At 18.2hh Glenbrooke Rich as Roses makes quite a statement in any ring, but on Monday it wasn’t just his size making waves . . . instead the big grey won his first-ever EvoEvents Horse Grand Prix at the Wairarapa Labour Weekend Showjumping and Show Hunter Championships.
His doting 19-year-old rider Sophie Scott from Palmerston North couldn’t have been prouder of the gelding she’s had since he was four. “It was a good field, so I wanted to give it a good crack,” she said. “He is such a big horse . . . it was interesting though, everyone else found the lines very short but he found it quite easy. He is just so adjustable, the strides were all perfect – well, except for the treble which was a little short, but he is so clever we were fine.”
She felt his big stride worked to her advantage, and now is looking to step him up to World Cups if everything goes to plan. “He just loves to jump and is a real character. He isn’t easy to ride but we have a good understanding of each other, so it works out.”
Fourteen started the class with just four coming back for the jump-off, with three of those all double clear. In the end it was a two horse contest though with just .26 of a second between Sophie and Brooke Edgecombe (Waipukurau) aboard LT Holst Andrea.
Sophie and Glenbrooke Rich as Roses stopped the clock at 41.67 with Brooke and LT Holst Andrea coming home in 41.93. Maurice Beatson (Dannevirke) and Central Park filled third spot with their double clear in 43.96 while Katharine Van Tuyl (Palmerston North) aboard Double J Sunshine were fourth with four faults in their 50.29-second effort.
Sophie’s Grand Prix win topped off an excellent show with her growing team, she was also fifth in the FMG Young Rider, second and third in the Matthews Hanoverian Seven-Year-Old, first equal in the UltraMox Six-Year-Old and third in the horse mini prix.
In the Country TV Pony Grand Prix a double clear from Penny Borthwick (Masterton) and her very consistent Foxden’s Merlot won her fifth grand prix on the trot, when they headed home a small but quality field. Tessa Mason (Napier) and the perennial Mr Acho had to settle for second after taking a rail in the jump-off. Penny was also fourth aboard Rednalhgih Cowan with a four-fault opening round.
Wairarapa area chair Heather Ritchie said the extra work required to run under COVID Alert Level 2 was a lot. “Putting together the response plan and paperwork takes quite a bit of work but the bigger challenge is getting riders to return that paperwork too,” she said. “We have really appreciated those who have respected that and been diligent in getting things back to us. The more help riders give us by doing what they are asked to do, then the more chance there is for shows to continue.”
A nationwide shortage of port-a-loos meant the show had to use two different companies who brought the toilets in from three centres. Riders had “on the whole” been appreciative.
But she said one of the toughest things was to have to turn away spectators who had turned up at the show to watch but been turned away due to COVID restrictions.
EvoEvents Horse Grand Prix Series: Sophie Scott (Palmerston North) Glenbrooke Rich as Roses 1, Brooke Edgecombe (Waipukurau) LT Holst Andrea 2, Maurice Beatson (Dannevirke) Central Park 3, Katharine Van Tuyl (Palmerston North) Double J Sunshine 4, Daniel Webb (Hunterville) WSJ Centaur 5, Kim Best (Hastings) LT Holst Teacher’s Pet 6.
Country TV Pony Grand Prix Series: Penny Borthwick (Masterton) Foxden’s Merlot 1, Tessa Mason (Napier) Mr Acho 2, Melissa Berridge (New Plymouth) Onetai Fire and Ice 3, Penny Borthwick (Masterton) Rednalhgih Cowan 4, Sally Peffers (Dannevirke) All That Jazz 5.
Matthews Hanoverians Seven-Year-Old Series: Samantha Carrington (Takapau) Double J Hurricane 1, Sophie Scott (Palmerston North) Joopiter 2, Sophie Scott (Palmerston North) Benrose Casino ECPH 3, Maurice Beatson (Dannevirke) Final Warrior 4, Robert Steele (Dannevirke) Royal Wish 5.
UltraMox Six-Year-Old Series: Tanya Hansen (Taranaki) Ngahiwi Specter, Kim Best (Hastings) PHS Armando, Sophie Scott (Palmerston North) Off the Cuff and Luce Williams (Masterton) Grassendale Enzo =1.
East Coast Performance Horses Five-Year-Old Series: Daniel Webb (Hunterville) WSJ Cartalusa and Samantha Carrington (Takapau) Double J Odin =1.
FMG Young Rider Series: Kimberley Carrington (Takapau) Double J Barmaid 1, Samantha Carrington (Takapau) Double J Breeze On 2, Dylan Bibby (Onga Onga) Wenrose Vertigo 3, Francesca Corich (Paraparaumu) LDS Cardo 4, Sophie Scott (Palmerston North) Lakota 5, Vania Mason (Masterton) Kiwi Sunray 6.
Dunstan Horsefeeds Amateur Rider Series: Kaleigh Kent (Otane) Double J Sponge Bob Square Pants 1, Luce Williams (Masterton) Grassendale Enzo 2, Toni Vincent (Taranaki ) Fleckwood Smarty Arty 3, Jo Andrews (Otaki) Coco Petite 4, Janine Kirkbeck (Otaki) Highflyer 5, Amanda Steele (Dannevirke) That’ll Do ECPH 6.
