Lucinda Askin and Flying Dutchman DHU – Winners of the Property Brokers Horse Grand Prix at Ashburton Area ESNZ Jumping & Show Hunter Show – Photo by Michelle Clarke Photography
Central Hawkes Bay A&P kicked off the weekend’s showjumping where Vicki Wilson had a show most would only dream of. She was thrilled with her small team of homebred horses. “We have lots to improve on for the rest of the season, but this little horse has a big heart and he gives me his all” she said of the Property Brokers Horse Grand Prix winner, Millionaire VWNZ. Oliver Edgecombe would have been proud of his young horses stepping up to Grand Prix level, with Normandy GHP and Takapoto Tinka coming 2nd & 3rd respectively.
Vicki also had two homebred horses coming equal first in the East Coast Performance Horses 5 Year Olds with Dakota VWNZ (Daminos x Empress VDL/Carrado MVNZ) and Columbus VWNZ (Capaccio BDNZ x LC Showtym Cassini/Cassini II). “ It is going to be some exciting seasons to come”. Four other combinations finished the 5 Year Old with a clean slate: Ashley Hart had two Fernhill bred horses, Kiwi Rock II (Kiwi Gunman x Kiwi Might/Kiwi Emillon) and Kiwi Sky (Capitano GNZ x Kiwi Lexie/Kiwi Legacy). Also Charlotte Conder with Image Xtreme (Corofino II x Cassiano/Indoctro VDL) and Caroline Coop with Zola (Blitz x Ursula/Bismarck).
Anna Wilson & Redcliffs Bill were the sole double clear in the AMS Saddlery Pony Grand Prix, as were Brooke Edgecombe aboard Inca NZPH (Up to You x Cinnamon NZPH/Pezetas du Rouet) in the Equitek Excel 6 Year Old.
The Double J horses performed yet again, with Penny Borthwick winning the FMG Young Rider aboard Double J Breeze On, and Ike Baker taking out the Harrison Lane Pro Am on Double J Graduate. Ike’s good form continued as he also won the NZPH & A1 Equine Reproduction 7 Year Old with LT Holst Emric (Emerald van’t Ruytershof x LT Holst Carla/ Calato).
The Mainland Coachwork Junior Rider saw a 4 fault jump off, with Sofia Williams aboard Grassendale Enzo being the faster of the two combinations. Nigel Horton continued his fantastic form, winning yet another Dunstan Horsefeeds Amateur Rider with Mandalay Cove.
Wanganui A&P brought some fabulous competition. Molly Presling with Cee Cee took the top honours in a tough AMS Saddlery Pony Grand Prix (in conjunction with Wanganui Vet Services), jumping the only clear round. In similar style, Chloe Armstrong aboard Lakota won the Mainland Coachwork Junior Rider (in conjunction with CJ Newland Logging) with the only double clear.
Lucy Fell and the feisty Faratona STS sped round the Harrison Lane Pro Am (in conjunction with Total Log Haulage), leaving Larina Dolman on Kiwi Lansing and sister Chloe Hansen on Stevenson ECPH in their wake.
Laura Knight and her faithful partner Aria picked up another win in the Dunstan Horsefeeds Amateur Rider (in conjunction with Wanganui Farm Supplies) with a fast double clear, relegating Lara Quinn and Outlander to second place. The extravagant Steffield’s Candidate gave Amy Gibbs a win in the FMG Young Rider.
Sophia Blackbourn and LT Holst Zalato Blue winning the FMG Young Rider at Woodhill Sands – Photo by Lindy W Photography
Woodhill Sands were well overdue for a hot, sunny weekend of jumping, and the latest Sport Horse Grand Prix show did not disappoint! The arenas were beautifully dressed with new Sport Horse equipment and the committee were thrilled to finally be able to bring the shade umbrellas out!
The two days of series classes brought a lot of double clears, making for some very exciting jump offs. Tim Featherstone and the lovely stallion Capitano GNZ took home the red ribbon in the Harrison Lane Pro Am (in conjunction with Sport Horse) and Sophia Blackbourn aboard LT Holst Zalato Blue were the fastest through the flags in the FMG Young Rider (in conjunction with Veterinary Associates Equine). Charlotte Amos produced some great rounds in the Dunstan Horsefeeds Amateur Rider (in conjunction with GJ Gardner Homes), taking the quinella with Aria GNZ and Lazarus FPH. Samantha Lee Wakeling finished off the weekend in great style, winning both the Mainland Coachwork Junior Rider (in conjunction with Alltech NZ Ltd) with Hula Xtreme, and the AMS Saddlery Pony Grand Prix (in conjunction with Burmester Realty) with BMW Sharpshooter.
Molly Smith flying on Vapour Trail NZPH in the AMS Saddlery Pony Grand Prix at Ashburton – Photo by Michelle Clarke Photography
The South Islanders were treated to two stunning, sunny days of show jumping at the Ashburton Area ESNZ Jumping and Show Hunter show, which brought fierce jumps offs, happy riders and most importantly, top sportsmanship!
Lucinda Askin aboard Flying Dutchman DHU were the best in a small field in the Property Brokers Horse Grand Prix (in conjunction with Dennis Bird), and Molly Smith with Vapour Trail NZPH scored themselves yet another AMS Saddlery Pony Grand Prix win (in conjunction with The Lion Foundation/Braided Rivers Trust).
Helen Ensor and Zactac Carnival produced the only double clear to win the Harrison Lane Pro Am (in conjunction with Greg Jopson Property Brokers), as did Angela Frewer on Lansina in the Dunstan Horsefeeds Amateur Rider (in conjunction with Anzco Foods). The FMG Young Rider (in conjunction with Ray Mayne Hose & Fittings) saw two combinations battle it out in the jump off, with Emma Gillies aboard Chic Xtreme narrowly beating Molly Moffatt and Lazarus GNZ. The Mainland Coachwork Junior Rider saw a two way jump off with Johanna Wylaars on Centanna II finishing just ahead of Maygen Gubb and PL Fox D’Amour.
What a special moment for Salaco Sport Horses who saw two of their homebred horses in the winners spot. The NZPH & A1 Equine Reproduction 7 Year Olds (in conjunction with Crawford Hill Jewellery) was taken out by Bloomfield SSNZ and the Equitek Excel 6 Year Old (in conjunction with Hobbs & Banks Transport) was won by Bloomberg SSNZ, both with Katie Meredith in the saddle. The two are full brothers by Emerald van’t Ruytershof x Vogue Blue NZPH/Mr Blue and were the only clears in their classes to take top honours.
The Jumping Team – 13 November 2023