Oliver Edgecombe bagged his first Equissage Grand Prix win with Henton Excalibur at the Masterton A&P Show at the weekend, heading home eight other combinations for a well-deserved victory.
The two are in their first season together and have shown to be very competitive and rarely out of the money. This time, at seventh to go and no clears on the board, Oliver knew he had to go for the steady clear and came home with just a single time fault.
The next five were all on four faults, with the placings decided on time over the Gary Sinclair-designed course.
“The time was probably tight enough,” said the Waipukurau farmer. “Rachel (Malcolm) did a beautiful job producing this horse and he’s always very competitive. But it’s not all plain sailing. He is pretty active to ride and cocky with it.”
Oliver plans to start him in the Silver Tour at Takapoto Estate Show Jumping followed by the Premier Stakes at the Horse of the Year Show.
The Country TV Pony Grand Prix saw just Samantha Carrington (Takapau) and her 13-year-old mare Colours of Lansing notch the only clear of the opening round. Again the four faulters decided the minor placings on time.
Equissage Horse Grand Prix: Oliver Edgecombe (Waipukurau) Henton Excalibur 1, Jesse Linton (Hastings) Iguazu 2, Logan Massie (Dannevirke) Fairview Animation 3, Kathrine Van Tuyl (Palmerston North) Centavino 4, Simon Wilson (Waipukurau) McMillans Ariados 5, Brooke Edgecombe (Waipukurau) LT Holst Andrea 6
Country TV Pony Grand Prix: Samantha Carrington (Takapau) Colours of Lansing 1, Dylan Bibby (Onga Onga) Daisy Patch 2, Milly Waldin (Havelock North) Alasaan Arzu 3, Annie Airey (Marton) Redcliffs Kodak Moment 4, Phoebe Howson (Napier) Aorangi Ragtime 5, Tessa Mason (Napier) Mr Acho 6.
Harrison Lane Pro-Am Rider: Larina Dolman (Gisborne) Kiwi Lansing 1, Kim Best (Hastings) LT Holst Teacher’s Pet 2, Chloe Hansen (Palmerston North) Kiwi Motto 3, Ashley Hart (Hastings) Kiwi Showtime 4, Katie Hercock (Otane) Whimsical WDS 5, Tracy Mason (Napier) WP Stella 6.
EquiFibre Junior Rider: Dylan Bibby (Onga Onga) Wenrose Vertigo 1, Zara Waldin (Havelock North) U Can Dance NZPH 2, Macy Heaton (Hastings) T n T 3, Tim Wilson (Waipukurau) McMillans Chuck 4, Kasey McKenna (Dannevirke) Louis 5, Makayla White (Hastings) Kiwi Cheroso 6.
Dunstan HorseFeeds Amateur Rider: Nicki Booth (Masterton) Cassiana ECPH 1, Cindy Dames (Hastings) Tanglewood 2, Alexa Dodson (Dannevirke) Loose Change 3, Jessie Goggin (Waikanae) Miss Cassini MS 4, Kaleigh Kent (Otane) Double J Sponge Bob Square Pants 5, Natasha Mazey (Wellington) Apple Jack GNZ 6.
FMG Young Rider: Brigitte Smith (Managaweka) HR Lanardo 1, Ike Baker (Hastings) NW Conrado 2, Jenna-Lee Rose (Dannevirke) Lulu 3, Alexandra Mitchell (Wellington) Sir Arthur 4.
Main-Events University Challenge: Bailey Rutter (Balclutha) Henton Serenade 1, Alexandra Mitchell (Wellington) Sir Arthur 2.
Matthews Hanoverians Seven-Year-Old: Oliver Edgecombe (Waipukurau) Clearcut Xtreme 1, Jesse Linton (Hastings) LT Holst Elsbeth 2, Oliver Edgecombe (Waipukurau) LT Holst Elizabeth 3, Daniel Webb (Hunterville) Constellation 4, Ashley Hart (Hastings) Kiwi Bonus 5.
East Coast Performance Horses Five-Year-Old: Brooke Edgecombe (Waipukurau) LT Holst Helen 1.
Cheleken Equestrian and UltraMox Six-Year-Old: Larina Dolman (Gisborne) Eye See Ruby 1.
NRM Open Horse Chloe Hansen (Palmerston North) Kiwi Motto 1, Antonio Matangi (Levin) ShoeShine Polish 2, Anna Parsons (Takapau) Snapchat Me 3, Ashleigh Forde (Hastings) My Gummi Bear 4.
Gyro Plastics Junior Hunter High Points: Madison Wiffen (Porirua) Ponga 1, Kitty White (Masterton) Private Benjamin III 2, Sally Ward (Waipukurau) Paradox 3, Hazel Jones (Porirua) Sancho 4.
The Ultimate Egg Co Amateur Hunter High Points: Laura van Velthooven (Palmerston North) Montbelle Donahue 1, Antonio Matangi (Levin) ShoeShine Polish 2, June Berrington (Whakatane) Kiwi Iron Mark 3, Ashleigh Forde (Hastings) My Gummi Bear 4, Rebecca Conole (Masterton) Private Benjamin III 5.
Burger King Junior Rider Equitation: Hazel Jones (Porirua) Sancho 1, Sally Ward (Waipukurau) Paradox 2, Kitty White (Masterton) Private Benjamin II 3, Madison Wiffen (Porirua) Ponga 4.
Petticoat Lane Performance Horses Adult Rider Equitation: Diana Cottle (Palmerston North) Morpheus Rising 1, Antonio Matangi (Levin) ShoeShine Polish 2, June Berrington (Whakatane) Kiwi Iron Mark 3, Ashleigh Forde (Hastings) My Gummi Bear 4, Holly Wright (Wellington) Destiny’s Duchess 5, Rebecca Conole (Masterton) Private Benjamin III 6.
Cartown Cat A Pony High Points: Zara Sutton (Palmerston North) Chelton Light Secret 1, Logan Nation (Pauatahanui) Amberfields Golden Charm 2, Pia White (Masterton) Jubilee Master Card 3.
Grassyards Farm Cat B Pony High Points: Hollie Falloon (Masterton) Farleigh Catternick 1, Lou Lou McNelly (Masterton) Shanghigh Vixen 2, Lou Lou McNelly (Masterton) Wemblebrook Tip Top 3, Ruby Timothy (Pongaroa) Charleston Girl 4.
Aniwell Cat C Pony High Points: Kaitlin Brown (Wairoa) Tawa 1, Harry McVerry (Marton) VS Enviable 2, Hollie Falloon (Masterton) Buzzie Bees Max 3, Dylan Bibby (Onga Onga) Greedy McCready 4, Annie Moffett (Napier) Piripi 5, Melissa Brinsdon (Cromwell) Tickety Boo 6.
Sure Grip Mats Pony Rider Equitation: Kaitlin Brown (Wairoa) Tawa 1, Holly Parkin (Levin) Oporaes Roulette 2, Lou Lou McNelly (Masterton) Shanghigh Vixen 3, Hollie Falloon (Masterton) Farleigh Catterick 4, Hannah von Dadelszen (Waipukurau) Star Waka 5, Tayla O’Hara (Masterton) TRS Sniper 6.
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By Diana Dobson
19 February 2020