Jordyn Appleton and Burma Chilli flying to victory in the Country TV Pony Grand Prix Series class, which incorporated the Prydes Easi Feed Championship at the Veterinary Associates Auckland Showjumping Championships. Photo by Amy C Photography
It was a double victory for Jordyn Appleton and Burma Chilli at the Veterinary Associates Auckland Showjumping Championships at Woodhill Sands, with the Kumeu combo taking out the Country TV Pony Grand Prix Series class, which incorporated the Prydes Easi Feed Championship.
The 16-year-old was chuffed with her chestnut mare. “It was a hard course, that’s for sure,” she said. “There were a lot of slippery areas with the ground rutted up in front of and on landing, with tricky lines – especially into the treble which caught a few people out.”
But it didn’t bother Jordyn and her 13-year-old Australian stock horse who were the only ones in the 10-strong field to go clear in the opener over the Wayne Bragg-designed course.
It is their first season together, sixth Grand Prix start and second victory. “I didn’t think anyone would go clear and was quite nervous,” said Jordyn. “When I did I was like ‘oh no, a jump-off’! Even though she is hot, she can be a bit sticky and tricky. I am definitely very proud of her.”
Chilli can be a difficult ride and keeps her teenage rider in check. “You can’t go too forward. She is a good teacher who knows her job and always makes sure I am riding properly – if not she makes it very clear. She is good for me and teaches me how to get the good spots.”
The combination are trained by Dani Maurer and Daniel Blundell who were both at the show to see the victory.
Tara Gower (Ohura) took the quinella in the Fiber Fresh Horse Grand Prix Super Series with double clears aboard Double J Image and WTF Caballo.
The two day champs attracted 300 horses and organisers had to shut off entries, given the country is running under the red traffic light level with 100 person gathering restrictions.
Event director Angela Nobilo says it makes organising a little more logistically challenging but she was rapt they pulled off a great safe show. “We had a huge waiting list and it was disappointing not to be able to accept more riders, but these are the rules. Hopefully we aren’t in this red setting for too much longer.”
The much-needed rain fell in buckets on Saturday night and led to the cancellation of the EvoEvents Horse Grand Prix Series class. “We haven’t had rain for a couple of months and while we really need it, it was probably a bit much for our rain starved grass arena.”
One class was moved to a sand arena and the Horse Grand Prix was the only one to be dropped. “We are very lucky to have those sand surfaces.”
Edward Bullock designed the courses for ring two, with Danielle Watts tasked with ring three.
Country TV Pony Grand Prix Series incorporating the Prydes Easi Feed Auckland Championship: Jordyn Appleton (Auckland) Burma Chilli 1, Zara Preece-Twose (Auckland) TC Piano Man 2, Cassie Topper (Whangarei) Redcliffs Wizz Bang MF 3, Alexandra Henry (Whangarei) Mosaic Of Renton 4, Amelia Munro (Paremoremo) MF Spot On 5,Wiremu Priest (Rotorua) Jonsey 6.
Harrison Lane Pro-Am Rider Series (sponsored by GJ Gardner Homes): Deanna Horsburgh (Cambridge) Entourage NZPH 1, Carissa McCall (Taupaki, Auckland) Picasso MVNZ 2, Sandi Howett (Cambridge) Rockhill 3, Anne Marie Styles (Clevedon) Tamburo 4, Christine Cornege (Cambridge) Lillyberg SL 5, Kylee McCambridge (Matangi, Hamilton) Kan NZPH 6.
FMG Young Rider Series (sponsored by Prydes EasiFeed): Ben Weir (Auckland) Lanice van de Heffinck 1, Tyla Hackett (Waiuku) Eye Candy 2, Tyla Hackett (Waiuku) Global PH Cocofino 3, Tara Gower (Ohura) WTF Cabello 4, Eden Johnstone (Auckland) Valcheta 5, Olivia Dalton (Karaka) Cil Dara Bonaparte 6.
Dunstan Horsefeeds Amateur Rider Series (sponsored by Burmester Realty): Dean Morgan (Hamilton) Sobraon Park Coldplay 1, Paula Brocklehurst (Wellsford) Wentworth 2, Ashley Johnston (Whangarei) Miss Vee NZPH 3, Amy Gravatt (Whangarei) Totaranui TS Ripslinger 4, Laura Pratt (Te Pahu) Monet X Change 5, Alison Harold (West Harbour) Freedom Fighter 6.
