Emily Cammock put her “shambles” of a season behind her to win the Wills Trophy for the second time, taking out the NRM CCI3* with Shaw Lee after a clear show jumping round when the two ahead of her took rails.
“It was awesome! It’s been a tough year, we came all the way up for Horse of the Year and that obviously didn’t happen. I gave him a run at home [SI3DE] and he was amazing. We came up for the Central Districts and that didn’t happen.”
“We will celebrate on the way home. Maybe I can get someone to look after the kids so I can have a sleep in!”
Emily had both three-year-old Katie and six-month-old Thomas with her at Taupo, with mum Viv along to babysit, so it was a huge effort for the family.
She says about Shaw Lee: “I rate him, it has been a long time. I have had him since he was an unbroken two-year-old and he was a bit of a rogue. He is a super jumper, and we have just had to consolidate on the flat.”
When she was given 50 faults for allegedly jumping on the wrong side of a flag at fence five on the cross-country, Emily was devastated. “It made me feel sick. The main thing was it did the horse just an injustice. If I’d had a 20, I would have walked home, as he has done the three-star twice already. I pushed him for time. I was sure I was inside the flags. I queried it, and we watched the video but it was from behind and it was hard to see. We watched freeze frame by freeze frame and it was debatable, and impossible to tell from that angle at what point his shoulder had gone over the jump. I was walking back to the office to put in an official protest when TD Neil McKenzie-Hall came out to say that they had seen Libby’s photos and there was no doubt that I was inside the flags. I owe her big time!
“It is awesome to win this. It can be a bit of a struggle with two young kids to fit everything in but I am passionate about this sport, and I nailed it today. It hasn’t sunk in yet, but it is the national championships.” Emily has won the title once before on Dambala in 2012.
Emily is hoping to take the horse to Adelaide later this year but says she would also have to take the money if someone offered to buy him.
Donna Edwards-Smith was second on DSE Mr Hokey Pokey, adding a single rail to their tally to finish 2.9pen behind Emily, while two rolled poles and a time fault for defending champions Amanda Pottinger and Just Kidding saw them slip to third.
Jock Paget won the NRM CIC3* very comfortably on nine-year-old Angus Blue, but was disappointed with a single show jumping rail. “I’m pleased but I wanted to jump clear. Maybe I need to work on our warm-up technique. I’ll have to go and watch the video and go over it again. He’s quite a good jumper so the warm-up is basic with him. He is only young.”
Jock last rode at Taupo in 2011, on a couple of catch rides. “I was surprised this year at the amount of atmosphere here – it was more than I expected. This horse has done a lot, including Ireland and Scotland, but when he came here, he felt like he was at a big show.”
Jock is now firmly focused on the Melbourne Three-day Event in June, and then the aim is to make the New Zealand team for the World Equestrian Games in 2018.
Maddy Crowe couldn’t praise her horse enough after winning the Bates CCI2* class today. The pair only added 3.2 cross-country time faults to their dressage score, and while the pressure came on after Donna Edwards-Smith jumped clear on DSE Cluny, Waitangi Pinterest knew what she had to do and jumped a clear round to take out the title.
“She’s a very good jumper,” said Maddy. “She only ever has one down if I put her wrong. She is so talented, the biggest thing about her is her heart.”
Maddy’s dad, Richard, was nervously watching from the sidelines while mum Molly was probably just as nervous watching from home. “She had to work,” said Maddy. “She’s been with us the whole time in spirit, though. Dad hasn’t had a bite to eat today, he was so nervous!”
Maddy has only had her superstar horse since the end of July last year. “We gelled the minute I got on her,” Maddy said. “She’s so kind, and a lot of the reason I have been able to get on with her so quickly is because she is so kind.” The horse was bred by Jocelyn and John Bayly as part of their Waitangi Sporthorse breeding programme in the Bay of Islands. Chloe Phillips-Harris produced the mare to one-star level, with Juliet Wood taking her on to two-star before the Crowes purchased her.
Maddy works for Vazey Childs Accountants in Hamilton, and loves her job, and the fact that the partners understand the commitment her sport requires. “They let me take an afternoon off for a dressage or a cross-country lesson, and let me make up the time. It’s also really good to have a challenge outside horses!”
