Jess Hore and Tallyho Scoundrel winners of the Country TV Pony Grand Prix at the SCNO Championship Show
Photo credit The Art of Michelle Clarke
The weather and COVID restrictions didn’t dampen spirits at the SCNO Championship Show at the Waimate Showgrounds.
Jess Hore (Millers Flat) and Tallyho Scoundrel picked up their third Country TV Pony Grand Prix win from four starts with the only double clear of the five-strong class.
The 14-year-old says the weather and ground conditions weren’t the best but she’s kind of used to it. “It’s nothing different from home,” she said. Her plan was to just go clear over the Sarah Chin-designed course and keep the pony happy with a good rhythm. “He is a pretty special pony,” said Jess. “It’s good to have wins like this because until just recently I was only able to ride him at the weekends.”
She is at boarding school in Dunedin, so riding was limited to her going home for the weekend. However, in the last few weeks she has had him at Mosgiel making daily rides after school a regular thing.
“He always tries so hard. He is a sensitive pony and can be quite spooky but always wants to be worked.”
She trains mostly with mum Abby with a few top-ups from Olivia Robertson. While she was considering this to be her last season on ponies, Jess says she’s not so sure anymore. “He is the first real good pony I have had, so I am really enjoying it.”
Just Jess and Angus Price (Winton) aboard the perennial Fun House went through to the jump-off. “I was second to go, so only needed to go clear. The course was good. I think they were trying to keep it good to ride in the conditions which were a bit wet and slippery.”
The win rounded out a good show for Jess, making the 12-hour round trip worth it. She also won the 1.2m speed class aboard Beaumont Birdie, was second in the 1.25m championship aboard Centino and third and sixth in the Mainland Coachwork Junior Rider with Centino and Beaumont Birdie respectively.
SCNO president Tim Douglass said the neighbouring farmer’s tractor got a decent workout towing stuck trucks and floats but it was still a good show. “We are looking forward to hosting the South Island Jumping and Show Hunter Championships in the last weekend of January,” he said. The group got a late call-up to host the event and the committee were looking forward to it.
Event secretary Rebecca Drummond had plenty of praise for the “fantastic” group behind the event. “I am just starting to get used to the COVID regulations, with this being my third show in bubbles,” she said.
The show attracted 250 combinations competing over both showjumping and show hunter. Tony Hutton designed in ring two with Barry Manson in ring three.
Country TV Pony Grand Prix: Jess Hore (Millers Flat) Tallyho Scoundrel 1, Angus Price (Winton) Fun House 2, Johanna Wylaars (Christchurch) Larabelle 3.
Dunstan Horsefeeds Amateur Rider Series: Kathryn Manson (Nightcaps) Lusetti 1, Gayle Baker (West Melton) Clariton 2, Candace Kingsbury (Canterbury) Allie Saab 3, Elizabeth Bell (Canterbury) Archie Amor 4, Lauren Buckley (Queenstown) The Prosecutor GNZ 5, Suzanne Black (Gore) Colton AF 6.
Mainland Coachwork Junior Rider Series: Emma Gillies (Oamaru) Chic Xtreme 1, Johanna Wylaars (Christchurch) Blossom NZPH 2, Jessica Hore (Millers Flat) Centino 3, Mikayla Wycliffe (West Melton) Covergirl B 4, Molly Moffatt (Christchurch) Bellagio GNZ 5, Jessica Hore (Millers Flat) Beaumont Birdie 6.
Harrison Lane Pro Am Rider Series: Victoria Brown (Otago) Renamour APH 1, Tyler McKee (Gore) Corrida 2, Katie Meredith (Ohoka) Vulcan GNZ 3, Kimberleigh McCabe (Invercargill) Kace 4, Graciey Donnithorne (Swannanoa) Cavallo Marrone and Molly Buist-Brown (Christchurch) Vali =5.
FMG Young Rider Series: Molly Moffatt (Christchurch) Glenmark 1, Gabrielle Thomas (Canterbury) Gothenburg I 2.
Matthews Hanoverians Seven-Year-Old Series: Maddison Thompson (Darfield) TH Silvermoon 1.
UltraMox Six-Year-Old Series: Grace Manera (Christchurch) Estelle 1.
East Coast Performance Horses Five-Year-Old Series: Gayle Baker (West Melton) Riverdown Rock N Roll 1.
Main-Events Tertiary Series: Victoria Brown (Otago) RH Kukumoa 1, Sophie Sinclair (Southland) LC Unforgettable 2.
Cavalleria Toscana Horse Mini Prix Series: Molly Buist-Brown (Christchurch) Vali 1, Victoria Brown (Otago) Renamour APH 2.
Hussey Paint and Panel Pony Mini Prix Series: Angus Price (Winton) Benrose Starlight 1, Maygen Gubb (Oamaru) Bespoke 2.
NRM Open High Points Series: Louise Marriott (Rangiora) Clicquot 1, Molly Buist-Brown (Christchurch) Vali 2, Hayley Curd (Amberley) iCloud 3, Kylie Lyders (Lawrence) Primus 4.
Petticoat Lane Performance Horses Adult Equitation Series: Louise Marriott (Rangiora) Clicquot 1, Jade McRae (Invercargill) Swayze 2.
Sport Horse Junior High Points Series: Harriet Stock (Ashburton) Tabasco 1.
Hokonui Sport Horses Cat A High Points Series: Scarlet Baker (Gore) Chelton Light Secret 1, Olivia Mehrtens (Canterbury) My Gemma Bear 2, Casey Reynolds (Canterbury) Sunny Brae Patrick 3, Summer Roy (Gore) Benrose Comet 4.
Fiber Fresh Cat B High Points Series: Anna Smith (Wyndham) El Alpha G Wizz 1, Anna Smith (Wyndham) Starlight Smarda 2, Grace Roy (Gore) Afallons Royal Arabesque 3, Greta Dale (Timaru) Highland’s Lad 4, Lydia Cleghorn (Timaru) Ellangowan Ghost Buster 5.
Aniwell Cat C High Points Series: Georgette Laing (Canterbury) Triple Star Picture Puzzle 1, Zoe Slater (Geraldine) Moccochino 2, Emily Henderson (Rolleston) Kolour Me 3.
Carousel Equestrian Amateur High Points Series: Lewis McLellan (Waimate) The Munshi 1, Hayley Curd (Amberley) iCloud 2, Kylie Lyders (Lawrence) Primus 3, Sarah Morris (Rangiora) Montalto 4, Malisa Landreth (Otago) Southwood Reckless 5.
ESNZ Show Hunter Pony Equitation: Ellie Templeton (Middlemarch) He’s Pryceless 1, Anna Smith (Wyndham) Starlight Smarda 2, Bianca Reynolds (Canterbury) Dream Diva 3, Emily Henderson (Rolleston) Kolour Me 4, Lydia Cleghorn (Timaru) Ellangowan Ghost Buster 5.
BoP & Waikato Show Hunter Groups 12 & Under Equitation: Scarlet Baker (Gore) Chelton Light Secret 1, Neave O’Connell (Macraes) Jimbo 2, Olivia Mehrtens (Canterbury) My Gemma Bear 3, Jane Paton-Smith (Oamaru) Jubilee Modern Warrior 4, Grace Roy (Gore) Afallons Royal Arabesque 5.
For full results, head to www.main-events.com
November 29, 2021