Glen Beal had plenty to love about the Northland Area Jumping Grand Prix Show in Whangarei at the weekend.
As well as taking the quinella in the Equissage Horse grand Prix, he also placed second and third in the Grand Prix Super Series and had a promising round on his third mount.
Glen and the 12-year-old All Expenses of Renton were the winners of a compact Horse Grand Prix field with 14-year-old Sacramento second. All Expenses of Renton is owned by Trish and Graham MacPherson. Trish bought two yearlings – one was All Expenses of Renton and the other Airfare of Renton. “The aim was to flick them on and get an overseas trip,” says Glen. However, she still owns both horses and is riding Airfare of Renton herself.
Glen was rapt to have Sacramento back in the competitive arena after two years out. “He hurt himself a couple of years ago and it has just taken a while to get things right.” Northland was just its second or third outing of the season and the Vicki Prendergast-bred horse took just a single rail at the last.
Sacramento is the younger brother of Glen’s good little mare Solano. Both are out of Vicki’s 4* mare Sanderston who went to the Sydney Olympic Games as an eventer.
Glen also competed at Northland aboard Soprano, Solano’s eldest daughter, for a lovely clear round in the its first 1.2m class. “They all jumped superbly all weekend,” he said.
In the Country TV Pony Grand Prix, just Maddison Greatorex (Waitemata) aboard Spotified and Shanae Savannah on Tiger Tale LS were clear in the opener with Maddison a comfortable winner in the end with a speedy double clear.
Equissage Horse Grand Prix: Glen Beal (Auckland) All Expenses of Renton 1, Glen Beal (Auckland) Sacramento 2, Sophie Littlewood (Auckland) Peak Wood Quiz GNZ 3.
Country TV Pony Grand Prix: Maddison Greatorex (Waitemata) Spotified 1, Shanae Savannah (Waitemata) Tiger Tale LS 2, Isabella Jameson (Northland) Pacific Dream 3, Lucas Bremner (Northland) Triple Star Curious George 4
Equifibre Junior Rider Series: Natalia Lammers (Northland) Petanque 1, Sophie Littlewood (Auckland) Corpaccio Xtreme 2, Isabelle Jameson (Northland) Di Caprio CSNZ 3, Lucas Bremner (Northland) Triple Star Destiny’s Accolade 4, Natalia Lammers (Northland) Romeo NZPH 5, Natalia Lammers (Northland) Puro Qualita 6.
Dunstan HorseFeeds Amateur Rider Series: Nicola Shore (Auckland) Neo 1, Belinda George (Auckland) PreMo 2, Olivia Glen (Auckland) Coconella 3, Tracey Dalzell (Northland) Deo Volente DHU 4, Kelly Chapman (Waitemata) Indie 5.
FMG Young Rider Series: Sophie Littlewood (Auckland) Peak Wood Quiz GNZ 1, Tyla Hackett (Auckland) George Jetson 2, Brooke Hawthorne (Waikato) Ziggy Stardust GNZ 3, Elmo Jackson (Auckland) Fairview Animation 4, Sharon Klijn (Northland) Kairo Ngapara 5, Colleen Crous (Auckland) Orames Girl VDL 6.
Harrison Lane Pro Amateur Rider Series: Maddison Marshall (Auckland) Ngahiwi Rumour Has It 1, Tim Featherstone (Kerikeri) Kiwi Superkee 2, Laura McGregor (Auckland) High Command 3, Kristine Leonard (Northland) Annie’s Lane 4, Catherine Cleghorn (Auckland) My Distraction 5, India Causebrook (Auckland) Westminster Rock 6.
Pony Grand Prix Super Series: Liv Teixeira (Northland) Spot the Difference 1, Nina Sutherland (Northland) She’s Pure Class 2, Zarlia Martin (Auckland) Redcliffs Snip Snap 3, Summer Denize (Northland) Limerick’s Black Samba 4, Rosa Wilkinson (Northland) Double J Yippee 5.
Horse Grand Prix Super Series: Edward Bullock (Auckland) High Jump 1, Glen Beal (Auckland) Sacramento 2, Glen Beal (Auckland) All Expenses of Renton 3, Monica Oakley (Auckland) Acrobat 4, Kristine Leonard (Northland) Annie’s Lane 5, India Causebrook (Auckland) Westminster Rock 6.
By Diana Dobson
1st November 2019