Eventing wrap – Southland to Gatcombe Park!

Eventing is happening all over the world! Southland, King Country and Wellington regions all hosted events as well as eventing in the UK and USA - kiwi results here!

Southland trophy winners, (L-R) Lauren Tippett, Lucy Brown, Melissa Wallace, Nicola Barringer (Image: Laben Photography)

Southland Eventing held their last competition of the season, with the Southland Championships at the lovely Ryal Bush venue, owned by Kakatea Holdings who have been very generous in allowing the use of their property over the season. Eventing Southland are also holding a camp next weekend at the Ryal Bush course, giving everyone the opportunity to have one last eventing weekend before winter.

Some of the Southland riders will also be heading further north for the South Island three-day event at Easter.

Well done to the pony club riders who spent time picking up rubbish that was left behind as the car park emptied. Four large bags later, they were done. It seems that leaving rubbish happens all over New Zealand, unfortunately.

Southland Winners:

Excel Equine CNC2*+ – Corey Wood & Pick Up Line
AB Lime CNC2* – Melissa Wallace & Dunurban Maotai
Saddlery Warehouse CNC1* Aleina – Lauren Tippet & Scotty Doesn’t Know
Bomber Bits CNC105 – Nicola Barringer & Galvanised
Konica Minolta CNC95 – Lucy Brown & Streetwise
Gail Richardson Equine CNC80 – Nicola Barringer & El Matador
Wainawa Garage CNC65 – Emily Wingham & Shanzou

Foveaux Communications Pony Club Classes:
95 – Ella Morshuis & Time Bandit
80 – Aleina Beer & A Bob Each Way
65 – Annabelle McKnight & Mask

Udys Grain & Feed Beginner 65 – Abby Prendergast & Huntingdale Shiraz

ESNZ Cross Country Style Prize:
Ella Morshuis

Diva Landscapes Combined Training Classes:
95 – Georgia Watt-Wright & Kahn
65 – Ella Morshuis & Mr Smarty Pants

Kakatea Equestrian Young Event Horse:
6yrs – Westford Playboy ridden by Corey Wood/Anna Poole
5yrs – Miss Renegade ridden by Anna Poole

Eventing Southland Accumulator Series:
Elite Rider – Jade McRae & Swayze
Amatuer Rider – Penny Frew & Fergusson
Young Rider – Lilly Anderson & Victory Hawk
Junior Rider – Danielle Roberts & Saltaire Nemo
Beginner 65 – Georgia Watt-Wright

Te Kuiti & Districts Autumn ODE

Molly Nelson and Tawa-iti Princess won the NZPCA 105 class at Te Kuiti ODE over the weekend, beating Bev Mulder and Mr Strauss, and Jenny Bevege and Ngatamahine JJ Airtime.  Brooke Robinson and Lost in Translation won the NZPCA 95, from Clay Harris and Megan Maher.  Lisa Davenport and CR Montezuma won the 80cm 19+, with Gail Hapi and Jude Arnold second and third respectively. In the 15-18 year 80cm, it was Isabel Mans and Dixie Chick who won, with Brianna Hayes and Katelyn Harlan second and third. The under-14 section was won by Estelle Laboyrie on Tullochs Metallica Girl; Tessa Bradcock and Charlotte Speake were second and third.

The 65cm class 15+ was won by Shannon Galloway and Bosco with Megan Nunns and Emma Mottram second and third. The 12-14 section went to Lena Hayes and Prince Charming with Kate Roberts and Aliya Berry second and third. In the under 11 section, Trilby Johnston on Mt Tulloch Royal Command was first, with Sophia Smyth second and third on her ponies Onetai Hot Gossip and Misty Lee Prince. In the first-start class, Molly MacLachlan and Dash took the win from Libby Street and Jessie Bennett.

Well done to all those riders and organisers.

Battle Hill Pony Club ODE

Charlotte Grey and Coup Perfectly Done won the NZPC105, Sam Sebire and Goldstone Hawke won the NXPC95 21+ from Trish Ranstead on Cerebella, and the under-21 section was won by Molly Cardno and Packing Chaparral from Lexi Rutherford and Lucy Griffith. The over-21 80cm class was won by Renee Waihi on Milburn Mambo, from Michael Thomson and Jo Wilson, with the under-21 section going to Jessica Todd and Alabama Acorn. Claudia Langley and Georgia Beatson were second and third.  The under-21 section was won by Angie Leckie and Taka from Alice Ross and Harrison Lahman. Heather Ritchie won the NZPCA 65 21+ riding Comet, with Mary Pagnamenta and Sam Sebire second and third. Big fields in the NZPCA 65m under-21 class meant it was split into two divisions. Ella Eagar and Latte La Tango won section A from Laura Neal and Rachel Tucker. Section B went to Erin Mitchell and Ginger Kizz, with Tayla Hutchinson and Yulia Tarrant-Hill second and third.

Gatcombe Park, Burgham & Poplar, USA

New Zealand riders were out and about at Gatcombe Park, and here’s the summary of what they achieved – top-ten results in many classes and good runs for some of the Badminton-bound horses!

Dan Jocelyn and Andrew Nicholson had a particularly busy and successful weekend. Dan was eighth on Diamond Louie in the Land Rover Novice section A, with Neil Spratt just behind him in ninth spot on Willow Lancer. Andrew Nicholson was fourth on Andrea BT4 in section B,  and won Section C on As Is. Dan was second in this on Fjury.

In the Intermediate section I, Andrew was eighth on Zacarias and in Section K, Dan finished second on Dassett Cool Touch, with Tim Price third and fourth on Xavier Faer and Bango. Andrew was eighth on Liberto II and Dan ninth on Blackthorne Cruise.  Dan was back in the prize-money in Section L; eighth on Odds Against, with Tim 10th on Ringwood Skyboy.

Sir Mark Todd had a fourth place on Kiltubrid Rhapsody in the Intermediate Section M with Neil Spratt ninth on Galwaybay Echo.

Meanwhile, further north at Burgham in Northumberland, eventing had to be abandoned after terrible weather left the ground unusable for cross-country. Blyth Tait was the course designer for the novice sections of the track. The team did offer competitors a chance to show jump in the indoor arena and the bar remained open!

Over in the USA, Joe Meyer had a good weekend at Poplar Place Farm’s horse trials. He was second on Clip Clop in the CIC3*, and fifth in the same class on Johnny Royale. The class was won by Lizzy Jahnke on Princeton, a New Zealand thoroughbred produced by Lizzie Brown. Joe reports that “Clippy is now going to spend some time in dressage boot camp leading up to Rolex Kentucky 4*.” Poor Clippy…