The best Kihikihi yet!

Sunshine and happiness; beautiful horses, beautiful riding and a beautiful event all around

The KK Committee celebrating the end of the event with Clarke Johnstone

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.

Angela Lloyd wins on Raucous and now has a complete set of national ODE titles! (Image: Libby Law)

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 Lloyd and Raucous in their dressage phase (Image: Libby Law Photography)

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!”

1 Angela Lloyd Raucous 29.4
2 Jessica Woods Kings Soleil 29.5
3 Donna Edwards-Smith DSE Sagacious 29.8
4 Kaitlyn Freeman Landisohn 31.4
5 Daniel Bitchener Mr Harlequin 33.1
6 Sophie Wilkinson Astek Gravitate 33.9
7 Sofie Boswell Anastasia 35.2
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.

Jessica Woods, LV Encostalot, storming their way around the cross country

“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
3 Sophie Alexander Saltador 33.2
4 Alena Dorotich Knoxville 33.5
5 Dannie Lodder Kiss 37.6
6 Elsa Wrathall Vincitore 40
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.

Megan and one of her other team mates, Megan Hart, along with Margs Knighton and Greensleeves at the presentation of the teams trophy (Image: Jane Thompson)

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.

1 Megan Finlayson Greensleeves 22.6
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
9 Leasa Williamson Villaggio 38.3
10 Bundy Philpott Shillings 39.4


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 Caddigan and Gymnastik Showdown looking good on the cross-country

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
4 Mitty Forsyth Illustrious 38.3
5 Alex Chambers-Steward Zenvo 39.5
6 Rebecca Davey Playalong 43.2
7 Nicola Peat Paladin 43.8
8 Madeline Banks Luna Lovegood 45.2
9 Ellenna Caudwell SP Scoobie Do 45.6
10 Rachel Cave Alfie 45.9


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.

Along with sponsor Amanda Vosper, here’s Charlotte Robertson and Sirrocco Venus Rising

“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
3 Bridget Hawthorn Devereux 33
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
10 Lauren McKinlay RockQ 40


Overseas officials Annabel Scrimgeour and Pierre Michelet get a present from Karen Nicholson
Winners of the best presented prizes, Lizzie Green and Monica Oakley with sponsor Linda Hawley from County Saddlery