‘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 pleased with the efforts of the horse she part owns with breeders the Parkes Family from Windermere Park. He came to Fitzsimon as a four-year-old to be sold but that soon changed and together they won the Five-Year-Old of the Year title and were fourth in the Six-Year-Old of the Year. Together this season they have won all their Seven-Year-Old Series starts. “He is such a cool horse, and I completely trust what I have beneath me,” said 27-year-old Fitzsimon. Results – Seven-Year-Old of the Year: Tegan Fitzsimon, Winderemere Cappuccino (by Corofino II out of Vespa) 1, Robert Steele, Delta Blue (by Littorio out of Blue Bird) 2, Alex Loiselle, Bandito NZPH 3, Lucy Fell, Faratona STS (by Appleton DHU out of Arabella) 4, Clarke Johnstone, Dolly Blue (by Diarado out of Chance for Ever) 5, Catherine Cameron, Kingslea Couture (by Lansing out of Kiwi Courage) 6.