Consistency is the name of the game for Logan Massie who with his stallion Bravado Ego Z took out the EvoEvents Horse Grand Prix at the Northern Hawke’s Bay Show Jumping, which was run in association with Shelley Bridgeman.
Logan and Bravado Ego Z were the only clear of the 11 starters over the opening round of the Heather McDonald-designed course at the Hastings Showgrounds, to take the win, with the next three riders each on four faults. “I was a bit surprised to be honest,” said the Dannevirke horseman. “He has come back better than ever after a good winter of training. Our plan for Grand Prix is just double clear – I want some consistency in his life. He did good and OK last year when we were both learning the ropes.”
He gave the horse a good break over winter before concentrating on flat work. “He didn’t even start jumping until probably six weeks ago.”
Logan said Heather had made the most of Hawke’s Bay’s European-type gear. “It is hard to leave the poles up and I think more poles fell over the show than everyone expected,” he said. “Her tracks were not big, but they were technical. There were a lot of places to make mistakes. I have jumped quite a few of her tracks, which probably helped.”
Logan said the 12-year-old stallion was confident and he had kept the horse relaxed and settled. “I didn’t put too much pressure on him.”
He’s got some big plans in the pipeline for the horse, which includes an offshore campaign and the 2022 FEI World Equestrian Games. “To go overseas you have to back yourself and be consistent, and that’s what we are chasing at the moment.”
Northern Hawke’s Bay Showjumping Group chair Lara Baker paid tribute to her team. “They are just amazing. We have a quick meeting and they all go off and do what needs to be done, so a big thank you to them for making this happen.”
A lot of attention to detail went into ensuring COVID restrictions were followed with the showgrounds split into four bubbles, each with separate bathrooms and yarding blocks. “People understood the importance of sticking to the rules so shows like this can continue,” says Lara.
The pop up grand prix show, held to fill the void left by the cancellation of the Hawke’s Bay A&P Show, attracted 300 entries. “Given we had three weeks to put the show together, that is fantastic,” says Lara. “It really exceeded our expectations.”
It was to be the opening round of the POLi Payments World Cup NZ League, but that too went by the wayside.
EvoEvents Horse Grand Prix Series: Logan Massie (Dannevirke) Bravado Ego Z 1, Alex Loiselle (Ocean Beach) Haupouri Da Vinci NZPH 2, Brooke Edgecombe (Waipukurau) LT Holst Andrea 3, Vicki Wilson (Hawke’s Bay) Carpaccio TWS 4, Simon Wilson (Waipukurau) McMillans Ariados 5, Heloise Tolo (Wellington) Kiwi Bird 6.
Country TV Pony Grand Prix Series: Penny Borthwick (Masterton) Foxdens Merlot 1, Tessa Mason (Napier) Mr Acho 2, Milly Waldin (Havelock North) Arawood Upgrade 3, Penny Borthwick (Masterton) Rednalhgih Cowan 4, Danni Bird (Havelock North) AHD Dynamo 5, Reef Hicks (Hastings) Bits & Pieces 6.
Harrison Lane Pro Amateur Rider Series: Larina Dolman (Gisborne) Kiwi Lansing 1, Trudi Mitchell (Wairoa) Epic NZPH 2, Brigitte Smith (Taihape) HR Lanardo 3, Jesse Linton (Hastings) LT Holst Elsbeth 4, Tanya Hansen (Taranaki) Euro Champagne 5, Kim Best (Hastings) LT Holst Teacher’s Pet 6.
FMG Young Rider Series: Samantha Carrington (Takapau) Double J Breeze On 1, Francesca Corich (Paraparaumu) LDS Cardo 2, Francesca Corich (Paraparaumu) LDS Lavanda 3, Lilly Carpenter (Taihape) Kinnordy Rhani 4, Isabella Narracci (Hawke’s Bay) Good Time 5, Kimberly Carrington (Takapau) Double J Barmaid 6.
Dunstan Horsefeeds Amateur Rider Series: Kaleigh Kent (Otane) Double J Sponge Bob Square Pants 1, Jenny Randall (Gisborne) Nero Bello 2, Luce Williams (Masterton) Grassendale Enzo 3, Lauren Forrest (Whakatane) The Minginui Kid 4, Jo Andrews (Otaki) Coco Petite 5, Cindy Dames (Hastings) Tanglewood 6.
Mainland Coachwork Junior Rider Series: Annie Moffett (Napier) Samantha the Dachshund 1, Macy Heaton (Hastings) TnT 2, Jas Flowerday (Te Puke) Hit Parade 3, Makayla White (Hastings) Kiwi Showtime 4, Makayla White (Hastings) Kiwi Princess 5, Jaimee Whittaker (Hawke’s Bay) Empress VWNZ 6.
Matthews Hanoverians Seven-Year-Old Series: Samantha Carrington (Takapau) Double J Hurricane 1, Daniel Webb (Hunterville) WSJ Apache 2, Daniel Webb (Hunterville) WSJ Astros 3, Amanda Wilson (Taupo) Kanga CSNZ 4, Logan Massie (Dannevirke) Florence 5, Mark Brooks (Cambridge) First Class NZPH 6.
UltraMox Six-Year-Old Series: Kim Best (Hastings) PHS Armando and Kimberley Carrington (Takapau) Double J Typhoon =1.
East Coast Performance Horses Five-Year-Old Series: Daniel Webb (Hunterville) WSJ Cartalusa, Tracy Mason (Napier) Kiwi Coco, Samantha Carrington (Takapau) Double J Odin, Anneke van Rooyen (Taumarunui) Awaroa New Edition, Hannah Bodle (Waikato) Classified II, Larina Dolman (Gisborne) The Boss and Trudi Mitchell (Wairoa) Highlander NZPH =1.
Horse mini prix: Kim Best (Hastings) LT Holst Teacher’s Pet 1, Samantha Carrington (Takapau) Double J Breeze On 2, Julie Davey (Meeanee) LT Holst Freda 3, Jesse Linton (Hastings) LT Holst Elsbeth 4, Brigitte Smith (Taihape) HR Lanardo 5, Vicki Wilson (Hawke’s Bay) Royal Levado VSNZ 6.
Pony mini prix: Annie Moffett (Napier) Korokipo Kid 1, Anna Wilson (Waipukurau) Redcliffs Bill 2, James Steiner (Tauranga) Uba 3, Hudson Sims (Manawahe) Barbie Doll RSNZ 4, Sophie Sowry (Palmerston North) Glowbug 5, Lucy Hill (Gisborne) Mount Tullock Encore 6.
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By Diana Dobson
October 22, 2021