The Land Rover Horse of the Year showing section hit fever-pitch today with the much-anticipated Pony of the Year titles handed out, along with the first ridden titles.
Once again, the Cadwallader family from Auckland dominated, securing five of the nine titles on offer.
“It’s been another amazing show,” says mum Nanette Cadwallader. “To win what we have won today has been huge. It’s been a massive team effort, and I am so proud of them all.”
Mia Cadwallader (9) got the ball rolling for ‘Team Caddy’, picking up the first title of the morning in the First Ridden Pony Rider of the Year aboard the ultra-consistent Eastdale Diva. She followed that up with a decisive win in the First Ridden Pony of the Year, backing up from securing the Lead Rein title last year, with Brooklyn Ranking and Windsor English’e Kisses, reserve.
Also in the First Ridden section, eight-year-old Zoe Garland (Te Awamutu) won the Paced & Mannered Pony of the Year class on Taurimu Da Vince.
Meanwhile, in ring one, Trey Cadwallader (13) guided the smart four-year-old mare, Rosehill Park Sapphire, to victory in the Large Saddle Hunter Pony of the Year, with Brenna Tait and KS Heavenly Rose, reserve.
The Cadwalladers have had ‘Saffy’, as she’s affectionately known, since last September. She was bred by Joann Klusterman and is by the stallion Burren-dah The Wizard out of Lorken Park Applause, who was a former winner at HOY. Cadwallader family friend Fiona Honeyman rode her to success in the Rising Star Large Saddle Hunter Pony of the Year on Wednesday.
Trey was also reserve in the Medium Show Pony of the Year with last year’s winner Leeara Park First Edition, behind Paihiatua’s Ella Rankin (14) on Penmain Lily of the Valley. It was the last show for the gorgeous Australian-bred mare, who is owned by Sarah Bostock of KS Show Horses, before returning to the broodmare paddock.
The Cadwalladers’ winning streak continued with elder sister Brooke taking out the Small Saddle Hunter Pony of the Year on the 15-year-old Nanteos Autumn Guardsman, with Matisse Masterton and Kinloch Tansy, reserve.
Later in the afternoon Brooke returned to the winner’s circle once again, taking out the Small Show Pony of the Year not exceeding 128cm with the indefatigable Eastdale Diva, giving the pony her sixth win in the class with three different pilots. Reserve went to Amelia Malcolm-Solly with the lovely Corview Kingston.
In the Medium Saddle Hunter Pony of the Year, a delighted Danielle Peck (10) of Orewa, made a winning debut at HOY taking the honours with Tui’s Keepsake, with Mikayla Wildermoth and Jym-Aud Dew Drop Mahogany, reserve.
In the Large Show Pony of the Year, Cambridge’s Billie Roach (14) ticked off one of her biggest goals for the season aboard Linden Fine Art, taking the title, with last year’s winners, Rebecca Aplin and Woodlands Park Light O Day, having to settle for reserve.
Today all eyes will be on ring one for the hack titles classes, which kick off at 1pm.
Show Pony of the Year over 138cm & not exceeding 148cm
Bille Roach, Linden Fine Art 1; Rebecca Aplin, Woodlands Park Light O Day 2; Natasha Waddell, Uptown Charlie Brown 3; Caitlin Rennie, Eastdale Foxtrot 4; Lucy Norton-Collins, Chelton Light Endeavour 5; Rebecca Mobberley, Monstevos Just N Pretoria 6.
Show Pony of the Year over 128cm & not exceeding 138cm
Ella Rankin, Penmain Lily of the Valley 1; Trey Cadwallader, Leeara Park First Edition 2; Maia van den Berk, Nala Nicholai’s Fern 3; Billie Roach, Linden Just A dream 4; Alexis Porteous, Willowcroft Distinction, 5; Bella Vujcich, Ashbrooke Bobby Dazzler 6.
Show Pony of the Year not exceeding 128cm
Brooke Cadwallader, Eastdale Diva 1; Amelia Malcolm-Solly, Corview Kingston 2; Billie Roach, KS B-Witched 3; Ella Rankin, KS Touch of Romance, 4; Bella Vujcich, Falconhurst First Cyte, 5; Noah Murphy, Windermere Tiara 6.
Saddle Hunter Pony of the Year over 138cm and not exceeding 148cm
Trey Cadwallader, Rosehill Park Sapphire 1; Brenna Tait, KS Heavenly Rose 2; Paris Masterton, KS Rose D Or, 3; Brooke Bennett, Tirohanga Touch Wood 4; Sophie Pickens, Greenmoor Euphoria 5; Frankie Lawn, Kirkwood Greenlight 6.
Saddle Hunter Pony of the Year over 128cm and not exceeding 138cm
Danielle Peck, Tui’s Keepsake 1; Mikayla Wildermoth, Jym-Aud Dew Drop Mahogany 2; Anna Phillips, Voodoo Bling 3; Angela Pivac Ty Gywn Royal Monarch 4; Emma Rose, Waiora Black Latte 5; Matisse Masterson, Ascot Da Vinci 6.
Saddle Hunter Pony Of the Year under 128cm
Brooke Cadwallader, Nanteos Autumn Guardsman 1; Matisse Masterton, Kinloch Tansy 2; Michaela Haines, Deeplake Fascination 3; Abbey Sinclair, KS Gin and Tonic 4; Ruby Norton-Collins, Aintree Thumberlina 5; Olivia Annabell, Nanteos Autumn Gwyndaf 6.
First Ridden Pony of the Year
Mia Cadwallader, Eastdale Diva 1; Brooklyn Rankin, Windsor English’e Kisses 2; Zoe Garland, Taurimu Da Vince, 3; Chole Chipperfield, KS B-Witched 4; Kasha Yeo, Linden Summer Rhapsody 5; Lucy Fraser, Eastdale Felicity 6.
First Ridden Pony Rider of the Year
Mia Cadwallader, Eastdale Diva 1; Chole Chipperfield, KS B-Witched 2; Brooklyn Rankin, Windosr English’e Kisses 3; Kasha Yeo, Linden Summer Rhapsody 4; Zoe Garland, Taurimu Da Vince 5; Paige Fitzgerald, KS Precious Gem 6.
First Ridden Paced & Mannered Pony the Year
Zoe Garland, Taurimu Da Vince 1; Alexandra Hope, Oaklands Park Cloud 9 2; Brooklyn Rankin, Windsor English’e Kisses 3; Livvie Allen, Willowmead Town Cryer, 4; Paige Fitzgerald, KS Precious Gem 5; Zach Taylor, Vanace Dolce 6.