Jeremy Whale and Remarkable were just that with their very convincing win in the Equissage Horse Grand Prix at the Outpost Buildings Grand Prix Showjumping Show at Woodhill Sands at the weekend.
It was a small field that lined up in the class but when Jeremy entered the ring, no-one had a clean slate. “I knew I just had to leave all the rails up and that is what we did,” said the fulltime horseman from Cambridge. “I like going last . . . I thrive on that sort of pressure.”
It was his first-ever Grand Prix win. “It was awesome. You always have to back yourself to win and the way he warmed up I was pretty confident he would go well.”
Jeremy has only had the nine-year-old gelding since late December and is riding the horse for Holly and Victoria Yang. Remarkable had been doing 1.2m classes with Victoria since they brought him in from Australia. However, his trip to New Zealand was a coming home of sorts. The horse was previously owned by Sarah Worker who had competed him through the age group series before taking him with her to Melbourne. She then passed him to Katie Laurie to ride and sell and he came back to New Zealand mid-2019.
“While in Australia I knew he had jumped a couple of mini prix so I knew he had a good jump in him,” says Jeremy. He took him to Gisborne in January where the combination were second in the 1.4m and third in their first Grand Prix start. “He just came out at Woodhill and jumped fantastic. He is improving all the time. I think he is a very scopey horse with a bright future.”
Jeremy and fiancé Samantha Matthews own Diamond Lodge where they break in race horses and sport horses, pre-train race horses and school a lot of sport horses too. The couple will shortly celebrate the first birthday of son Harry.
There was just a single clear round in the opener of the Country TV Pony Grand Prix too, with Georgia Bouzaid (Cambridge) and Redcliffs Bill continuing their fine form to take the win.
Danielle Watts designed the courses for Ring 1 with Gina Moss in Ring 2 and Wayne Bragg in Ring 3.
Equissage Horse Grand Prix: Jeremy Whale (Cambridge) Remarkable 1, Olivia Dalton (Karaka) Cil Dara Bonaparte 2, Glen Beal (Pukekohe) All Expenses Of Renton 3, Samantha Peters (Cambridge) Caesar NZPH 4, Sam Matthews (Cambridge) Adloo Annabelle 5.
Country TV Pony Grand Prix: Georgia Bouzaid (Cambridge) Redcliffs Bill 1, Katie Bridgeman (Auckland) Tallyho Scoundrel 2, Keira Page (Waiheke Island) Redcliffs Colour Me In 3, Liv Teixeira (Kerikeri) Spot The Difference 4, Katie Readings (Pukekawa) Rump Shaker 5, Shanae Savannah (Silverdale) Tiger Tale LS 6.
Harrison Lane Pro-Amateur Rider: Paula Mussen (Auckland) Déjà vu NZPH 1, Laura McGregor (Auckland) High Command 2, Alexa Randall (Auckland) LC Tango 3, Renee Faulkner (Papakura) Mi Focus 4, Blyth Tait (Karaka) Xanthus III 5, Phillip Steiner (Tauranga) Cassina Dior 6.
Dunstan Horsefeeds Amateur Rider Series: Jeremy Clark (Te Kauwhata) Cancion HSH 1, Jackie Jermyn (Matangi) Chalo ECPH 2, Anna Kincheff (Rotorua) Believe NZPH 3, Danielle Wheeler (Clevedon) CP Aurelio 4, Shelley Bridgeman (Auckland) Oaks Vendetta 5, Ashley Johnston (Wellington) Miss Vee NZPH 6.
FMG Young Rider: Olivia Dalton (Karaka) Cil Dara Bonaparte 1, Emma Watson (Morrinsville) Maddox Letino 2, Sarah West (Matamata) Oaks Centurian 3, Oliver Croucher (Rotorua) Waitangi Surf 4, Vicky Browne-Cole (Waiuku) Cutting Edge 5, Elmo Jackson (Auckland) Centino 6.
Equifibre Junior Rider Series: Isabelle Jameson (Whangarei) Pacific Ambition 1, Leeshelle Small (Ramarama) Caption NZPH 2, Natalia Lammers (Whangarei) Haupouri Shakespear 3, Tyla Hackett (Waiuku) Global PH Cocofino 4, Maddison Greatorex (Waipu) Daisy Duke NZPH 5, Caira Manson (Auckland) TP All Class 6.
Alltech Pony Grand Prix Super Series: Summer Denize (Kerikeri) Limerick’s Black Samba 1, Florry Kempster (Tuakau) Just Simply Red 2, Liv Teixeira (Kerikeri) EB Esperanza 3, Amelia Eagleton (Taupiri) Swift Flight Pelli 4, Leah Kelly (Awhitu) Cha Ching 5, Ruby Carey (Dargaville) TC Piano Man 6.
Fiber Fresh Feeds Horse Grand Prix Super Series: Paula Mussen (Pukekohe) Deja Vu NZPH 1, Sally Steiner (Tauranga) Cartoon NZPH 2, Paxton Conder (Whatawhata) La Fonteyn 3, Christine Cornege (Cambridge) Varekai SL 4, Laura McGregor (Auckland) High Command 5, Emma Watson (Morrinsville) Maddox Letino 6.
For full results, head to www.equestrianentries.co.nz .
By Diana Dobson
3 February 2020