Kihikihi is certainly one of the feature events on the New Zealand eventing calendar, but this year it felt extra special. Perhaps the perfect weather helped, or maybe it was the high standard of competitors, the excellent going and wonderful courses, both cross-country and show jumping. Whatever it was, Kihikihi excelled itself this year, and well done to all the organising committee, officials and competitors.
Of course there was the odd hiccup, and not everyone’s weekend went as planned, but there were some fine winners who were rapt with their success.
One of these was Angela Lloyd, who always seems to have a great supply of quality horses coming through. On Raucous, she won the Tait Trophy for the JLT CNC 105 Championship.
Making it even more special, the win has completed the full set of National ODE titles for Angela. “I had one the one-, two- and three-star national one day event titles and wanted the 105 one too, so was hopeful that I had a chance this year,” says Angela. Only Samantha Felton has achieved this before.
Raucous, a seven-year-old bay warmblood-thoroughbred cross gelding, was bred by Angela and Tich at Springbush, by Ruanuku R out of Harleon who came from the Kingscroft establishment. Ruanuku is Angela’s advanced dressage horse, and he was a colt until he was four. “He had about a month of fun before he was gelded, and we have two foals by him, with Raucous being one of them.” Raucous’s grandmother was the dam of Mystery Whisper, who achieved fame and success with Heath Ryan.
Angela broke the horse in. “I could have sworn that he was already done when we first got on him. He is quite big, and is slow maturing, and I haven’t asked much of him yet.”
Angela is a petite person, and when she says Raucous is quite big, she is not wrong, especially when she stands next to him! As to whether this puts her off at all, she was quick to deny that. “He is not hard to ride, he is a real gentleman, and is pretty adjustable. I just haven’t seen how fast he will go yet!”
|2||Jessica Woods||Kings Soleil||29.5|
|3||Donna Edwards-Smith||DSE Sagacious||29.8|
|5||Daniel Bitchener||Mr Harlequin||33.1|
|6||Sophie Wilkinson||Astek Gravitate||33.9|
|8||Sylvie Maclean||RM Let It Be||35.6|
|9||Donna Edwards-Smith||DSE Presley||37.2|
|10||Scout Lodder||Overnight Success||37.7|
Prestige CNC105 Open Class
Jessica Woods won the Prestige CNC105 Open Class on LV Encostalot; she was second after dressage and finished on that score to take the win.
Jessica has had the five-year-old for a year, with the horse originally coming from Auckland. “I want to consolidate him at pre-Novice and then perhaps look at one-star at some stage next season.” She is still deciding whether or not to start him in the young event horse class at Taupo.
“I am very impressed by him,” she says. Jessica has a lovely team of horses at the moment, and says she has another exciting four-year-old at home.
Jessica also finished second in the Tait Trophy on Kings Soleil. She has had this horse for just under a year, acquiring him from the South island, from Jess Land.
|1||Jessica Woods||LV Encostalot||31.5|
|2||Amy Parker||Airthey Debt Collecter||32.5|
|7||Glenda Thomson||Private Addition||41.3|
|8||Joseph Twigg||Alphabet Street||42|
|9||Nick Stackpole||Delta Duet||42.5|
|10||Abby Lawrence||Lion Rock||43.2|
Pryde’s EasiFeed CNC1*
Megan Finlayson and Greensleeves led from the start and also finished on her dressage score to win the CNC1*, and declared that this event was the best! “I love this event, I have had an awesome weekend here at Kihikihi. I dropped him down a class as he has been recovering from a virus.” Megan will now compete at her home event in Northland and then is heading to the three-day event in Taupo.
She was also a member of the Northland team who took out the teams event. Called the E.M.M.A team, they were so far in front that the announcement of the winning team was made before the three-star class even started! Other members of the team were Anna Grey, Emma Broughton-Watts and Megan Hart.
|2||Jeffrey Amon||JA Take a Shot||24.8|
|3||Megan Hart||Hot Ginger||27.4|
|4||Madison Crowe||Deo Volente||29.7|
|5||Cherie Jaques||Black Gem||30.4|
|6||Jane Callaghan||Weiti West End||33.3|
|7||Graham Fox||Oranoa Greyson||34.7|
|8||Dayna Fox||LV Little Chief||37.6|
Carlton Party Hire CNC105 Open B
Greer Caddigan was very pleased to win her CNC105 class as not only was it the return from injury for her horse, but she also got to beat one of her coaches!
“My horse ‘Gabby’ has just come back from an unexplained injury where she was out for five months,” she said. “The vets couldn’t work out what was wrong with her but she has come back better than ever.” This was their first start since the horse’s recovery.
Greer, from Tamahere near Hamilton, has had Gabby (aged 12) for four years. She now plans on going to Taupo to compete in the one-star and then hopes to go two-star next season. Her coaches are Vaughn Jefferis, Tracey Smith, Donna Edwards-Smith and Jock Paget. She was “absolutely stoked” to beat Jock in this competition – he had to settle for third on his exciting young horse, Bing Bong.
|1||Greer Caddigan||Gymnastik Showdown||34|
|2||Dannie Lodder||Money Shot||36.7|
|3||Jonathan Paget||Bing Bong||37.4|
|8||Madeline Banks||Luna Lovegood||45.2|
|9||Ellenna Caudwell||SP Scoobie Do||45.6|
Vosper Law CNC105 Restricted
Charlotte Robertson on Sirrocco Venus Rising were the winners of this class. Charlotte, from Kumeu, has had seven-year-old Venus for two-and-a-half years, having bought her from Whangarei. This was their fourth pre-Novice outing. Charlotte is an international flight attendant with Air New Zealand, flying to Asia and America, so with the complex work schedules she has, she says she can only ever be a part-time rider. “She is just perfect for me, she is so easy.” It was the pair’s biggest win and it was their first visit to Kihikihi.
“I will definitely be back. She has been so good at dressage for a long time, and now the other lessons are starting to pay off,” she said. Her coaches are Greg Smith for dressage and Kirstin Kelly for jumping.
|1||Charlotte Robertson||Sirocco Venus Rising||26.2|
|2||Alyssa Harrison||Da Vinci Code||31.2|
|4||Mary Matthews||Hes A Gem||35|
|5||Mary Matthews||Just a Gem||35.7|
|6||Piper Gargan||Silver Force||36.5|
|7||Andrea Kewish||Spring Fling||37|
|8||Ashra McAvinue||TR Wanderlust||37.2|
|9||Amy Schischka||Rock It||39|