Blyth’s return to Northland

Blyth Tait was course designer at his old home grounds at Whangarei's Barge Park over the weekend

Course Designer Extraordinaire: Blyth Tait at the Northland Horse Trials… and a little photobomber (another cheeky Northlander!) (Image: Libby Law Photography)

Blyth Tait returned to his old stamping ground of Barge Park this weekend, as course designer for the Northland Horse Trials in Whangarei.

His tracks were impressive, and he was even credited with breaking the drought in the days leading up to the event, which meant that the going was perfect.

Blyth: rainmaker? Or just a direct line to the weather gods?  (Image: Libby Law Photography)

Blyth also judged the Style Prize at the event, and awarded this to Ella Poole-Crowe who rode Cleo Parfaite to fifth place in the Oranoa Sport Horses CNC105 for Young Riders. Blyth said: “Ella rode absolutely beautifully, a very stylish and poised round.” He also said that Scout Lodder, who won the class with Pioneer Makokomiko, and Troy Gregerson, who was eighth on Kevin, were right up there too, with some outstanding riding shown by both. Well done to all three of you.

Scout’s mum Dannie took out the top class, the Waitangi Sport Horses CNC2* by a comfortable margin with Sim Kann’s Balmoral Henton, a partnership with a lot of potential. The pair finished second in the CCI2* at Puhinui back in December last year.

Dannie Lodder and Balmoral Henton won the Waitangi Sport Horses CNC2* (Image: Libby Law)

Samantha Felton had a good weekend, with two wins and plenty of placings. Samantha grew up mostly in Northland, and is a regular visitor to Barge Park with her team. One of her wins was on board Luminous, a recent acquisition. The 10-year-old grey, by Grasshopper, was previously campaigned by Sim Kann, and was originally produced by Anne-Marie Styles.

Samantha Felton and Dharma PSH win the Equissage CNC 80A (Image: Libby Law)

Sam was also second in the CNC2* on Ricker Ridge Pico Boo, and won the Equissage CNC80A with Dharma PSH, another who was once in Simone’s stable.

Gemma Hampson and Pintado Prima Rosa won the Dunstan CNC1* by a healthy 10-penalty margin. These two are in great form at the moment.

Gemma Hampson and Pintado Prima Rosa, winners of the Dunstan CNC1* (Image: Libby Law)

A big well done to Northland Eventing for not only hosting the event, but also for some great coverage and support of their sponsors on their Facebook page!


Waitangi Sport Horses CNC 2*
1 Balmoral Henton Dannie Lodder 48.3
2 Ricker Ridge Pico Boo Samantha Felton 59.5
3 Man of Honour Virginia Thompson 62.9
4 Star Nouveau Virginia Thompson 68.5
5 Ricker Ridge Escada Samantha Felton 68.6
Dunstan CNC 1*
1 Pintado Prima Rosa Gemma Hampson 24
2 LV Balou Skye Jessica Woods 34.4
3 Just de Manzana Jessica Woods 37.5
4 My Black Beauty Sylvie Maclean 38
5 Weiti West End Jane Callaghan 40.1
Watco Plumbing CNC 105
1 Luminous Samantha Felton 31.5
2 Weiti Tiberius Jessica Aislabie 41
3 Ricker Ridge Sooty GNZ Samantha Felton 42.1
4 Norfolk Rubicon Jade Le Petit 45.8
5 Oranoa Greyson Graham Fox 46.5
Oranoa Sport Horses CNC 105 Young Rider
1 Pioneer Makokomiko Scout Lodder 28.7
2 Skibbereen Kentucky Estella Loughlin 31.8
3 Double Flashback Ashleigh Butler 33.2
4 Artful Dodger Claire Webster 35.8
5 Cleo Parfaite Ella Poole-Crowe 36.6
Reyna Equestrian CNC 95 A
1 Aratoro Major Jacqueline Harper 26.5
2 Twickenham Anna Gray 31.2
3 Brahan Stan the Man Emma Broughton-Watts 33.5
4 Matalino Sandra Gaskell 34.8
5 Agent Orange Tammy White 35
Reyna Equestrian CNC 95 B
1 Woodbine Magic Maze Helen McGrath 27.2
2 Black Sambuca Helen Connett 29
3 Bellabonita Briar Barrett 29.2
4 Stoney River Tawa Rosa Rieger 30
5 Sir Sparky Amy Gravatt 31.3
6 Lochinvar II Mandy Bryers 31.3
Oranoa Sport Horses CNC 95 Junior Rider
1 Delta Frank Sinatra Miya Fleming 26
2 Madison Avenue Tyler Porteous 32.2
3 Limerick’s Black Samba Summer Denize 34.5
4 Mr Manners Amber Scott 36
5 Darvel Jade Isabelle Jameson 38.5
Equissage CNC 80 A
1 Dharma PSH Samantha Felton 29.2
2 AA Fully Loaded Lauren Alexander 29.5
3 Milagro Vicki Robson 33
4 Kaimanawa Baritone Helen Connett 34
5 Horeke Chief Arnica Horsfall 36.3
The Bridle Buffet CNC 80 B
1 How Bazzar II Karla Tyler-Whiteman 16.5
2 Night Whisper Renie Hudson 18.8
3 Reviresco Lauren Alexander 22.3
4 Money Shot Dannie Lodder 24.5
5 Evangeline Wendy Simpson 24.8
Oranoa Sport Horses CNC 80 Junior Rider
1 Brazen Warrior Tayla Moss 24
2 High Life Zeff Jeeves 34
3 Chelleason Dreams of Gold Emma Pinkney 42.2
4 Equus Silver Odyssey Elle Palmer 45
5 Little White Cloud Gus Webster 45
TuffRock CNC 65
1 Stone-River Yogi Jewel Matheson 35
2 Rubee Tuesday Helen Cobb 37
3 Easy Breeze Elise Moffat 39.2
4 Puriri Lodge My Delight Freya Topper 41
5 Fly-Bye Astar Liebrecht 45.5