Consistency was key as the jumping tracks proved influential at the ESNZ Eventing Canterbury National One Day Event Championships 2021.
Canterbury-based Emily and her 16-year-old Thoroughbred gelding were commanding in their victory of more than 30 points for the Forest Gate Trophy. They led the DVS CCI4*-S from start to finish with a tidy dressage test and clear show jumping, giving themselves enough of a lead heading into Sunday’s cross-country to cruise around the Nick Pyke-designed track irrespective of time.
Shaw Lee was one of four mounts Emily was competing in the event, after competing five different mounts in the South Island Young Event Horse Championship on Friday, where she won Best Placed Mare on iCloud, and placed third, fifth and sixth place overall on Transylvania GNZ, Y-Puna Louie and Zealandia Blue HSH, respectively, making it a total 9 horses over three days of competition.
Emily also placed second in the Canterbury Saddlery CCN80-S today with Ata Rangi, their one rail in the show jumping being the only blemish on their scorecard to finish on a total of 27.5.
Emily is one of New Zealand’s most accomplished riders still based on home soil, having competed at Badminton, Kentucky and Adelaide as well as being shortlisted for the New Zealand Team for the World Equestrian Games in 2006 and long listed for the Beijing Olympics in 2008 on her first self-produced Thoroughbred, Southern Ben.
“I want to thank the organisers for putting on such an enjoyable show, DVS for their sponsorship of the 4* class, and my sponsors Bates Saddles, Hygain, The Saddlery Barn and BetaVet as well as my owners, family and support crew for all their support,” Emily says.
Emily and Shaw Lee will travel to Taupo in May for the New Zealand Three Day Eventing Championships.
In the Ultimate Design & Renovation LTD CCI3*-S, Kate Fleming and Goldstone Hawk held their overnight lead to be awarded the New Zealand One Day Eventing 3* title for 2021 and with it the Waiketo Trophy.
Kate came the closest of the ten starters to finish on their dressage score, adding just 1.2 cross country time faults, while Canterbury teen Molly Moffat and her 14-year-old bay mare Ngahiwi Makem also impressed being the only combination who went clear and within time over the Richard Crow-designed cross country track.
Kate has had the ride on ‘Goldie’ for two years however purchased the 15-year-old Irish Sport Horse cross Thoroughbred gelding at the start of lockdown. The pair seems to have really found their form, having consistent results that include winning the Eventing Wellington Autumn Horse Trial leading into this.
“He’s a bit of a dude,” Kate says of the big chestnut. “He’s just the biggest gentleman, he looks like he’s a happy hacker and then he just turns it on.”
Kate’s last-minute decision to travel south for the event was not only affirmed by her win in the 3* class but also her win in the Rangiora Equestrian Supplies CCN95-S with seven-year-old Warmblood (Lingh 11/Littorio) gelding Lumiere VWNZ, who she has only had for two months.
The 26-year-old from Pauatahanui, Wellington, was sitting handily overnight in sixth place on her third mount, Stars Aligned, in the Bates Saddles CCI2*-S, until she unfortunately eliminated herself jumping the wrong fence on cross-country. Needless to say she hopes to be back for redemption someday.
Lindsay Colwell and Waitangi Netflix are the New Zealand One Day Eventing 2* champions for 2021, etching their names onto the Ferndale Trophy. They held their overnight lead in the Bates Saddles CCI2*-S, jumping double-clear over the weekend to finish on their dressage score of 33.1.
Lindsay, who is a full-time vet from Prebbleton, Canterbury, purchased the 9-year-old Holsteiner gelding from breeder Waitangi Sporthorses before lockdown last year and is “very proud” of him.
“He’s an amazing horse and never stops improving,” she says.
“Both the show jumping and cross country courses proved very challenging, but he jumped around both like he was a complete schoolmaster, despite only moving up to 2* at Christmas time.”
The Geoff Bryant-designed show jumping proved influential on day one with four of 17 riders jumping clear within the time, while the Lucy Shaw-designed cross-country track also influenced the final placings, Lindsay pulling off the only clear within the time in the class.
Lindsay and Waitangi Netflix will travel north for the National 3DE in May.
Anna Bryant (nee Poole) continued her winning form from Friday’s South Island Young Event Horse Championship, where she impressed with four-year-old Warmblood-cross gelding Clicquot, who is “maybe, tentatively” for sale.
The well-respected rider, originally from Southland now based in Methven, Canterbury, and Clicquot led the Canterbury Saddlery CCN80-S from start to finish, winning on their dressage score of 23.5.
Anna also led the Hobson Horse Coaches and Motor Homes CCN1*-S from start to finish with Peace Train, to take home the Tait Trophy with a 8.6 points to spare.
The eye-catching eight-year-old grey gelding Peace Train, owned by Bernie Hewitson, is in just his first season of eventing with as little as six starts under his belt.
“He can be a bit spooky but once he knows his job he just wants to do it and he was on the ball all weekend,” Anna says of ‘Osh’, as he’s affectionately known.
Anna and Bernie hadn’t initially factored Taupo into Osh’s season plan but after winning his last start as well they are thinking they’ll enter him in the 1* there.
Anna is a well-respected rider from Methven, Canterbury. She has ankle surgery booked for early June which will be a well-deserved and well-timed winter holiday! From there she will aim Osh at 2* at the South Island 3DE in October.
Full results from the ESNZ Eventing Canterbury National One Day Event Championships 2021 can be found online at www.equestrianentries.co.nz.
- DVS CCI4*-S & the Forest Gate Trophy: 1 Emily Cammock & Shaw Lee, 56.2; 2 Catherine Taylor & Kiteroa Lara, 90.1.
- Ultimate Design & Renovation LTD CCI3*-S & the Waiketo Trophy: 1 Kate Fleming & Goldstone Hawk, 36.4; 2 Molly Moffat & Ngahiwi Makem, 40.8; 3 Kirsty Sharapoff & Shoot the Breeze, 41.1; 4 Bonnie Farrant and Jay Gatsby, 43.1; 5 Rebecca Wardle & Dingmac Eccles, 45.3; 6 Lauren Enright & Keepsake, 47.7.
- Bates Saddles CCI2*-S & the Ferndale Trophy: 1 Lindsay Colwell & Waitangi Netflix, 33.1; 2 Lauren Enright & Tygra, 38.3; 3 Lauren Enright & Beaumont Cash, 48.5; 4 Giles Gormack & Lucero, 53.7; 5 Catherine Taylor & Coljoy, 55; 6 Colleen Marett & Attenborough, 57.4.
- Hobson Horse Coaches and Motor Homes CCN1*-S & the Tait Trophy: 1 Anna Bryant & Peace Train, 27.9; 2 Suzanne Black & Colton AF, 36.5; 3 Georgie Bolton & Incendium, 38.4; 4 Jamie Atkinson & Chatham, 40.6; 5 Fabriana McQuarrie & Oceanic, 44.1; 6 Janelle Gibson & Lil Bit Blue, 44.8.