With this win, Maddy has sealed the win in the Equestrian Entries Pro-Am series. To celebrate, there may be a glass of bubbles involved, especially if her support team have anything to do with it. “Nick [Brooks] and Clarke [Johnstone] are a great support team. Nick has a heart of gold, and Clarke is a key in all of this.” Maddy keeps her horses at Clarke’s place in Matangi.
Maddy previously had a lot of success with her little horse Brogan, including being in the Young Rider team at Melbourne in 2014. “He taught me how to ride,” said Maddy. “She has taught me how to succeed.”
The Fiber Fresh CCI1* Championship had lots of show jumping drama, with Angela Lloyd and Lyrical triumphing in the end. The pair were fourth after cross-country, but produced a clear show jumping round and then watched the three in front of them have rails.
“We touched a few, I could hear them, but they all stayed up and she tried hard,” an emotional Angela said afterwards, never believing she would win with all good show jumpers ahead of her. Clarke Johnstone and In Disguise led after cross-country but had an unlucky rail, as did Samantha Felton and Ricker Ridge Sooty GNZ who had been in second. Chanel Campbell and Astek Guardsman had four to slip right down the placings.
Angela’s win was also quite the feat as she has a very sore neck as a result of a whiplash injury before Christmas which has flared up again this week. “She pretty much did the cross-country herself,” Angela said, wincing as the horse gave her a push. “She always loves the cross-country, but we found the footing very uneven. She also jumped all the puddles in the forest, so we did about eight more jumps than we needed to!”
Lyrical and Angela had been in the lead in this class last year, but rails cost them the win. “She was very tired last year, and a lot weaker. She has strengthened a lot and getting consistently clear in show jumping now.”
Angela has never won a national three-day event, although she has been placed numerous times including a second on Inmidair in the one-star class. Inmidair went on to compete at Kentucky, ridden by Phillip Dutton.
Lyrical, by Landioso, is a half sister to Song, who is now campaigned by Abbey Lawrence.
Wairakei CCN105 Championship
Dannie Lodder was the winner of the Wairakei CCN105, leading after dressage and cross-country. Luckily she had a rail in hand, which she needed. Donna Edwards-Smith and DSE Sunset Pass finished on their dressage score and took second place, just 0.4 behind Dannie. Amanda Pottinger on Good Timing was third, with Abigail Long on My Tom Tom fourth, and Sarah Young on Equador MW fifth.
“It was a little highlight at the end of a bleak weekend. Yesterday was very bleak, perhaps I should have left on Friday as that was a good day! After yesterday I was wondering if I would continue to ride, but this sweet little horse came through. It was also great that Scout jumped really well and has ended up second!”
AMS Saddlery CCI1* Open
Jackson Bovill has competed at three-star this season on his lovely Voltaire II mare, Visionnaire, but having been named in the Young Rider team for the upcoming Oceania Championship, elected to have a confidence-building run at Taupo, in the one-star open class.
He and ‘Vee’ duly won on their dressage scores, when a devastated Jordie Watson, the leader after both dressage and cross-country on Meersbrook Viva la Vida, had a rotten time show jumping, and were eliminated.
Elise Power was second on Arctic Cielo, Kelsey Leahy third on Showcause, and Rachael Clark fourth on Pagan Warrior, all finishing on their dressage scores.
Equissage CCN105 Open
My Silver Lining and Jeffrey Amon was another one competing at lower levels than usual, and took out the CCN105 open, finishing on their dressage score of 28.9. Jeffrey had been leading on his other horse, RM Limbo, but a number of rails sent them way down the leaderboard.
Ten-year-old Scout Lodder ended up second on Pioneer Makokomiko, and also got the award for the best pony club rider; Scout and ‘Mako’ finished on their dressage score.
The overnight leaders going into show jumping, Eloise King and Shevchenko, were spun during the final trot-up.
NRM CCI3* Open National Championship: Emily Cammock (Canterbury) Shaw Lee 58.3 penalty points 1, Donna Edwards-Smith (Te Kauwhata) DSE Mr Hokey Pokey 61.2 2, Amanda Pottinger (Havelock North) Just Kidding 62.9 3, Donna Edwards-Smith (Te Kauwhata) DSE Tangolooma 68.6 4, Campbell Draper (Putururu) Mr Mancini 77.3 5, Ashleigh McKinstry (Owhango) Pioneer Brass Monkey 80.3 6.
