Olivia Dalton just keeps on getting better. Today the teen from Karaka guided her Aussie import Cil Dara Bonaparte to victory in the POLi Payments Premier League Horse Grand Prix at the Fiber Fresh Premier Showjumping and Show Hunter Show at Woodhill Sands.
It was her first premier start on the 12-year-old chestnut gelding but they made super short work of the eight strong field. Just Olivia and Glen Beal (Pukekohe) aboard All Expenses of Renton came back for the jump-off. Olivia was out first and while she was aiming for a “nice clear” she didn’t want to waste any time over the Philippa Howells-designed course..
“I took a stride out of the first line so I didn’t have to go too fast around the course and let him do his thing without rushing him,” said Olivia. “It all went to plan today which doesn’t always happen.” She’s putting some of that success down to Melissa Watson who helped her before her round today, walking the course and warming her up.
Glen retired after an early rail to take second place with Emily Hayward (Te Awamutu) and Belischi HM in third.
Olivia and Cil Dara Bonaparte were also third in the FMG Young Rider class. “It is my second season with him and I do hope there is a lot more to come. He is jumping really well and I am excited for the rest of the season.”
In the Country TV Pony Grand Prix Georgia Bouzaid (Cambridge) and Redcliffs Bill cruised to victory with a stunning double clear that was more than five seconds faster than her nearest opposition. Both Georgia and Sophia Hall (Auckland) aboard TCG Centadel were double clear but it all went Georgia’s way thanks to some rather slick riding.
More than 490 horses competed at the show, the biggest event to date for the Woodhill Sands Trust. Wayne Bragg designed in ring two with Danielle Watts in ring three.
POLi Payments Premier League Horse Grand Prix: Olivia Dalton (Karaka) Cil Dara Bonaparte 1, Glen Beal (Pukekohe) All Expenses of Renton 2, Emily Hayward (Te Awamutu) Belischi HM 3, Natasha Brooks (Cambridge) Twerk 4, William Willis (Karaka) Dollar Roll MS 5, Sarah West (Matamata) Oaks Centurian 6.
Country TV Pony Premier Grand Prix: Georgia Bouzaid (Cambridge) Redcliffs Bill 1, Sophia Hall (Auckland) TCG Centadel 2, Rylee Sheehan (Te Aroha) Tony The Pony 3, Keira Page (Waiheke Island) Redcliffs Colour Me In 4, Aimee Collinson (Clevedon) Moonlight Glow 5, Madison Jackson (Pukekohe) Captain Fantastic 6.
FMG Young Rider Series: Emily Hayward (Te Awamutu) Belischi HM 1, Emelia Forsyth (Clevedon) Henton Faberge 2, Olivia Dalton (Karaka) Cil Dara Bonaparte 3, Oliver Croucher (Cambridge) Showtym Stardust 4, Kalani Nicol (Whitianga) KMR Descarado 5, Colleen Crous (Auckland) Orames Girl VDL 6.
Harrison Lane Pro Am Rider Series: Jaime Tiller (Cambridge) Lanice van de Heffinck 1, Daniel Blundell (Auckland) Cadenza NZPH 2, Elle Phillips (Hamilton) Lucidity GNZ 3, James Cottle (Auckland) Imagine 4, Vicki Ridley (Karaka) Mosaic II 5, Kristine Leonard (Whangarei) Annies Lane 6.
EquiFibre Junior Rider Series: Emma Watson (Morrinsville) Double J Image 1, Maddison Greatorex (Waipu) Daisy Duke NZPH 2, Aimee Collinson (Clevedon) Bunny Hop 3, Sophie Littlewood (Auckland) Peak Wood Quiz GNZ 4, Olivia Prendergast (Matamata) Stellar 5, Rose Windross (Auckland) Leeston Eagle 6.
Dunstan HorseFeeds Amateur Rider Series: Gareth Dunkerley (Auckland) Langenburg 1, Nicky Shore (Ramarama) Neo 2, Robbie McKay (Opotiki) Jacksons Gold 3, Emily Twort (Henderson) Cameo KSNZ 4, Hayley Morgan (Auckland) Stardust Harlequin Revenge 5, Amelia Clark (Auckland) Master of Hossack 6.
Matthews Hanoverians Seven-Year-Old Series: Vicki Prendergast (Matamata) Selena C 1, Paula Mussen (Auckland) Déjà vu NZPH 2, Oliver Croucher (Cambridge) Scotsmans Valley 3, Laura Inkster (Clevedon) Nikama MVNZ 4, William Willis (Auckland) Chacco Gold MS 5, Maddison Greatorex (Waipu) Daisy Duke NZPH 6.
Cheleken Equestrian and UltraMox Six-Year-Old Series: Emily Hayward (Te Awamutu) Cracker Xtreme, Samantha Peters (Cambridge) Centamental, Sam Matthews (Cambridge) Fleur DeLacour, Isabelle Jameson (Whangarei) Pacific Prince, Natalia Lammers (Hikurangi) Puro Qualita, Sophia Blackbourn (Hamilton) Octavia MVNZ, Maya Hegh (Auckland) Encore NZPH and Hayley Morgan (Tauranga) Stardust Harlequin Revenge =1.
East Coast Performance Horses Five-Year-Old Series: Samantha Peters (Cambridge) Frizzante NZPH, Laura McGregor (Auckland) Cartier GNZ, Michelle Wakeling (Wellsford) BMW Chaccolilli, Kate Hewlett (Kerikeri) Kiwi Astronaut and Jeremy Whale (Cambridge) Bannickburn ECPH =1.
Outpost Buildings Horse Grand Prix Super Series: Georgia Bouzaid (Cambridge) AP Ninja 1, Kalani Nicol (Whitianga) KMR Descarado 2, Brooke Hawthorne (Cambridge) Ziggy Stardust GNZ 3, Sally Steiner (Tauranga) Cartoon NZPH 4, Daniel Blundell (Auckland) Cadenza NZPH 5, Edward Bullock (Waiuku) High Jump 6.
Alltech Pony Grand Prix Super Series: Liv Teixeira (Kerikeri) EB Esperanza 1, Sophia Blackbourn (Hamilton) Sabrina LS 2, Zara Main (Auckland) Blue Crush 3, Katie Readings (Pukekawa) Circus Girl 4, Stratton Craig (Kerikeri) The River Pirate 5, Summer Denize (Kerikeri) Limerick’s Black Samba 6.