Logan Massie decided very quickly he had to throw everything at the jump-off in the Equissage Horse Grand Prix at the Central Hawke’s Bay A&P Spring Show, or not even bother going back in the ring.
As it was, he and 10-year-old Intellect smashed it, coming home in 42.23 seconds with Robert Steele (Dannevirke) aboard LT Holst Bernadette through in 44.6 and Brooke Edgecombe (Waipukurau) on LT Holst Andrea crossing the flags in 45.04. All three were double clear. Fourteen started the class and Logan was last to go in the six strong jump-off. He had seen Brooke go and figured no one would catch her and when he heard Robert had done just that, figured he had “been gunning it”. “By the time I went in I knew that even if I went double clear, I would only be fourth or fifth, so it was go for the win or not go back in.”
The Dannevirke farmer planned to shave time where others had failed. “It worked,” said Logan. “I am very happy with him. It was a good show for us and Philippa (Howells) designed nice courses all weekend.”
Logan bought the horse as a seven-year-old and their Grand Prix victory was just their second. “He’s had a lot of placings through and is normally a second or third kind of horse . . . but he’s been close in every class he has started in this season.”
Logan has had a lot of horses in work so Intellect had a later start than usual. “He hasn’t been out of his comfort zone this season. He’s another year older and stronger. These bigger and slower horses always take a bit longer than you think they will but I know he has a lot more good rounds in him. Each season he has continued to improve and that’s the main thing.”
Intellect will now start in the POLi Payments FEI World Cup round at Hawera next weekend and continue to chase the series. Logan and girlfriend Alexa Dodson have recently established a new horse complex just five minutes from Dannevirke and have around 15 horses in work. “It’s nice they are so close to where we live,” says Logan. “They used to be 40 minutes away at mum and dad’s. This is quite a big operation and it’s going well.”
In the Country TV Pony Grand Prix, just two of the 13 starters came back for the jump-off where Lily Moore steered former Pony of the Year Fun House to victory – their second on the trot – coming home with four faults in 47.6 seconds. Dylan Bibby (Onga Onga) and Daisy Patch also picked up four in the jump-off with a slower time of 51.04.
The two day show was held in Waipukurau.
Equissage Horse Grand Prix: Logan Massie (Dannevirke) Intellect 1, Robert Steele (Dannevirke) LT Holst Bernadette 2, Brooke Edgecombe (Waipukurau) LT Holst Andrea 3, Oliver Edgecombe (Waipukurau) Henton Excalibur 4, Melody Matheson (Hastings) Cortaflex Graffiti 5, Simon Wilson (Waipukurau) McMillans Ariados 6.
Country TV Pony Grand Prix Series: Lily Moore (Poukawa) Fun House 1, Dylan Bibby (Onga Onga) Daisy Patch 2, Isabella Narracci (Hawke’s Bay) Te Urewera Magic 3, Isabella Narracci (Hawke’s Bay) Showtym Highlight 4, Samantha Carrington (Takapau) Colours of Lansing 5, Keira Page (Waiheke Island) Redcliffs Colour Me In 6.
FMG Young Rider Series (sponsored by Ngatimita Station): Samantha Carrington (Takapau) Double J Breeze On 1, Brigitte Smith (Taihape) HR Lanardo 2.
Equifibre Junior Rider Series (sponsored by Kelso Genetics): Isabella Narracci (Hawke’s Bay) Silver Casini 1, Samantha Carrington (Takapau) Double J Promise 2, Kimberley Carrington (Takapau) Double J Barmaid 3, Isabella Ladbrook (Hawke’s Bay) Whakanui Home Brew 4, Dylan Bibby (Onga Onga) Wenrose Vertigo 5, Makayla White (Hastings) Kiwi Cheroso 6.
