Makenzie Causer and Lord Axel GNZ – Photo by KAMPIC


Matthews Hanoverians Seven-Year-Old Series


Makenzie Causer is buzzing about her win aboard Lord Axel GNZ in the Matthews Hanoverians Seven-Year-Old Series at the Trust House Glistening Waters ESNZ Series Final Show.

The Christchurch 21-year-old says the horse has just continued to get better and better. “He has just blown us away,” she says of the warmblood thoroughbred cross who is by Lordano out of a Corlando mare.

“I don’t deliberately chase any series, rather I just do what is right for the horse, and especially a youngster,” says Makenzie. That said, she is very excited to bag her first-ever series win aboard a horse who had just a single rail down all season.

“He has been super successful and shows so much talent. To do as well as he has is exciting.”

She loves the age group series as a stepping stone where young horses are jumping against their peers. “You are always just working on your own horse and trying to do better and keep on progressing and improving so they are always on the way up.”

Makenzie says the horse is a natural athlete who won all but two of his starts in the series. She opted not to start him at series final.

“He has a big personality and loves people and attention,” she says. “He just loves life and is a very positive and funny character. He does think he is the coolest man in the room.”

The horse is cheeky but kind and very easy in the ring. “No course has been too hard for him. He gets up his lines easy.”

The horse was started at three-and-a-half. He was the national five-year-old champion and placed second in the six-year-old national title class.

“I am very proud of him. It is very exciting to have a horse I have produced myself to do that well.”

Makenzie is on the ESNZ talent id squad and has input from both Michelle Strap and Toni and Colin McIntosh.

Nine started the grand final (co-sponsored by Grassendale Genetics) this morning where Rose Alfeld (Leeston) and Celebration ECPH took the win with the only double clear of the class. Sophie Scott (Palmerston North) and Valrhona GNZ were second on eight faults in 36.22 seconds in the jump-off, with Logan Massie (Dannevirke) aboard Global PH Cupid third also on eight faults but slightly slower.


Results –


Matthews Hanoverians Seven-Year-Old Series: Makenzie Causer (Christchurch) Lord Axel GNZ (by Lordano out of a Corlando mare) 94 points 1, Rose Alfeld (Leeston) Celebration ECPH (by Corofino II out of a Salutation mare) 93 2, Sophie Scott (Palmerston North) Valrhona GNZ (by Lansing out of a Sir Jasper mare) 84 3, Amy McMullan (Timaru) Pure Cascade (by Cassiano out of a Lansing mare) 68 4, Oliver Croucher (Cambridge) Ricochet MVNZ (by Kannan out of a Cassini I mare) 63 5, Tamara and Tessa Silcock (Nelson) Incendivity HSH (by Indoctro out of a Acodetto mare ) 61 6.


Matthews Hanoverians Seven-Year-Old Grand Final (co-sponsored by Grassendale Genetics): Rose Alfeld (Leeston) Celebration ECPH (by Corofino II out of a Salutation mare) 1, Sophie Scott (Palmerston North) Valrhona GNZ (by Lansing out of a Sir Jasper mare) 2, Logan Massie (Dannevirke) Global PH Cupid (by Colman out of a Corrado I mare) 3, Kimberly Carrington (Takapau) Double J Typhoon (by Euro Sport Centavos out of a Voltaire 2 mare) 4, Luce Williams (Tinui) Grassendale Enzo (by Reliable Man out of a Kaapstad mare) 5, Maurice Beatson (Dannevirke) Central Edition ( by Central Park by a Victory Dance mare) 6.



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