Dancing to a Different Beat

8 Mar

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Record-breaker Julie Brougham heads to Europe with an extra spring in her step.

She and Vom Feinsten today bettered their own Australasian musical freestyle record, which they set at the 2015 HOY.

While they didn’t successfully defend their overall title – which went to John Thompson and JHT Antonello – they were reserve and, Bougham says, very proud of their efforts.

“Vom Feinsten has done three very good tests at HOY – little things got in our way but I have very good competition here which is wonderful for us all.”

To notch another Australasian record at their last outing before heading to Europe means the world to Brougham.

“To do another top class consistent test is just fantastic,” she said of the 76.3% effort which won them the GJ Gardner CDI3* FEI Grand Prix Freestyle.

Vom Feinsten also won the Virbac Equine CDI FEI Grand Prix with 70.447% and was fourth in the Virbac CDI FEI Grand Prix Special with 68.938%.

Julie Brougham rides Vom Feinsten, Horse of the Year 2016, Hawkes Bay A&P Showgrounds, Hastings, Sunday, March 06 2016. Credit: KAMPIC / Kerry Marshall

Julie Brougham rides Vom Feinsten, Horse of the Year 2016, Hawkes Bay A&P Showgrounds, Hastings, Sunday, March 06 2016. Credit: KAMPIC / Kerry Marshall

Included in the judges’ line-up was Germany’s Gottheilf Reixinger who was so impressed with the talent in the top three – Thompson, Brougham and Wendi Williamson – that he said any one of them could easily head to Europe and be competitive.

That’s especially pleasing to hear for Brougham, who flies out later this month to start her European campaign.

“It is all very well to feel it is a better test, but it is up to the judges. You are in the lap of the judges and have to wait,” says Brougham.

“Today we did a test he knows well. I was able to give him a workout this morning, with stretching and relaxing. He is a hot horse and needs that extra loosening up I think. I did feel it was a little bit better than last year,” says Brougham. “The whole overall quality was so much better.”

For her, it represents all the training and travelling she, husband David and Vom Feinsten have been doing as they chase they necessary qualifying marks for Rio.

They have those marks in the bag now, gaining the last one at HOY in the Grand Prix.

“It is a huge tick for me and a monkey off my back!”

Another Title for Williamson

6 Mar

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Another Title
for Williamson

Going into HOY, Wendi Williamson wondered whether she had pushed Don Amour MH too hard . . . but she needn’t have bothered.

The classy combo won the Level 8 Horse of the Year title, successfully making the jump up from level 5 last year.

“He is only eight years old so it was a pretty big jump but he just got better as the show went on,” says Williamson, whose day job is as an environmental engineer. “He has always struggled with the HOY atmosphere but he tries so hard and coped so much better this year.”

A half brother to her star Dejavu MH, she bought him as a foal. It wasn’t just his talent that saw her make the big step from level 5 to 8 this year.

“I spent three years at Prix St George and Inter I with Watergate. We perfected the grade and I didn’t think much about grand prix. However, having done level 8 with Dejavu, I realised it was a really good grade and good precursor to Grand Prix. Otherwise is is a massive jump for Prix St George to that Grand Prix level.”

She is hoping Don Amour will make that step through to Grand Prix next year.

“He will be very young but I think largely, he has coped with things quite well.”

She was over the moon with the feedback from the judges, and particularly Germany’s Gottheilf Reixinger.

“I am pretty stoked with Dejavu – he too got better as the show went on. I came away thinking I couldn’t have done any more.”

Mother of two Williamson has plenty of HOY titles to her credit. Don Amour has won levels 1, 4, 5 and 8, while Dejavu took out levels 1, 2 Prix St Georges and 8, and Watergate level 5 and Prix St George and Inter I.

“We love HOY. It is the only time we get to a show with showjumpers! There are more people to watch too – we train our horses to make them look beautiful, so it is nice to have that there. HOY has that real international feel to it.”

Key to the whole Williamson operation is husband Jon who puts together all the music for her freestyles and groom Hannah Cromrie.


Results –

Level 8 Horse of the Year: Wendi Williamson (Kumeu) Don Amour MH 1, Fiona Craig (Kumeu) Crystal Mt Xodo 2, Gaylene Lennard (Te Aroha) Donzello 3, Penny Castle (Ashhurst) BL About Time 4, Kallista Field (Pahiatua) Prima Park Vincent 5, Jude Nickolls (Queenstown) Glenview Caballero 6.

