The New Zealand squads for the biennial Oceania clash have been announced with the final teams set to be named after a training camp at the end of the month.
The senior squad comprises the current National Three Day title holder and member of the ESNZ High Performance Futures Squad, Amanda Pottinger (Havelock North) aboard Just Kidding, National One Day champ and former victorious Oceania team member Samantha Lissington (Matangi) on either Ricker Ridge Rui or Ricker Ridge Escada, 2017 Oceania young rider team members Jackson Bovill (Cambridge) on Visionnaire, Abigail Long (Levin) aboard Enzo and Renee Faulkner (Papakura) on Rubinstar HH, along with High Performance Potential Squad members Bundy Philpott (Cambridge) on Tresca NZPH and Monica Oakley (Karaka) on Acrobat, and Talent Development Squad member Madison Crowe (Matangi) on Waitangi Pinterest. Olympian Jock Paget will be the chef d’equipe for one team, having previously shared the role in Melbourne and was chef for the young riders at Taupo in 2015. More recently he has had shadow roles at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon.
Dressage specialist Penny Castle makes her official debut as a chef for the other senior team. Penny has worked extensively across roles within the high performance space, sharing management positions alongside her coaching, including in 2017 at Melbourne.
The young rider squad comprises current Young Rider One Day champ and a member of the 2017 Oceania team, Vicky Browne-Cole (Waiuku) and Cutting Edge or Eli, who joins fellow Talent ID Squad member Beth Wilson (Papakura) on Alto et Audax, as well as Lucy Turner (Christchurch) on Astek Victor, Elise Power (Auckland) aboard Arctic Cielo and Katrina Butler-Gallie (Hunua) on Tarndale Endeavour.
Eventer Anne-Marie Styles steps up to her first time as a chef of the young rider team. She competed to the former 3* level but is now more likely to be seen coaching winning Pony Club and schools’ teams.
The teams of four for each of the Oceania squads will be named following a two-day training camp at Takapoto Estate late this month. The starting three and individual in each team will be named after the first horse inspection at the New Zealand Three Day Event Championship in Taupo.
The Australians have already named their squads. It is the first time three Australian teams will be competing in the challenge. Both countries are very keen to try out the new Olympic format at the champs.
WHAT: New Zealand Three Day Event Championships incorporating the Oceania Teams’ Championship
WHEN: May 10-12, 2019
WHERE: National Equestrian Centre, 114 Rapids Road, Taupo
INFO: https://www.nzequestrian.org.nz/disciplines/eventing/national-three-day-event-championships/ or follow us on Facebook at Eventing NZ