Wellington rider Sophie Scott blitzed her home town show at the weekend notching wins and placings in four series classes at the Wellington Horowhenua Show at Foxton Racecourse.
On board the promising nine-year-old skewbald Lakota, Scott finished first in the FMG Young Rider and third in the Dunstan Horsefeeds and Equifibre Horse Grand Prix. Lakota was originally purchased for Junior Rider classes but showed so much talent he was upgraded to Young Rider and Grand Prix.
The Heather McDonald designed Horse Grand Prix course was won by the experienced Simon Wilson (Waipukurau) on board McMillan’s Fredrika. Wilson was first to go in the jump-off and took very tight turns to go clear in 39.65. Second place getter Danielle Maurer (Auckland) started off well but took a rail at the third fence stopping the clock at 41.26.
Scott took an unfortunate rail at the treble to finish in third and admits the rail was a riding error.
“It was my fault he took the rail coming out of the treble, I should have given him a stronger ride into it, and out over the last, as it was a big oxer, I was being a little careful. But we were quick; he just loves his jobs and tries so hard for me,” – said Scott.
Scott is no stranger to wins at Pony Grand Prix level having finished second in the series overall last season. She continued her top form at Foxton finishing first on Benrose Playtime and fourth on Benrose Eclipse.
Scott says the Country TV Pony Grand Prix jump-off was “exciting” and knew she’d have to go fast to beat speedster Ruby Mason (Napier) on board Mr Acho.
Scott also won the Dunstan Horsefeeds and Equifibre Junior Rider Equitation and placed sixth in that class on her young one Glenbrooke Centarose.
Scott is part of the ESNZ Jumping Youth Programme Squad and warrants the success she’s had this season to training with Luke Dee over the winter.
“My riding is becoming smoother, he walks the big tracks with me and his knowledge is really helping me really think about distances and how I need to ride certain jumps,” said Scott.
Scott currently has a team of five horses out competing including two young Glenbrooke stars – five year old Glenbrooke Rich as Roses and six year old Glenbrooke Centarose which are both related to top grand prix horse Glenbrooke Archie Bunker owned by Chris Harris.
Scott will be heading to compete in the South Island circuit for eight weeks and plans to do the Nationals and Canterbury Champs before returning home for Horse of the Year.
Country TV Pony Grand Prix: Sophie Scott (Wellington) Benrose Playtime 1. Ruby Mason (Napier) Mr Acho 2. Lilly Carpenter (Taihape) Tallyho Mystic 3. Sophie Scott (Wellington) Benrose Eclipse 4. Sarah West (Matamata) Miss Mae West 5. Olivia Apatu (Waipukurau) Alasaan Arzu 6.
Dunstan Horsefeeds and EquiFibre Horse Grand Prix: Simon Wilson (Waipukurau) McMillans Fredrika RE 1. Danielle Maurer (Auckland) Dicavalli Don Quattro 2. Sophie Scott (Wellington) Lakota 3. Logan Massie (Dannevirke) Intellect 4. Robert Steele (Dannevirke) LT Holst Bernadette 5. Maurice Beatson (Dannevirke) Schimmel Warrior 6.
FMG Young Rider: Sophie Scott (Wellington) Lakota 1. Oliver Croucher (Rotorua) Waitangi Surf 2. Deanika Vink (New Plymouth) Master of Hossack 3. Ruby Mason (Napier) Astek Napoleon 4. Nicholas O’Leary (Whanganui) Obeone Kanobe 5. Hannah Fraser (Palmerston North) Vendange 6.
Dunstan Horsefeeds and EquiFibre Junior Rider Series: Blake Davis (Palmerston North) Giggles 1. Sinead Dolman (Gisborne) Kiwi Lansing 2. Sarah West (Matamata) ERL Grey II 3. Molly Prenter (Havelock North) Wenrose Vertigo 4. Ruby Mason (Napier) Peggy Blue 5. Sophie Scott (Wellington) Glenbrooke Centarose 6.
Junior Rider Equitation: Sophie Scott 1. Sinead Dolman 2. Amanda Steele 3. Alexandra Mitchell 4. Sarah West 5. Ruby Mason 6.
Dunstan Horsefeeds and EquiFibre Pro Amateur Rider Series: Kelly Smith (Foxton) Corlinka 1. William Lyles (Turangi) Midway Detroit 2. Tracy Mason (Napier) WP Stella 3. Olivia Laing (Taupo) Midway Alaska 4. Emily Fraser (Palmerston North) Kiwi Sunray 5. Louise Bowie (Pahiatua) Kiwi Hammer 6.
East Coast Performance Horses 5 Year Old: Luke Dee (Wellington) Clearcut Xtreme, Georgia Percy (Wairarapa) Double J Image, Logan Massie (Dannevirke) Double J Kelvin, Sophie Scott (Wellington) Glenbrooke Rich As 1=.
Miavite 6 Year Old: Jesse Linton (Napier) Double J Promise, Dirk Waldin (Havelock North) Good Time, Georgia Massey (Dannevirke) Double J Beyonce, Jesse Linton (Napier) Caption NZPH, Harvey Nelson (Havelock North) Ngahiwi Loone, Robert Steele (Dannevirke) Two Eye See, Simon Wilson (Waipukurau) McMillans Whimsical WDS, Logan Massie (Dannevirke) Lamondo GNZ 1=
Purepine Shavings 7 Year Old: Duncan McFarlane (Taupo) Be Mine NZPH 1. Helen McNaught McFarlane (Taupo) La Riviere 2. Katharine van Tuyl (Palmerston North) Centavino 3. Lucy Fell (Longburn) Faratona STS 4. Robert Steele (Dannevirke) Delta Blue 5. Julie Davey (Hastings) JD Ruby 6.
Versatile Buildings 1.35m Championship: Simon Wilson (Waipukurau) McMillans Chuck 1. Julie Davey (Hastings) Ngahiwi Stone 2. Chloe Hansen (Palmerston North) Letitbe GNZ 3. Ike Baker (Wellington) Centrico 4. Maurice Beatson (Dannevirke) Argio 5. Blake Davis (Palmerston North) Orange County MF 6.
Versatile Buildings 1.40m: Robert Steele (Dannevirke) LT Holst Bernadette 1, Helen McNaught McFarlane (Taupo) Ngahiwi Ned Kelly 2, Geordie Bull (Taupo) Forest Hill 3, Danielle Maurer (Auckland) Dicavalli Don Quattro 4.