Jesse Linton and LT Holst Elsbeth bagged a handful of firsts at the Feilding Jumping Show at the weekend, riding off with the win in the EvoEvents Horse Grand Prix for their first-ever victory at that level and on debut at the arena.
“I am pretty happy with her,” says Jesse of the nine-year-old he bought as a six-year-old from Greg and Kim Best. “She was second at Gisborne and really hasn’t had very many Grand Prix starts but has been tapping on the door for a while. She really deserves the win.”
He co-owns the Holsteiner mare with his 92-year-old gran Effi Linton who while usually sideline to watch him go, hadn’t made the trip to Feilding for this show.
“Elsbeth has a really good technique and is well bred. Horses can just take time . . . people expect things to happen fast, but they are all different. I always thought she would be a better eight or nine-year-old when I bought her and that is now coming through. She is jumping really well.”
Sixteen started the Horse Grand Prix with only Jesse and Katharine Van Tuyl (Palmerston North) aboard Double J Sunshine coming back for the jump-off. Jesse and LT Holst Elsbeth were first out and while they had a rail fairly early on, set a decent 50.59 second time to put the pressure on Katharine.
“Elsbeth isn’t super fit at that height but she tried really hard,” says Jesse. “She jumped amazing after she had that rail and tried so hard to not touch anything else. Katharine is an eventer, so can be quite a bit tighter than my horse (around the course). She was unlucky to have a few rails down so retired.”
Katharine was runner-up, with Te Aroha teen Rylee Sheehan and Bandito NZPH third as the fastest four-faulter from the opening round.
Penny Borthwick and Tessa Mason continued their ding-dong battle for top honours in the Country TV Pony Grand Prix. Just points have separated the two for much of the season. This time the win went the way of Penny, who won aboard Rednalhgih Cowan and was third on Foxden’s Merlot. Both young women were double clear in the jump-off, with Penny crossing the flags in 47.93 seconds and Tessa coming home in 50.36 in the 10-strong class.
It was a busy three day show at Manfeild, with 467 combinations competing over 1037 rounds.
Showjumping, EvoEvents Horse Grand Prix Series: Jesse Linton (Hastings) LT Holst Elsbeth 1, Katharine Van Tuyl (Palmerston North) Double J Sunshine 2, Rylee Sheehan (Te Aroha) Bandito NZPH 3, Sam Whale (Hampton Downs) Fleur DeLacour 4, Maurice Beatson (Dannevirke) Central Park 5, Duncan McFarlane (Taupo) Be Mine NZPH 6.
Country TV Pony Grand Prix Series: Penny Borthwick (Masterton) Rednalhgih Cowan 1, Tessa Mawson (Hawke’s Bay) Mr Arch 2, Penny Borthwick (Masterton) Foxden’s Merlot 3, Chloe Roylance (New Plymouth) Tallyho Cleopatra 4, Zara Preece-Twose (Auckland) TC Piano Man 5, Danni Bird (Hawke’s Bay) AHD Dynamo 6.
Harrison Lane Pro-Am Rider Series: Larina Dolman (Gisborne) Kiwi Lansing 1, Bailey Rutter (Wairarapa) Henton Serenade 2, Sophie Fourie (Oakura) Budgie 3, Noni Morgan (Hastings) Starlight Discovery 4, Sally Clark (Dannevirke) Victoria’s Secret 5, Hana Bognuda (Hunterville) Beerenberg 6.
Mainland Coachwork Junior Rider Series: Kimberley Carrington (Takapau) Double J Barmaid 1, Madison Jackson (Pukekohe) Henton Excalibur 2, Kimberley Carrington (Takapau) Double J Typhoon 3, Zara Watkins-Purvis (Taupo) Midway Alaska 4, Hollie Falloon (Masterton) Just Jessie 5, Lucy Buchanan (Hastings) Chevel De Fond 6.
Dunstan Horsefeeds Amateur Rider Series: Kaleigh Kent (Otane) Double J Sponge Bob Square Pants 1, Amanda Steele (Dannevirke) Rosehill Park Hermes 2, Anna Hinton (Oakura) Pastrana 3, Danielle Stanaway (Tauranga) The Invisible Man 4, Shanae McKay (Levin) ME Joy Ride II 5, Rebecca Roigard (Taupo) Neo 6.
