Nicole White and LC Samson                                                   Olivia Robertson and Casino GNZ 

winners EvoEvents Horse Grand Prix                                         winners Tavern Harewood FEI CSI1*


Nicole White made it four from five with another victory in the EvoEvents Horse Grand Prix, this time at the Ashburton ESNZ Show Jumping and Show Hunter Championships.

The sports massage therapist from Invercargill steered LC Samson to a solid win in the rather compact class. It was their fourth Grand Prix win this season from five starts but it almost didn’t go their way. They were clear in the opener but took the last fence in the second round. “I looked over at the clock and honestly didn’t know if I had done enough for the win,” said Nicole.  As it was, they crossed the flags in 58.68 seconds, with runner-up Lucinda Askin (Ashburton) and Flying Dutchman DHU also on four faults but slightly slower in 59.11.

“He was good today,” said Nicole of the 15-year-old. “It is really nice to just be able to sit on him and go out and enjoy what I am doing. He does love his job.”

Nicole had plenty of praise for course designer Donella Still. “The course (in the Grand Prix) was lovely – it was really nice to ride, technical and big. It suited my boy!”

She figures the challenging season and lack of shows has actually worked in their favour. “We have done more training and just not having a show every weekend has given us both more time to regroup.”

She’s had the rather opinionated horse five years. He was a stallion when he arrived but they soon gelded him. She figures that late gelding is where the arrogance and opinion comes from. The combination was also fourth in the FEI CSI1* class.

Nicole is now looking forward to the remaining ‘big’ shows of the season – the Tavendale & Partners New Zealand National Jumping Championships and Land Rover Horse of the Year.

In the Tavern Harewood FEI CSI1* it was a quinella to Queenstown’s Olivia Robertson who won with a double clear round aboard Casino GNZ and placed second with a four fault effort on Grandaire. Eight combinations started the international class with seven coming back for the second round. Clears in the opener went to Olivia and Lucinda Askin (Ashburton) on Flying Dutchman DHU. There were four clears in the second round, with all but Olivia carrying faults.

Angus Price (Winton) and the former Pony of the Year Fun House took out the Country TV Pony Grand Prix coming home a snip ahead of Molly Smith (Timaru) aboard Vapour Trail NZPH. The two combinations were the only ones to keep their slates clear over the two round competition, with Angus stopping the clock at 53.54 seconds to Molly’s 54.04 second effort.

The show, which attracted 390 horses and riders, ran over three near perfect days at the Ashburton A&P Showgrounds. Tony Hutton assisted Donella Still in course designing in ring one with Sarah Ching in ring two and Emma Barker in ring three.


Results –


Showjumping, EvoEvents Horse Grand Prix Series (in conjunction with Catalyst Performance Agronomy): Nicole White (Invercargill) LC Samson 1, Lucinda Askin (Ashburton) Flying Dutchman DHU 2, Olivia Robertson (Queenstown) Grandaire 3, Angus Taylor (Ohoka) Sea Coral 4.


Tavern Harewood FEI CSI1*: Olivia Robertson (Queenstown) Casino GNZ 1, Olivia Robertson (Queenstown) Grandaire 2, Lucinda Askin (Ashburton) Flying Dutchman DHU 3, Nicole White (Invercargill) LC Samson 4, Angus Taylor (Ohoka) Sea Coral 5, Steffi Whittaker (Christchurch) Whimsical WDS 6. Best presented in trot up: Lucinda Askin.


Country TV Pony Grand Prix Series (in conjunction with ANZCO Foods): Angus Price (Winton) Fun House 1, Molly Smith (Timaru) Vapour Trail NZPH 2, Johanna Wylaars (Christchurch) Larabelle 3, Johanna Wylaars (Christchurch) Wembleybrook Tiffany 4, Samantha Gillies (Oamaru) Doctor Jones 5, Jessica Hore (Roxburgh) Tallyho Scoundrel 6.


East Coast Performance Horses Five-Year-Old Series (in conjunction with Annette Scott Communications): Sarah Parkes (Marlborough) Windermere Centarosa and Ella Rae-Wood (Greymouth) TMS Annabella =1.


UltraMox Six-Year-Old Series (in conjunction with Hayden Mackenzie Contracting): Georgina Dormer (Christchurch) Google NZPH 1.


Matthews Hanoverians Seven-Year-Old Series (in conjunction with Drummond & Etheridge): Maddi Thompson (Christchurch) Rei Huia TH Silvermoon 1, Becky Harkerss (Oaro) LT Holst Chief 2, Katie Meredith (North Canterbury) ES Quincy 3, Lucy Olphert (Queenstown) Kiwi Strike 4.


Harrison Lane Pro-Am Rider Series (in conjunction with Rainer Irrigation): Katie Meredith (North Canterbury) Vulcan GNZ 1, Rose Alfeld (Leeston) Eye Catcher NZPH 2, Sally Spicer (Ladbrooks) Corrine HSH 3, Jack Ford (Kaikoura) Genius 4, Molly Buist-Brown (Christchurch) Vali 5, Molly Buist-Brown (Christchurch) Payback 6.


