Emma Buckingham and Piccadilly Circus – Winners of the Rhonda Goddard Memoria Derby – Photo by Hannah Comrie


The weather Gods looked after the Waitemata crew this weekend.  A terrible forecast and some early morning showers turned into perfect weather for the weekend. 

The two highlights of the weekend were the Ray Burmester Memorial Derby and Rhonda Goddard Memorial Derby which was hotly contested with 30 strong starters in both classes. 

The Ray Burmester Memorial class was taken out by Ella Tyler-Whiteman and Picture Perfect and  the Rhonda Goddard Memorial Derby by Emma Buckingham and Piccadilly Circus.  Both took away jewellery from Ray Burmester Master Jewellers.  The pony derbys were won by Lili-May Chamel and Poppy Illston. 

A huge amount of work went in to presenting the rings especially for the derby classes, something Waitemata has continued to develop and they now have a very impressive selection of ring decorations, recently adding to these having purchased some amazing props from a movie set.  

Ali and Emma Goddard (Centre) with the Waitemata Crew and some of the impressive ring decoration for the Derbys. Photo by Hannah Comrie


It was also a fantastic show for Francesca Corich van der bas taking out both the FMG Young Rider Series and the Property Brokers Horse Grand Prix.  

Fran commented “I was so pleased with Bill’s jumping efforts this weekend! Finishing our season strong; winning our last ever Young Rider together and pulling out the clear round for the win in Grand Prix also.  Bill is a horse who puts his whole heart into the job and never fails to impress me. I am so grateful to have a partner like him! 

Thank you to Property Brokers & Archibald North Shore for Sponsorship of the GP class and to FMG and Saddlery Warehouse for the Young Rider sponsorship.  Thank you also to the kind volunteers, judges and show runners of Waitemata GP show for another fantastic show at Woodhill Sands Showgrounds.  This is a fantastic facility and we are so appreciative of the venue, the team and the incredible atmosphere you create”. 

 Belinda George and Too Tango headed off a three way jump off to take out the Dunstan Horsefeeds Amateur Rider Series.  All three starters in the Harrison Lane Pro Am were clear in the first round but it was Paula Mussen and Deja Vu NZPH who came out on top.  Matt Taylor and Starlight Dalaman were victorious in the Mainland Coachwork Junior Rider and James Steiner on TCG Centadel was the only clear in the AMS Saddlery Pony Grand Prix.

Francesca Corich van der bas and Bannockburn ECPH competing at LRHOY – Photo by KAMPIC/Sarah Lord.

Danielle Watts built in Ring One, Edward Bullock in Ring Two assisted by Monique Wilson and Christine Bullock in Ring Three.


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The Jumping Team – 26 March 2024