Tim Myers is claiming “ a bit of luck” helped him win the Equissage Horse Grand Prix aboard Surreal at the Masterton A&P Show at the weekend . . . but those who know him would beg to differ.
The Hawera farrier headed home 17 other combinations in the class. Each of the five who came through to the jump-off picked up four faults, and as second to go, Tim knew he and his 10-year-old mare couldn’t waste any time.
“She did jump awesome,” said Tim. “I was lucky it all worked out. Brooke (Edgecombe) was quick enough but had one down and I knowing the three who were going to follow me, I knew I had to be relatively quick.”
His single rail came at the second to last where he took a check before a big square oxer. “It was stupid of me, I should have just kept attacking.”
But he knew he had gone pretty quick – enough to put the pressure on those following. Tim stopped the clock at 42.3 seconds, with Brooke and LT Holst Andrea second with four faults in 44.09 seconds.
“It’s nice to win,” he said. “You never actually back yourself to win but you should go in confident that on your day you can win – confident and capable but never expectant.”
It’s been a good season for Tim and Surreal, albeit a little light since their Spark King Country Taupo Classic 1.4m CSI1* at the Christmas Classic in Taupo. “We’ve only done three in the new year. She was clean at Hawera but there were 12 in that jump-off and we didn’t get a ribbon. She’s been jumping well. It’s tricky having just one horse and it means my riding is not as sharp as it needs to be. She is ridden every day but if you have a few to compete, you keep your eye in.”
Tim, who spends around 70% of his work time shoeing race horses, also won the mini prix aboard Surreal. Next on their agenda is the Gold Tour at Takapoto Estate Show Jumping.
In the Country TV Pony Grand Prix winner Ally Stevenson (Hastings) and Jakaranda were the only combination of the 10 starters to go clear in the opening round.
Equissage Horse Grand Prix: Tim Myers (Hawera) Surreal 1, Brooke Edgecombe (Waipukurau) LT Holst Andrea 2, Simon Wilson (Waipukurau) McMillans Ariados 3, Maurice Beatson (Dannevirke) Gold Locks 4, Helen Kippen (Havelock North) Velocity NZPH 5, Blake Davis (Palmerston North) Giggles 6.
Country TV Pony Grand Prix: Ally Stevenson (Hastings) Jakaranda 1, Chantelle Smith (Palmerston North) Finch 2, Samantha Carrington (Takapau) Colours of Lansing 3, Luke Myers (Marton) Te Urewera Magic 4, Olivia Apatu (Havelock North) Alassan Arzu 5, Dylan Bibby (Onga Onga) Daisy Patch 6.
FMG Young Rider Series: Blake Davis (Palmerston North) Giggles 1, Blake Davis (Palmerston North) Socrates de la Vie Z 2, Bailey Rutter (Paraparaumu) Henton Serenade 3, Ike Baker (Hastings) Vidal NZPH 4, Ike Baker (Hastings) Hawkesdale Mahe 5, Caitlin Bills (Palmerston North) Piccadilly 6.
Main-Events University Challenge: Ike Baker (Hastings) Vidal NZPH 1, Bailey Rutter (Paraparaumu) Henton Serenade 2.
Dunstan Horsefeeds and EquiFibre Pro-Amateur Rider Series: Lucy Fell (Longburn) Faratona STS 1, Sally Clark (Dannevirke) Victoria’s Secret 2, Kim Best (Hastings) LT Holst Teacher’s Pet 3, Ashley Hart (Hastings) Kiwi Showtime 4, Noni Morgan (Hastings) Starlight Discovery 5, Tracy Mason (Napier) WP Stella 6.
Dunstan Horsefeeds and EquiFibre Junior Rider Series: Georgia Percy (Masterton) Double J Image 1, Dylan Bibby (Onga Onga) Wenrose Vertigo 2, Samantha Carrington (Takapau) Double J Breeze On 3, Ike Baker (Hastings) NW Conrado 4, Meg Rogers (Ashhurst) Late Lunch 5, Olivia Stewart (Wellington) Zambessi 6.
Hinterland Amateur Rider Series: Kaleigh Kent (Otane) Double J Sponge Bob Square Pants 1, Laken Rose (Dannevirke) Velocette 2, Simone McConnell (Tauranga) Country Zena 3, Jess Giles (Wellington) Dining at Dusk 4, Jo Andrews (Otaki) Ecxtacy 5, Tasha Brown (Hastings) Kiwi Cheroline 6.
Matthews Hanoverians Seven-Year-Old Series: Siobhan Ryan (Lower Hutt) Natalie 1, Amanda Pottinger (Havelock North) Good Timing 2, Maurice Beatson (Dannevirke) Central Park 3, Robert Steele (Dannevirke) Two Eye See 4, Brigitte Smith (Mangaweka) HR Lanardo 5, Kimberley Bird (Ashburton) Roxette ECPH 6.
