Puhinui: Sam slams it!

After a challenging weekend, Puhinui's new winners have been crowned

Samantha Felton has added the Puhinui three-star title to her impressive CV, with a win today on her jumping machine, Ricker Ridge Divine Right.

 Sam and the 11-year-old thoroughbred mare by His Royal Highness snatched the lead in the Honda NZ CCI3* after an outstanding cross-country performance, being the only combination to come home under the optimum time, and despite having a show jumping rail, finished nearly 10 penalties clear of second-placed Madison Crowe and Waitangi Pinterest.

Sam was also third on Ricker Ridge Rui. Only five of the original 12 starters completed the competition, with Donna Edwards-Smith withdrawing DSE Tangolooma before cross-country and retiring DSE Cluney on course, Emily Cammock having Shaw Lee vetted out at the final trot-up, Corey Wood withdrawing Pick Up Line before show jumping, Matthew Grayling withdrawing NRM Trudeau after cross-country. Kirsty Sharapoff and Shoot the Breeze were eliminated after a fall at fence 4.

Abby Lawrence and Anonymous won the Auckland Council CCCI2*, on their dressage score, while Sam was second on Ricker Ridge Riley. 

Muzi Pottinger won the Veterinary Associates CCI* on Good Timing, Kelli Frewin the NZ Horse & Pony CCN105 on Phoenician Zatalk, and Eleisha Williams the FMG CCN95 on Daimler Benz.

In the national classes, Fiona Frazer and Xanthus III won the Thompson Electrical CNC*, and Juliet Wood the Bucas CNC105 on Waitangi Imak. 

For our full coverage, see the January issue of NZ Horse & Pony magazine, on sale December 24.

Samantha Felton and Ricker Ridge Divine Right 

Sam and her mare were the only three-star pair to come home clear under the time 
Abby Lawrence and Anonymous won the CCI2* to go with their HOY title
Muzi Pottinger and Good Timing on their way to winning the CCI1*