While she had been the winner of the two-star national ODE title last year on her lovely Freddy Dash, Brooke Campbell didn’t expect to win it again this year.
“It’s always nice to win, and I came down hoping to win a ribbon, so it is pretty cool. I thought it would take a miracle to win again. It was a good line up of competitors, with good horses. I thought Donna on my sister’s horse would beat me. I also thought it was a fluke that I got in the time last year when I won, but apparently I can ride fast!”
The pair had a rail down in the show jumping, but had enough of a lead to hang on to the win, especially as those right behind her after cross country didn’t do so well in the show jumping. There were nine clear rounds out of the 22 starting in the show jumping.
Louise Mulholland and Mr McTaggart moved from 6th after cross country to finish second, and Matthew Grayling on the pretty-boy NRM Trudeau also produced a lovely clear round to move from 8th to third. Matthew also went clear in the show jumping on his other horse in the competition, NRM Valiance who ended up in 16th place.
Last year when Brooke won the title, Heelan Tompkins and Snow Leopard were second to the pair. Heelan has graduated Snow Leopard successfully to three-star, finishing fourth today. Brooke’s coach, Donna Edwards-Smith, was adamant that Brooke would be at the three-star level at Kihikihi next year. Brooke is, however, planning to compete in the three-star class at the Taupo Three Day Event in about a month’s time.
Freddy Dash was originally bought as a safe horse for Brooke’s mother. His previous owners and the Campbells didn’t ever expect him to be such a star in competitions, but he has met every challenge and he is certainly a much loved member of the family.
As to celebrations for this year’s win, Brooke wasn’t confident there would be many. “It will be late by the time we get home, and I have to work in the morning! Maybe my boyfriend will put a bottle on ice!” Brooke wasn’t totally confident that would happen, and claims she doesn’t really like champagne that much anyway so if it doesn’t happen, the boyfriend may be forgiven!
Brooke works full time as a design and digital marketing executive for Beef and Lamb NZ and tomorrow starts two days of a photo shoot for the Meat Magazine that she looks after as part of her job so needs to be on her game first thing in the morning.
|1||Freddy Dash||Brooke Campbell||38.4|
|2||Mr McTaggart||Louise Mulholland||41.4|
|3||NRM Trudeau||Matthew Grayling||43.4|
|4||Delta Legacy||Kimberley Rear||44|
|5||Arctic Cielo||Elise Power||45|
|6||Rockin It||Abbey Thompson||45.3|
|7||Alto et Audax||Beth Wilson||46.9|
|8||Your Attorney||Diane Gilder||48.5|
|9||X Factor||Stephanie Vervoort||51.3|