Mainland Coachwork Junior Rider Series: Hollie Falloon (Masterton) Just Jessie 1, Dylan Bibby (Onga Onga) Louis 2, Chantelle Smith (Palmerston North) Cravino STS 3, Charlotte Sowry (Palmerston North) Sunny Boy 4, Annie Moffett (Napier) Samantha the Dachshund 5, Macy Heaton (Hastings) TNT 6.
Harrison Lane Pro-Amateur Rider Series: Sally Clark (Dannevirke) Victoria’s Secret 1, Jesse Linton (Hastings) Beau Balou 2, Jessie Goggin (Wellington) Miss Cassini MS 3, Siobhan Ryan (Wainuiomata) Natalie 4, Sophie Fourie (Taranaki) Budgie 5, Anna Stephen (Carterton) Blindside SP 6.
Horse mini prix: Bailey Rutter (Wairarapa) Henton Serenade 1, Samantha Carrington (Takapau) Double J Hurricane 2, Sophie Scott (Palmerston North) Benrose Casino ECPH 3, Dylan Bibby (Onga Onga) Wenrose Vertigo 4.
Pony mini prix: Annie Moffett (Napier) Korokipo Kid 1, Isla Bowley (Wellington) Tui’s Tennessee 2, Molly Coutts (Palmerston North) Monkey Puzzle 3, Chloe Roylance (New Plymouth) Tallyho Cleopatra 4.
Show hunter, NRM Open Horse High Points Series: Nicholas O’Leary (Wanganui) El Diablo 1, Anna Parsons (Havelock North) Snapchat Me 2, Jacqui Symes (Waipukurau) Takapoto Sienna 3, Diana Cottle (Levin) Travino 4, Antonio Matangi (Levin) My Delta 5.
Gyro Plastics Junior High Points Series: Olivia Nation (Wellington) Lanius GNZ 1, Vianne Downs (Greytown) Leandro Bay 2, Leah Bibby (Waipukurau) Tiberus 3, Hazel Jones (Plimmerton) Atlan 4, Hazel Jones (Plimmerton) Sancho 5.
Carousel Equestrian Amateur High Points Series: Rebecca Conole (Masterton) Private Benjamin III 1, Jacqui Symes (Waipukurau) Takapoto Sienna 2, Diana Cottle (Levin) Travino 3, Antonio Matangi (Levin) Shoeshine Polish 4, Antonio Matangi (Levin) Marua 5.
ESNZ Show Hunter Junior Equitation Series: Vianne Downs (Greytown) Leandro Bay 1, Olivia Nation (Wellington) Lanius GNZ 2, Leah Bibby (Waipukurau) Tiberus 3.
Petticoat Lane Performance Horses Adult Equitation Series: Nicholas O’Leary (Wanganui) El Diablo 1, Georgina Murrow (Palmerston North) Riverview Minka 2, Diana Cottle (Levin) Travino 3, Antonio Matangi (Levin) Shoeshine Polish 4, Rebecca Conole (Masterton) Private Benjamin III 5.
Hokonui Sport Horses Cat A High Points Series: Lily Kent (Otane) Ataahua Rapture 1, Katherine Walker (Paraparaumu) Avataare 2, Poppy Tatham (Masterton) Nikau Rockstar 3, Sophia Neale (Palmerston North) Petal 4, Sophia Neale (Palmerston North) Sonrise Essence 5.
BoP and Waikato Show Hunter Groups 12 & under Equitation Series: Isabelle Murrow (Palmerston North) Cardonald Beauden Barret 1, Aggie Shearer (Feilding) Vancace Rosalie 2, Lucy Oliver (Kapiti Coast) Mr Mika Choo 3, Kate Procter (Palmerston North) Trevellyn Blue Bell 4, Rosie Walters (Gladstone) Lanceoods Summer Flyte 5.
Fiber Fresh Cat B High Points Series: Kate Procter (Palmerston North) Trevellyn Blue Bell 1, Isabelle Murrow (Palmerston North) Cardonald Beauden Barrett 2, Poppy Tatham (Masterton) Wembleybrook O’Driscoll 3, Ella Easton (Levin) Matai SB 4, Phoebe Rickard (Wanganui) Rockin’ Riley of Windermere 5.
ESNZ Show Hunter Pony Rider Equitation Series: Kaitlin Brown (Wairoa) Tawa 1, Regan Calder (Norsewood) Bingley Emily 2, Emily McMaster (Greytown) Onetai Cover Girl 3, Katie Bibby (Onga Onga) Greedy McCready 4, Bridie King (Pahiatua) Puketawa Celtic Legend 5.
Aniwell Cat C High Points Series: Kaitlin Brown (Wairoa) Tawa 1, Bridie King (Pahiatua) Puketawa Celtic Legend 2, Emily McMaster (Greytown) Onetai Cover Girl 3, Katie Bibby (Onga Onga) Greedy McCready 4, Zara Sutton (Palmerston North) VS Enviable 5.
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By Diana Dobson
27 October 2021