Dunstan Horse Feeds Amateur Rider Series: Jacqui Symes (Waipukurau) Double J Recall 1, Jo Bell (Taupo) Mauve 2, Tasha Brown (Hastings) Kiwi Cheroline 3, Graeme Isaacson (Waipukurau) Pokere 4, Dani Miller (Waipukurau) Big Easy 5, Emma McCutcheon (Waipawa) Neon 6.
Harrison Lane Pro-Amateur Rider Series: Larina Dolman (Gisborne) Kiwi Lansing 1, Sally Clark (Dannevirke) Victoria’s Secret 2, Tracy Mason (Hawke’s Bay) WP Stella 3, Louise Bowie (Pahiatua) Kiwi Hammer 4, Katie Hercock (Otane) Whimsical WDS 5, Larina Dolman (Gisborne) Floriant DHU 6.
Cheleken and Ultramox Six-Year-Old Series: Fraser Tombleson (Gisborne) Eye See Ruby and Jesse Linton (Hastings) Hidden Gold =1.
East Coast Performance Horses Five-Year-Old Series: Shanae McKay (Levin) ME Joy Ride II, Logan Massie (Dannevirke) Florence, Amy Roydhouse (Hawke’s Bay) Fiesta NZPH, Jesse Linton (Hastings) Miss Veleta, Allie Stevenson (Hastings) Fashion NZPH, Brooke Edgecombe (Waipukurau) LT Holst Francis and Samantha Carrington (Takapau) Double J Hurricane =1.
NRM Open High Points 1.1m: Merran Hain (Gisborne) Untouchable 1, Ashleigh Forde (Poukawa) My Gummi Bear 2, Lisa Walker (Gisborne) Miss Serendipity 3, Mary Patersen (Waipukurau) Amour 4.
Gyro Plastics Junior High Points: Kitty White (Wairarapa) Private Benjamin 1, Madison Wiffen (Wellington) Ponga 2, Kitty White (Wairarapa) Tripoli 3, Hazel Jones (Plimmerton) Sancho 4.
The Ultimate Egg Co Amateur High Points 1m: Rebecca Conole (Masterton) Private Benjamin 1, Merran Hain (Gisborne) Untouchable 2, Lisa Walker (Gisborne) Miss Serendipity 3, June Berrington (Whakatane) Kiwi Iron Mark 4, Ashleigh Forde (Poukawa) My Gummi Bear 5.
Sure Grip Mat Pony Equitation Series: Julia Leusink (Taupo) LSL Brookleigh Vermont Beauty 1, Anna Devescovi (Hastings) Winged Foot 2, Kaitlin Brown (Wairoa) Tawa 3, Zara von Dadelszen (Waipukurau) Star Waka 4, Lucy Macken (Hastings) Rocks and Roses 5.
Burger King Junior Equitation and Petticoat Lane Performance Horses Adult Equitation Rider Series combined class : Rebecca Conole (Masterton) Private Benjamin 1, Madison Wiffen (Wellington) Ponga 2, Hazel Jones (Plimmerton) Sancho 3, June Berrington (Whakatane) Kiwi Iron Mark 4, Kitty White (Wairarapa) Private Benjamin 5, Lauren Forrest (Whakatane) The Minginui Kid 6.
Cartown Cat A High Points: Manania Papworth (Eketahuna) Kaieto Tiki Tane 1, Bridie King (Pahiatua) Tiravu Inspiration 2, Matilda Burne (Napier) Just Sammie 3, Pia White (Masterton) Jubilee Master Card 4, Molly McEwan (Gisborne) Pied Piper Alize 5.
Grassyards Farm Cat B High Points: Ella Rouse (Gisborne) Ruby Tunes 1, Rylee Hill (Napier) Little Miss Gilly Pop 2.
Aniwell Cat C High Points: Annie Moffett (Napier) Korokipo Kid 1, Kaitlin Brown (Wairoa) Tawa 2, Julia Leusink (Taupo) LSL Brookleigh Vermont Beauty 3, Toby Lane (Gisborne) Lysnar Valley Lilly 4.
By Diana Dobson
18 November 2019