FMG Young Rider Series: Rylee Sheehan (Te Aroha) Bandito NZPH 1, Sam Carrington (Takapau) Double J Breeze On 2, Sam Carrington (Takapau) Double J Hurricane 3, Karis Spurway (New Plymouth) Maddox Allheart 4, Dylan Bibby (Onga Onga) Wenrose Vertigo 5, Leeshelle Small (Ramarama) AMS Dolce NZPH 6.
Main Events Tertiary Challenge Series: Ike Baker (Raukawa) NW Conrado 1, Samantha Megchelse (New Plymouth) Rata Mill Eclipse 2, Jennalee Rose (Dannevirke) Silent Witness 3, Alexandra Mitchell (Wellington) Keltern William 4, Jennalee Rose (Dannevirke) Lulu 5, Pippa Smyth (Dannevirke) Liberty KL 6.
Show hunter, NRM Open High Points Series: Molly Coutts (Palmerston North) Prince of Darkness 1, Merran Hain (Gisborne) Untouchable 2, Chloe Hansen (Palmerston North) Argosy 3, Antonio Matangi (Levin) Shoeshine Polish 4, Antonio Matangi (Levin) My Delta 5.
Petticoat Lane Performance Horses Adult Equitation Series: Chloe Hansen (Palmerston North) Argosy 1, Antonio Matangi (Levin) Shoeshine Polish 2, Sarah Milne (Levin) Milburn Magnitude 3, Rebecca Conole (Masterton) Private Benjamin III 4, Diana Cottle (Palmerston North) Travino 5.
Carousel Equestrian Amateur High Points Series: Rebecca Conole (Masterton) Private Benjamin III 1, Antonio Matangi (Levin) Marua 2, Diana Cottle (Palmerston North) Travino 3, Merran Hain (Gisborne) Untouchable 4, Antonio Matangi (Levin) My Delta 5.
ESNZ Show Hunter Junior Equitation Series: Hazel Jones (Plimmerton) Sancho 1, Sophie Hayes (Wellington) Moulin Rouge 2, Paris Karl-Fields (Otaki) Outfoxed Xtreme 3, Olivia Woodward (Palmerston North) Whittaker II 4, Holly Parkin (Levin) A&P Cenricho 5.
Sport Horse Junior High Points Series: Molly Coutts (Palmerston North) Prince of Darkness 1, Olivia Woodward (Palmerston North) Whittaker II 2, Hazel Jones (Plimmerton) Atlan 3, Sophie Hayes (Wellington) Moulin Rouge 4, Holly Parkin (Levin) A&P Cenricho 5.
ESNZ Show Hunter Pony Equitation Series: Kaitlin Brown (Wairoa) Tawa 1, Bridie King (Pahiatua) Buzzie Bees Thunder 2, Regan Calder (Norsewood) Bingley Emily 3, Poppy Tatham (Masterton) Wembleybrook O’Driscoll 4, Emily McMaster (Greytown) Onetai Cover Girl 5.
Hokonui Sport Horse Cat A High Points Series: Lily Kent (Waipawa) Ataahua Rapture 1, Katherine Walker (Paraparaumu) Avataare 2, Sophie Neale (Palmerston North) Petal 3, Molly McEwan (Gisborne) Buffalo Man 4, Poppy Tatham (Masterton) Nikau Rockstar 5.
Fiber Fresh Cat B High Points Series: Kate Procter (Palmerston North) Trevellyn Blue Bell 1, Poppy Tatham (Masterton) Wembleybrook O’Driscoll 2, Molly McEwan (Gisborne) Galaxy Firefly 3, Regan Calder (Norsewood) Bingley Emily 4, Abbie Headifen (Waikanae) Corivale Blonde Iced Lights 5.
Aniwell Cat C High Points Series: Kaitlin Brown (Wairoa) Tawa 1, Emily McMaster (Greytown) Onetai Cover Girl 2, Bridie King (Pahiatua) Puketawa Celtic Legend 3, Lottie Bull (Atiamuri) Spritzer 4, Bridie King (Pahiatua) Buzzie Bees Thunder 5.
Bay of Plenty and Waikato Show Hunter 12 and under Equitation Series: Lily Kent (Waipawa) Ataahua Rapture 1, Sophia Neale (Palmerston North) Petal 2, Yulana Gloyn (Palmerston North) Rustabella 3, Lottie Bull (Atiamuri) Spritzer 4, Kate Procter (Palmerston North) Trevellyn Blue Bell 5.
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Jumping Team – 21 February 2022