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A Foundation for Success

By Rebecca Harper  Show hunter can help lay the foundation for success in the jumping arena, with many of the country’s top showjumpers getting a grounding in the hunter ring. Current ESNZ Jumping squad members Lily Tootill, Melody Matheson and Emily Hayward all won Horse of the Year...

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Bouncer On Top

By Rebecca Harper Series finals didn’t quite deliver the result West Melton’s Harry Feast was hoping for, but the overall Dunstan Horsefeeds & Equifibre Horse Grand Prix Series win made the long trip up worthwhile. Harry and Double J Bouncer went into the final as series leader and,...

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Maddie Wiffen a Good Sport

Congratulations to Aniwell Category C show hunter rider Maddie Wiffen from Wellington who was this year's deserving recipient of the Aniwell Sportsmanship award, presented on Series Finals day at Horse of the Year. The award is for pony riders that display an overall willingness to help,...

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Double Success for Smith

By Diana Dobson Molly Smith is a kid on a mission. The nine-year-old from Cave in South Canterbury snaffled the Burger King Cat B High Points Series aboard her new pony, 16-year-old Bexley Lodge Tinkabella – or Tinks as she is known at home. Both Smith and Tinks are well-performed in...

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Dawn of New Era for Craddock

By Diana Dobson Jo Craddock is heading home to Waimauku a happy woman, with two show hunter of the year titles in the truck. A former international swimmer, Craddock took up riding as an adult, buying her superstar Dawn just two years ago from Emma Buckingham. Yesterday that very special...

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Tomboy and Teen Take Cat C High Points

By Diana Dobson Winner Aniwell Cat C High Points Series Harriet Laing was a bolt-away winner of the Aniwell Cat C High Points Series at HOY and she couldn’t have been happier. “To win the series just shows how much work my family have put in for me,” said the 13-year-old from...

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All Gold for High-Achieving Teen

By Diana Dobson Winner ESNZ Pony Riders Equitation, Winner ESNZ Junior Rider Equitation Oxford teen Georgia Allison is seeing her time on ponies out in style, taking out both the ESNZ Pony and Junior Equitation Series. She’s been chasing a show hunter series title for a while, managing...

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Spuddy Stars for Emma

By Diana Dobson Winner ESNZ Category A High Points 70cm Emma Gillies has plenty to thank her brother Ben for. The 11-year-old from Oamaru and Ben’s gorgeous little chestnut Amberfield Golden Charm were comfortable winners of the ESNZ Cat A High Points 70cm after taking out the class at...

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Treble of Series for Van Velthooven and Daisy

By Diana Dobson Winner of Amateur High Points Series, NRM Open High Points Series and Adult Rider Equitation Series Laura Van Velthooven is the toast of show hunter after winning three series titles aboard her very special Sirocco Daisy. The Palmerston North equine technician didn’t...

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New Sportsmanship Award for Show Hunter Pony Riders

This year at Horse of the Year there will be a special Aniwell Sportmanship Award. The award is a rug kindly donated by Aniwell to a pony rider that displays an overall willingness to help, politeness to ground helpers, volunteers, administration and fellow competitors. Included may be...

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