The long trip north paid dividends for Georgina Dormer when she and Google NZPH won the UltraMox Six-Year-Old Breeding Series, but it wasn’t without a few heart-stopping moments.
Twenty started the class with just five coming back for another exciting jump-off in the AMS Saddlery-sponsored grand final. Missing were most of the top of the series leaderboard who picked up faults in the opening round, including Christchurch-based Georgina and Google NZPH (by Orlando out of Questions NZPH who is by Fetiche Du Pas) who had a cheeky four.
“That was the first rail Google has had this year,” she said. “I am certainly relieved to have won the series. I was quite far ahead until Rose (Alfeld) placed highly at the North Islands which I elected not to do, and that put her in catching distance. It was still good though that it was going to be either me or my sponsored rider.”
It is the first time Georgina has won a series and she is chuffed for the horse who she initially was meant to be taking south to sell as a five-year-old. “NZPH had given him to me to sell as a five-year-old but by the end of the Taupo show I had bought him for myself. He was just so cute, straight forward, had good technique and was just a lovely horse.”
They’ve done well together this season winning both the South Island Champs and Canterbury Championships and placing second at the Young Horse Champs. “He is pretty consistent,” says Georgina. “He was so good as a five-year-old and very keen.”
The horse is “kind of” for sale but Georgina says she’s not too bothered if he doesn’t sell. “He is such a competitor in the ring, always going out and doing his best but does love to squeal and pigroot in the warm-up. I know he is feeling fresh when he does that. He is just so happy to be doing his job – it is hilarious.”
She, with her team of four horses, along with six-month-old Angus, The Rider Shop and mum Anna Palmer, have been in the North Island for three weeks.
Georgina says the COVID-driven change that saw just seven counting scores in the series was a good one. “They should keep it. Historically it has been 12 counting scores which is a lot of shows for young horses. Seven scores is obtainable while still keeping them fresh.”
The final went the way of Maurice Beatson (Dannevirke) and Central Edition (by Central Park out of Dancing Girl who is by Victory Dance) who were the only double clear of the class. “I wasn’t that high up in the series, so to come away with a win today is quite nice,” he said. Melody Matheson (Havelock North) and Cortaflex Giulia MG (by Graf Top out of Ma Mojo Pedaler who is by Grosvenor) was second with four faults in 41.51 seconds, and Lucas Bremner (Whangarei) aboard Triple Star Titanium Two (by Ghost out of Big M) third on four faults in 43.93 seconds.
UltraMox Six-Year-Old Breeding Series Grand Final (sponsored by The Brave Pants Company): Maurice Beatson (Dannevirke) Central Edition (by Central Park out of Dancing Girl who is by Victory Dance) 1, Melody Matheson (Havelock North) Cortaflex Guilia MH (by Graf Top out of Ma Mojo Pedaler who is by Grosvenor) 2, Lucas Bremner (Whangarei) Triple Star Titanium Two (by Ghost out of Big M) 3, Sophie Scott (Palmerston North) LT Holst Benrose Blue (by Zirocco Blue VDL out of LT Holst Carla who is by Calato) 4, Jesse Linton (Hastings) Off the Cuff (by Colombia out of Cufflink who is by Liocaylon) 5, Ike Baker (Hastings) Zirrena (by Ziroco Blue out of Dunstan Zimorena who is by Silverstone) 6.
UltraMox Six-Year-Old Breeding Series: Georgina Dormer (Christchurch) Google NZPH (by Orlando out of Questions NZPH who is by Fetiche Du Pas) 58 points 1, Rose Alfeld (Leeston) Celebration ECPH (by Corofino II out of Crystal who is by Salutation) 50 2, Kimberley Carrington (Takapau) Double J Typhoon (by Eurosport Centavos out of Double J Breeze who is by Voltaire II) and Makenzie Causer (Canterbury) Lord Axel GNZ (by Lordano out of Angeline GNZ who is by Orlando) 38 =3, Oliver Edgecombe (Waipukurau) Takapoto Tinka (by Cassiano out of Claire who is by Chasseur) and Ike Baker (Hastings) Double J Graduate (by Double J Repicharge out of Sarah Jane who is by Chico Doro) 36 =5.
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The Jumping Team – 3 May 2022