Georgia Massie (Dannevirke) couldn’t have asked for a better result in her first ever Premier League start at the Wairarapa show at the weekend.
The 19-year-old aboard Larinium LS blitzed the Bayleys Real Estate Premier League backing up the result by also winning the Futurity Class and placing second in the FMG Young Rider class.
Seven riders started in the Premier League with Massie fourth to go in what was described as a challenging track to jump clear. Despite a few rattles, luck was on her side and she managed two clear rounds. Massie’s game plan was to stay on task.
“I just focused on riding how I walked it, tried to stick to my plan and not worry about anyone else” - she said. It wasn’t until the second round Massie had an inkling she could win the class.
“I started to back myself to win in the second round. I knew all I had to do was jump clear and go fast, which was going to be hard enough.”
Massie admits the few World Cup starts last season have boosted her confidence at this level and her aim now is to maintain consistency.
“My plan for the season is to consolidate at the level I am riding at, at the moment focus on what I want from the sport.”
Massie says her nine-year-old gelding Larinium LS is “a good honest horse”. She’s had him since he was a four-year-old and as a combination they’ve moved up the levels from Young Rider, to Grand Prix and Premier/World Cup.
Sophie Scott (Pauatahanui) aboard Benrose Playtime won the Country TV Pony Grand Prix with Georgia Percy (Masterton) and Surprise Illusion in second place. Briar Burnett-Grant (Taupo) and Fiber Fresh Veroana continued their good form this season winning the FMG Young Rider Series.
RESULTS – Wairarapa Area Showjumping Premier Show – 21-23 Oct
Bayleys Real Estate Premier League: Georgia Massie (Dannevirke) Larinium LS 1, Emily Hayward (Te Awamutu) Yandoo Lady Gold 2, Oliver Croucher (Rotorua) Waitangi Wi Fi 3, Maurice Beatson (Dannevirke) Mandalay Cove 4.
FEI World Juping Challenge Category A: Matt Irvine (Takapau) Wall Street III 1, Ike Baker (Porirua) Centrico 2, Sophie Scott (Wellington) Lakota 3, Olivia Dalton (Albany) Bling Du Rouet 4, Briar Burnett-Grant (Taupo) Fiber Fresh Casallita 5, Sarah West (Matamata) Erl Grey 6.
FEI World Jumping Challenge Category B: Molly Prenter (Havelock North) Wenrose Vertigo 1, Rebecca Porter (Napier) Mr Harrison 2, Rosie Bates (Napier) Vapour Trail NZPH 3, Ally Carson (Putaruru) Sir Gandolf 4, Matilda Shotter-Davies (Hastings) Centaroc 5, Karen Riddle (Rotorua) LZ Unforgettable 6.
Country TV Pony Grand Prix: Sophie Scott (Pauatahanui) Benrose Playtime 1, Georgia Percy (Masterton) Surprise Illusion 2, Olivia Dalton (Coatsville) Simply Samantha HH 3, Ally Carson (Putaruru) Tony the Pony 4, Tyla Hackett (Waiuku) The Dreamer 5, Phoebe Burns (Hastings) Galaxy Masterpiece 6.
FMG Young Rider Series: Briar Burnett-Grant (Taupo) Fiber Fresh Veroana 1, Georgia Massie (Dannevirke) Larinium LS 2, Emily Hayward (Te Awamutu) AP Ninja 3, Leeshelle Small (Auckland) AMS Ajaccio NZPH 4, Oliver Croucher (Rotorua) Waitangi Surf 5, Olivia Dalton (Coatsville) Appleton 6.
Caledonian Holdings Amateur Rider Series: Jessica Giles (Upper Hutt ) Dining at Dusk 1, Graeme Isaacson (Waipukurau) Fareal 2, Jake Barham (Waipukurau) Atlan 3, John Jenkins (Porirua) Kiwi Exalt 4, Natasha Mazey (Pukerua Bay) Kabo Lunar 5, Graeme Isaacson (Waipukurau) Pokere 6.
Purepine Shavings Seven-Year-Old Series: Katharine Van Tuyl (Palmerston North) Centavino 1, Lucy Fell (Longburn) Faratona STS 2, Julie Davey (Hastings) JD Ruby 3, Daniel Webb (Hunterville) Cheyenne 4, Leeshelle Small (Auckland) Mr Muscles 5, Rose Alfeld (Leeston) KBS The Irishman 6.
East Coast Performance Horses Five-Year-Old Series: Heloise Tolo (Ohariu) Dangermouse NZPH, Emily Fraser (Bulls) Kiwi Delux, Briar Burnett-Grant (Taupo) Fiber Fresh Delphine NZPH, Becky Harkerss (Leeston) Clearcut Xtreme, Heloise Tolo (Ohariu) Doris NZPH, Shanae McKay (Levin) KDâ€™s Affair and Georgia Percy (Masterton) Double J Image =1.
Dunstan Horsefeeds and Equifibre Pro Amateur Rider Series: Rebecca Porter (Hastings) Kiwi Jet 1, Karen Riddle (Rotorua) LC Telepathy 2, Siobhan Ryan (Wainuiamata) Rosco 3, Sally Clark (Dannevirke) Victoria’s Secret 4, Louise Bowie (Pahiatua) Kiwi Hammer 5, Stephen Nickalls (Taranaki) Letino 6.
Dunstan Horsefeeds and Equifibre Junior Rider Series: Maia Coster (Tauranga) Clearwater 1, Emma Watson (Morrinsville) Maddox Kiwi Silverkee 2, Peita Milne (Nelson) Global PH Licorice 3, Samantha Carrington (Takapau) Double J Breeze On 4, Briar Burnett-Grant (Taupo) Fiber Fresh Cormina Oblensky 5, Laoise McCarthy (Omokoroa) Cosmic Cowboy 6.
Mitavite Six-Year-Old Series: Kimberley Carrington (Takapau) Double J Promise 1.