Eventing wrap from weekend

Samantha Felton & Ricker Ridge Pico Boo won the CIC 2*. Sam also won the CNC1* on Ricker Ridge Sooty GNZ

There was eventing action on both sides of the world involving our this weekend, involving New Zealand riders. Here at home, competitions were held in Hawke’s Bay and Southland, and in France, all attention was on the four-star at Pau.


This was a great win for French rider Gwendolen Fer. Not only was it her first four-star victory, it was also the first time a French woman has achieved such a win at this level. Lying ninth after dressage and second after cross-country, she gave a perfect performance in the show jumping, clearing all the obstacles with panache on Romantic Love, her 12-year-old gelding. Punching the air as she cleared the final hurdle, Gwendolen had to wait until Astier Nicolas – winner in 2015 and heading the leaderboard until then – had left the arena after having three rails down and dropping to sixth, before jumping with joy and sharing celebratory hugs with her family, friends and staff.

Pau winners, Gwendolen Fer and Romantic Love  (Image: Libby Law Photography)

Overwhelmed with emotion, Gwendolen expressed heartfelt thanks to the public, who had cheered her on all weekend. “I’m on cloud nine, it’s just amazing, of course you always dream about winning, but actually pulling it off is just fantastic. I do a lot of mental preparation with my partner which helps me a lot. I managed to calm down and isolate myself when I needed to, and went over the little things I usually say to myself in my head, and that’s a great help.”

English rider Sarah Bullimore finished second on Rêve du Rouet. Hers was an impressive performance, as she competed with three horses, all in the top 10 after the cross-country, and in the top 15 at the finish.  French rider Cédric Lyard was third with Qatar du Puech Rouget. The French tricolor was flying high, to the immense satisfaction of Michel Asseray, national coach and technical director for eventing, who couldn’t hide his joy at seeing two of his riders on the podium. Being in the French equestrian team is like being part of one big family, and we live through the highs and lows together. I’m so proud of them and I’m very happy to be part of their journey to success.”

Jonelle Price and Faerie Dianimo  (Image: Libby Law Photography)

For the Kiwi team, there was a lot of disappointment on cross-country day. Jonelle Price was no doubt also disappointed with her two show jumping rails, but finished tenth overall with Faerie Dianimo – and tenth in one of the world’s few four-star events is still pretty good. What’s more, Jonelle has recently had a baby!

Caroline Powell on Up Up and Away had one down to finish 17th.

Caroline Powell and Up Up And Away (Image: Libby Law Photography)

Sir Mark Todd and Kiltubrid Rhapsody had some consolation with a clear show jumping round, finishing 25th.

Sir Mark Todd and Kiltubrid Rhapsody (Image:  Libby Law Photography)

There was a bit more to celebrate in the two-star class, as Caroline Powell and Flipper K put in a great performance for fourth, finishing with just a few time faults added to their dressage score.

Caroline Powell and Flipper K on their way to fourth place in the two-star class (Image: Libby Law Photography)

Bruce Haskell had one rail down and two time faults in the show jumping, finishing in 38th place. The class was won by Karin Donckers & Jalapeno.

Bruce Haskell and Amiro Sky (Image: Photo: Libby Law Photography)

Arran Station

Arran Station proved a great run for those heading to Adelaide in November to compete at four-star level. The CIC3* win was a convincing one for Clarke Johnstone and Balmoral Sensation: the perfect preparation for this pair. Virginia Thompson and Star Nouveau finished fourth in the 3* after two show jumping rails and a few cross-country time faults. Andy Daines, who is also heading to Australia with Spring Panorama, picked up 20 cross-country faults; hopefully these were just a little blip, and out of the road now!

Clarke Johnstone and Balmoral Sensation (Image: Take the Moment)

Samantha Felton elected to start her Adelaide horse, Ricker Ridge Pico Boo, in the two-star as her preparation, and cleaned up there.  The long trip from Christchurch was worth it for the two riders who finished second and third in this class: Larissa Srhoy and Rockquest – back on track after an unlucky patch of injuries – were second, and Lydia Truesdale and Allander Rocket continued their recent good results with third.

Sam continued her winning way, taking out the CNC1* with Ricker Ridge Sooty GNZ. It was also good to see Mr Mancini performing well with his new rider, Greer Caddigan; the pair won the CIC1*.

