Jesse Linton made good on his track record in producing young horses with a solid win in the NZPH Four-Year-Old Young Horse Jumping Championship Final at the Sally Apatu and John Bostock National Young Horse Show.
In steady rain, Jesse and Frankel, a warmblood by Cassiano out of Cassablanca bred by the Winchester Trust finished the three days of jumping with a clean slate. Just three of the 16 starters in the final round came back for the jump-off – Jesse aboard both Frankel and Icarus NZPH, and Daniel Blundell with Balmoral Candyapple I GNZ. Jesse and Frankel also won the style prize.
It is the second time Jesse has won the four-year-old championship and just his third outing with the mare. “She is very rideable and easy to train,” he said. “She’s consistent, clean and seems very careful.”
He said both his mounts were green and while he hoped for the best, he had no expectation coming into the final day. “I really just wanted consistency from them both,” he said. “Frankel is a very nice horse who I think will do well in the age group classes.”
Producing young horses is certainly his happy place. “I get more of a kick out of jumping and producing the young ones,” he said. “It is very satisfying and they are always learning.”
Breeder Jock Robson said the mare was identical to her mother and congratulated Jesse for the “fantastic” work he had done with her.
In the jump-off, Daniel and Balmoral Candyapple I GNZ were out first and looked on track for a clear until the last, finishing with four faults in 35.01 seconds. Jesse and Frankel opted for the steady clear to finish with a clean slate in 44.27. Jesse was out again with Icarus NZPH and a mid-field rail saw them cross the flags with a total of four penalties in 39.03 seconds. There was a raft of combinations who filled fourth equal with their four fault tallies from the three days.
NZPH Four-Year-Old Young Horse Jumping Championship Final: Jesse Linton (Hastings) Frankel (by Cassiano out of Cassablanca II – bred by the Winchester Trust) 1, Daniel Blundell (Tauranga) Balmoral Candyapple I GNZ (by Pennsylvania out of Lilly GNZ) 2, Jesse Linton (Hastings) Icarus NZPH (by Up to You out of Vibe Blue NZPH – bred by New Zealand Performance Horses) 3, Julie Davey (Hastings) Inca NZPH (by Up to You out of Pezatas du Rouet – bred by New Zealand Performance Horses), Nayton Mitchell (Palmerston North) Xstatic (by Numero Uno, out of Leggatto – bred by Taryn Beattie)
Melody Matheson (Havelock North) Danny Cool KV (by Diacontinus out of Danielle MH – bred by Brian Cavey, KV Hanoverians), Kimberley Carrington (Takapau) Double J Saga (by Euro Sport Centavos out of Double J Barmaid – bred by Double J Stud) and Dirk Waldin (Havelock North) Double J Jean Jeanie (by Double J Repicharge, out of On Tune NZPH – bred by Double J Stud) =4.
NZPH Style Prize: Jesse Linton (Hastings) Frankel.
NZ Hanovarian Society Performance Sash: Daniel Blundell (Tauranga) Balmoral Candyapple I GNZ.
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19 December 2021