Mitavite Speedi-Beet Six-Year-Old Series: Sally Clark (Dannevirke) Sun Flake and Kim Best (Hastings) LT Holst Teacher’s Pet =1.
East Coast Performance Horses Five-Year-Old Series: Alex Loiselle (Ocean Beach) Encore NZPH 1.
Gyro Plastics High Points, Junior Hunter HOYQ 1m: Meihaka Hirst (Levin) Christopher’s Lady 1, Antonio Matangi (Levin) Marua 2, Madison Wiffen (Porirua) Ponga 3, Lucy Rowe (Palmerston North) Ghana 4, Hazel Jones (Porirua) Sancho 5, Antonio Matangi (Levin) ShoeShine Polish 6.
The Ultimate Egg Co High Points Amateur Hunter HOYQ 1m: Laura van Velthooven (Palmerston North) Sirocco Daisy 1, Laura van Velthooven (Palmerston North) Montbelle Donahue 2, June Berrington (Whakatane) Kiwi Iron Mark 3, Ashleigh Forde (Hastings) My Gummi Bear 4, Bridget Watters (Feilding) Joe King 5, Mary Petersen (Waipukurau) Amour 6.
ESNZ Junior Rider Equitation Series 1m: Madison Wiffen (Porirua) Ponga 1, Ella Miranda (Feilding) Kinnordy Go Girl 2, Antonio Matangi (Levin) ShoeShine Polish 3, Meihaka Hirst (Levin) Christopher’s Lady 4, Ruby Liardet (Masterton) Benrose Super Star 5, Zoe Holt (Napier) Galaxy Cracker Jack 6.
ESNZ Adult Equitation Series 1m: June Berrington (Whakatane) Kiwi Iron Mark 1, Ashleigh Forde (Hastings) My Gummi Bear 2, Mary Petersen (Waipukurau) Amour 3, Laura van Velthooven (Palmerston North) Montbelle Donahue 4, Natasha Edwards (Featherston) Royale Bean 5, Katherine Foley (Waipukurau) It’s Holly 6.
NRM Open Horse High Points HOYQ 1.1m-1.15m: Laura van Velthooven (Palmerston North) Sirocco Daisy 1, June Berrington (Whakatane) Kiwi Iron Mark 2, Bridget Watters (Feilding) Joe King 3, Antonio Matangi (Levin) ShoeShine Polish 4, Mary Petersen (Waipukurau) Amour 5, Ashleigh Forde (Hastings) My Gummi Bear 6.
Cartown Open High Points Cat A HOYQ 70cm: Tommie Day (Waikanae) Dunn in Style 1, Logan Nation (Wellington) Amberfields Golden Charm 2, Paris Kari-Fields (Hautere) Greyfriars Dancer 3, Zoe Oakley (Otaki) Pied Piper Alize 4, Madeleine Murrell (Carterton) Dawn til Dusk 5, Pia White (Masterton) Jubilee Master Card 6.
Burger King Open High Points Cat B HOYQ 80cm: Annie Moffett (Napier) Ruby Tunes 1, Bridie King (Eketahuna) Puketawa Puzzle 2, Tommie Day (Waikanae) Kizzy’s Komet 3, Hannah McConnell (Tauranga) Billy Blunt 4, Ella von Dadelszen (Waipukurau) Matai SB 5, Henry Martin (Upper Hutt) Paint Me Puzzle 6.
ESNZ Pony Rider Equitation Series 80cm: Molly Coutts (Palmerston North) Apsley Woody’s Image 1, Kaitlin Brown (Feilding) Tawa 2, Bayly Jacobs (Porangahau) Rosemoor Peridot 3, Ella von Dadelszen (Waipukurau) Star Waka 4, Freya Diggle (Wellington) Komet’s Victory 5, Bridie King (Eketahuna) Puketawa Celtic Legend 6.
Aniwell Open High Points Cat C HOYQ 90cm: Kaitlin Brown (Feilding) Tawa 1, Hollie Falloon (Wairarapa) Farleigh Catterick 2, Freya Diggle (Wellington) Komet’s Victory 3, Bayly Jacobs (Porangahau) Rosemoor Peridot 4, Penny Borthwick (Masterton) Galaxy Gold Rush 5, Hannah von Dadelszen (Waipukurau) Star Waka 6.
Story: Diana Dobson, 18 Feb 2019
Photo: KAMPIC: Sarah Lord – Tim Myers rides Surreal in the Grand Prix, National Young Horse, Hastings Show Grounds, Hastings, Friday, December 09 2018.