Yandoo Takes Two!
Bayleys Young Rider of the Year
Emily Hayward and Yandoo Lady Gold won this title last year, and they have done it again this year albeit in sensational circumstances.
There were two riders who made it through to the jump off after two rounds in the Bayleys Young Rider class. Emily was first to go and when she had a rail down early in the course she thought she had handed the competition to the in-form Oliver Croucher on Waitangi Surf who had the other clear round. This combination had triumphed on Wednesday in the Norwood Gold Cup and were looking great over the first few fences but then disaster struck. Oliver jumped the wrong jump and was therefore eliminated, handing the win to Emily.
This is the sixth season Emily has competed on her lovely mare, and said that in the last three seasons they have really clicked.
“She isn’t the easiest horse at times, but she gives it her all.”
Understandably Oliver was devastated with his mistake, and said that he knew he was wrong as soon as they left the ground but by then it was too late.
“My horse wanted to jump everything clear, the rider just needs to remember his course!”
There was another hard luck story in the competition as Steffi Whittaker jumped two clear rounds in the competition riding On the Point Eve but incurred one time fault in the first round, so she had to settle for third place.
“I changed her bit today as she was a bit strong. It worked a treat. Yesterday we were one of the fastest, and this time I had more control, but went too slow!”
She was still delighted with her ribbon – “the first of my show!”
Steffi had hoped to be competing in the Olympic Cup class on Sunday on her stallion Eros K but unfortunately the horse was ruled out prior to the show with a short-term illness.
Elmo Jackson was fourth on Animation, with Sophie Scott on Lakato fifth.