True to 2022 form, the second day of the Bayleys National Young Horse Championship Show threw everything at the riders. But the torrential rain, chilly wind, steamy humidity, and sometimes slippery ground, didn’t stop some excellent jumping and fierce competition.
Tomorrow is the final day of competition when the age group champs will be crowned, as well as the leading breeders saluted.
Seven combinations head into the final day of competition still on zero faults in the NZPH Four-Year-Old Championships after another excellent day of jumping with 11 going clear over the Greg Best-designed courses. Caroline Coop (Gisborne) with her New Zealand sport horse Zola (by Blitz, out of Ursula, who is by Bismark), Hannah Steens (Rotorua) on her Selle Francais Double J Lyric (by Double J Repicharge, out of On Tune NZPH, who is by Fetiche du Pas), Ike Baker (Hawke’s Bay) on his New Zealand warmblood Kentucky ECPH (by Kannan, out of Picarla who is by Pioneer), Jesse Linton (Hastings) on New Zealand Hanoverian Graffiene MH (by Graf Top, out of Ballerina MH, who is by Bonifatius), Jeremy Whale (Hampton Downs) aboard New Zealand warmblood Lulu MSNZ (by Carrera VDL, out of Our Secret NZPH, who is by Ramirez), and Ash Hart (Hastings) with his New Zealand sport horse Kiwi Rock II (by Kiwi Gunman, out of Kiwi Might, who is by Kiwi Emillon), will all be chasing the championship crown on the final day of jumping tomorrow.
There may have been 12 clears in the second qualifier of the East Coast Performance Horses Five-Year-Old Championship, but just eight of those have clean slates. Moving into the grand finale in the best possible positions are Dylan Burton (Taumarunui) on Karlos QSH (by Euro Sport Centavos, out of Karla K, who is by Guidam), Lily Sutherland (Hawke’s Bay) aboard Vicki Wilson’s New Zealand warmblood Damara VWNZ (by Domino J, out of Silouette VWNZ, who is by Corland VDL), Ash Hart (Hawke’s Bay) on his homebred New Zealand sport horse Kiwi Bonanza (by Capatino GNZ, out of Kiwi Maze, who is by Colando GNZ), Jeremy Whale (Hampton Downs) with the Westphalian stallion Comme FU (by Comme Il Faut, out of Raphaela, who is by Raphael), Logan Massie (Dannevirke) on the warmblood Inferno NZPH (by Contendo I, out of Appletini NZPH, who is by Fuego du Prelet), Julie Davey (Hastings) on Inca NZPH (by Up to You, out of Cinnamon NZPH, who is by Pezatas du Rouet), Jesse Linton (Hastings) aboard the New Zealand sport horse Icarus NZPH (by Up to You, out of Vibe Blue NZPH, who is by Mr Blue), and Vicki Wilson (Hastings) on Artemis VWNZ (by Arlento ST, out of Ngahiwi Strike, who is by Ngahiwi One Eye).
The popular UltraMox Six-Year-Old Championship (co-sponsored by Diamond Lodge) produced 10 double clears today. It’s the biggest class of the championship with 19 of the 32 starters all notching clears today, but nine carrying faults from the opening day of competition.
Moving into the final day with no faults are Hana Bognuda (Hunterville) on breeder Daniel Webb’s warmblood WSJ Cartalusa (by Cartell GNZ, out of Calusa who is by Euro Sport Centavos), Sam Carrington (Takapau) with New Zealand sport horse Double J Odin (by Double J Repicharge, out of Ophelia NZPH, who is by Barbarian), Brooke Edgecombe (Waipukurau) on her warmblood Indiana Xtreme (by Corofino II, out of Ngahiwi Icon, who is by Indoctro VDL), Anneke van Rooyen (Taumarunui) with warmblood Awaroa Geronimo (by Lincoln MVNZ, out of Stone River Bonalua, who is by Stone River Tane), Alex Loiselle (Hawke’s Bay) on New Zealand sport horse Kiwi Cocokee (by Kiwi Gunsmoke, out of Kiwi Cheregold, who is by Kiwi Gold), Vicki Prendergast (Matamata) on her homebred New Zealand warmblood Stallone K (by Kannan, out of Stellar, who is by Lordano), Jeremy Whale (Hampton Downs) on the New Zealand Hanoverian Kingslea Centrose (by Euro Sport Centavos, out of Littrose, who is by Littorio), Tara Gower (Ohura) on her homebred warmblood Riverhills Legend (by Euro Sport Centavos, out of Destiny, who is by Ranfurly), Simon Wilson (Waipukurau) aboard his wife Claire’s New Zealand sport horse McMillans Swipe Right (by Answer Back, out of Uno Me NZPH, who is by Fuego Du Prelet), and Jake Lambert on the Takapoto Equestrian bred warmblood Takapoto Formaggio (by Check In 2, out of Argento, who is by Colman).
