More Riding and Less Shoeing for Beresford

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More Riding and Less Shoeing for Beresford

Clint Beresford is making quite a debut at HOY.

Today the 23-year-old and his horse Emmaville Jitterbug won the opening class in the Land Rover Premier Arena, the Prestige Equestrian 1.4m . . . and that gave him plenty to smile about.

“I am pretty happy with him all right,” said the Canberra-based rider of his 10-year-old gelding. “That’s a good start to the show.”

Clinton Beresford (Australia) rides Emmaville Jitterbug and wins the Horse 1.40m, Horse of the Year 2016, Hawkes Bay A&P Showgrounds, Hastings, Tuesday, March 01, 2015. Credit: KAMPIC / Kerry Marshall

Clinton Beresford (Australia) rides Emmaville Jitterbug and wins the Horse 1.40m, Horse of the Year 2016, Hawkes Bay A&P Showgrounds, Hastings, Tuesday, March 01, 2015. Credit: KAMPIC / Kerry Marshall

Beresford was early to go in the 1.4m, but set a mark others struggled to match. He and Jitterbug stopped the clock at 79.39 seconds, with second placed Katie Laurie (Mystery Creek) and Dunstan Lucca on 81.22, Laurie with her lovely grey stallion Dunstan Casebrooke Lomond third on 82.36, and eventer Clarke Johnstone (Matangi) fourth aboard Quainton Labyrinth in 85.96.

Twenty-seven started the class, giving many Kiwi riders their first taste of German designer Werner Deeg’s work.

Beresford has ridden a number of Werner Deeg designed courses and is a big fan.

“He really knows how to get the horses flowing so they go a lot better by the end of the show. He gives you a bit of room out there.”

Beresford had hoped to bring Jitterbug to New Zealand 12 months ago, but an injury saw him sidelined for the best part of a year.

“We had done a few world cups and were going well when he got injured. We started the season in around August and he hasn’t missed a beat since.”

Beresford figures the horse is now back to peak fitness and feeling as good as he was when he went out.

It’s not the first time Beresford has competed in New Zealand. In 2014 he was part of an Australian young rider team, but this is his first visit to HOY.

“We really liked it back then so it was always in our minds to come back. We just decided now was a good time to come back.”

However, Beresford didn’t back himself to take today’s class, especially as he’s been back in Australia at another show for the week.

“I knew (fellow Australian rider) James (Arkins) would be tough but I didn’t know a lot of the other riders out there. Now I have seen them, I know there are some really nice horses out there and I have more of an idea of what I am up against,” he says. “We’ll just see how things go.”

He is planning on starting in tomorrow’s Norwood Gold Cup, as well as the McMillan Silver Fern Stakes and Olympic Cup.

As much as he would love to spend all his days riding, Beresford is a farrier so splits his day between the two.

“I am working on the transition to more riding and less shoeing!”

Following HOY, the combination will head to the Sydney Royal where he will have both Jitterbug and another youngster from home.

“Give that one another 12 months under his belt and I would love to bring him here too.”

And while Rio is not on his radar, he is hopeful he will have more horsepower to be able to have a good tilt at the next Olympics in 2020.

Results –

Prestige Equestrian Horse 1.4m: Clint Beresford (AUS) Emmaville Jitterbug 1, Katie Laurie (Mystery Creek) Dunstan Lucca 2, Katie Laurie (Mystery Creek) Dunstan Casebrooke Lomond 3, Clarke Johnstone (Matangi) Quainton Labyrinth 4, Rachel Malcolm (Cambridge) Henton Excalibur 5, Tash Brooks (Cambridge) Kapattack 6.

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