Teen Jess Hore planned for an easy start at her first show of the season but it seems her star pony Tallyho Scoundrel had other plans.
The Millers Flat combo were double clear en route to victory in the Country TV Pony Grand Prix class at the SCNO Spring has Sprung Show at Waimate at the weekend. Just two of the original six starters came back for the jump-off where both kept their slates clean but Jessica and Tallyho Scoundrel stopped the clock at 44.35 seconds over the Roger Laplanche-designed course, to the 45.58-second effort from runner-up Johanna Wylaars (Christchurch) and Wembleybrook Tiffany.
It was the third Pony Grand Prix win for 13-year-old Jess and Gus as her pony is known at home. “He is not an easy ride but he is one of the easiest I have,” says the year nine student from Columba College in Dunedin. Home is the 28,000 hectare sheep and beef Beaumont Station in Central Otago where the family also breed sport horses, so riding everything has been a part of her DNA since forever.
Mum Abby, who also competes in showjumping, keeps the horses fit for Jess when she can’t get home from boarding school for the weekend. Jess is also an under-14 Otago netball representative, so her weekends have been busy. Lockdown proved a blessing for lots of riding and getting her team fit.
“I do love Gus,” she says. “He is pretty cheeky, but I love that he always wants to be ridden, has a really good attitude and is always keen for cuddles.”
This is Gus and Jess’ second season together. “With it being our first show of the season, I just wanted to go in and have fun,” says Jess, who is trained by mum and Olivia Robertson. “We were second to go in the jump-off and I was just going for a clear. I didn’t think he would be that fast but he does cover the ground well. I am really happy with him.”
Next on the schedule may be the Otago Spring Show at Mosgiel (October 16-17), but given COVID, everything is a wait and see. It is a long haul to anywhere for the family, given their remoteness, with the closest show two hours away, and the weekend’s effort five.
At 5’8” Jess isn’t sure she’ll still be on ponies come the Land Rover Horse of the Year Show, but she is already out on hacks and picked up a win aboard Centino in the 1.25m horse championship at the weekend. She and Gus were also third in the 1.2m pony class.
Area chairperson Tim Douglass said the weekend had been a winner. “I am very pleased with the show,” he said. “The Southern Canterbury A&P Association had the grounds in top notch condition and I am glad we went ahead. Everyone did what was expected of them to enable us to carry out the show safely.”
He extended a special thanks to event secretary Rebecca Drummond and the rest of the committee. “It was thanks to their efforts the show was a success in trying times.”
The show attracted 343 horses and riders. Rebecca says plenty of extra work had gone into ensuring regulations were followed and people were safe.
“There was a lot of extra planning to structure the running of five bubbles but it was well worth all the late nights to get the first show of the season under the belts of riders,” she said. “Riders were really appreciative of the efforts.”
Showjumping, Country TV Pony Grand Prix Series: Jessica Hore (Millers Flat) Tallyho Scoundrel 1, Johanna Wylaars (Christchurch) Wembleybrook Tiffany 2, Emma Gillies (Oamaru) Benrose Playtime 3, Emma Gillies (Oamaru) Benrose Eclipse 4, Molly Moffatt (Christchurch) Te Ngaio Raggamuffin 5, Molly Smith (Geraldine) BG Lennox 6.
Mainland Coachwork Junior Rider Series: Anna Nalder (North Canterbury) Letano 1, Emma Gillies (Oamaru) Lumarzo 2, Olivia Adams (Christchurch) Castelada II 3, Jakob Pascoe (North Canterbury) Bravo 4, Johanna Wylaars (Christchurch) Blossom NZPH 5, Mikayla Wycliffe (West Melton) Covergirl B 6.
Harrison Lane Pro-Am Rider Series: Courtney Townsend (Darfield) Corofina ECPH 2, Molly Buist-Brown (Christchurch) Vali 2, Kimberleigh McCabe (Invercargill) Kace 3, Kirsty Sharapoff (Christchurch) Shoot the Breeze 4, Rose Alfeld (Christchurch) Eye Catcher NZPH 5, Victoria Brown (Otago) Renamour APH 6.
FMG Young Rider Series: Makenzie Causer (Christchurch) Copabella Camouflage 1, Grace Manera (Christchurch) Cazette HSH 2, Margot Curtis (West Melton) Ngahiwi Stone 3, Samantha Gillies (Oamaru) Socrates de la Ve Z 4, Brianna Bailey (Amberley) Duke 5.