HOY Stars of the Year

6 Mar

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More ‘of the year’ champs from HOY. Full results can be found at www.equestrianentries.co.nz .

Results –

Showjumping, Saba Sam Shield: Wellington / Horowhenua (Sophie Scott, Benrose Playtime; Shanae McKay, Guthrie; Georgia Percy, Surprise Illusion) 1, Waikato (Emma Watson, Fun House; Charlotte Amos, Captain Nemo; Ally Carson, Tony The Pony) 2, Canterbury (Lucy Turner, Tallyho Mystic; Annabel Francis, Te Mata Miss; Rosa Grace Buist Brown, Junior Disco) 3.

Nelson Family 1.35m Horse of the Year: Lucy Akers (Longburn) Letitbe GNZ 1,, Emily Fraser (Feilding) Voila 2, Danielle Maurer (Auckland) Supernova NZPH 3, Laura Inkster (Clevedon) Strathcarron Zaurak 4, Rachel Malcolm (Cambridge) Henton Excalibur 5, Nick Brooks (Cambridge) Versace C 6.

Nga Tawa Child Rider of the Year 13 yrs and under Pony Comp 1.m: Ruby Mason (Napier) Mr Acho 1, Lily Cawood (Cambridge) Griffin Valley 2, Estella Loughlin (Auckland) Skibbereen Kentucky 3, Emma Watson (Morrinsville) Galaxy Samurai 4, Sophie Townsend (Darfield) Tallyho Neptune 5, Ella Rae-Wood (Greymouth) Dreamtime Jazz 6,

Show hunter, Category A Pony Show Hunter of the Year 70cm max: Grace Parker (Taupo) Moon Maiden 1, Grace Parker (Taupo) Love Joy 2, Chantelle Smith (Palmerston North) Hopefield Royal Secret 3, Holly Parkin (Levin) Chelton Light Secret 4, Anna Nalder (Rangiora) Rainforrest 5, Brooke Hutton (Dargaville) Shadow Moonshine 6.

Horse Show Hunter of the Year: Chloe Akers (Opiki) Kiwi Motto 1, Kate Mullins (Kaia)poi Cowboy Cool 2, Laura Van Velthooven (Palmerston North) Sirocco Daisy 3, Melanie Dudding (Tuakau) Country Vogue 4, Sally Ward (Waipukurau) Paradox 5, Kate Ward (Waipukurau) Meersbrooke Fire ”N” Ice 6.

Showing, Prydes Easifeed Riding Horse of the Year over 148cm: Sue Reynolds (Hastings) X Factor 1, Tracey Heywood (Nelson) Lothario KC 2, Amanda Berridge (Cambridge) Glamorgan By Design 3, Paula Glasgow (Wanganui) To The Max 4, Anne Hjorth (Cambridge) Brilliant Cut 5, Jesse O’Flaherty (Christchurch) Che Bello 6.

Park Hack of the Year over 148cm & not exceeding 158cm: Natacha Otto (Te Awamutu) Cuv”ee 1, Bronwyn Woodhead (Milton) Woodhill Gona Dance 2, Jade Farrant (Christchurch) First Edition 3, Olivia Mason (Rangiora) Farview Royal Intent 4, Fiona Honeyman (Mercer) Playboy 5, Dani Simpson (Christchurch) Integrities Promise 6.

Hack of the Year over 158cm: Ben Thomson (Cambridge) TC Artistry 1, Vanessa Everton (Pirongia) Lady”s Honour RP 2, Vanessa Pickens (Christchurch) Volturi WP 3, Courtney Mullen (Leeston) Citizen 4, Mary Copeman (Hamilton) My Kingdom 5, Jayna Dinneen (Auckland) JS Leonardo 6.

Saddle Hunter Horse of the Year over 148cm: Corey Miln (Hamilton) Avante Garde 1, Anne Hjorth (Cambridge) Savile Row 2, Amanda Fraser (Hawke’s Bay) King of Hearts 3, William Fisher (Reporoa) Friday Fox 4, Angela Wakeford (Hastings) El Xtreme 5, Rachel Forrester (Whanganui) DeLorean 6.

Nga Tawa Rider of the Year 11 yrs & under: Harriet Laing (Leeston) Wembleybrook Benevolence 1, Trey Cadwallader (Albany) Eastdale Diva 2, Eden Annabell (Drury) Nanteos Autumn Gwyndaf 3, Grace Stevenson (Hastings) Maxwellton Dashing Dougall 4, Ella Rankin (Pahiatua) Sherwood Mark II 5, Sinead Gordon (Waipu) Glynmawr Silver Tussock 6.

