NZ’s eventing season is underway!

The spring eventing season is underway!!! The first event started in Canterbury.

Kirsty Sharapoff, Shoot the Breeze

The first event on the New Zealand eventing spring calendar has started off with a hiss and a roar today at the National Equestrian Centre in Christchurch. Some of the horses and riders were just about hissing with excitement and there were a few roars when things didn’t quite go to plan – mainly due to a great deal of exuberance on display!

One who has been very keen to get out of the winter dressage competitions and into his real job was Shoot the Breeze, ridden by Kirsty Sharapoff.  The pair lead the Ultimate Design & Renovation CNC2* Plus class by a very healthy margin, having nailed a great dressage and then recorded the only clear round in the class in the show jumping.

Kirsty, the Chair of Eventing Canterbury, was very pleased with ‘Merv.’  “He did a settled and consistent dressage test and got his changes, albeit a little enthusiastically!!”

Larissa Srhoy, Rockquest

Larissa Srhoy and Rockquest are making the most of their first start of the season, showing great form to lead the Dunstan CNC2* class with a solid dressage and a lovely clear show jumping round.  Larissa says that Rockquest is feeling really good. “For the start of the season, the dressage was OK, except he did practice his flying changes.” Unfortunately there were not any movements with flying changes in this 2* test.  Larissa intends consolidating Rockquest’s performances at two-star level and is hoping to venture up north at some stage in the coming season.

Larissa Srhoy, Heads will Roll

Larissa has obviously been doing a lot of practice over the winter, as she also leads the Melwood Equestrian CNC95 on her younger horse, Heads Will Roll.

Hard-working event secretary Claudia Faulkner is second to Larissa in the CNC2* class on Citadelle, is also second on Strate Show in the BetaVet CNC80 and third in the Melwood Equestrian CNC95 on Shapeshifter 2.

Another leading two classes is Lauren Enright. With Tyrgra she leads the Saddlery Barn CNC105 and Beaumont Cash is in the lead in the BetaVet CNC80.

Brent Jury, SE Gorky Park

Brent Jury and SE Gorky Park looked good out show jumping in the afternoon sun, and have the lead in the Equissage CNC1* from Cam Robertson on his promising mare, Wairoa Renegade.

The cross country is on tomorrow at the Eyreton Pony Club grounds, Mandeville Sports Grounds in North Canterbury, with an early start as the CNC2* plus class is first up at 8:30am. The weather forecast is saying clear skies, but in Canterbury that can also come with a frosty morning. Course builders Nick Pyke, assisted by Giles Gormack and Brent Jury, will be sure to be out there early to make sure any ice on the water jump is sorted!

Ultimate Design and Renovation CNC2*+ Dressage Show Jumping Day 1 Total
1 Shoot The Breeze Kirsty Sharapoff 35.1 0 35.1
2 Carbon Lucy Turner 41.6 8 49.6
3 By Hoki Courtney Davis 37.5 15 52.5
 Dunstan CNC2*
1 Rockquest Larissa Srhoy 31 0 31
2 Citadelle Claudia Faulkner 34.6 0 34.6
3 WS Paradise Rebecca Wardle 41.7 0 41.7
4 SD Amourosi Rebecca Smithey 40.3 4 44.3
5 Allander Rocket Lydia Truesdale 41.9 4 45.9
Equissage CNC1*
1 SE Gorky Park Brent Jury 31.2 0 31.2
2 Wairoa Renegade Cam Robertson 32.3 4 36.3
3 Ivanoff Paige Hardwick 39 0 39
4 My Hallucination Niamh Rayne 35.3 4 39.3
5 Mr O Likely Rebecca Smithey 37.1 4 41.1
Saddlery Barn CNC105
1 Tygra Lauren Enright 30.1 0 30.1
2 Miss Renegade Anna Poole 38.1 0 38.1
3 Star’s Ransom Nicola Kerr 38.5 0 38.5
4 Stellar Groove Rebecca Sharplin 39.5 0 39.5
5 Attenborough Colleen Marett 36.3 4 40.3
Saddlery Barn CNC105 Under 21 Years
1 Gymanji Lucy Cochrane 28.5 0 28.5
2 Tigerherz Georgie Dickson 33.2 0 33.2
3 Tenshi Tarryn Jones 33.6 0 33.6
4 Dingmac Demoiselle Isabelle Ussher 34 0 34
5 Quintero Annabelle Jones 34.1 0 34.1
Melwood Equestrian CNC95
1 Heads Will Roll Larissa Srhoy 26.9 1 27.9
2 Des Emily Cammock 35.7 0 35.7
3 Shapeshifter II Claudia Faulkner 36.4 0 36.4
4 Over Xposed Stanley Mullen 36.9 0 36.9
4 Tipperary Gold Nicola Sim 32.9 4 36.9
Melwood Equestrian CNC95 Under 21 Years
1 Saltador Giselle Conway 31.9 0 31.9
2 Astek Victor Lucy Turner 33.1 0 33.1
3 Monkey Puzzle Isabella Leighs 33.8 0 33.8
4 Amberleigh Prima Donna Lily Peters 34.8 0 34.8
5 Jenks Emily Holder 35 0 35
BetaVet CNC80
1 Beaumont Cash Lauren Enright 29.5 4 33.5
2 Strate Shot Claudia Faulkner 34.5 0 34.5
3 Peragon Bellini Hayley Thomas 35.5 0 35.5
4 Loco Moco Sara Rowley 36.1 0 36.1
5 The Goode Nut Rhonda Gibson 37.9 0 37.9
BetaVet CNC80 Under 21 Years
1= Heza QT Gemma Lewis 32.6 0 32.6
1= Awatuna Jimmy Neutron Fabriana McQuarrie 32.6 0 32.6
3 Rosewood Zakee Grace Gormack 34.2 0 34.2
4 Willowmead Playboy Meg Glassey 36.6 0 36.6
5 Awatuna Fox Trot Tess Morgan 37.6 0 37.6
Lime Solutions CNC65
1 Silver Lining Katrina Houston 30.5 0 30.5
2 Contanti Brianna Bailey 38.7 0 38.7
3 Ngalaire Flashlight Jack Hague 40.8 0 40.8
4 Southern Triumph Raquel Cook 41.6 0 41.6
5 Button Gretchen Anderson 39.7 4 43.7