It may have been just a single day, but the Prydes EasiFeed Grand Prix Showjumping Show attracted 200 horses to Woodhill Sands.
Venue manager Angela Nobilo said it seemed a better fit to hold just limited classes on the back of a big weekend the week before with the North Island Championships.
With great weather, it was the first time the grass arena has been used this season – much to the delight of many. “It is always exciting to christen the grass for the first time in the season,” said Angela. Wayne Bragg designed the courses in ring one with Gina Moss in ring two and Edward Bullock in ring three.
Sixteen combinations lined up in the Harrison Lane Pro Am Rider Series class with five combinations coming back for the jump-off. This was all Tors Rattray’s way, steering Larmani MVNZ to victory with a double clear in 36.43 seconds. Speed queen Paxton Condor (Whatawhata) and La Fonteyn were the fastest of the jump-off but paid for it with a rail and had to settle for fourth place.
It was a two horse race for honours in the EquiFibre Junior Rider Series with just Aimee Collinson (Clevedon) aboard Bunny Hop and Rose Windross (Auckland) aboard Leeston Eagle coming back for the jump-off where Aimee took the win with a double clear in 53.67 seconds. Rose had a rail in her 52.16-second round.
Olivia Dalton (Karaka) didn’t even need to come back for the jump-off in the FMG Young Rider Series class, taking it out aboard Cil Dara Bonaparte with the only clear of the opening round. Elmo Jackson (Auckland) and his Aussie import Fairview Animation filled second with their four-fault round with Emma Watson (Morrinsville) and Double J Image also on four for third.
Just two riders came back for the jump-off in the Dunstan HorseFeeds Amateur Rider Series class with Belinda George (Warkworth) aboard Pre Mo riding off with the win after Courtney Fox (Auckland) and Reflector retired.
Harrison Lane Pro Am Rider Series: Tors Rattray (Mangatangi) Larmani MVNZ 1, Danielle Maurer (Auckland) Henton Exchequer 2, Fraser (Karaka) Xanthus III 3, Paxton Conder (Whatawhata, Waikato) La Fonteyn 4, Jane Burmester (Auckland) Corpus K 5, Alexa Randall (Auckland) Carnival NZPH 6.
FMG Young Rider Series: Olivia Dalton (Karaka) Cil Dara Bonaparte 1, Elmo Jackson (Auckland) Fairview Animation 2, Emma Watson (Morrinsville) Double J Image 3, Lucas Bremner (Whangarei) Triple Star Destinys Accolade 4.
EquiFibre Junior Rider Series: Aimee Collinson (Clevedon) Bunny Hop 1, Rose Windross (Auckland) Leeston Eagle 2, Maya Hegh (Taupaki) Encore NZPH 3, Emma Watson (Morrinsville) Cadenza 4, Maddison Greatorex (Waipu) Daisy Duke NZPH 5, Crystal Hackett (Waiuku) Charlton Appeal 6.
Dunstan HorseFeeds Amateur Rider Series: Belinda George (Warkworth) Pre Mo 1, Courtney Fox (Auckland) Reflector 2, Robbie McKay (Opotiki) Jacksons Gold 3, Brooke Knight Willis (Auckland) Everything Equine Totara 4, Robbie McKay (Opotiki) Tulsa Time 5, Miranda Moorghen (Kerikeri) Delta Minecraft 6.
Prydes EasiFeed Grand Prix Super Series: William Willis (Karaka) Cassera MS 1, Karen Riddle (Mauku) LC Telepathy 2, Sandra Stanford (Silverdale) El Vira 3, Olivia Dalton (Karaka) Yalambi’s Garibaldi 4, Daniel Blundell (Auckland) Cadenza NZPH 5, Tim Featherston (Kerikeri) Kiwi Supakee 6.
Alltech Pony Grand Prix Super Series: Amelia Munro (Paremoremo) MF Spot On 1, Aimee Collinson (Clevedon) Moonlight Glow 2, Zara Main (Auckland) Blue Crush 3, Bailee Sterling (Warkworth) Tallyho Mozart 4, Lucas Bremner (Whangarei) Triple Star Curious George 5.
By Diana Dobson
18 November 2019