Emily Hayward has added another trophy to her bulging cabinet, this time winning both the Premier League and Young Rider crowns at the Showjumping Auckland North Island Championship Show.
The 20-year-old from Te Awamutu last season won the prestigious Olympic Cup as Showjumper of the Year and is no stranger to North Island titles . . . but each one is as special as the other.
Today, she and her 10-year-old Australian bred-to-race thoroughbred Belischi HM headed home eight other combinations to take the honours in the POLi Payments North Island Premier League over the Eryn Duffy-designed course. Emily and Belischi HM were the only combination to finish the two-round competition with a clean slate. In the opening round, Emelia Forsyth (Clevedon) and Henton Faberge were clear but picked up a single time fault, with Tegan Fitzsimon (Christchurch) aboard Windermere Cappuccino and Briar Burnett-Grant (Taupo) on Fiber Fresh Veroana on four faults apiece.
In the second round, all six combinations to come back were clear but as each carried their first round penalties, it was Emily’s to claim. “The plan in the second round was just to go in and go clear,” she said. “I was a little careful as he wasn’t overly confident on the ground which was quite wet. He’s your typical thoroughbred who prefers it hard and fast.”
The Ross Smith-trained rider said the track was quite technical but Eryn had designed at Mystery Creek the weekend before, so it was as she had expected. “I am really happy with him,” she said.
She had kept Belischi ticking over through the winter months and he had a month’s break while she competed in Australia. “We had a bit of a late start because of that and this is just his fifth or sixth outing. He just tries so hard – he is very spooky and quirky but you can’t not love him.”
Earlier in the show, Emily and Belischi won the FMG North Island Young Rider Championship with another double clear effort – his second Young Rider win of the season. “I think we’ve been a bit lucky with a lack of double clears in both which is normally the only way he can win – he isn’t overly fast, especially in those speedy young rider classes.”
She plans to chase the Horse Grand Prix, Young Rider and the World Cup classes this season, as well as defend her Olympic Cup crown. “I planned my season backwards,” she says. “I started at the big one and work around that.”In the Country TV North Island Pony Grand Prix class, it was a battle of the double clear rounds from Maddison Greatorex (Waipu) aboard Spotified and Aimee Collinson (Clevedon) on Moonlight Glow. In the end it was Maddison who won the day, coming home in 48.99 seconds to Aimee’s 49.21 with Georgia Bouzaid (Cambridge) and Redcliffs Bill on four faults from the two rounds. It topped off an excellent championships for Georgia who also won the Equifibre North Island Junior Rider crown aboard Emily Hayward’s former horse AP Ninja on whom she was also second in the Site Land Development North Island Speed Horse. She and Redcliffs Bill were also fourth in the Bates Saddles North Island Speed Pony.
Today’s classes brought to a close three days of hotly-contested jumping at the Franklin A&P Showgrounds. The champs attracted 650 horses and ponies from all over New Zealand.
POLi Payments North Island Premier League (sponsored by Veterinary Associates Equine): Emily Hayward (Te Awamutu) Belischi HM 1, Emelia Forsyth (Clevedon) Henton Faberge 2, Tegan Fitzsimon (Christchurch) Windermere Cappuccino 3, Briar Burnett-Grant (Taupo) Fiber Fresh Veroana 4, Julie Davey (Hastings) Joligne De Carmel 5, Brooke Edgecombe (Waipukurau) LT Holst Andrea 6.
Country TV North Island Pony Grand Prix (sponsored by The Workshop 1924): Maddison Greatorex (Waipu) Spotified 1, Aimee Collinson (Clevedon) Moonlight Glow 2, Georgia Bouzaid (Cambridge) Redcliffs Bill 3, Sophia Blackbourn (Hamilton) Sabrina LS 4, Georgie Wilson (Taupo) Showtym Boss 5, Rylee Sheehan (Te Aroha) Tony the Pony 6.
East Coast Performance Horses North Island Five-Year-Old (sponsored by Golden Horse Feeds): Jeremy Whale (Cambridge) Bannockburn ECPH 1, Michelle Wakeling (Waitemata) BMW Braveheart 2, Julie Davey (Hastings) LT Holst Freda 3, Oliver Croucher (Cambridge) Takapoto Lombardi 4, Geordie Bull (Taupo) Marius 5, Emelia Forsyth (Clevedon) LV Imprint 6.
Cheleken Equestrian and UltraMox North Island Six-Year-Old Horse (sponsored by Pure Equestrian): Jaime Tiller (Cambridge) Casanova Xtreme 1, Sam Matthews (Cambridge) Fleur DeLacour 2, Olivia Prendergast (Matamata) Souther Field 3, Hayley Morgan (Tauranga) Stardust Harlquin Revenge 4, Isabelle Jameson (Whangarei) Pacific Prince 5, Maya Hegh (Auckland) Encore NZPH 6.
Matthews Hanoverians North Island Seven-Year-Old Horse: Tegan Fitzsimon (Christchurch) Glenbrooke All Roses 1, Paula Mussen (Pukekohe) Déjà vu NZPH 2, William Willis (Karaka) Chacco Gold MS 3, Vicki Prendergast (Matamata) Selena C 4, Tegan Fitzsimon (Christchurch) Campari 5, Phillip Steiner (Tauranga) Cassina Dior 6.
