Dani Maurer has had a weekend to remember at the Alltech Auckland Show Jumping Championships at Woodhill Sands.
The full time rider from Kaukapakapa had a team of five at the event, and came home with a fistful of ribbons including victories in the Fiber Fresh Feeds Horse Grand Prix Super Series Final and Equissage Horse Grand Prix Alltech Auckland Championship, as well as the quinella in the Fiber Fresh Feeds Horse 1.4m class.
“They were all really good,” she said. “Usually you have one or two go well, but it is nice to have the whole team on form.”
Her win in the super series final aboard the stallion Dicavalli Don Quattro was particularly special. “He has done a lot for me over the past three seasons,” she said of the rising 15-year-old. “It is nice for him to have a really good win like that and he was just super in the jump-off over one of his bigger rounds of the season.”
Dani has keep the horse slightly down in level so he could have more fun this season. “I just felt his height range was at that mini prix level and I don’t want to make things too hard for him at his age. We have done some great things together and he has had such a big career.”
Eight started the class with Dani and Dicavalli Don Quattro the only double clear in the final. Behind her in second was Emelia Forsyth (Clevedon) aboard Henton Faberge, the only other combination to make the jump-off, with four faults. Dicavalli Don Quattro was also 4th in the 23-strong Alltech Horse Welcome Stakes 1.25m-1.3m speed class, which was won by Elmo Jackson (Auckland) aboard Sugarman.
Dani teamed up with nine-year-old Madam Coco to win the Equissage Horse Grand Prix Alltech Auckland Championship with four faults in the opening round. “I was hoping to get points to qualify for Lady Rider of the Year at HOY and I think we have done that now. I’ve had Coco for a year now and I do love riding her. She has been great for me and it was awesome to jump World Cups with her this season.”
Dani also had good fortune aboard Yalambi’s Gucci Girl who stepped up to win the Fiber Fresh Feeds 1.4m. “She is so green, so this was a big thing for her. She’s eight but missed her whole seven-year-old season with injury but has come straight back into where she should be,” said Dani.
Gucci’s Girl was also sixth in the Alltech Horse Welcome Stakes 1.25m-1.3m speed class, with Henton Exchequer sixth in the 1.35m championship and Yalambi’s Ithica first equal in the Mitavite Speedi-Beet Six-Year-Old Series class.
Twelve combinations lined up for the Country TV Pony Grand Prix Alltech Auckland Championship- with just two coming back for the jump-off. Brooke Hawthorne (Cambridge) and Easy As came home with four faults in 46.89 seconds to take the class over Maddison Greatorex (Waipu) aboard Spotified who had eight faults in 55.79 seconds.
The Burmester Realty Pony Grand Prix Super Series was won by Aoife Brennan (Cambridge) aboard Galaxy Samurai who were the only ones to go double clear in the 11-strong class.
Around 315 combinations competed at the championships with entries in ring two particularly strong. Philippa Howells was the course designer for ring one with Danielle Watts in ring two and Wayne Bragg in ring three.
Equissage Horse Grand Prix Alltech Auckland Championship: Danielle Maurer (Kaukapakapa) Madam Coco 1, Jane Callaghan (Helensville) Weiti West End 2, Kate Hewlett (Kerikeri) Capatino GNZ 3.
Country TV Pony Grand Prix Alltech Auckland Championship: Brooke Hawthorne (Cambridge) Easy As 1, Maddison Greatorex (Waipu) Spotified 2, Emma Watson (Morrinsville) Maddox Fun House 3, Keira Page (Waiheke Island) Redcliffs Colour Me In 4, Sophia Hall (Auckland) TCG Centadel and Lily Sutherland (Whangarei) She’s Pure Class =5.
FMG Young Rider Series: Ally Carson (Putaruru) Letano 1, Ella Poole-Crowe (Whangarei) Cleo Parfaite 2, Benjamin Bremner (Whangarei) Mon Deja Vue 3, Elmo Jackson (Auckland) Sugarman 4, Keean Cooper (Te Kauwhata) Pythia 5, Keean Cooper (Te Kauwhata) Riverson 6.
Dunstan Horsefeeds and EquiFibre Junior Rider Series: Emma Watson (Morrinsville) All About Fun 1, Emma Watson (Morrinsville) Letino 2, Ciel Butler (Tauranga) Kiwi Sunray 3, Colleen Crous (Auckland) Orames Girl VDL 4, Olivia Dalton (Karaka) Appleton 5, Brooke Hawthorne (Cambridge) Deimos 6.
Hinterland Amateur Rider Series: Paxton Conder (Whatawhata, Waikato) La Fonteyn 1, Anna Kincheff (Rotorua) Red Socks 2, Amy Schischka (Waiwera) Rock It 3, Shelley Bridgeman (Auckland) Oaks Vendetta 4, Louise Gilmore (Pirongia) Aratoro Melodia 5, Julie Spence (Whakatane) Driving Ambition 6.
Dunstan Horsefeeds and EquiFibre Pro Amateur Rider Series: Sandra Stanford (Silverdale, Auckland) El Vira 1, Christine Cornege (Cambridge) Varekai SL 2, Tim Featherston (Kerikeri) Kiwi Supakee 3, India Causebrook (Pukekohe) Westminster Rock 4, Joanna Bullock (Warkworth) Weiti Dannevirke 5, Karen Riddle (Cambridge) LC Telepathy 6.
Matthews Hanoverians/Alltech NZ Seven-Year-Old Series: Daniel Blundell (Auckland) Fifty Shades HS 1, Amanda Wilson (Whangarei) Showtym Burrow 2.
Mitavite Speedi-Beet Six-Year Old Series: Paula Mussen (Pukekohe) Deja Vu NZPH and Danielle Maurer (Kaukapakapa) Yalambis Ithica =1.
East Coast Performance Horses Five-Year-Old Series: Olivia Prendergast (Matamata) Souther Field 1.
Burmester Realty Pony Grand Prix Super Series: Aoife Brennan (Cambridge) Galaxy Samurai 1, Summer Denize (Kerikeri) Bella Vinci Duet 2, Summer Denize (Kerikeri) Limerick’s Black Samba 3, Alexandra Henry (Whangarei) Mosaic of Renton 4, Kodi Chamberlain (Kerikeri) Te Mata Miss 5, Liv Teixeira (Kerikeri) Spot The Difference 6.
Fiber Fresh Feeds Horse Grand Prix Super Series Final: Danielle Maurer (Kaukapakapa) Dicavalli Don Quattro 1, Emelia Forsyth (Clevedon) Henton Faberge 2, Christine Cornege (Cambridge) Varekai SL 3, Sandra Stanford (Silverdale, Auckland) El Vira 4, India Causebrook (Pukekohe) Westminster Rock 5, Jeremy Whale (Cambridge) Adloo Annabelle 6.