Rider of the Year 12 13 & 14 yrs: Charlotte Chittick (Matamata) Aschbrooke Bracken 1, Natasha Waddell (Ashburton) Uptown Charlie Brown 2, Paris Masterson (Papakura) Alpine Park Water Colours 3, Billie Roach (Cambridge) Leeara Park First Edition 4, Meg Fleming (Christchurch) Mansfield Park Magnolia 5, Ashlee Barlow (Whanganui) Phoenician Poem 6.

Rider of the Year 15 & 16 yrs: Amy Sage (Auckland) Maxwellton Tuesday Treasure 1, Kate Fleming (Christchurch) Mansfield Park Magnolia 2, Tyler Porteous (Kaiwaka) Wembleybrook Benevolence 3, Grace Tripe (Blenheim) Beechcroft Playboy 4, Adrienne van den Berk (Hastings) Brookfields Dreams Are Free 5, Denby Rose Tait (Hastings) KS Heavenly Rose 6.

Sweet Victory for Dolley and Chocolate

6 Mar

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Sweet Victory for Dolley
and Chocolate

Lucarne Dolley had to pinch herself to make sure her victory in the Young Dressage Rider of the Year was real.

Hours after winning the crown the 17-year-old from Kumeu was still coming to terms with it.

“It is just so cool,” she said. “Especially considering I haven’t even had her for a year yet.”

She’s talking about 11-year-old Matilda – or Devil’s Chocolate as she is known in the competition arena.

“She is a typical mare and can have her moments – lots of people know that, but it so cool when we get it together. I am so pleased with my marks from HOY – I didn’t think I would get as high as I did. We have had a score over 70% at a regional show, but to have international judges give me over 70% is amazing. It reinforces that I am doing OK and we are on the right track.”

That includes her trainer Vanessa Way, with whom she based herself for a month before HOY to prepare for the big show.

“It was so cool and I learnt so much.”

Way had a hand in both the champion and reserve young rider – Molly Lumb and KH Arvan were reserve.

Way was chuffed.

“Both girls are very special to me and I knew it would be close battle,” said Way.

It was at the 2015 HOY while competing on Mzungu that Dolley realised it was time to start looking for another horse.

“I realised he wasn’t going to go for too much longer so thought git would be a good idea to get another and have two going at the same time,” said Dolley.

However, the best laid plans don’t always go smoothly, and 18-year-old Mzungu, who she was reserve in the young rider title last year, ended up retiring in October.

“That was great to be reserve, and is the closest I had ever been to winning a title.”

She had previously competed on ponies but, by her own admission, was generally mid field.

Dolley switched her education to correspondence last year so she could focus on her riding.

“I want to do horses and this is really workable around them.”


Young Dressage Rider of the Year: Lucarne Dolley (Kumeu) Devil’s Chocolate 1, Molly Lumb (Taranaki) KH Arvan 2, Caitlin Benzie (Pukekohe) Rosari Royal Gem 3, Louisa Ayres (Paraparaumu) Playmate 4, Devon Raos (Whitford) Busuto 5, Una Cahill (Parnell) Dream of Angels 6.

Perfect Finish for Disco Star

6 Mar

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Perfect Finish
for Disco Star

Dressage champ Sheena Ross and Parkridge Disco SW have plenty of titles to there credit, but no HOY ones . . . until this year.

Much to her delight, the full time rider lived up to her favourite tag, winning the Level 6/7 Dressage Horse of the Year crown.

They’ve been consistent through the grades, winning level 1 and 7 and nationals, and 1, 3, 5 and 7 at North Islands.

She bought him as a foal. He is by German Hanoverian stallion Dancier and bred by Carol Eivers.

“I was riding grand prix that season and Carol said she had a gorgeous foal I should look at . . . I wasn’t’ even looking for one!”
However, she quickly fell in love with the very “elastic, perky and springy” little guy.

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Poetry in motion . . . Sheena Ross and Parkridge Disco SW. Photo Jan Sutherland/Take the Moment.

He is now eight and while this is just his first season at level 6/7, Ross says there is plenty more in the tank.

“I have had a lot of very positive feedback about him – Charlotte (Dujardin) loved his work ethic and energy. He has a very exciting hind leg and comes through sharp and quick.”

At just 16hh, the chestnut boasts a great attitude with looks to match.

“This has been my best season ever,” says Ross. “He is just a sensational little horse.”

In the past six weeks, the combination have won the North Island, National and HOY titles for level 6/7.

