Clarke Johnstone’s golden form has continued, this time at Brookby Showjumping 2019 where he and his horses Quainton Labyrinth and Dolly Blue bagged two quinellas at the weekend show.
He and the 11-year-old Quainton Labyrinth were the only combination of 17 starters in the Equissage Horse Grand Prix to come home all clear in the opening round of the Donella Still-designed course, to take the honours.
Eight-year-old Dolly Blue in just her third Grand Prix start, had a single rail to fill second place. Clarke was rapt with his horses.
A very difficult treble combination proved the undoing of many, with just Clarke and Quainton Labyrinth and one other combination, the only ones to leave it all up.
Clarke had three in the class and says he’d hoped for a winning result. Quainton Labyrinth had another Grand Prix just two weeks ago at Taranaki. “All my horses were on great form at the show and they are all going really well,” he said. His quinella in the 1.3m-1.4m had Dolly Blue take the win and Quainton Labyrinth second.
Clarke has had Dolly Blue since she was just five and he continues to be impressed by the showy mare. “She is just a baby at this level but very impressive. I do think she is more of a jumper but I am considering whether I give her an eventing start to see what she thinks.”
It was the first time Clarke has competed at Brookby Showjumping, which is held at the Papatoetoe Pony Club. This was the first major show on their new arena and attracted around 400 combinations.
To top off his good weekend, his groom Madison Crowe was first and third in the Dunstan Horsefeeds and EquiFibre Pro-Amateur Rider Series aboard Lucius GNZ and Waitangi Pinterest respectively.
“All in all, it was a very satisfying show,” said Clarke.
Tyla Hackett (Auckland) and The Dreamer were the victors in the Country TV Pony Grand Prix. Just two of 12 combinations came through to the jump-off where both Tyla and Emma Watson (Morrinsville) aboard Maddox Fun House were double clear but Tyla’s 30.4 second effort triumphed over Emma’s 32.92.
Equissage Horse Grand Prix: Clarke Johnston (Matangi) Quainton Labyrinth 1, Clarke Johnston (Matangi) Dolly Blue 2, Annabel Francis (Taupo) Carado GHP 3, William Willis (Karaka) Dollar Roll MS 4, Drew Carson (Putaruru) Winston V Driene 5, Lucy Olphert (Tauranga) Eve Saint Laurent 6.
Country TV Pony Grand Prix: Tyla Hackett (Auckland) The Dreamer 1, Emma Watson (Morrinsville) Maddox Fun House 2, Brooke Hawthorne (Cambridge) Easy As 3, Sophia Hall (Karaka) TCG Centadel 4, Aoife Brennan (Cambridge) Galaxy Samurai 5, Rylee Sheehan (Te Aroha) Tony the Pony 6.
FMG Young Rider Series: Oliver Croucher (Cambridge) Waitangi Surf 1, Sarah West (Matamata) Oaks Centurian 2, Annabel Francis (Taupo) Cherokee NZPH 3, Emily Hayward (Te Awamutu) Yandoo Lady Gold 4, Libby James (Cambridge) CoDicea 5, Sophie Littlewood (Auckland) PeakWood Quiz GNZ 6.
Dunstan Horsefeeds and EquiFibre Junior Rider Series: Tyla Hackett (Auckland) George Jetson 1, Sarah West (Matamata) LC Talent 2, Laoise McCarthy (Tauranga) Zabambi 3, Emma-Kate Wilson (Hamilton) Bjorking 4, Ally Carson (Putaruru) Whiorau Ritchie 5, Jessica Collinson (Clevedon) Bunny Hop 6.
Hinterland Amateur Rider Series: Aleisha Collett (Waikato) Mi Focus 1, Candice Fox (Auckland) SJ Duesenberg 2, Kristine Leonard (Whangarei) Annies Lane 3, Taryn Skelton-Kyd (Auckland) BMW Numero Uno 4, Shelley Bridgeman (Auckland) Oaks Venetta 5, Fleur Butler (Katikati) Matawero Luciano 6.
Dunstan Horsefeeds and EquiFibre Pro-Amateur Rider Series: Madison Crowe (Hamilton) Lucius GNZ 1, India Causebrook (Pukekohe) Westminster Park 2, Madison Crowe (Hamilton) Waitangi Pinterest 3, Samantha Peters (Cambridge) Ipso Facto 4, Kirsten Worker (Clevedon) Melanies Choice 5, Kylie McCambridge (Cambridge) Chicago 6.
East Coast Performance Horses Five-Year-Old Series: Samantha Peters (Cambridge) Centamental and Jaime Campbell (Cambridge) Casanova Xtreme =1.