It’s been an excellent weekend for New Zealand eventers and jumpers competing in the Northern Hemisphere.

Sam Lissington and Quantas R headed home the CCI3*-S (section A) field at the Aston-le-walls International Horse Trials, as the only non-Brit in the top 10. Sam was over the moon . “It was a huge class,” she said, “and a serious result at only seven years old. We’re now going to knuckle down on our homework over the next few months to have him all prepped, ready to head to Le Lion I October.”

NZL-Samantha Lissington rides Quantas R . File Photo Copyright Photo: Libby Law Photography

Sam and Quantas R scored 25.7 penalty points in the dressage, added nothing in the showjumping, with just 1.6 time in the cross country for a final tally of 27.3. Piggy March and Brookfield Inocent were second on 28, with Millie Juleff and Donateur third on 28.1 in the 109-strong class.

Lauren Innes and Global Fision M placed sixth in the CCI4*-S which attracted 104 entries. The cross country was hugely influential in the class, with 14 eliminations and 13 retirements. Lauren and Global Fision M scored 31.3 in the dressage, and .4 and 5.2 time in both the showjumping and cross country to finish on 36.9. The class was won by Andrew Heffernan (NED) aboard Harthill Phantom on 31.5, with Gaspard Maksud (FRA) and Zaragoza II second on 32.2, and Rosalind Canter (GBR) third aboard Rehy Royal Diamond on 34.6.

It’s been a big weekend of showjumping at shows in The Netherlands where Richard Gardner and Calisto placing sixth with a double clear in the CSI2* Grand Prix at the Summer Festival in Valkenswaard.

Richard Gardner and Calisto 5. File Photo Copyright Photo: Libby Law Photography

Robert Murphy (GBR) and Imbeer won the 1.45m class, jumping double clear in 39.31 seconds, with Penelope Leprevost (FRA) aboard Fantasy de la Roque Z second in 39.58, and Marlon Modolo Zanotelli (BRA) with Electro VD Kromsteeg Z third in 41.69. Richard crossed the flags in 43.49.

Earlier in the show, Daniel Meech and Donjon d’Asschaut placed 10th in the CSI2* Grand Prix qualifier. ESNZ high performance general manager of showjumping Oliver Edgecombe was pleased with the efforts of the Kiwis in the Grand Prix. Tom Tarver and Fiber Fresh Popeye picked up just two time faults, Phillip Steiner aboard Cassina Dior and Daniel with Donjon d’Asschaut both had four faults apiece in the opening round.

All the focus now moves to next week’s Group G Olympic Qualifier.

Quantas R (by Qualito out of Galazzy R who is by Grey Top) – owned by Kiko Velge, Jules and Marts Humphreys, Annabelle and Robin Greville-Williams, and Sam and Brayden Lissington
Global Fision M (by Flipper D’Elle HN out of Kantussa, who is by Cantus) – owned by Innes Family Syndicate
Calisto 5 (by Colman, out of Tiffany I who is by Quintero) – owned by Gestüt Jennissen, Gut Nechen Agrar GmbH and Richard Gardner
Donjon D’Asschaut (by Vigo Cece, out of Inscallah II vt Ascchaut who is by Nonstop) – owned by Darragh McCarthy and Ian O’Grady
Cassina Dior (by Diarado, out of Prinzess VI who is by San Patrignano Cassini) – owned by Phillip and Sally Steiner
Fiber Fresh Popeye (by Cardento 933, out of Cufflink V who is by Lio Caylon) – owned by Tom Tarver and Lucia Voss



By Diana Dobson – HP Media Liaison
Photos by Libby Law/ESNZ