“Next spring we will start at level 8 and see how that goes. I don’t want to overface him but he loves to piaffe and passage and is already training fairly solidly at that level.”

Long term Ross would love to take him across the Tasman to a CDI.

“He definitely has the talent and we may look at a trip to Australia in the spring or winter.”

Ross so loved Disco, she bought his mother and has bred a full sister to him.

“She’s is two now and we are hoping for big things from her in the future.”

Ross is a full time rider who also trains other riders and runs a small Hanoverian stud Sterling Warmbloods. She herself is trained by Andrea Raves, Peter Storr and Monique Peutz.

Key to the whole operation is her husband Dermot Ross, who while not a rider, is a huge support.


Level 6/7 Dressage Horse of the Year: Sheena Ross (Clevedon) Parkridge Disco SW 1, Alex Matheson (Hamilton) Lingh II 2, Gregory Smith (Auckland) Avante Garde 3, Susan Tomlin (Palmerston North) Dancealong 4, Nicky Pope (Kaukapakapa) Saskatoon 5, Frankie Webb (Levin) Northern Ivanthus 6.

A Noble Inductee

3 Mar

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A Noble Inductee

The elder statesman of New Zealand dressage was last night honoured with induction into the Horse of the Year Hall of Fame in Hastings  Bill Noble, who has won five HOY titles on three different horses, and remains the only one to have won three consecutive Dressage Horse of the Year crowns, received his award from last year’s inductee Katie Laurie.

Bill Noble is inducted into the Horse of the Year Hall of Fame, Hall of Fame Gala Dinner, Horse of the Year 2016, Hawkes Bay A&P Showgrounds, Hastings, Thursday, March 03, 2016. Credit: KAMPIC / Kerry Marshall

Bill Noble is inducted into the Horse of the Year Hall of Fame, Hall of Fame Gala Dinner, Horse of the Year 2016, Hawkes Bay A&P Showgrounds, Hastings, Thursday, March 03, 2016. Credit: KAMPIC / Kerry Marshall

The Waikato rider, coach and mentor has enjoyed a long and highly distinguished career in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom.  Mr Noble has worked with many riders over the years including Sir Mark Todd and was instrumental in assisting New Zealand to gold medal glory at the Seoul Olympics.
Mr Noble was humbled to be called to the stage where he was presented with his certificate by last year’s inductee, Katie Laurie. “Dressage in this country is improving . . . it is definitely on the way up,” he said. “While we are nowhere near the world level yet, I see no reason why we can’t get there. New Zealand has some fantastic horses, we just need to learn to ride them a little better.”
He also paid tribute to Linda Moughan, owner of Airthrey Highlander, the stallion he most recently won Dressage Horse of the Year aboard, and his wife Felicity.
Between Felicity and daughter Anya, who was now competing on Airthrey Highlander, he was kept well grounded.
Central Hawke’s Bay’s Kevin Thompson was honoured with the David Ross Memorial Award for his outstanding volunteer service to HOY.
His lifelong passion with equestrian started with Pony Club as a child, and covered many positions, including district commissioner, brand head instructor and more recently as a technical delegate and FEI judge.
He has been involved with HOY for many years, and when not on official duties, is likely to be found on the sideline watching his granddaughter competing at the show.
Mr Thompson extended thanks to his father for instilling a love of horses, and his wife for “putting up” with him for all the years he has chased horses.
Journalist, broadcaster and media personality Bill Ralston was MC for the evening, keeping everyone on their toes.
New Zealand Racing Board chief executive John Allen entertained the guests with his take on how to grow the wider equestrian industry.
“We have fantastic horse men and women, we breed fantastic horses who win consistently in Australia, Singapore and on the international stage,” said Mr Allen.
But more needed to be part of it and support the wider industry.
“The heart of it is that we need more New Zealanders riding horses and involved in equine sports . . . we have passion, commitment, and recognition that grassroots New Zealand can make a real difference.”
HOY continues through until Sunday when the winner of the Olympic Cup will be awarded the ultimate trophy in New Zealand equestrian.
Saturday is People’s Day when the entire show stops for the CIC2* and CIC3* cross country classes.

Laurie Five Times a Lady

3 Mar

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Laurie Five Times a Lady

Katie Laurie added a fifth Lady Rider of the Year crown to her cabinet today after a nail-biting jump-off at the Farmlands Horse of the Year Show in Hastings.

Riding her 2014 Olympic Cup winner Dunstan Springfield, the 22-week pregnant Laurie was every bit the cool-headed professional as they jumped a third clear round to take the title.