The Matthews Hanoverians Seven-Year-Old Championship (co-sponsored by the New Zealand Hanoverian Society) bore the brunt of the weather, and while it produced five clears from the 18-strong field, just two are double clear – both who were lucky enough to get their rounds in before the rain. Vicki Prendergast (Matamata) and the warmblood gelding Six Sixty SP (by Cassiano, out of Sofee, who is by Power Fee), and Tamara Silcock (Nelson) with her warmblood Incendivity HSH (by Indoctro, out of Acolade HSH, who is by Acodetto) are the only ones still on zero faults heading into the all-important final day tomorrow.
As well as the young horse championship classes, today also included the FEI CSI1* class (co-sponsored by Shirley Wood and Webb Show Jumping), as well as the Mainland Coachwork Junior Rider Series class (co-sponsored by East Coast Powerlines), the Dunstan Horsefeeds Amateur Rider Series, and the Main-Events Tertiary Series class.
It poured – again – as the riders walked the course for the FEI CSI 1*, but thankfully cleared for the class. The opening round of the Heather McDonald-designed course saw 11 of the 28 combinations go clear. Twenty combinations on four faults or less came back for the second round where Emelia Forsyth (Clevedon) and Henton Faberge bagged their first-ever 1* win. “I have tried a few times so am just so stoked to finally win one – especially in such a decent field,” she said.
Emelia looked to be set for business as she flew out through the start flags in the second round, coming home all clear in 48.26 seconds. “She is just amazing,” Emelia said of her 17-year-old mare. “The course was great. It was big but rode well, especially in such tough conditions.”
Coming in for second was Nakeysha Lammers (Waikato) aboard Balboa NZPH who were all clear in 49.77 with Alison Rowland (Cambridge) aboard Takapoto Alaid De Chez Nous third, double clear in 50.13, Vicki Prendergast (Matamata) aboard Selena C fourth, all clear in 51.01, her daughter Olivia and Stellar fifth in 54.16, and Sam Carrington (Takapau) aboard Double J Hurricane sixth with the fastest time of 47.49, but on four faults.
Tara Gower and Double J Image, winners of the Mainland Coachwork Junior Rider Series – Photo by KAMPIC (Kerry Marshall)
The Mainland Coachwork Junior Rider Series class produced a thrilling 12-strong jump-off, with riders giving their all. In the end, it was Tara Gower (Ohura) and Double J Image who won the day with their 28.18 second effort. Coming in for second was Annie Moffett (Napier) aboard Samantha the Dachshund in 31.01, with Tessa Mason (Hawke’s Bay) and WP Stella third in 31.43 seconds. The top 11 combinations were all double clear.
Shanae McKay (Levin) took the quinella in the Dunstan Horsefeeds Amateur Rider Series with her horses ME Joy Ride II and ME Little Shogun. Twenty-five started the class with nine coming back for the jump-off where the top six were double clear. However, ME Joy Ride II set a bar the others couldn’t match with a 30.82 second round, and ME Little Shogun stopping the clock at 32.02. Filling third spot was Jo Andrews (Otaki) and Coco Petite were third with their 34.9 second effort.
For full results, head to https://www.evoevents.co.nz/resultClass/2135885011/0
The Jumping Team – 10 December 2022