Taupo 3DE action

Taupo dished out almost everything it had in terms of weather during the 2019 National Three-day Eventing Championships, and the flagship DVS Home Ventilation CCI4* had the closest of finishes, Madison Crowe and Waitangi Pinterest edging out defending champions Muzi Pottinger and Just Kidding.

The pair finished on the same penalty score of 34, but the win went to Maddy as she was closer to the cross-country optimal time.

Unfortunately, the Trans-Tasman clashes did not go New Zealand’s way under the new (and frankly, ludicrous) team scoring format that the sport’s international body, the FEI, has come up with in an attempt to secure its place in the Olympics. If it was supposed to make the eventing scoring simpler and easier to understand, it’s a big fail. With reserve combinations being substituted for eliminated pairs, but copping an additional 200 penalties, it resulted in Australia’s Gold team (Shane Rose, Sonja Johnson and Emma Bishop) winning the Senior Oceania contest, on 207.3 penalties, to the NZ Black (Madison, Muzi, Bundy Philpott) score of 325.5. But under the traditional rules of four to a team, three best scores to count, New Zealand Black would have had a thumping victory, 128.3 penalties to Australia Gold’s 202.5.

There was a similar situation in the Junior contest, with Australia’s team emerging as victors.

The new format also creates the horse-unfriendly situation of requiring each team combination to show jump twice, and – in another head-scratcher – some of those eliminated on the cross-country for rider falls, were able to trot-up and show jump the next day for their teams which seems contrary to the entire point of three-day eventing.

We will have full coverage in our upcoming June/July issue of NZ Horse & Pony magazine, but enjoy these action images from www.takethemoment.co.nz

Maddy Crowe and Waitangi Pinterest, our new National 3DE four-star champions
Maddy and her mare were confident and slick on cross-country day
Muzi Pottinger and Just Kidding came oh-so close to winning the title for a third time, finishing on the same score as Madi and Pinterest
Madeline Wilson and I’m Bruce were the best of the Australians on cross-country, sitting third at the end of the day, but withdrew before show jumping
Emily Cammock and Shaw Lee finished third
Sam Lissington and Ricker Ridge Sooty GNZ successfully defended the CCI3* title they won last year
Monica Oakley had a great event, including third and fourth in the NRM CCI3*. She is pictured here on fourth-placed Artist
Clarke Johnstone and Watermill Glenneagle had an all-the-way win in the Fiber Fresh CCI2*
Cherie Jacques and Wizard lead the Wairakei Resort CCN1* after cross-country, but had two rails down to finish fifth
Danielle Wheeler won the CCN1* on Soldierboy, and was also third on CP Aurelio
Jeffery Amon and My Silver Lining won the Stirling Collection CCN2* Open
Jessica Woods and Kings Soleil won the Taupo Vet Centre CCN105 Open