Sophie Scott and Waitangi Skynet
Central Districts Show Jumping hosted the Cartown Spring Fling. They were lucky with the weather and the beautiful sand based grass meant the footing was good, which made for some fabulous jumping.
Sophie Scott continued her ‘stellar’ start to the season with her two top horses jumping clear after clear. In Saturday’s warm up class, the Cartown 1.35m class, Stellar jumped a double clear for first place, with Waitangi Skynet jumping a clear first round and Sophie electing to retire him from the jump off to keep him fresh for Sunday. Sophie’s good run continued as once again, her two horses were the only clear rounds in the Property Brokers Horse Grand Prix (run in conjunction with Cartown) This time it was Waitangi Skynet who took the win, with Stellar in second place.
Sophie said “I was stoked with how both Sky (Waitangi Skynet) and Whitey (Stellar) jumped over the weekend… I loved having two rides back in the Grand Prix classes and it was even better to take the quinella. Sky is feeling super heading into the first World Cup, and it was really exciting stepping up with Whitey. She has definitely shown us she has the goods to be a top horse for the future. The courses were really good all weekend, with the Grand Prix being a nice warm up class for Sky before heading into the World Cup at Hawkes Bay “.
The AMS Saddlery Pony Grand Prix (run in conjunction with Hygain) saw two combinations going through to the jump off, where both had a rail with Sofia Williams and Buzzie Bees Max being the faster of the two to claim victory, leaving Emily Oliver and Doctor Jones just behind in second place.
The Harrison Lane Pro Am (run in conjunction with Jamieson AG) saw a fast and furious jump off with seven combinations returning. Six of those remained fault free and while the times were tight, it was Lucy Fell and Faratona STS who rode off with the win.
The Double J horses were on fire yet again, winning the FMG Young Rider, the Mainland Coachwork Junior rider, the Dunstan Horsefeeds Amateur Rider and the Equitak Excel 6 Year Old Breeding Series.
In the FMG Young Rider(run in conjunction with Kyrewood Saddlery), Kimberley Carrington and Double J Typhoon topped the four way jump off, with Penny Borthwick and Double J Breeze On finishing in a close second place.
Tara Gower and Double J Image were fast and double clear to take the win in the Mainland Coachwork Junior Rider (run in conjunction with Forage Services Ltd), finishing ahead of Chloe Armstrong and Lakota, and Emily Oliver and Double J Sunshine who both also jumped a double clear, placing second and third respectively.
Kaleigh Kent & Double J Sponge Bob Square Pants were clear winners in the Dunstan Horsefeeds Amateur Rider (run in conjunction with Lease Solutions). They jumped double clear, stopping the clock nearly seven seconds ahead of the second placed Deanika Vink & Havannah DHU.
The Equitak Excel 6 Year Old Breeding Series (run in conjunction with Equivets) saw Kimberley Carrington (Double J Saga) and Ash Hart (Kiwi Bonanza) sharing the win. Meanwhile, in the East Coast Performance Horses 5 Year Old Breeding Series (run in conjunction with Lisa Latta Racing) Claire Wilson and McMillans Coldstone were the sole combination to jump double clear for the win.
Tara Gower continued her winning streak, this time aboard Riverhills Legend in the NZPH and A1 Equine Reproduction 7 Year Old Breeding Series (run in conjunction with Kyrewood Park), jumping the only clear to take the top spot.
The TiES Futurity Thoroughbred Series was a popular class with twelve entrants coming forward. Out of these, Elyza Mcdonald and De Silver Lining were the only ones to jump a double clear and take the class out.
The Marlborough Area Spring Show also had a great weekend of jumping. The Dunstan Horsefeeds Amateur Rider was very competitive with Nic Grant and Goldfinch GNZ being the fastest in a four way jump off. Nic and Goldfinch had a very good weekend as they also jumped a clear in the NZPH and A1 Equine Reproduction 7 Year Old Breeding Series for the win.
The Mainland Coachwork Junior Rider (run in conjunction with Osfeed Animal Feed) brought us some sibling rivalry with Eva and Johanna Wylaars going head-to-head in the jump off. In the end, it was Eva on Blossom NZPH that came out on top, with Johanna on Centanna in second place. Johanna continued her good form, this time with Cassera MS, jumping clear to win the FMG Young Rider.
Becky Harkerss with LT Holst Chief jumped the only double clear in the Harrison Lane Pro Am. Tamara Silcock and FF Lisandro also made it through to the jump off, but a rail down left them in the runner up spot.
Lily Plunkett may have been the only entrant in the AMS Saddlery Pony Grand Prix, but she guided Oakspring Wildfire round for a lovely clear to solidify her win.
For full results for the Cartown Spring Fling, go to www.evoevents.co.nz
For full results for the Marlborough Area Spring Show, go to www.main-events.com
The Jumping Team – 10 October 2023