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Youngest Rider Wins Olympic Cup

By Diana Dobson Briar Burnett-Grant is hopeful she’ll be able to have tomorrow off school after her historic win in the Olympic Cup this afternoon. The 17-year-old from Taupo was the queen of cool on Fiber Fresh Veroana in a nail-biting jump-off against the very in-form Clint Beresford...

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Junior Rider Crown to Smith

By Diana Dobson The name Smith is better known in endurance circles but now younger sister Brigitte stamped her mark in showjumping. Riding her cousin’s Corlinka, she headed home 29 other combinations to rightfully hoist the Super Moth Trophy. Twelve came back for the second round with...

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Tom Gadsby Memorial Goes to Blundell in Heart-Stopping Jump-off

By Diana Dobson Pressure wasn’t a problem for Premier Stakes winner Daniel Blundell . . . but he did admit to a few nerves as he waited for the last two combinations to go in the jump-off. Blundell guided Athena NZPH to a win the class which holds a special place in the hearts of many...

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Debutant Apatu Aces Pony of the Year Class

By Diana Dobson It was hard to know who was more excited when Olivia Apatu and Alasaan Arzu won the Farmlands Pony of the Year this afternoon. Mum Sally didn’t know what to say, trainer Jesse Linton was proud as punch of his “perfect” student, fellow trainer Sally Clark was also...

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Super Jump-Offs Set Stage at HOY

By Diana Dobson It was a day for quinellas, first time wins and hard-earnt victories at HOY. Emily Hayward, aboard Yandoo Lady Gold, was a very popular winner in the Bayleys Real Estate Young Rider of the Year. It looked like Werner Deeg’s course was going to be simply too challenging ....

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Aussies Dominate Silver Fern

By Diana Dobson It was all Aussie, Aussie, Aussie in the Horseware Silver Fern Stakes this evening with Clint Beresford and Emmaville Jitterbug winning the class and the Australians taking out the Trans Tasman Test Match. Twenty-five started the class, with 13 combinations on five faults...

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Classy Cottle Takes Pro Am Crown

By Diana Dobson The Cottle name is back in the HOY limelight after 39-year-old James took out the GJ Gardner Pro Am Rider of the Year as part of the Dunstan Horsefeeds and Equifibre title on Thurday. Riding Oracle WT (owned by Sophia and Fiona Hall), he fairly flew around the five-strong...

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Cubitt Conquers Lady Rider

By Diana Dobson Lisa Cubitt was moved to tears when she realised she had won the ULTRAMOX Lady Rider of the Year crown. She was one of six combinations who had gone clear in the opening round, with another five four-faulters joining them for the second round. In the second, clears came from...

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Nail-Biting Finishes in Series Classes at HOY

By Diana Dobson It’s been an exciting day of competition at the Land Rover Horse of the Year Show in Hastings with German course designer Werner Deeg producing plenty of exciting jump-offs in the Premier Jumping Arena. Cambridge horsewoman Rachel Malcolm and Monte Carlo MVNZ took the...

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Popeye Flexes his Muscles to Take the Norwood Gold Cup

By Diana Dobson Tom Tarver-Priebe and Popeye jumped the rounds of their lives today to take top honours in the prestigious Norwood Gold Cup. Thirty-six started the class with six coming back for the jump-off – Australian visitors Clint Beresford aboard Emmaville Jitterbug and Brooke...

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