Red Snap’r CIC 3*
1 Clarke Johnstone Balmoral Sensation
2 Abby Lawrence Charlton Yamani
3 Samantha Felton Ricker Ridge Rui
4 Virginia Thompson Star Nouveau
5 Madison Crowe Waitangi Pinterest
Oaklane Stables CIC 2*
1 Samantha Felton Ricker Ridge Pico Boo
2 Larissa Srhoy Rockquest
3 Lydia Truesdale Allander Rocket
4 Virginia Thompson Man of Honour
5 Bryce Newman Bates Game Keeper
Equissage CIC 1*
1 Greer Caddigan Mr Mancini
2 Vicky Browne-Cole Amazing Spy
3 Sarah Young Equador MW
4 Danielle Wheeler Pierre
5 Sarah Young SS Galaxy
Caltex Dannevirke CNC1*
1 Samantha Felton Ricker Ridge Sooty GNZ
2 Shannon Galloway Day Walker
3 Samantha Felton Ricker Ridge Riley
4 Nick Brooks Versace C
5 Monica Oakley Festival
Ruahine Motors CNC 1* Young Rider
1 Jeffrey Amon JA Take a Shot
2 Caroline Howell Telestory
3 Ella Simcox Roo Baloo
4 Ella McKinnon Teddington
5 Brodie Roberts SR Livingstone
Taupo Vet Centre CNC105
1 Christen Lane Henton First Lady
2 Monica Oakley Astro NZPH
3 Alex Anderson Gina VT Bloemenhof
4 Charlotte Edwards Coroglen Ziva
5 Ashley Johnston Miss Vee NZPH
Farmlands CNC105 Junior Rider
1 Jess Viviers Trogg LS
2 Kayleigh McLachlan Burnadeem
3 Kaitlyn Freeman Landisohn
4 Kendyll Miller HH Red Rock
5 Emma Matches Kiwi Bella
Taylor Made Gates CNC95
1 Lauren Currie Spectacular Brew
2 Valerie Kemp Belmont Rockstar
3 Janine Ball Ruru Milo
4 Cherie Jaques Wizard
5 Rea Pitteri BV Illusionist
PGG Wrightson CNC 95 Rider Under 18
1 Piper Gargan Silver Force
2 Sienna Parr TMH Cuzzie Bro
3 Ella Goodin Hiwi Magic
4 Georgia Moody How Fantastique
5 Sienna Parr Glencoe Boss
Longridge Engineering CNC 80
1 Andrea MacFarlane Loves Heir
2 Julia Thompson Boyszone
3 Anna Van Dissen Rokowai
4 Tayla Mason The Joker
5 Charlotte Edwards Charlton Cabaret
Forbes Saddlery CNC 80 Rider Under 18
1 Melissa Wall Teleta
2 Libby Fussell Spock
3 Samara Thorpe Mouse
4 Emma Dunderdale Wicket
5 Rebecca Spindler Mr Frankey


Eventing Southland Donovan Park One day Horse Trial

It was a foggy start to eventing in Southland, but the sun tried its best.  Some good entries  with many making the trek down from Canterbury. Well done to Otago’s Lilly Anderson for wins in both the one star and the 105!

AB Lime CNC2*
1 King Curtis Janelle Gibson
2 Il Mafioso Jade McRae
3 Dunurban Maotai Melissa Wallace
Saddlery Warehouse CNC1*
1 Victory Hawk Lilly Anderson
2 Wairoa Renegade Elizabeth Wylaars
3 Versailles Paige Hardwick
Bomber Bits CNC105
1 Redwood Lilly Anderson
2 After Dark Hollie Kooman
3 Maximus III Sarah Bennetts
Konic Minolta CNC95
1 Tygra Lauren Enright
2 Douglas Park Dexter Suzanne Black
3 Miyagi Ashleigh Smail
Foveaux Communications Pony Club NZPC95
1 Time Bandit Ella Morshuis
2 Island Park Lotta Victory Gemma Johnson
3 Little Ginge Ashleigh Butson
Gail Richardson Equine CNC80
1 Superstition Lara Coker
2 Aerospatiale Kendra Bothamley
3 Ucongold Caren Hall
Foveaux Communications Pony Club NZPC80
1 Apsley Woodys Image Ashleigh Todd
2 Fabulous Mr Fox Sarah Dixon
3 Little Bit Blue Zaria Kira
Eastern Physiotherapy CNC65
1 Daquiri Kerry Jordan
2 Eyes A Keeper Jess Terrill
3 Willow Karleigh Small
Foveaux Communications Pony Club NZPC65
1 Mr Smarty Pants Ella Morshuis
2 Delta Daniel Titter
3 Dingmac Carte Blanche Mackenzie Jordan
Udy’s Grain and Feed Beginner 65cm Restricted
1 Lochie Jacquie Quinn
2 Ava Caelan O”Connor
3 Abbey Ruby Peters
Udy’s Grain and Feed Beginner 65cm Restricted Under 25 Financial PC members
1 Jubilee Golden Sands Cara Quinn
2 Kwl Suchadiva Annalise Mackie
3 Mustang Prince Charming Cara Quinn