FMG Young Rider Series (in conjunction with Property Brokers): Sophie Townsend (Darfield) My Super Nova 1, Samantha Gillies (Oamaru) Lumarzo 2, Pieta Milne (Nelson) Global PH Mylorde 3, Anna Nalder (Rangiora) Letano 4, Holly Crean (Hawarden) Dexter 5, Olivia Harkerss (Canterbury) Lacona Ammoe 6.


Mainland Coachwork Junior Rider Series: Emma Gillies (Oamaru) Chic Xtreme 1, Pippa Collins (Palmerston) First Lady 2, Angus Price (Winton) Veroana 3, Meg Bisset (Blenheim) Bewitched NZPH 4, Amy Brenssell (Tapanui) KWL Midship 5, Samantha Gillies (Oamaru) Socrates de la vie Z 6


Dunstan Horsefeeds Amateur Rider Series (in conjunction with Winderen Australasia): Gayle Baker (West Melton) Clariton 1, Desley Haas (Christchurch) Too Tango 2, Tanya Davie (Mosgiel) Glenbrooke Fina Rose 3, Georgia Reid (Marlborough) Corletto MB 4, Lindsay Colwell (Prebbleton) Waitangi Netflix 5, Angela Ruddenklau (Christchurch) Anthem 6.


Show hunter, NRM Open High Points Series (in conjunction with Ashburton Forks Storage): Kate Mullins (Ohoka) Cowboy Cool 1, Melanie Morris (Rangiora) Kosciuszko 2, Louise Marriott (Rangiora) Clicquot 3, Chris Harris (Christchurch) Casebrook Commissioner 4, Brigitte Barnes (Oxford) Heatherfield 5.


Petticoat Lane Performance Horses Adult Equitation Series (in conjunction with Harcourts Ashburton): Kate Mullins (Ohoka) Cowboy Cool 1, Claudia Faulkner (Christchurch) Tripel Shot 2, Louise Marriott (Rangiora) Clicquot 3, Kylie Lyders (Dunedin) Primus 4, Abbey Baker (Christchurch) Shaka Zulu II 5.


Sport Horse Junior High Points Series (in conjunction with Gary McCormick): Georgia Allison (Oxford) Sandow Jacob 1, Summer Borrie (Oamaru) Daisy Duke 2, Emily Holder (Christchurch) Diamond Solitaire 3, Jessica Townsend (Darfield) Pinstripe II 4, Madeline Jones (Seddon) Starborough Sandman 5.


Carousel Equestrian Amateur High Points Series (in conjunction with Fred’s Fencing): Kate Mullins (Ohoka) Cowboy Cool 1, Melanie Morris (Rangiora) Kosciuszko 2, Jade McRae (Invercargill) Swayze 3, Lewis McLellan (Waimate) The Munshi 4, Sarah Ormandy (Christchurch) La Dama Vegas 5.


ESNZ Show Hunter Junior Equitation Series (in conjunction with Orari Estate): Georgia Allison (Oxford) Sandow Jacob 1, Sophie Townsend (Darfield) Pinstripe II 2, Summer Borrie (Oamaru) Daisy Duke 3, Kiera Inglis (Upper Mutere) Bendoran Digger 4.


Hokonui Sport Horses Cat A High Points Series (in conjunction with Newmanns Tyres): Olivia Mehrtens (Cust) My Gemma Bear 1, Charlotte Weir (Christchurch) My Monte Carlo 2, Casey Reynolds (Rangiora) Sunny Brae Patrick 3, Milly Dampier-Crossley (Rotherham) Minks 4.


Fiber Fresh Cat B High Points Series (in conjunction with Rural Transport): Grace Roy (Gore) Afallons Royal Arabesque 1, Amy Wassell (Motueka) Bexley Lodge Tinkabella 2, Bianca Reynolds (Rangiora) Dream Diva 3, Jane Paton-Smith (Oamaru) Jubilee Modern Warrior 4, Sylvie France (Mt Somers) Okawa Bandit 5.


Aniwell Cat C High Points Series (in conjunction with VetEnt Riverside): Dayna Lowe (Christchurch) TF Temperance Brennan 1, Zoe Slater (Geraldine) Moccochino 2, Georgette Laing (Little River) Triple Star Picture Puzzle 3, Emily Henderson (Rolleston) Kolour Me 4, Olivia Dampier-Crossley (Rotherham) Splash Bandicoot 5.


Bay of Plenty and Waikato Show Hunter Groups 12 & Under Equitation Series: Casey Reynolds (Rangiora) Sunny Brae Patrick 1, Summer Roy (Gore) Afallons Sweet Solitaire 2, Grace Roy (Gore) Afallons Royal Arabesque 3, Olivia Mehrtens (Cust) My Gemma Bear 4, Milly Dampier-Crossley (Rotherham) Minks 5.


ESNZ Show Hunter Pony Equitation Series (in conjunction with JJ Ltd): Bianca Reynolds (Rangiora) Dream Diva 1, Emily Henderson (Rolleston) Kolour Me 2, Amy Wassell (Motueka ) That’s That 3, Josie Greer (Christchurch) Sky Dancer 4.


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Jumping Team

16 January 2022