Dunstan Horsefeeds Amateur Rider Series: Zoe Shore (Ashburton) Saffron 1, Desley Haas (Rangiora) Too Tango 2, Colleen Marett (Temuka) Attenborough 3, Gayle Baker (West Melton) Clariton 4, Stephanie Suppan (Christchurch) Ngahiwi Blackjack ECPH 5, Sonia McKerchar (Oamaru) Edward NZPH 6.
Matthews Hanoverians Seven-Year-Old Breeders Series: Makenzie Causer (Christchurch) Quantico GNZ 1, Maddison Thompson (Darfield) Rei Huia TH Silvermoon 2, Lucy Olphert (Queenstown) Kiwi Strike 3.
Ultramox Six-Year-Old Breeders Series: Lucinda Askin (Ashburton) Gatsby NZPH, Tanya Davie (Southland) Glenbrooke Final Rose and Georgina Dormer (Christchurch) Google NZPH =1.
East Coast Performance Horses Five-Year-Old Breeders Series: Amy McMullan (Timaru) Cosmopolitan ECPH 1.
Cavalleria Toscana Horse Mini Prix Series: Samantha Gillis (Oamaru) Socrates De La Ve Z 1, Courtney Townsend (Darfield) Corofina ECPH 2, Kimberley Bird (Ashburton) Roxette ECPH 3, Steffi Whittaker (Canterbury) Whimsical WDS 4, Samantha Gillies (Oamaru) Lumarzo 5, Victoria Brown (Otago) Renamour APH 6.
Hussey Paint and Panel Pony Mini Prix Series: Molly Smith (Geraldine) Vapour Trail NZPH 1, Samantha Gillies (Oamaru) Doctor Jones 2, Maygen Gubb (Oamaru) Bespoke 3, Angus Price (Winton) Fun House 4, Johanna Wylaars (Christchurch) Larabelle 5, Kaitlyn Murray (Dunsandel) FC Fine Lace 6.
Show hunter, NRM Horse High Points: Louise Marriott (Rangiora) Clicquot 1, Georgia Allison (Oxford) Bella K 2, Molly Buist-Brown (Christchurch) Vali 3, Katie Flett (Canterbury) On the Point Laurent-Perrier 4.
Hokonui Sport Horses Cat A High Points: Milly Dampier-Crossley (Rotherham) Minks 1, Olivia Mehrtens (Canterbury) My Gemma Bear 2, Casey Reynolds (Rangiora) Sunny Brae Patrick 3.
Fiber Fresh Cat B Pony High Points: Lucy Honeywell (Ashburton) Starlight Indrani 1, Bianca Reynolds (Canterbury) Dream Diva 2, Anna Smith (Wyndham) El Alpha G Wizz 3, Emily Van Herpt (Christchurch) Chatto Creek Sirocco 4, Jane Paton-Smith (Oamaru) Jubilee Modern Warrior 5.
ESNZ Pony Equitation Series: Bianca Reynolds (Canterbury) Dream Diva 1, Lucy Honeywell (Ashburton) Starlight Indrani 2, Anna Smith (Wyndham) Starlight Smarda 3, Olivia Dampier-Crossley (Canterbury) Splash Bandicoot 4.
Aniwell Cat C Pony High Points: Zoe Slater (Geraldine) Moccochino 1, Georgie Laing (Little River ) Triple Star Picture Puzzle 2, Olivia Dampier-Crossley (Canterbury) Splash Bandicoot 3, Lucy Charteris (Canterbury ) Captain Jack Sparrow 4, Ava Andersen (Glenavy) Tendulkar 5.
Gyro Plastics Junior High Points: Teagan Marett (Temuka) Attenborough 1, Georgia Allison (Oxford) Bella K 2.
Carousel Equestrian Amateur High Points: Kylie Lyders (Lawrence) Primus 1, Jade McRae (Invercargill) Swayze 2, Lewis McLellan (Canterbury) The Munshi 3, Charlotte (Ashburton) Eireann All Heart 4.
Petticoat Lane Performance Horses Open Adult Equitation: Kylie Lyders (Lawrence) Primus 1, Louise Marriott (Rangiora) Clicquot 2, Lewis McLellan (Canterbury) The Munshi 3, Molly Buist-Brown (Christchurch) Vali 4, Jade McRae (Invercargill) Swayze 5.
ESNZ Junior Equitation: Teagan Marett (Temuka) Attenborough 1.
Waikato/Bay of Plenty Show Hunter Group 12 Years and Under Equitation: Olivia Mehrtens (Canterbury) My Gemma Bear 1, Casey Reynolds (Rangiora) Sunny Brae Patrick 2, Summer Roy (Gore) Benrose Comet 3.
For full results, head to www.main-events.com .
By Diana Dobson
4 October 2021