Farmlands Pony of the Year
Winning the Farmlands Pony of the Year for the second time was an amazing feeling for Olivia Apatu and her wonderful little grey mare Alazaan Arzu but they did it in style with the only combination to produce two clear rounds.
“It is pretty special,” said the 15-year-old. The win was tinged with sadness and when presented with her trophy, Olivia made a special mention of her father, who was tragically killed in a helicopter crash in June last year.
While Olivia has more time left on ponies, her partnership with Alazaan Arzu is coming to an end as she is going to another rider.
Olivia was full of praise for Werner Deeg’s designed course. He had also designed last year’s course so Olivia has declared him her favourite ever course builder.
As to the pressure, Olivia said she was lucky she didn’t really get nervous. “I knew the pony had it. I thought I had it, and then we did have it!”
Karis Spurway on Delta Le Camouflage was second, after incurring one time fault in her clear round in the second round, and Emma Watson on Maddox Fun House was third, with Ally Stevenson and Jakaranda fourth.