Hackett wins Junior rider
Waiuku’s Tyla Hackett and Gin emerged victorious in a very competitive Junior Rider of the Year class, which was run over a different format due to the inclement weather.
Due to ground conditions yesterday, the Junior was instead contested this morning over one round and then a jump-off. Once a certain number of clears had been found, to save the ground, those who took a rail were given the bell to leave the arena.
Course designer, Lex Peddie, from North Canterbury was careful to ensure the course was fair for all riders, and also safe.
The class had 60 starters and 15 made it through to the hotly contested jump-off.
Sinead Dolman and Kiwi Lansing whizzed round clear in a time of 27.15, which looked hard to beat.
But there were several riders who were competing in the Pony of the Year title class, over in the premier arena at the same time, and had also made the Junior jump-off – one of those was Tyla Hackett.
Hackett came back from the Pony of the Year and blitzed the jump-off clear, stopping the clock in 26.85, just pipping Dolman.
Keean Cooper and Double J Angelic took third with a clear jump-off in 27.93 and Oliver Croucher was fourth on Waitangi Surf, also clear and stopping the clock in 28.83.
Brayden Aarts and George Jetson were fifth and Nicola Hammond and Links Hot Gossip rounded out the top six.