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 delighte
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 combina
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
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 Samant
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 w
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
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 wi
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 a
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 reall
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
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 wo
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
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
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 Warwi
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 wil