Single Clear Takes Amateur Crown
A homebred horse who travelled two-and-a-half days to get the HOY took out the Wade Coaches Amateur Rider class . . . much to the delight of his rider Abby Hore.
Horse and Beaumont Geldolf were the only clear round in the 29-strong title class over the Werner Deeg (GER) designed course. The class is part of the season-long Caledonian Holdings Amateur Rider Series.
The 42-year-old mother of three was ecstatic, and perhaps more so to be heralded out of the ring to Stand Up For The Champions.
“I wasn’t expecting that win at all,” said Hore, who travelled up from Central Otago to make her debut at HOY. “It is a real thrill.”
Ten-year-old Beaumont Geldolf is a three-quarter thoroughbred and one-quarter Clydesdale. It is Hore’s third season competing the horse.
“He has been very consistent in the series and usually places in the top five,” she says. “I was worried he would be tired after all that travelling but he just loves getting in the ring.”
Her nine-year-old daughter Jessica is also competing, in the showing classes aboard Glenmoore Lucky I Am.
The 29 in the title class came through from the 86-strong qualifier earlier in the day. In the title class, there were faults aplenty. Second-placed Nicola Smith (Cambridge) and Verdant Blue NZPH were the fastest of the four faulters, with third going to Ann Fletcher (Kumeu) on Coast to Coast and fourth to Noni Morgan (Hastings) aboard Secret Keeper – all on four faults.
Wade Equine Coaches Amateur Rider – part of the Caledonian Amateur Rider Series: Abby Horse (Central Otago) Beaumont Geldolf 1, Nicola Smith (Cambridge) Verdant Blue NZPH 2, Ann Fletcher (Kumeu) Coast to Coast 3, Noni Morgan (Hastings) Secret Keeper 4, Kirstin Beaven (Christchurch) La Riviere 5, Graeme Isaacson (Dannevirke) Pokere 6.