Mainland Coachwork Junior Rider Series (sponsored by Alltech): Mikayla Trott (Riverhead, Auckland) Redcliffs Armani RF 1, Sophia Blackbourn (Tamahere) Roxette ECPH 2, Isabelle Saxton (Tuakau) Double Shott 3, Charlotte Treneary (Kumeu, Auckland) Waitangi Zoom 4, Harley Ferguson (Whangarei) Code-Air 5, Ella De leeuw (Hamilton) Miss Lindauer 6.
Main-Events Tertiary Challenge Series: Georgia Milner (Auckland) Double J Angelic 1, Tamara Marshall (Wellsford) Midway Manolito 2, Michaelee Head (Cambridge) Bellick ST 3, Amber Riddell (Cambridge) Berry Desayo 4.
Fiber Fresh Pony 1m Auckland Cup Final: Dillon Ranby (Auckland) Tiger Tale LS 1, Charlotte Gorrie (Whangarei) Airtime RSNZ 2, Sophie Ferguson (Whangarei) Our Dixie Chic 3, Adison Hall (Waimauku) Flaxhill Starlight 4, Dillon Ranby (Auckland) Triple Star Curious George 5, Caitlyn Wilkin (Warkworth) Guns N Roses 6.
Veterinary Associates Pony 1m Auckland Plate: Grace Mitchell (Warkworth) Redcliffs Isla 1, Caitlyn Wilkin (Warkworth) Tiki Boo 2, Nicole Collier (Whangarei) Kabo Cosmic 3, Jessica Slater Bosley (Hunua) Purple Affair 4, Casey Richardson-Mould (Auckland) Silkpark Lagerfeld 5, Meredith Williams (Awhitu) TCP Nevada’s Moonstone 6.
Fiber Fresh Horse GP Super Series: Tara Gower (Ohura) Double J Image 1, Tara Gower (Ohura) WTF Cabello 2, Tessa Ranger (Whitford) Lavello 3, Olivia Forster (Cambridge) Cassino du Domaine 4, Olivia Dalton (Karaka) Cassera MS 5, Isabelle Jameson (Whangarei) Kiwi Storm 6.
GJ Gardner Homes Horse 1.m Auckland Cup (by invite only): Grace Benshaw (Waitoki) Amorcito 1, Laura McGregor (Auckland) Emmaville Dontango 2, Taryn Skelton-Kyd (Auckland) BMW Numero Uno 3, Mark Wells (Ruakaka) Caspian Xtreme 4, Rylie Travers (Mangawhai) Redcliffs Lenamor 5, Laura McGregor (Auckland) Pure Expression 6.
Prydes EasiFeed Horse 1m-1.05m Championship: Megan Schischka (Waiwera) Hollywood Touch of Class 1, Maggie Brownfield (Auckland) Ngahiwi Chrome Xtreme 2, Keeva McCambridge (Auckland) Mandalorian KM 3, Caitlin Henry (Whangarei) Rata Mill Rhythm 4, Dean Campbell (Cambridge) Lavonte GNZ 5, Sandi Howett (Cambridge) Crusader 6.
GJ Gardner Homes Horse 1.1m Auckland Plate: Melissa Ward (Dairy Flat) Puzzle Mania 1, Mark Wells (Ruakaka) November Rain 2, Ella Tyler-Whiteman Paint Me a Picture 3, Isabelle Jameson (Whangarei) Ashlea Downs Donnerbella 4, Ryan Lim (Karaka) Fuji 5, Grace Klava (Rotorua) Bella K 6.
Fiber Fresh Horse 1.2m Championship: Karis Spurway (New Plymouth) Lordeutz 1, Laura McGregor (Auckland) Emmaville Dontango 2, Olivia Dalton (Karaka) Silva Bug MSNZ 3, Kylee McCambridge (Matangi, Hamilton) Kan NZPH 4, Maddison Greatorex (Mangapai) Groove Girl PSH 5, Lynette Jackson (Whenuapai) Fortissimo 6.
Veterinary Associates Pony Grand Prix Super Series: Kate Bradley (Whangarei) Galaxy Jedi Knight 1, Talia Good (Whakatane) WE Benson 2, Anna Wade (Te Aroha) Let’s Tango 3, Charlotte Gorrie (Whangarei) Airtime RSNZ 4, Jessica Slater Bosley (Hunua) Showtym Fantasy 5.
Alltech Pony 1.05m-1.10m Championship: Nicole Collier (Whangarei) Kabo Cosmic 1, Casey Richardson-Mould (Auckland) Silkpark Lagerfeld 2, Sophie Ferguson (Whangarei) Our Dixie Chic 3, Meadow Stanford-Soons (Auckland) Spot The Difference 4, Millie Cocurullo (Hamilton) Triple Star Short Fuse 5, Ciara O’Rourke Nicholson (Te Aroha) Westwood Blue Denim 6.
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7 February 2022