Tegan Fitzsimon and her delightful Windermere Cappuccino are back in the World Cup winners circle with a solid win at the Egmont A&P Show in Hawera.
The 28-year-old from Christchurch guided the 2018-2019 series winner to a double clear to take the win in the POLi Payments FEI World Cup round, heading home 18 other combinations.
Eleven came back for the second round – three on zero faults – over the Gerrit Beker-designed course with just Tegan and Julie Davey (Hastings) aboard Joligne De Carmel finishing with clean slates. In third place was Claudia Hay (Tokoroa) and Euro Sport Centavos who picked up a single time penalty in the first round and went clear in the second.
“It was a good course,” said Tegan who is spending three months in the North Island with her team of horses. “It rode well, with a lot of related lines and the tighter arena suited my horse.”
But the win wasn’t without a little drama with Windermere Cappuccino losing both his front shoes in the second round. “The whole season I have not really felt like I had him as he was last year – I think I have been just trying too hard.”
Before Sunday’s round Tegan watched an hour of videos of their previous rounds, made a couple of small changes and came out firing. “It is hard when you had a season like we did last season,” she said. “There are a lot of expectations and I felt like I hadn’t ridden him as well but then you go and do a class like that.”
In the 15-strong Country TV Pony Grand Prix, a six-way jump-off saw Madison Jackson (Pukekehoe) and Captain Fantastic take the final honours with a double clear, coming home in 37.46 seconds. Right behind her was the always speedy Fun House with her new rider Lily Moore (Hawke’s Bay) in 38.79.
POLi Payments FEI World Cup (Round Two): Tegan Fitzsimon (Christchurch) Windermere Cappuccino 1, Julie Davey (Hastings) Joligne de Carmel 2, Claudia Hay (Tokoroa) Euro Sport Centavos 3, Maurice Beatson (Dannevirke) Mandalay Cove 4, Briar Burnett-Grant (Taupo) Fiber Fresh Veroana 5, Robert Steele (Dannevirke) LT Holst Bernadette 6.
Country TV Pony Grand Prix: Madison Jackson (Pukekohe) Captain Fantastic 1, Lily Moore (Hawke’s Bay) Fun House 2, Sophia Hall (Auckland) TCG Centadel 3, Isabella Narracci (Hawke’s Bay) Showtym Highlight 4, Rylee Sheehan (Te Aroha) Tony the Pony 5, Maddison Greatorex (Waipu ) Spotified 6
FMG Young Rider Series: Kate Herdson (Auckland) Idol D 1, Emily Hayward (Te Awamutu) Belischi HM 2, Briar Burnett-Grant (Taupo) Fiber Fresh Veroana 3, Sarah West (Matamata) Oaks Centurian 4, Drew Carson (Putaruru) Winston V Driene 5, Emelia Forsyth (Clevedon) Henton Faberge 6.
Equifibre Junior Rider Series: Georgia Bouzaid (Cambridge) AP Ninja 1, Sophia Blackbourn (Hamilton) Octavia MVNZ 2, Karis Spurway (New Plymouth) Kapattack 3, Sophia Blackbourn (Hamilton) Blackall Park Romeo 4, Francesca Corich van der bas (Paraparaumu) Celly Calibra 5, Isabella Narracci (Hawke’s Bay) Silver Casini 6.
Harrison Lane Pro Am Rider Series: Sally Clark (Dannevirke) Victoria’s Secret 1, Mitty Forsyth (Clevedon) Illustrious 2, Dana Sutton (Palmerston North ) Semilly Du Pas 3, Bailey Rutter (Balclutha) Henton Serenade 4, Lucy Fell (Longburn) Faratona STS 5, Emma Thurlow (Waverley) Ngahiwi Sprocket 6.
Dunstan Horsefeeds Amateur Rider Series: Simone McConnell (Tauranga) Country Zena 1, Jessie Goggin (Waikanae) Miss Cassini MS 2, Ashley Johnston (Wellington) Miss Vee NZPH 3, Natalie Page (Levin) The Dark Horse 4, Alexa Dodson (Dannevirke) Loose Change 5, Tanya Hansen (Taranaki) Caption NZPH 6.
Matthews Hanoverians Seven-Year-Old Series: Melody Matheson (Hastings) Cortaflex Enya MH 1, Parys Marshall (Taranaki) LG Whata Balou 2, Jasmine Sketchley (Whangarei) Lafayet Ego Z 3, Oliver Edgecombe (Waipukurau) LT Holst Elizabeth 4, Oliver Edgecombe (Waipukurau) Clearcut Xtreme 5, Emma Watson (Morrinsville) Double J Image 6.
Cheleken Equestrian and Ultra Mox Six-Year-Old Series: Logan Massie (Dannevirke) LT Holst Cor Blimey and Logan Massie (Dannevirke) Avenger Xtreme =1.
East Coast Performance Horses Five-Year-Old Series: Sophie Scott (Wellington) Benrose Casino ECPH, Tim Wilson (Waipukurau) McMillans Warrant, Daniel Webb (Hunterville) Apache IV, Logan Massie (Dannevirke) Florence and Daniel Webb (Hunterville) Astros =1.
By Diana Dobson
25 November 2019