Harrison Lane North Island Pro Amateur Rider (sponsored by Barfoot & Thompson Papakura Rural Team): Larina Dolman (Gisborne) Kiwi Lansing 1, Tors Rattray (Mangatangi) Versace NZPH 2, Tors Rattray (Mangatangi) Larmani MVNZ 3, Vicki Ridley (Karaka) Mosaic II 4, Danielle Maurer (Kaukapakapa) Henton Exchequer 5, Laura McGregor (Auckland) High Command 6.
FMG North Island Young Rider (sponsored by Auckland Insulation): Emily Hayward (Te Awamutu) Belischi HM 1, Nicola Hammond (Cambridge) Le Bam 2, Olivia Dalton (Karaka) Cil Dara Bonaparte 3, Tyla Hackett (Waiuku) George Jetson 4, Nicola Hammond (Cambridge) Carlo I 5, Colleen Crous (Auckland) Orames Girl VDL 6.
Site Land Development North Island Speed Horse: Keean Cooper (Te Kauwhata) Pythia 1, Georgia Bouzaid (Cambridge) AP Ninja 2, Emma Watson (Morrinsville) Double J Image 3, Lisa Coupe (Cambridge) Larinium LS 4, Rylee Sheehan (Te Aroha) Bandito NZPH 5, Briar Burnett-Grant (Taupo) Fiber Fresh Casallita 6.
Bates Saddles North Island Speed Pony: Liv Teixeira (Kerikeri) Spot the Difference 1, Emma Bates (Rotorua) PL My Delight 2, Rylee Sheehan (Te Aroha) Tony the Pony 3, Georgia Bouzaid (Cambridge) Redcliffs Bill 4, Katie Readings (Tuakau) Rump Shaker 5, Sophia Blackbourn (Hamilton) Sabrina LS 6.
Equifibre North Island Junior Rider (sponsored by Franklin Law): Georgia Bouzaid (Cambridge) AP Ninja 1, Sophie Littlewood (Auckland) Corpaccio Xtreme 2, Rylee Sheehan (Te Aroha) Bandito NZPH 3, Sophia Blackbourn (Hamilton) Blackall Park Romeo 4, Isabelle Jameson (Whangarei) Di Caprio CSNZ 5, Olivia Newsom (Tauranga) Caretino Jewel 6.
Dunstan HorseFeeds North Island Amateur Rider (sponsored by Premier Horse Transport): Amelia Clark (Auckland) Master of Hossack 1, Anna Kincheff (Rotorua) Red Socks 2, Hayley Morgan (Tauranga) Stardust Harlequin Revenge 3, Olivia Glen (Clevedon) Coconella 4, Robbie McKay (Opotiki) Tulsa Time 5, Georgina Forsythe ( Clevedon) Illustrious 6.
Ed Street Bar North Island Horse 1.3m-1.35m Championship: Keean Cooper (Te Kauwhata) Pythia 1, Glen Beal (Auckland) Sacramento 2, Elmo Jackson (Auckland) Fairview Animation 3, Catherine Cameron (Cambridge) Kingslea Couture 4, Cerys Tarr (Rotorua) Madam Coco 5, Nicola Hammond (Cambridge) Le Bam 6.
Vet Physio North Island Horse 1.1m Championship: Crystal Hackett (Waiuku) Charlton Appeal 1, Bryony Smith (Muriwai) Ngahiwi Indigo 2, Loran Mathis (Putaruru) Charlton Elite 3, Isabel Chaplin (Auckland) Yalambi’s Cassini Rosso 4, Samantha Peters (Cambridge) Orietta MVNZ 4, Emma Singleton (Pukekohe) Triple Star He’s Sweet As 6.
Wade Horse Coaches North Island Horse 1.2m Championship: Kate Herdson (Auckland) Idol D 1, Kristine Leonard (Northland) Annies Lane 2, Emma Gaze (Ohaupo) Kowhai Bug 3, Nicola Hammond (Cambridge) Enya NZPH 4, Ally Carson (Putaruru) Double Shott 5, Holly Rose (Taupo) Pampero 6.
Zenola Farms North Island Pony 1.1m Championship: Grace Prendergast (Waikato) Touch of Spark 1, Emerald Barlow (Te Awamutu) Causing Havoc 2, Liam Rutland (Te Awamutu) Just Nuts 3, Sacha Thomas (Waikato) Beauregard 4, Sophia Hall (Karaka) TCG Centadel 5, Jordyn Appleton (Taupaki) Mighty Mo 6.
Show Hunter Ponies
Cartown Cat A Pony North Island Champion: Hannah Ashwell (Otorohanga) Starlight Indira.
Grassyards Farm Cat B Pony North Island Champion: Libby Wilson (Taupo) Waimeha Tayza.
Aniwell Cat C Pony North Island Champion: Machaelee Head (Cambridge) Chantilly Lace III.
Show Hunter Horses
Gyro Plastics Junior Rider North Island Champion: Fenella Skelton (Whitianga) GT.
The Ultimate Egg Co Amateur Rider North Island Champion: Sharyn Goodwin (Te Kowhai) Showtym Duchess.
NRM Open Horse North Island Champion: Jo Craddock (Waimauku) Dawn.
Auckland Council Handy Hunter North Island Champion: Abby Robinson (Ohaupo) Hillman Hunter.
By Diana Dobson
11 November 2019