Katie Laurie rides Dunstan Springfield in the Bayer Lady Rider of the Year, Horse of the Year 2016, Hastings Show Grounds, Hastings, Thursday, March 3, 2016. Credit: KAMPIC / Sarah Lord

Thirty-five started the first round of the Ultra Mox sponsored class, with 26 combinations – those with eight faults or less – coming back for the second round, and 10 of those with a clean slate.

Rails fell pretty freely over the technical but free-flowing course, designed by Werner Deeg (GER).

That was whittled down to just four – with young gun Sam Morrison (Tauranga) aboard Frangipanne De Toxandria up against former Olympian and World Champs representative Laurie. Both were still all clear, with former two-time Lady Rider winner Lucy Akers (Longburn) aboard her 17-year-old former racehorse Tinapai and Laurie aboard her stallion Luego GNZ coming through with four faults apiece.

Akers had been unlucky to pick up four faults in the opening round after nudging the last fence, but went clear in the second with a super round.

The 31-year-old was out first in the jump-off and rode another brilliant round to stay on four faults, stopping the clock at 43.36 seconds.

Laurie and Luego carried four faults into the jump-off but a run of rails saw them finish on 16 faults.

The pressure was on 21-year-old Morrison aboard the showy chestnut horse Laurie took to California last year. By her own admission, hesitation near the end of the course saw them pick up four faults, coming in at 45.24.

Laurie just needed a steady clear to take the win. The 29-year-old rattled the last but left everything in place to come home in 54.65.

“It is such a relief to have a good round on him,” said Laurie, who had to have a little cat nap during the early part of the class thanks to her pregnancy. “We went for the steady clear as I knew we could never catch Tinapai. This win means so much, especially with him as he has had his ups and downs.”

Springfield – or Bart as most know him – may now start in Sunday’s Olympic Cup where Laurie will chase a record-equalling sixth title.

The win was also very special to Bart’s breeder Sarah Milne who was ringside to see the class – the first time she has seen him win at HOY.

This will be Laurie’s last show of the season as she prepares for the arrival of her second child.

Morrison was disappointed with herself, but rapt with her horse, while Akers said she wouldn’t have ridden the opening round any different.

“I know we did everything right on the day and that rail was just sheer bad luck as we touched it so lightly,” said akers. “I am thrilled with second.”

In the CIC3* eventing, Rio hopeful Clarke Johnstone and Balmoral Sensation have a substantial lead on the rest of the field after the dressage, sitting on 35.5 penalty points, with Andy Daines (Kumeu) and Spring Panorama in second on 48.3. The eventing continues tomorrow with the showjumping phase, followed by the cross country on Saturday.


Results –

Ultra Mox Lady Rider of the Year: Katie Laurie (Mystery Creek) Dunstan Springfield 1, Lucy Akers (Longburn) Tinapai 2, Sam Morrison (Tauranga) Frangipanne De Toxandria 3, Katie Laurie (Mystery Creek) Luego GNZ 4, Tegan Fitzsimon (Canterbury) Alacazam MH 5, Danielle Maurer (Auckland) Supernova NZPH 6.


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.”

Gizzie Cuzzies Rule Six-Year-Old at HOY

2 Mar

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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!”

Norwood Gold Cup Heads South

2 Mar

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Norwood Gold Cup Heads South

Olivia Robertson has drawn first blood for the South Island, winning the Norwood Gold Cup at the Farmlands Horse of the Year Show in Hastings today.
The 21-year-old full time rider steered her Gisborne bred horse Ngahiwi Cisco to a classy clear in the hotly-contested jump-off.

Olivia Robertson rides Ngahiwi Cisco in the Norwood Gold Cup, Horse of the Year 2016, Hawkes Bay A&P Showgrounds, Hastings, Wednesday, March 02, 2016. Credit: KAMPIC / Kerry Marshall

