A Future Superstar?
Whangarei’s Samantha Peters and her beautiful bay horse Cadillac NZPH wowed everyone with their performance when they won the Seven Year Old Show Jumping Horse of the Year. If the horse didn’t already have enough fans, he will certainly have more now, as he jumped spectacularly.
“He’s an absolute superstar,” said Samantha afterwards. “We just carved it up.” Samantha had been targeting this class, after having a very successful season to date. “This was my goal, my highlight class.”
Samantha has big plans for the big horse that she has had owned he was a four-year old, after getting a recommendation from some friends including Tui Teka, a well-known horseman. She thinks Cadillac NZPH could be an international horse.
“I just want to see how far we can go, and I would so love to represent my country.”
Her immediate goals are to stay in New Zealand until she and her young horse are ready to launch their international career.
There were ten combinations who came back for the challenging jump-off and for a while it looked like the class was going to be won with a round of four faults. In the end there were two clears, with Samantha being over nine seconds faster than Oliver Edgecombe on Carnival NZPH who produced the first clear round. Amanda Pottinger and Good Timing were third, with Clarke Johnstone and Watermill Hadley fourth.