Jake Lambert and Takapoto Alaid de Chez Nous taking the honours in the FEI World Cup 


This weekend, the sun certainly had its hat on for the Show Jumping Waitemata Archibald & Shorter North Shore World Cup Festival. The blazing sunshine gleamed down on the stunning grass arena at Woodhill Sands, which looked stunning adorned with bright flowers and beautiful courses built by Canadian Peter Holmes.


The pinnacle event was the NZ World Cup Final with Jake Lambert jumping the only double clear to win this prestigious class aboard Takapoto Alaid de Chez Nous. It was an exciting class with all to play for as the top three in the series came into the second round with four faults apiece. In the end, it was Brooke Edgecombe & LT Holst Andrea that finally took out the series after being bridesmaid for the last few years. Read the full story HERE 


 It was fantastic to see so many South Islanders making the big trip up north, and boy did they reap the rewards. Molly Smith and the consistent Vapour Trail NZPH were the only combination to keep all the rails up in the AMS Saddlery Pony Grand Prix, locally supported by Burmester Realty. In similar style, fellow mainlander Johanna Wylaars & Campari were the only double clear to win the Mainland Coachwork Junior Rider – locally sponsored by Torque Digital.


Sole double clears also came in the Harrison Lane Pro Am – locally supported by Saddlery Warehouse – from Deanna Horsburgh & Entourage NZPH, and the FMG Young Rider – locally supported by Canter for Cancer – from Aimee Collinson & Resolution.


The Dunstan Horsefeeds Amateur Rider thrilled the spectators with a three way jump off and with all three combinations going double clear, it was down to the fastest through the flags. It was Charlotte Amos & Aria GNZ that were the clear winners, finishing over a second clear of second placed Kate Ramsey & Lady Bug.


The NZPH & A1 Equine Reproduction 7 Year Olds – locally supported by Auckland Council – had a two way jump off with Tyla Hackett guiding the Takapoto Equestrian homebred Takapoto Checkito (Check In x Claire/Chasseir I) into the top spot, just ahead of Brooke Edgecombe & the Riverside Equestrian bred Firenze du Rouet (Balou du Rouet x Nebraska MVNZ/ Cervelt MVNZ).


Tyla Hackett continued her domination of the young horse classes with Takapoto Checkito’s full sibling, Takapoto Saffron picking up a red ribbon in the Equitak Excel 6 Year Old Breeding Series. Joining her in the top spot were Vicki Prendergast and her homebred Stiletto C (Cohinoor VDL x Sofee/ Powerfee), Laine Cameron & Minnesota DHU (Appleton DHU x Waola/ Matterhorn) and Brooke Edgecombe & Inca NZPH (Up to You x Cinnamon NZPH/Pezetas du Rouet).


Maddison Greatorex & Chacco Sylvia were the only double clear to take out the East Coast Performance Horses 5 Year Old Serie class. Bred by Nikita Seaforth O’Donnell, Chacco Sylvia is by Chacco Silver x Rakaunui Gazelle/ Loewenherz.


Alannah Jackson was the star of a very exciting Super Series 1.30-1.40m Grand Prix with Charlie NZPH, jumping the fastest double clear! An exciting lead up to the World Cup class was the Sponsor’s Charity Challenge. This entailed various sponsors supporting each rider invited to compete, with an elusive joker fence option at the end. It was an exciting class for spectators filled with thrilling jumping and spectacular fancy dress. Emma Gaze and the speedy Shuttle Bug won, where more than $9000 was raised for Breast Cancer Awareness.


Well done Show Jumping Waitemata, what a spectacle of a show you put on.


For full results, go to www.evoevents.co.nz