Emily McMaster on Onetai Cover Girl were victorious in the Big on Writing Pony Equitation Series. “I am just so stoked,” says the 16-year-old from Greytown. “We’ve had a great season and I think having some really good coaching really helped too. I was determined to do well in the series.”
She’s trained by fellow show hunter competitors Becs Conole and Ginny Thurston.
“I’ve been doing show hunter around two-and-a-half years now and love that it is a great way to learn to ride properly, to see a stride and really come together as a combination.”
She and Tully (Onetai Cover Girl) had jelled immediately. “She is a very kind pony who tries so hard.”
The combo had nine wins in the equitation this season. “To win is pretty special – it is a goal I have had for a long time so amazing to achieve that.” At the Trust House Glistening Waters ESNZ Series Final Show she and Tully won the pony rider equitation grand final.
Emily, a year 12 student at St Matthews College, has just one more season on ponies ahead of her.
Big on Writing are a new sponsor this year to Show Hunter, their values aligning well with the perfection and talent required to be consistent across the equitation series. “High performance is in our DNA.”
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Results Big on Writing Pony Equitation Series: Emily McMaster (Greytown) 73 points 1, Poppy Tatham (Masterton) 61 2, Jorja Entwisle (Pukekohe) 51 3, Anna Smith (Wyndham) 40 4, Eila Quinn (Dunedin) 47 5, Sofia Williams (Masterton) 39 6.
Diana Dobson – 3 May 2023