Zilco Festival of Future Stars

Champion and Reserve Champion Gelding, Whispers Matapiro and Astraeus with Emily Rowe-Pledger and Judge Kim Martin from Australia

A new event was held at the National Equestrian Centre at McLeans Island, Christchurch, this weekend. The Zilco Festival of Future Stars was organised by Canterbury Dressage and classes included a combination of dressage tests, in-hand and ridden showing. The idea was to promote young dressage horses along with the breeding of performance warmbloods.

Zilco was the major sponsor, and there was good support from others too, including Catwalk Trust, Mitavite, Rangiora Equestrian Supplies, NZ Equine Photography and Syncroflex.

Robert Kofoed, First Choice, a sponsor and rider!

Today saw the in-hand classes, which were judged by the very experienced Kim Martin from Australia. There was plenty of dressage action too, judged by FEI internationals Kerrie Swan-Bates (Australia) and Linda Warren-Davey (New Zealand).

Emma Rowe-Pledger came up from Wanaka for this show with her two horses and had a good result in the in-hand classes, winning young champion with Whispers Matapiro (Whisper – Our Christina) and reserve with Astraeus (Anamour – Nip XX).  She is also competing in Level 1 and the five-year-old classes with Whispers Matapiro, and Level 5 with Astraeus. Emma is coached by Andrea Raves.

 Emily Rowe-Pledger’s Whispers Matapiro,

Astek Gangsta Girl won the best mare. She is by Kinnordy Gym Bello out of Amie and was shown by Joy White from Amberley, who described her as ‘cheeky but kind’. “She’s got that x-factor, she is so nice to ride.” Joy will be concentrating on dressage with her but likes to take her to shows for the experience.

Kim Martin, the judge, was impressed with the mare. “She was very uphill and elastic in her movement. She is a pretty mare.”

Joy White, Astek Gangsta Girl, Champion In-hand Mare

Annabelle Read’s Magnus SWB was the champion stallion and went on to win Supreme Champion In-hand Exhibit. The seven-year-old Swedish warmblood is a magnificent horse with a lovely temperament. He has four foals on the ground already, although Annabelle says that breeding hasn’t been an emphasis. “My daughter normally rides him but she is busy at university.” Magnus (aka Laddy Boy) is by Moschinno out of Madeira SWB and lives at Annabelle’s Caithness Stud, just out of Ashburton. He competes at dressage.

Annabelle Read, Magnus SWB, Supreme Champion In-hand, Champion Stallion, and 3rd in the paced and mannered

The show continues on Sunday with riding classes in the showing area, and more dressage.

Dressage Results available

Level 1
1 Sisters II Mrs Robinson Kaye Blundell 71.923
2 Whispers Matapiro Emma Rowe-Pledger 70.192
3 Belvoir Linda Cocks 67.115
4 Black River Baroness Cherie Pearson 64.808
5 Te Puke Charlotte Thomas 64.038
Level 2
1 Denmark Jan Morice 81.75
2 Mardi Gras Sarah Collins 77.5
3 Stellars Eagle Sarah Cornwall 73
4 The Burj Khalifa Deborah Nelson Love 69.25
5 X Rated Heidi Hart 69
Level 3
1 Renaissance Zena Chart 73.309
2 Three Aces Tiffany Ottley 64.265
3 Glenrose Fire and Ice Tanya McKenzie 63.456
4 Lovely Rita Anne Cochrane 63.162
5 Lavetta Kerryn McLean 61.838
Level 4
1 Chocolate Ice Nicola Sim 64.062
2 Hells Bells Sophie Griffith 62.656
3 First Choice Robert Kofoed 62.5
4 Silver Reef R.E Nicki Page 61.875
4 Integrities Promise Dani Simpson 61.875
Level 5
1 Kintore Romany Kirsty Schist 67.697
2 Lodestar Seija Parkkali-Glew 65.329
3 Jive Thyme Penny Rieter 65.132
4 Arnage Rhumba Julie Fraser 63.289
5 Chocolat Moka CM Grace Thomson 62.961
Level 6
1 Gemstar Phillippa Thompson 60.523
1 Sisters II Elspeth Carole Macarthy 60.523
3 Sandman Kirsty Schist 59.709
Level 7 FEI Int 1
1 Donna Bonita Kirsty Schist 65.066
2 Frangelico F Sophie Griffith 64.145
3 Gammon Ks Joy White 61.974
Level 8
1 Kinnordy Gambado Kirsty Schist 66.548
2 Il Divo Gael Kofoed 61.25
Level 9
1 J L Champs Elysee’ Mura Love 53.75
Pony Level 1
1 Hollybank Just an Illusion Mikayla Wycliffe 64.038
2 GE Prides Dreamcatcher Georgia Allison 63.462
3 Haven Witchazel Lucy Cochrane 62.692
4 Maxwelton Sunday Sam Millie Thompson 58.462
Pony Level 2
1 Farview Free Spirit Charlotte Thomas 76.5
2 River Dance Drummer Boy Imogen Morrison 70.75
3 Dinky Di Doff Emma Copplestone 67
4 Glamorgan Tailor Made Olivia Maat 62
Pony Level 3
1 Greenmoor Euphoria Millie Thompson 65.441
2 Inspector Gadget Lucy Cochrane 58.824
Pony Level 4
1 Rifesyde Prancer Millie Thompson 61.25