Competitive pony title classes decided
In the pony categories large entries and stiff competition characterised all three title classes.
The Williamson name is well known in dressage circles but it was Wendi Williamson’s daughter Rebecca who was making a splash over in the showhunter ring, taking out the Category C Pony of the Year title.
Wendi is currently campaigning overseas and, due to the time difference, had gone to sleep before the class, so would have woken to the good news.
Auckland Dio student Rebecca, 14, was excited to win with her new pony, He’s Pryceless. The pair competes in dressage and showjumping as well, and was off to compete in the Level 1 dressage straight after the prizegiving.
Rebecca was surprised to win and proud of the pony, who she has only had for about three months. “This is only my fourth show on him, so I’m very happy.”
Second in the Category C title class was Harriet Laing riding Triple Star Picture Puzzle, third was Olivia Adams on Sweet Cappuccino and fourth was Georgia Alexander with Gold Class.
Maddie Smith and Starlight India turned in a near flawless performance to earn them the crown of Category B Pony Showhunter of the Year.
Second place in the Category B title class went to Anna Nalder riding Acclaim, Hollie Falloon was third on Phoenician Soho and Amelia Newsom was fourth with Moon Spirit Jitterbug.
In the tiny Category A Pony Showhunter of the Year Maddi Davidson, 12, from a deer and beef station near Te Awamutu, was over the moon to take the title with her dun pony Rhythm N Gold.
Maddi has done all of the work on the pony herself since she got it three years ago.
Trainer Leigh Taylor said it was a very special win and the rider had put in the hard yards. “The rider has really stepped up to the mark and it’s the first title for the pony…the pony has a great jump.”
Second in the Category A class was Bria Fitzgerald and My Scooter. Hollie Falloon had a great show, placing third on Fortification Penhellagon and adding to her Category B title class placing, and fourth was Rosa Wilkinson with Glynmerlyn Magical Miss.