Isabelle Jameson and Levi Xtreme taking out the FMG Young Rider Series (in conjunction with Shelley Bridgeman) – Photo by Cornege Photography
Spring has finally sprung and nearly 200 horses gathered over the weekend for the GJ Gardner Homes Spring GP show at Woodhill Sands. The weather was much better than expected with a lovely sunny Saturday followed by a windy Sunday, where the sand bags definitely came in handy!
The show featured two fabulous course designers, Edward Bullock in Ring 1 and Philippa Howells in Ring 2. Both rings saw some strong competition and the series classes produced some fantastic jump offs.
The FMG Young Rider (in conjunction with Shelley Bridgeman) had a 2 way jump off where Isabelle Jameson and Levi Xtreme took home the top honours with the only double clear. Liam Rutland & Whiorau Ritchie in 2nd place with an unlucky 4 faults in the jump off.
Isabelle was especially thrilled with Levi Xtreme as it was his first Young Rider start. She said “it was a fantastic start to the season, the course rode well with a few questions, but it was a nice start to the series. For the jump off, I knew I’d have to give it a good crack with Liam following me. Happy with Levi’s efforts, giving me a very fun jump-off”.
Isabelle couldn’t have asked for a better start to her season, as she also won the GJ Gardner Homes Horse GP Super Series on Concorde, as well as 3rd place on Levi Xtreme.
Paula Mussen and Deja Vu NZPH were the only combination to jump double clear in a 2 way jump off in the Harrison Lane (in conjunction with Burmester Realty) Pro-Am Series class. Olivia Forster and Cassino du Domaine were the only other combination to make it through to the jump off, picking up 2nd place.
The Dunstan Horsefeeds Amateur Rider (in conjunction with Burmester Realty) brought us a thrilling jump off where Jeremy Clark and Dynavyte Ipso Facto took out the class by a whopping 7 seconds! Shelley Bridgeman & Grandaire also jumped double clear, taking home 2nd place for their efforts. Yasmin Livingstone and KL Charleston rounded up the jump off with a 4 fault round to take 3rd place.
Maya Hegh and Corfu fought off some tough competition in the Mainland Coachwork Junior Rider (in conjunction with Shelley Bridgeman) to take the win. Four combinations made it through to the jump off with all jumping a double clear. Samantha Lee Wakeling and BMW Braveheart picked up 2nd place, Matisse Masterton and Jay-Z GNZ 3rd and Brooke Scrivener and Onward 4th.
Woodhill Sands are looking forward to the next GP show, the Veterinary Associates GP Show on the 16th and 17th of September, we hope to see you there!
Full results at https://www.evoevents.co.nz/
The Jumping Team – 4 September 2023