – Saddle Hunter Friday

Riding a four-year-old pony in its first season under saddle, Trey Cadwallader was crowned Saddle Hunter Pony of the Year, over 138cm and not exceeding 148cm, with Rosehill Park Sapphire. Showing is a real family affair for the Cadwalladers, with mum Nannette and aunty Fiona Honeyman working together to help the three children – Trey, Brooke and Mia - with the ponies. And they are a force to be reckoned with in the ring. All three children picked up titles today – as well as Trey, Mia won two in the First Ridden section, and Brooke won the Saddle Hunter Pony of the Year not exceeding 128cm with Nanteos Autumn Guardsman. Trey, 13, and Saffy, as the pony is known, also took out the Rising S

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