The North Island contingent has made its presence felt on the dressage day at the South Island Three-Day Event in Christchurch.
Te Puke’s Abby Lawrence did a lovely test aboard Indy RE to lead the small but quality field in the Ultimate Design & Renovation Limited FEI CCI2* for 46.1 penalties. Brent Jury heads the southern charge in second position on SE Hedging with 50.1 penalties with Emily Cammock close in third on 51 penalties. Abby is also sitting fourth on her second ride Song, on 53.8 penalties.
Meanwhile, in the 17-strong CCI1*, Taupo’s Holly Morrell has the lead on Pampero but only just. It’s very tight at the top with less than two penalties separating the top eight riders going into tomorrow’s cross-country. Holly sits on 50.5 just 0.2pen ahead of Janelle Gibson from Gore on King Curtis, while Jessie Fitzjohn from Christchurch in third on 50.8.
Giles Gormack leads the Mitavite FEI CIC3* on Lucero, but narrowly, from the only other competitior, Kate Flemming (Pauatahanui) on Mendelssohn.
Giles was the winner of the FEI CCI2* at the same event last year, and scored 63.5pen. He says he was “pleased with the test, despite a few tense moments.” Giles has been out all week helping prepare the cross-country for the other classes and when we caught up with him, he was about to head out to walk the three-star course.
Earlier, in the first horse inspection, the Ground Jury made Giles and his connections a bit nervous for a while when they put Lucero in the hold box, but on getting checked out by the vet, and then trotting up again, the officials were happy for the pair to continue.
Competition across the lower levels was tight with some impressive performances on a lovely sunny day in Canterbury.
The all-important cross country phase gets underway tomorrow at 9am, followed by the final show jumping on Sunday. Entry to the grounds is free and all welcome.
RESULTS (after dressage):
Mitavite FEI CIC3*: Giles Gormack (Amberley) Lucero, 63.5, 1; Kate Flemming (Pauatahanui) Mendelssohn, 66.8, 2.
Ultimate Design & Renovation Limited FEI CCI2*: Abby Lawrence (Te Puke) Indy RE, 46.9, 1; Brent Jury (Cust) SE Hedging, 50.1, 2; Emily Cammock (West Melton) Ngahiwi Frosty, 51, 3; Abby Lawrence (Te Puke) Song, 53.8, 4; Kirsty Sharapoff (Christchurch) Shoot The Breeze, 56.8, 5; Lucy Turner (Broadfields) Carbon 58.1, 6.
ESNZ Eventing Canterbury FEI CCI1*: Holly Morrell (Taupo) Pampero, 50.5, 1; Janelle Gibson (Gore) King Curtis, 50.7, 2; Jessie Fitzjohn (Christchurch) What’s The Buzz, 50.8, 3; Dayna Fox (Ototohanga) LV Little Chief, 51.5, 4; Frank Phillips (Te Awamutu) I Told You So, 51.7, 5; Sophie Griffith (Kaiapoi) Noir Et Blanc, 51.8, 6.
Hei Hei Pharmacy CCN105: Megan Taylor (Kaiapoi) Killur, 34.5, 1; Anna Robertson (Christchurch) Valkyrie II, 36.1, 2; Amalia Rowley (Timaru) Mexico, 37, 3; Emily Wingham (Ashburton) Queen Of Jazz, 37.6, 4; Emma Simpson (Oamaru) Mesaluna, 38, 5; Mikayla Green (Rangiora) Stars Ransom, 38.2, 6.
Rangiora Vet Centre CCN105: Eve Hawes (Reefton) Spookee Possum, 33.1, 1; Emma Van Vianen (Christchurch) Kap Pai Kiwi, 35.9, 2; Emily Cammock (West Melton) GNZ Apple Jack, 36.5, 3; Jordan Kruger (Christchurch) Bamboozle, 37.1, 4; Maddy Tait (Christchurch) Island Road, 38.2, 5; Zara Power (Rangiora) Beaumont Boy, 38.2, 6.
Eventing Canterbury CCN95: Georgie Dickson (Wanaka) Déjà vu III, 28.6l, 1; Jamie Atkinson (Prebbleton) Ahuriri Dusk, 31, 2; Jordan Shrimpton (Christchurch) Mister Puzzle, 31.1, 3; Benjamin Rowley (Timaru) Innocent Eyes, 32.2, 4; Abriele Morse (Timaru) Wembleybrook O’Driscoll, 32.5, 5; Joneen Chalmers (Outram) Jacknthebox, 32.6, 6.
Canterbury Equine Clinic CCN95 (4, 5 & 6 Year Olds): Courtney Davis (Waipara) GemTime, 28.5, 1; Sam Taylor (Swanannoa) Astek Victor, 28.5, 2; Emily Cammock (West Melton) Percy, 28.6, 3; Rebecca Smithey (Ramgiora) SD Amourosi, 31.8, 4; Emily Cammock (West Melton) Frazer, 32.2, 5; Penny Lawrence (Broadfields) Kingsman, 33.2, 6.
Rangiora Equestrian Supplies CNC80: Nicola Sim (Ashburton) Chocolate Ice, 27.9, 1; Luca Swale (Queenstown) Holmslee Black Beauty, 29.3, 2; Colleen Marett (Temuka) Attenborough, 29.8, 3; Brigette MacKay (Prebbleton) Westwood Dalmar Ricochet, 30, 4; Annabel Adams (Christchurch) What’s News, 32.2, 5; Mark Cowie (Darfield) Security Guard, 33.4, 6.
Eventing Canterbury CCN80: Shane Maley (Darfield) Rainier, 29, 1; Petra Green (Rangiora) Tiger Woods LS, 32.9, 2; Anna Schroeder (Rolleston) Waipuna Jack, 33.1, 3; Tania Kenny (Leeston) Starr Touch, 34.6, 4; Joneen Chalmers (Outram) Tommo, 35.4, 5; Jessie Fraser (Wanaka) Apepe, 36.2, 6.