Daniel Webb and WSJ Centaur – Photo by Petapix-Field and Event Photography
Entries were compact but competition keen at shows across the country, with events running in Auckland, Feilding and Gore.
Daniel Webb bagged his second EvoEvents Horse Grand Prix win of the season at the IA&P Show at Manfeild Park in Feilding.
He and WSJ Centaur headed home a compact field with a two-strong jump-off against Bailey Lourie (Wairarapa) on Henton Serenade. Both finished on eight faults with Daniel’s 42.69 second effort edging out Bailey’s 54.74 round. Kathryn Loiselle (Norsewood) and Haupouri Drama NZPH were third with their four fault first round effort.
The Hunterville farmer was chuffed with the efforts of his 11-year-old gelding. He bought him as a two-year-old and has carefully brought him through the grades.
“It wasn’t particularly big but there were a couple of parts that would have been tricky for those on inexperienced horses, so that really did play into our favour,” said Daniel of the Chris Rogers-designed course.
It has been a bit of a challenging year for the combination who just didn’t do as well as Daniel had hoped in the World Cup series. “It was a bit disappointing really,” said Daniel. “It just didn’t seem to happen.”
But they’ve ironed out a few problems and he is super happy with how the horse is going now.
“He is a real character. He is certainly the boss and knows only too well that everything revolves around him. He is very demanding and runs the stable.”
Emily Oliver (Kapiti Coast) took the quinella in the Country Pony Grand Prix with Doctor Jones and Barbie Doll RSNZ, with Noni Morgan (Hastings) and Starlight Discovery winning the Harrison Lane Pro-Am Rider series class; Chloe Armstrong (Wellington) on Lakota taking the Mainland Coachwork Junior Rider; Jillian Watson (Hawera) on OhMyHolly winning the Dunstan Horsefeeds Amateur Rider; and Hollie Falloon (Masterton) and Just Jessie taking the FMG Young Rider with the only double clear of the class.
In the show hunter arena, Olivia Nation (Porirua ) and My Delta won the NRM Open High Points.
For full results, head to www.evoevents.co.nz
Down south at the Southland Show Jumping Group, 225 horses and 171 riders showed up to strut their stuff. Tyler McKee (Gore) and Corrida won the EvoEvents Horse Grand Prix. Angus Price (Winton) had a great show winning the Country TV Pony Grand Prix on Funhouse and the FMG Young Rider on Verona; Jessica Hore (Millers Flat) won the Mainland Coachwork Junior Rider with Global PH Mylorde; Kimberleigh McCabe (Invercargill) and Whole Lota Rosie the Harrison Lane Pro-Am Rider; and Tanya Davie (Clinton) on Glenbrook Final Rose winning the Dunstan Horsefeeds Amateur Rider class.
In the show hunter arenas, Amy Brenssell (Tapanui) and KWL Midship took out the opening NRM Open High Points, with Kylie Lyders (Lawrence) and Volonte II taking out the second day of competition.
For full results, head to www.main-events.com
Emma Gaze and Shuttle Bug – Photo by Nomad Media
Auckland Show Jumping turned back time at the Pukekohe A&P Show bringing showjumping back to the event after a 15 year hiatus, much to the appreciation of 140 riders.
Area chair Paula Mussen was thrilled with how well the weekend ran. “With some of the committee at Takapoto the rest stepped up and did an amazing job,” said Paula, “especially India Causebrook in her first show as vice chair.”
Paula said with Taupo north jumpers not having many locations to jump in the atmosphere that the A&P shows create, so we saw this as a great opportunity for our horses to be exposed to the sideshows, wood chopping, bagpipes and other ear-pricking sights and sounds.
“We had two stunning sunny days jumping in one large grass arena where the footing was absolutely amazing,” she said. “There were some very competitive hotly contested jump-offs – especially in the pro-am and horse mini prix.”
She extended a huge thanks to all the volunteers who had helped bring the event together. Auckland Show Jumping raised $3000 for the equine community affected by Cyclone Gabrielle. “And we aren’t done yet either,” said Paula. “It did feel a little ‘wrong’ to be out jumping when so many have had their lives tipped upside down.”
Pip Howells designed the courses.
Michelle Wakeling (Wellsford) and BMW Chaccolilli rode off with the Harrison Lane Pro-Am Rider class after a six-strong jump-off that saw the top four all double clear. Michelle was just too fast with her 43.31 second effort, pushing Paula Mussen (Pukekohe) and Déjà vu NZPH into second in 46.46, and Kelly Stevens (Taupo) aboard Insignia crossing the flags in 47.18.
The Mainland Coachwork Junior Rider went the way of Emily Ramsden (Auckland) on Euro Champagne with their double clear in 47.62 seconds, just ahead of Matisse Masterson (Ardmore) on Jay-Z GNZ who was also all clear in 48.56.
Kirsten Worker (Clevedon) and Melanie’s Choice won the Dunstan Horsefeeds Amateur Rider with the only double clear of the class. Jeremy Clark (Te Kauwhata) and Dynavyte Ipso Facto was second on four faults, with Anna Kincheff (Rotorua) and Red Socks third.
Emma Gaze (Ohaupo) and Shuttle Bug won the IRT Horse Mini Prix.
For full results, head to www.evoevents.co.nz
The Jumping Team – 23 February 2023