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ESNZ Nationals at Springfield the FEI Championship Series Decider

The ESNZ Endurance Championship series comes to a close over Easter weekend with the ESNZ Endurance Nationals, being held at Springfield, Canterbury.  It’s also the final event of five in the FEI series.  With only one ride to go Naomi O’Shaughnessy and Castlebar Party Girl hold a...

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2018 Land Rover Horse of the Year Eventing

CIC3* It was an all the way win for Clarke Johnstone and Balmoral Sensation in the Land Rover Horse of the Year CIC3* Eventing, successfully defending the title they won in 2016 as the cross-country was abandoned last year due to torrential rain. They have further extended their lead in the...

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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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Thompson Takes the Title – a final wrap from HOY 2018

Dressage’s bid to take a team to the World Equestrian Games is looking positive after a strong finish by both John Thompson and Julie Brougham in the GJ Gardner Homes CDI3* GP Freestyle. Thompson won the class and consequently the Dressage Horse of the Year title with a 74.525 score, the...

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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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John Thompson sets new NZ CDI3* Grand Prix Special record at HOY

More news and action from the HOY 2018 dressage arena - by Jess Roberts Today's IRT Grand Prix Special proved to be a battle between the two WEG-qualified combinations after John Thompson laid down a 71.34 gauntlet with the blisteringly on-form JHT Antonello. The pressure then went on for Julie...

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Cross Country Day – Land Rover Horse of the Year

Clarke Johnstone and Balmoral Sensation did not disappoint their fans on cross-country day at the Land Rover Horse of the Year today (Saturday), cruising round Chris Ross’s CIC3* course looking unhurried as usual, but producing the fastest time of the day. They incurred 8.8 time penalties...

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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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Double Success for Smith

By Diana Dobson Molly Smith is a kid on a mission. The nine-year-old from Cave in South Canterbury snaffled the Burger King Cat B High Points Series aboard her new pony, 16-year-old Bexley Lodge Tinkabella – or Tinks as she is known at home. Both Smith and Tinks are well-performed in...

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