New Zealand jumpers have enjoyed plenty of success over the weekend at events in Spain and the United States.
Tokyo Olympian Bruce Goodin and Backatorps Danny V won the CSI4* medium tour 1.45m class on the Andalucia Sunshine Tour in Verger de la Frontera, Spain. Ninety-seven combinations stepped up to be challenged in the two phase class which was designed by course designer Leopoldo Palacios. Bruce and Danny were clear in 39.06 seconds with runner-up Michael Pender (IRL) and Nando Quality coming home in 40.16 seconds.
Daniel Meech had a string of placings with his team on the Mediterranean Equestrian Tour in Olivia, Spain. He and Donjon d’Asschaut placed sixth in the 1.50m Grand Prix with a lovely double clear. The class was won by Edwin Smits (SUI) aboard Farezzo who came home in 39.95 seconds with Daniel and Donjon crossing the flags in 43.32 in the 54-strong class which saw 10 come back for the jump-off. The Kiwi combination had earlier placed fourth in the Grand Prix qualifier.
Daniel and Hi-5 placed sixth in the Gold 3 1.40m class and eighth in the Gold 2 1.45m class.
Tom Tarver picked up an eighth in the Bronze 3 1.30m accumulator at the same show.
Across the Atlantic Sharn Wordley and Casper placed third in the Grand Prix at the World Equestrian Centre Ocala Winter Spectacular National. The class was won by Andre Thieme in 42.368 seconds with Sharn and Casper also double clear and coming home in 44.751. Uma O’Neill and Clockwise of Greenhill Z were 11th in the class after having 2 rails in the Jumping off.
Kimberley Bird and Cera Cassina had a solid win in the 17-strong 1.45m jumper classic jumping double clear.
By Diana Dobson – HP Media Liaison