The weather gods weren’t playing ball in Wairoa at the weekend. The two day Wairoa A&P Show did squeak through, but torrential rain saw the cancellation of the Wairoa ESNZ Jumping Show on Sunday.
Both the Equissage Horse Grand Prix and Country TV Pony Grand Prix were held in patchy weather but riders did their best over the Heather MacDonald-designed courses. The weather forced organisers to move things around a little to ensure good footing for all after 100mils of rain.
Just five lined up in the Equissage Horse Grand Prix with Sarah West’s (Matamata) four fault round aboard Oaks Centurian nabbing the win. Jesse Linton (Hastings) and Vitess filled second with their eight fault effort and Simon Wilson (Waipukurau) aboard McMillans Ariados in third. Sarah was also third in the FMG Young Rider class aboard Delamerie.
The Country TV Pony Grand Prix was just as light on clears too, with only Keira Page (Waiheke Island) and Redcliffs Colour Me In keeping her slate clear for the win. Runner-up in the 14-strong class was Dylan Bibby (Onga Onga) and My Funky Monkey who had a single time penalty in the opening round.
The show attracted slightly lower entries than usual, with 290 combinations competing.
Show Jumping, Equissage Horse Grand Prix: Sarah West (Matamata) Oaks Centurian 1, Jesse Linton (Hastings) Vitess 2, Simon Wilson (Waipukurau) McMillans Ariados 3, Geordie Bull (Taupo) Forest Hill 4.
Country TV Pony Grand Prix: Keira Page (Waiheke Island) Redcliffs Colour Me In 1, Dylan Bibby (Onga Onga) My Funky Monkey 2, Phoebe Howson (Hawke’s Bay) Aorangai Ragtime 3, Georgie Wilson (Waipukurau) Showtym Boss 4, Lily Beaufoy (Gisborne) Jakaranda 5, Isabella Narracci (Hastings) Showtym Highlight 6.
FMG Young Rider: Tristan Thomas (Rotorua) Airborne MVNZ 1, Kate Herdson (Auckland) Idol D 2, Sarah West (Matamata) Delamerie Sun 3, Ike Baker (Pauatahnui) Hawkesdale Mahe 4, Ciel Butler (Tauranga) Kiwi Sunray 5.
EquiFibre Junior Rider: Dylan Bibby (Onga Onga) Wenrose Vertigo 1, Keira Page (Waiheke Island) Ngahiwi Redcliffs Vision 2, Tim Wilson (Waipukurau) McMillans Chuck 3, Isabella Narracci (Hastings) Good Time 4, Kasey McKenna (Dannevirke) Clear Choice 5, Isabella Narracci (Hastings) Silver Casini 6.
Dunstan Horsefeeds Amateur Rider: Tasha Brown (Hastings) Kiwi Cheroline 1, Simone McConnell (Tauranga) Country Zena 2, Shelagh Nolan (Gisborne) Ngahiwi Eyeza Blue 3, Jo Bell (Taupo) Mauve 4, Holly Baines (Gisborne) Hero 5, Holly Baines (Gisborne) Halo 6.
Matthews Hanoverians Seven-Year-Old Breeders Series: Ashley Hart (Hastings) Kiwi Bonus 1.
Cheleken Equestrian and UltraMox Six-Year-Old Breeders Series: Kate Herdson (Auckland) Beau Balou 1.
East Coast Performance Horses Five-Year-Old Breeders Series: Jesse Linton (Hastings) Keltern Williams, Ashley Hart (Hastings) Kiwi Skyhigh and Michelle Wakeling (Wellsford) BMW Braveheart =1.
Main Events University Challenge: Ike Baker (Pauatahnui) NW Conrado 1, Kate Herdson (Auckland) Miss Poppet 2, Tristan Thomas (Rotorua) Airborne MVNZ 3.
Show Hunter, NRM Open High Points: Jesse Linton (Hastings) LT Holst Elsbeth 1, Anna Parsons (Takapau) Snapchat Me 2, Merran Hain (Gisborne) Untouchable 3, Jenny Randall (Gisborne) Mero Bello 4, Victoria How (Taupo) Kiwi Icon 5, Sophie Fisher (Cambridge) HR Moonbeam 6.
Gyro Plastics Junior High Points and The Ultimate Egg Co Amateur High Points combined: Merran Hain (Gisborne) Untouchable 1, June Berrington (Whakatane) Kiwi Iron Mark 2, Hannah Garwood (Rotorua) CR Cha-Cha 3, Isabella Ladbrook (Hawke’s Bay) Whakanui Homebrew 4, Victoria How (Taupo) Kiwi Icon 5, Ashleigh Forde (Poukawa) My Gummi Bear 6.
Sure Grip Mats Pony Equitation: Libby Wilson (Taupo) Waimeha Tayza 1, Kaitlin Brown (Wairoa) Tawa 2, Hannah von Dadelszen (Waipukurau) Star Waka 3, Anna Devescovi (Hastings) Winged Foot 4, Charlotte Schweizer (Rerewhakaaitu) Kaimai Upstart 5, Ella Rouse (Gisborne) MJK Isle of Skye 6.
Burger King Junior Equitation and Petticoat Lane Performance Horses Adult Equitation combined: Sophie Fisher (Cambridge) HR Moonbeam 1, Tristan Thomas (Rotorua) Airborne MVNZ 2, Anna Parsons (Takapau) Snapchat Me 3, Rebecca Conole (Masterton) Private Benjamin III 4, Ashleigh Forde (Poukawa) My Gummi Bear 5, Victoria How (Taupo) Kiwi Icon 6.
Cartown Cat A High Points: Victoria Dorward () Little Explorer 1, Iyve Speirs (Gisborne) Miss Candy Floss 2, Amelia Samuels (Gisborne) Snoopy 3, Pia White (Masterton) Jubilee Master Card 4, Molly McEwan (Gisborne) Pied Piper Alize 5, Coco Fougere (Auckland) Hikurangi Belle 6.
Grassyards Farm Cat B High Points: Ella Rouse (Gisborne) Ruby Tunes 1, Coco Fougere (Auckland) Pips N All 2, Libby Wilson (Taupo) Waimeha Tayza 3, Vienna Wilson (Taupo) Ashbury Robin Hood 4, Hannah McConnell (Tauranga) Billy Blunt 5.
Aniwell Cat C High Points: Dylan Bibby (Onga Onga) Greedy McCready 1, Kaitlin Brown (Wairoa) Tawa 2, Lily Beaufoy (Gisborne) Storytime 3, Charlotte Schweizer (Rerewhakaaitu) Kalmai Upstart 4, Toby Lane (Gisborne) Lysnar Valley Lilly 5, Laura White (Wairarapa) Hot & Frosted 6.