Two titles for Tegan

Tegan Fitzsimon & Windermere Cappuccino on their way to winning the National Grand Prix Title (Image: Jane Thompson, Pegasus Communications)

Tegan Fitzsimon won two major titles on the final day of the Tavendale & Partners National Show Jumping Championships.

Windermere Cappuccino added a national title to his already comprehensive CV when he triumphed in the feature event in Christchurch today. 

The final two round of the Dunstan Horsefeeds & Equifibre National Grand Prix was watched by a good sized crowd who were treated to a nail-biting finish which came down to the last fence. 

Tegan Fitzsimon and the superstar Windermere Cappuccino (“Vollie”) came into the final round just 0.64 behind Steffi Whittaker on Eros K. Both horses had jumped clear in the first speed class on Friday and then again the first round of the Grand Prix. It all came down to the final round of the Gerit Becker designed course and it didn’t look like it was going to be Tegan’s day when Vollie took a pole. “He just felt like he was running out of fuel towards the end, it was really hot and he hasn’t done a lot of jumping since he won the World Cup Final,” Tegan said. 

Steffi and Eros K had been looking good all show, but the big chestnut stallion made one mistake mid-way through the round, and then heartbreakingly knocked the last fence down as well, to give the win to Tegan and Vollie. 

This win meant a lot to Tegan. “I didn’t really know where I was going to be with the horse and I didn’t even think I would be able to start in this competition. I am just grateful that I am here. He has given me everything today and he has come out on top. He really does deserve this title. I am so pleased that his name is now on the Mary Dalley Memorial Trophy.”

She also admitted to a few tears, and predicted there were many more to come as it looks like he will be sold to the USA. He has passed the veterinary inspections and now the potential new owner is coming out to ride the horse.  “Yes, there have been quite a few tears, but he is worth them.” 

Alacazam MH and Tegan Fitzsimon (Image: Jane Thompson)

Tegan also came third in the class with her other horse, Double J Monarch. These placings came on top of another great win in the Hygain NZ National 1.30m Horse Championship on her faithful campaigner, Alacazam MH. The 20-year-old horse looked half his age, and headed off Molly Buist-Brown and Vali who looked like they had the competition wrapped up until they faulted at the last fence. Tegan triumphed again as a result and was delighted for Alacazam. “He has won Young Rider titles and stuff like that before, but never a National championship title. He must have heard us talking about him retiring!” 

As to whether retirement ever will come for the horse, Tegan says it all just depends on how he feels from now on.  And as to celebrations after a great weekend of showjumping, Tegan doesn’t drink alcohol so was looking forward to a fanta and then a good sleep! 

Lincoln’s Sophie Geddes had a thrilling result in the Fiber Fresh NZ National Pony Championship, taking out first and second place with her ponies Benrose Silver Shadow and Te Ngaio Raggamuffin respectively. “I have never been first and second before, so it is a pretty cool feeling,” she said. “I have never won a National title either though!”

Sophie has had Benrose Silver Shadow for just over a year, and Te Ngaio Raggamuffin for two years. The 15-year-old St Margaret’s College student is planning on heading to the Horse of the Year Show in Hastings in mid-March, with the Pony of the Year in her sights. 

Further stories and images will be loaded over the next few days and will be in our next magazine.

Dunstan Horsefeeds & Equifibre NZ National Grand Prix Horse Championship in conjunction with Wilcox Perlas Potatoes

1st       Windermere CappuccinoTegan Fitzsimon (West Melton)

2nd      Eros K                            Steffi Whittaker

3rd       Double J Monarch           Tegan Fitzsimon

4th       Cera Cassina                  Kimberley Bird

Hygain NZ National 1.30m Horse Championship 

1st       Alacazam MH                 Tegan Fitzsimon

2nd      Vali                                 Molly Buist-Brown

3rd       WS Paradise                   Rebecca Wardle

4th       Kiwi Spirit                       Grace Percy

Fiber Fresh NZ National Pony GP Championship

1st       Benrose Silver Shadow   Sophie Geddes (Lincoln)

2nd      Te Ngaio Raggamuffin     Sophie Geddes

3rd       MF Spot Me                    Ella Wylie

4th       EB Esperenza                 Harriet Stock

Tavendale & Partners NZ National 1.20m Horse Championship 

1st       Winterberg                      Lucinda Askin (Leeston)

2nd      Silversmith                      Amy McMullan

3rd       Commissioner                 Chris Harris

4th       Wallflower                       Kate Cavanagh

Hilton Press NZ National 1.10m Horse Championship 

1st       LC Umhlanga Rocks        Nicole White (Invercargill)

2nd Williby Wisdom Victoria Brown

3rd RH Royally Olivia Brown

4th Sunny Disposition Grace Percy

5th Ngahiwi Call Girl Florence Tapley

Zilco NZ National 1.00m Horse Championship 

1st       Leopoldo TSH                 Ella Rae-Wood (West Coast)

2nd      Good Luck Charlie          Abbey Baker

3rd       Firebird                           Timothy Richards

4th       Ziggy Stardust                 Grace Percy

T & M Nurseries NZ National 1.10m Pony Competition 

1st       Freestyle Twyst &            Meg Bisset (Blenheim)

2nd      Galaxy Masterpiece         Madeline Woods

3rd       Tallyho Primrose             Ella Rae-Wood

4th       Junior Disco                    Samantha Gillies

RVC NZ National 1m Pony Championship 

1st       Tallyho Cleopatra            Ruby Rae-Wood (West Coast)

2nd      Missing Peices                Summer Borrie

3rd       Tallyho Mayflower           Ella Wylie

4th       Aorangi Bella                  Charlotte Bota

Show Hunter

LONE GOAT VINEYARD NZ National Title Open Championship 1.15m 

1st       Vera Mera VA                 Anna Redmond

2nd      Shaw Lee                       Emily Cammock

3rd       Carolina                          Zoe Shore

4th        Eye Candy                   Katie Meredith

MORRISON’S SADDLERY  NZ National Title Amateur Championship 1m 

1st       Kosciuszko                     Melanie Morris

2nd      My Countess                   Emily Barton 

3rd       PL Classic Z                   Hayley Shaw

4th        PL Queen of Hearts      Hayley Shaw

BROUGH EQUESTRIAN  NZ National Title Junior Championship 1m 

1st       Tikity Tok                        Sarah Hay

2nd      Paintball                         Georgia Allison

3rd       Silver Sonic                     Abriele Morse

4th       Good Luck Charlie          Abbey Baker