Andrew Nicholson had a good weekend at Farley Hall horse trials in the UK, dominating the leader board in many classes. He won an Open Intermediate division with Yakabo BK, adding just 0.8 time faults to a dressage score of 31.4. Also in the class was William Fox-Pitt on Clifton Signature, who did the dressage and show jumping phases only. Their dressage score was 31.8 and they had a rail down in the show jumping.
Andrew and Swallow Springs had a win in another division of the Open Intermediate, with Lucy Jackson on Willy Do eighth in the same class. Lucy is back riding after having a baby girl just a month ago.
Andrew was fourth in the Intermediate class on As Is, with James Avery on Legaland Cooley sixth. Andrew also had a ninth place on Babiblonia BT4
Other top ten finishes for the Kiwis included Bruce Haskell on Crugraff who was 10th in a BE 100 class and Neil Spratt and Willow Lancer, ninth in a Novice class. Jesse Campbell was sixth in another Novice class on I Spye III.
We hope you enjoy Libby Law’s gallery of some of the action.
Meanwhile back in New Zealand, there have been two additions to the various squads announced by the selectors. Emily Cammock has been added to the Future Potential Recognition group after her win in the three-star class at Taupo. She joins Amanda Pottinger, Donna Smith, Samantha Felton and Ginny Thompson who are all based in New Zealand as well as UK based riders James Avery, Lizzie Green and Neil Spratt.
The Future Potential Recognition Squad, which was introduced earlier this year, aims to bridge the gap between the High Performance Programme and the Performance Programme. The squad includes those riders who have the skill, knowledge and expertise to produce a horse to high performance level who are yet to attain the performances required for the High Performance Squads, but are actively training and competing horses of future potential.
Maddy Crowe has also been added to the Talent Development Squad after a great performance at Taupo, winning the CCI2* class. This squad aims to develop the capability and skills of younger riders, enabling them to produce repeatable and sustainable performances at a high performance level. Those included have proven form at CCI2* level with the capability of winning at that level and the ability to step up to 3* as well as showing development of multiple future horses, amongst other criteria. Other riders on this squad are Abby Lawrence, Andy Daines, Tayla Mason, Sarah Young and Ashleigh McKinstry.
There were no other changes to the other squads.