It was a local cleanup as Eventing Wellington’s autumn trial closed out a number of tight finishes to the prestigious Zilco Series finals at Paekakariki.
With the series now a firmly established tradition across both local Pony Clubs and the ESNZ groups, home track advantages clearly paid off with the likes of Kapiti Coast riders Tayla Mason, Meg Dempster, Mara Kerschbaumer and Erin Tandy all in the money.
It was also a great day for three generations of the Hoddinott clan, with Jim and Margaret continuing their key roles in the organising committee, and at the same time watching daughter Maria and grandkids Aiden and Jess continuing to fly the flag in the saddle.
Eventing Wellington continues to operate at full capacity in its development divisions, with just on 140 starters over the Queen Elizabeth Park track on the day. Grass roots eventing continues to flourish in the region.
Article Supplied by: Charlotte Gendall, Eventing Wellington
CNC3* Star Search HoY Dressage & Jumping Challenge: A Pottinger, Just Kidding 1.
CNC2* Star Search HoY Dressage & Jumping Challenge: J Barham, Atlan 1; C Taylor, Kiteroa Lara 2; A Pottinger, Achilles 3.
Versatile Homes & Buildings CNC2*: H Morrell, Pampero 1; N Page, The Dark Horse 2; K Fleming, Mendelsshon 3.
Versatile Homes & Buildings CNC1*: A Viviers, Giselle 1; C Wilson, Shapeshifter 2; C Edwards, Façade 3; G Wyman, Sadiyah 4; K Van Tuyl, Centavino 5.
Mason Equestrian CNC105: A Anderson, Danherz 1; K Wilson, Stoney Mara 2; E Cameron, Burnadeem 3; C Perry, Casual Choice 4; C Taylor, Matai Sugarsnap 5.
Dunstan Feeds CNC95 21+: J Blackwood, Rokowai 1; A Anderson, Tigerherz 2; J Ball, Ruru Milo 3; T Mason, Pixie Caramel 4; H Van der Valk, HRE Rockstar 5.
Rural Trading Post CNC95 21-: M Dempster, Bombay Sapphire 1; J Emms, Enriched 2; K Freeman, Rhapsody 3; Vania Mason, JKA Seduction 4; R MacGillivray, Tree Tops 5.
Prebble Equestrian CNC80 21+: T Mason, Radar 1; M Sheppard, Luminaire 2; A Anderson, Southern Boston 3; T Mason, Tharness Xtreme 4; A Herrington, Taka 5.
CNC80 21-: M Kerschbaumer, Bueno 1; E Tandy, Struck by Lightning 2; K McLachlan, Sweet Revelation 3; E King, Shevchenko 4; C Andres, Westhay Shiraz 5.
Zilco Series Final Placings:
CNC80 21-: E Tandy, Struck by Lightning 1; L Neal, Ab Salute 2; C Andres, Westhay Shiraz 3.
CNC80 21+: T Mason, Radar 1; A Herrington, Taka 2; J L Merrick, Time to Boogie 3.
CNC95 21-: M Dempster, Bombay Sapphire 1; R Anthony Otairi Sarge 2; L Kingswell, Firesong 3.
CNC95 21+: T Mason, Pixie Caramel 1; H Van Der Valk, HRE Rockstar 2; N Gillett, Royal Venture 3.