Brooke Edgecombe rides Takapoto Sienna
A sister act roadie to the New Zealand National Jumping and Show Hunter Championship proved just the ticket for Brooke Edgecombe and Kim Best.
It’s been a good decade since the two travelled to Nationals together and they’re having a blast – despite the challenges in getting home due to weather.
It was the weather that pulled the hand brake on the Nationals, forcing the committee to cancel the final day of competition. It meant titles were decided on earlier classes and for Brooke, who was riding Jacqui Symes Takapoto Sienna in the show hunter meant a new title in her trophy cabinet.
As the current holder of the Olympic Cup and a successful World Cup rider, Brooke can now add show hunter to her CV after winning the Lone Goat New Zealand National Open Show Hunter title.
Takapoto Sienna is proven in the show hunter arena and Brooke knew they had a good chance to do well. However, it was just 10 days before Nationals that Jacqui had called to see if Brooke was keen to take the six-year-old mare for a few shows.
“Between the two of us we decided we’d target Nationals,” says Brooke. “The aim was to do well in the open.”
“I am very pleased with the win, especially for Jacqui. She has done a beautiful job producing her . . . she may not be getting her back!”
Brooke has dabbled in show hunter through her equestrian career but never won or chased titles. “I have always found it very good for educating young horses,” she said.
“It’s certainly been a character-building trip down here with my sister but we will definitely be back,” says Brooke. “Overall it has been a fantastic show.”
February 13th, 2022