Nothing Quiet About Rumours

3 Mar

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Nothing Quiet About Rumours

Newly-crowned Amanda Roy knew it was all or nothing when she rode into the jump-off of the GJ Gardner Pro Amateur Rider of the Year yesterday afternoon.

She and Rumours NZPH threw everything at the Werner Deeg-designed track, took a couple of turns others didn’t and reaped the rewards.

“I knew we may have the rail, and we did, but we ended up more than three seconds ahead of the second horse,” said the 38-year-old mum of two from Gore.

She and 11-year-old Rumours NZPH were first out of the five strong jump-off. It turned into a two horse race, between Roy and her fellow South Islander Zoe Shore (Ashburton) aboard Zara. Roy flew home with four faults in 38.3 seconds, with Shore also picking up four faults to stop the clock at 41.96. New Zealand Performance Horses’ rider Helen Kippen (Ocean Beach) was the next best with Velocity NZPH with their four fault 47.14 second effort.

“Rumours is just so consistent,” said Roy of the horse she bought as a six-year-old. “She gives 110% every round – she has her moments when she is a little crazy but if you took that fire away I think you would take away her heart.”

Over the years they have had some great results including first equal in the seven-year-old series and last year were second in the pro am series.

“I guess I didn’t back myself to win today . . . I don’t think about winning, but I do know we are both very capable of doing just that. Rumours is so consistent.”

Amanda Roy rides Rumours NZPH in the ProAm rider of the year, Horse of the Year 2016, Hawkes Bay A&P Showgrounds, Hastings, Wednesday, March 02, 2016. Credit: KAMPIC / Kerry Marshall

Today (Thursday) Roy and Rumours will start in the Ultra Mox Lady Rider of the Year class.

“It’s a big step up but going forwards I want to be competitive at that height. Rumours helps me out a lot but I need to be careful not to ask too much of her.”

Roy lives on a sheep, cattle and grain farm . . . where there are also “more horses than my husband would like”. She has imported three mares from Germany for her Hokonui Sport Horses breeding operation, and has a few six-year-old showjumpers already out and about, with some very exciting youngsters coming up behind.

Roy uses mostly frozen semen but has also used Corofino a few times.

“They’re (her babies) just getting better and better,” she said.

She is at the show with her parents, who help out with her children, three-year-old Summer and five-year-old Grace.

“My parents aren’t at all horsey but this is a trip we do as a family.”

It’s no mean feat – it takes her around 26 hours from door to door, including the ferry crossing.

“It is a long run and we stop as much as we can but it isn’t easy on them.”

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