Gizzie Cuzzies Rule Six-Year-Old at HOY

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Gizzie Cuzzies Rule Six-Year-Old at HOY

Gisborne cousins Fraser Tombleson and Jenny Randall were the stars of the AHD Ltd Six-Year-Old Horse of the Year Championship at the Farmlands Horse of the Year Show in Hastings today.
And eventual winner Tombleson had plenty of praise for his older cousin.
“It was good Jenny went before me,” said the 24-year-old. “I probably wouldn’t have gone that fast so she really set the pace.”

Fraser Tombleson rides Mea I to win the 6yr Old Horse Championship, Horse of the Year 2016, Hastings Show Grounds, Hastings, Wednesday, March 2, 2016. Credit: KAMPIC / Sarah Lord

Twenty-seven started the class, with 10 coming back for the jump-off. Five of those were double clear, but the Gizzie cousins had an edge on the rest of the field.
Randall and Nero Bello came home in 45.25 seconds, with Tombleson and Mea I stopping the clock at 44.4.
Both horses were bred by family. Nero Bello by Randall’s sister Caroline and her husband Diesel Coop, and Mea I by Tombleson’s father.
Mea I, who is by Bruce Holden’s Ngahiwi One Eye, only came into work this season but has quickly shown herself to be one for the future.
“She’s pretty green but has really bolted through the ranks,” says Tombleson, who figures he last won a title at HOY eight or so years ago – the last time he actually rode at the show. He also dabbled a little in rodeo before passing it up.
These days he is farming, leasing land off his parents and running sheep and beef, but he’s already thinking about next season.
“We will definitely be doing the seven-year-old series with her next season,” he says.
Randall has had Nero Bello since he was three.
“He came as a paddock friend for my old retired pony Zing and just never left,” she said. “He was always going to be too small for Caroline and Diesel and as I had given up riding, I think it was her way of getting me back into it.”
It worked and Randall and Nero Bello have enjoyed a very successful season. While she knew the horse has plenty of scope, she says she wasn’t backing herself to win today.
“There are some good horses out there and it was a big class and a big ring.”
And she knew with Tombleson to follow her in the jump-off, she would have to post a speedy time. “I knew I had to put the hammer down.”
Despite coming second to her younger cousin, 32-year-old Randall, a fertiliser rep for Ballance Agri-Nutrients, says she is “absolutely rapt” with their efforts.
She had contemplated starting the horse in the amateur rider, but instead headed home to Gisborne to give him a well deserved break. “He deserves it!”
As a pony rider, Randall enjoyed plenty of success and represented New Zealand at the final of the FEI Children’s International in South Africa. Her efforts today at HOY are her best in her hack career. “He’s pretty special. I just love him to bits!”

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