NRM CIC3*: Jock Paget (Taupo) Angus Blue 46.5 1, Andy Daines (Kumeu) Spring Panorama 64.4 2, Samantha Felton (Matangi) Ricker Ridge Pico Boo 65.4 3, Jessica Woods (Ohaupo) Just de Manzana 65.5 4, Samantha Felton (Matangi) Ricker Ridge Escada 75.8 5, Renee Faulkner (Papakura) Rubinstar HH 81.8 6.
Bates CCI2* Championship: Madison Crowe (Hamilton) Waitangi Pinterest 43.9 1, Donna Edwards-Smith (Te Kauwhata) DSE Cluny 44.5 2, Matthew Grayling (Taranaki) NRM Trudeau 51.4 3, Lauren Alexander (Riverhead) Classic Indigo 56.2 4, Brooke Campbell (Auckland) Freddy Dash 61.7 5, Brent Jury (Cust) SE Hedging 69 6.
Fiber Fresh CCI1* Championship: Angela Lloyd (Hunua) Lyrical 45.6 1, Clarke Johnstone (Matangi) In Disguise 47.4 2, Samantha Felton (Matangi) Ricker Ridge Sooty GNZ 48 3, Vicky Browne-Cole (Waiuku) Eli 48.2 4, Donna Edwards-Smith (Te Kauwhata) CHS Royal Genie 48.9 5, Christen Lane (Pukekohe) Kinnordy Rhani 53.2 6.
Wairakei Resort CCN105 Championship: Dannie Lodder (Auckland) Overnight Success 31.1 1, Donna Edwards-Smith (Te Kauwhata) DSE Sunset Pass 31.5 2, Amanda Pottinger (Havelock North) Good Timing 32.6 3, Abigail Long (Levin) My Tom Tom 36 4, Sarah Young (Tokoroa) Equador MW 36.9 5, Hillary Samuel (Taupo) Sparky Malarkey 37.1 6.
NZ Horse & Pony Magazine Young Event Horse National Championship: Samantha Felton (Matangi) Ricker Ridge Riley 81.18% 1, Monica Oakley (Waipukurau) Artist 78.97% 2, Lake Rose (Dannevirke) Dark Envy 78.48% 3, Amanda Pottinger (Havelock North) Timeless 77.29% 4, Brent Jury (Cust) SE Gorky Park 77.11% 5, Tayla Mason (Paraparaumu) Centennial 76.84% 6.
AMS Saddlery Best Four-Year-Old: Laken Rose (Dannevirke) Dark Envy 78.48%.
NZ Horse & Pony Magazine Best Mare: Vicky Browne-Cole (Waiuku) Cutting Edge 72.28%.
NZ Horse & Pony Magazine Bests Registered Thoroughbred: Monica Oakley (Waipukurau) Artist 78.97%.
AMS Saddlery CCI1* Open: Jackson Bovill (Hamilton) Visionnaire 42.3 1, Elise Power (Auckland) Arctic Cielo 49.4 2, Kelsey Leahy (Cambridge) Showcause 51.6 3, Rachael Clark (Waiuku) Pagan Warrior 55.6 4, Charlotte Edwards (Pukerua Bay) Façade 56.2 5, Devon Raos (Howick) Conquestador 57.6 6.
Equissage CCN105 Open: Jeffrey Amon (Murupara) My Silver Lining 28.9 1, Scout Lodder (Auckland) Pioneer Makokomiko 31.2 2, Eden Doull (Bombay) Noble Value 31.8 3, Anna Gray (Whangarei) Quick Draw 33.2 4, Amanda Wards (Howick) Diamond Trade 34.2 5, Kady Prujean (Drury) The Duke 34.3 6.
Charlton Stud Best Mare: Madison Crowe (Hamilton) Waitangi Pinterest.
New Zealand Pony Club Association Award (highest placed pony club rider): Scout Lodder (Auckland) Pioneer Makokomiko.
Silver Spurs Trophy (inter-island teams’ competition): South Island (Emily Cammock/Shaw Lee, Brent Jury/SE Hedging, Madison Crowe/Waitangi Pinterest, Clarke Johnstone/In Disguise) 104.5 points 1, North Island (Donna Edwards-Smith/DSE Mr Hockey Pokey, Louise Mulholland/Mr McTaggart, Nick Brooks/For Fame, Samantha Felton/Ricker Ridge Sooty GNZ) 131.7 2.
Caseley Trophy for best presented horse: Sarah Young (Tokoroa) Equador MW.