Seven of the 30 original combinations came back for the against the clock jump-off.
Robertson (Christchurch) was second to go on the 12-year-old gelding and set the stage with tight turns and a big gallop into the last, leaving everything up in 51.65 seconds.
No one could match her – several gave the time a good nudge, but paid for it with rails.
Closest to Robertson was Te Awamutu teen Emily Hayward-Morgan who was flying around the course and looked well on track to steal the lead until the last, which came down giving her four faults in 48.56 to take second place aboard AP Ninja. The horse, who was initially bred to race, was super economical around the shortened course.
Filling third place is New Zealand’s only onshore based high performance eventer Clarke Johnstone (Matangi) aboard Quainton Labyrinth who also had four faults in 50.61.
Robertson was “absolutely thrilled” with her efforts, which saw her edge out some rather more fancied combinations, including Olympians and World Championship riders.
Many use the class as a lead in to the Olympic Cup.
“This is a fabulous way to start HOY,” said Robertson. “Everything just went great out there . . . I didn’t think it was quick enough but at the end of the day it was. The Norwood is pretty special and it was important for me to go out and do well. This is always such a competitive class too.”
This week Robertson will also defend her Dunstan Feeds Young Rider of the Year crown and on Sunday will line up in the Olympic Cup.
Gisborne cousins Fraser Tombleson and Jenny Randall took the quinella in the AHD Ltd Six Year Old Horse of the Year Championship after an exciting jump-off.
In dressage, Vanessa Way (Taranaki) has had a strong start to her HOY, with wins in three classes.
HOY continues through to Sunday with more than 1400 competitors battling it out for top honours across 14 different disciplines.

Results –
Showjumping, Norwood Gold Cup: Olivia Robertson (Christchurch) Ngahiwi Cisco 1, Emily Hayward-Morgan (Te Awamutu) AP Ninja 2, Clarke Johnstone (Matangi) Quainton Labyrinth 3, Oliver Edgecombe (Waipukurau) Ultra Blue NZPH 4, Georgia Massie (Dannevirke) Larinium LS 5, Maurice Beatson (Dannevirke) Conyers 6.

GJ Gardner Pro Amateur Rider of the Year Championship: Amanda Roy (Gore) Rumours NZPH 1, Zoe Shore (Ashburton) Zara 2, Helen Kippen (Ocean Beach) Velocity NZPH 3, Tayla Mason (Wellington) Silverstar 4, Heather Pease (Piopio) Llannation 5, Sally Clark (Dannevirke) Victoria’s Secret 6.

AHD Ltd Six Year Old Horse of the Year Championship: Fraser Tombleson (Gisborne) Mea I 1, Jenny Randall (Gisborne) Nero Bello 2, Bernard Denton (Feilding) Horsesports Sequell 3, Tegan Fitzsimon (Canterbury) Corlinka 4, Amanda Wilson (Hikurangi) Woodbine Legacy ST 5, Claire Wilson (Waipukurau) McMillan’s Chuck 6.

Dressage, HOY Level 1 Horse 1C: Karla Tarr (Orakei), Kinnordy Ravel 1; Amanda Berridge (Cambridge) Glamorgan By Design 2, Henrike Seifert (Gisborne) Gurteens Tyra 3, Anna Williams (Hastings) Tuahu Gemma 4, Elisha Wade (Waipawa) Donneregal 5, Jane Olsson (Christchurch) Astek Georgia 6.

Level 2 Musical Freestyle: Vanessa Way (Taranaki) NSC Pronto 1, Debbie Barke (Rotorua) RM Limbo 2, Holly Leach (Hamilton) HP Fresco 3, Nicky Pope (Auckland) HPH Phelix Phelicious 4, Alix Campbell (Albany) Astek Robina 5, Rebecca Rowlands (Canterbury) Solo 6.

Harrison Lane Level 3 Musical Freestyle: Vanessa Way (Taranaki) NRM Andreas 1, Laura Saamu (Auckland) Astek Rhapsody 2, Melissa Galloway (Marlborough) Windermere J Obei W 3, Kathryn Corry (Te Kuiti) Boom Chica Boom 4, Kim Whitelegg (Albany) Vollrath Fuerst Patrick 5, Lucy Robertshawe (Waipawa) Salute 6.

Hansen Products Level 5: Victoria Hewson (Tauranga) Arife F 1, Sophie de Clifford (Opiki) Ashanti 2, Tessa Van Bruggen (Blenheim) Fortunato 3, Sharlene Royal (North Shore) New World Frankie J 4, Tracy Smith (Hamilton) Lord Louis 5, Janelle Sangster-Ward (Marlborough) Dunstan Astek Ghisella 6.

Level 4 Horse: Vanessa Way, NRM KH Arion 1, Sharlene Royal (North Shore) Sonic Spirit 2, Mihi Shepherd (Whangarei) Hot Chocolate MH 3, Jutta Rosenblatt (Wanganui) Vollrath Lauretta 4, Christine Weal (Te Awamutu) Stoneylea Lord Locksely 5, Jennifer Sim (Karaka) Stoneylea Lancelot 6.

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