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Our show jump­ing colum­nist CLAIRE WIL­SON shares news and gos­sip

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Iwould like to start out by say­ing con­grat­u­la­tions to Ben Lott, who was a part of the Tus­sock Jumpers Adventure Rac­ing team that com­peted in the re­cent Godzone Race (be­low). This is said to be the tough­est ex­pe­di­tion race in the world, trav­el­ling 540km over seven days non-stop. It is both phys­i­cally and men­tally de­mand­ing and com­peti­tors need to han­dle ex­treme pres­sure. In my ex­pert opin­ion, a week at the Horse of the Year Show would be the ideal train­ing for the Godzone Adventure!

Af­ter con­sult­ing with my ta­lent spot­ters, there are a few quiet achiev­ers whose progress has been no­ticed lately. Megan Schis­chka has been sin­gled out as se­ri­ously com­pet­i­tive and an all-round top chick! She has clocked up nu­mer­ous wins with Hol­ly­wood Wannabe and is a well-re­spected rider in the north­ern cir­cle of shows.

From the lower North Is­land, my spies have re­ported that Phoebe Topp, Ali­cia Bowie and Lucy Rowe have done a good job with their Ju­nior horses this sea­son. And in the South Is­land, Georgie Goodworth, Florence Tapely and Court­ney Townsend have been pro­duc­ing some great re­sults to­wards the tail end of the sea­son.

The Waitem­ata Show Jump­ing group hosted the North Is­land Champs and those who went were again im­pressed with the great lengths that this com­mit­tee goes to in stag­ing a top class show! There were a cou­ple of stand­out per­for­mances, firstly the epic Pro Am win for Karen Rid­dle rid­ing LC Funny Lass. This was pretty im­pres­sive, con­sid­er­ing the com­bi­na­tion had only been to­gether two weeks! And Cerys Tarr and the su­per-con­sis­tent Madam Coco, took away the North Is­land 6YO ti­tle. This was very well de­served con­sid­er­ing the HOY ti­tle

eluded them a er her bit broke dur­ing their round, caus­ing re­tire­ment.

Our con­do­lences go out to Elmo Jackson, whose horse, High Five, su ered a car­diac ar­rest en route to the North Is­land champs. Elmo has been in ne form in the Ju­nior Se­ries and was a hot con­tender for this ti­tle.

Wed­ding bells have been ring­ing and it looks like sev­eral long-stand­ing eques­trian fam­i­lies have been joined by mar­riage. Daniel Worker and Kirsten Mcleod have tied the knot, as have Manny Hansen and Chloe Ak­ers. Con­grat­u­la­tions to these happy newlyweds!

Lisa and Sean Cu­bitt are another pair of show jumpers who are forg­ing ahead, al­beit in Aus­tralia, based with Oaks Sporthorses. Lisa re­cently won the pres­ti­gious Per­pet­ual Cup at the Syd­ney Royal Show, with the 12-year-old Amaretto MVNZ, aka Bee­tle.

Did you hear about the cou­ple who are join­ing forces on a tan­dem bike ride for the 3000km length of New Zealand? Josh Barker and part­ner Mag­gie iede are rais­ing aware­ness of head in­juries and the im­por­tance of wear­ing a hel­met. Clearly, they aren’t mar­ried yet… but what a huge chal­lenge this will be on so many lev­els! Let us wish them luck and sup­port their cho­sen char­ity, THINK.

And how about the beau­ti­ful young lady, Aleshia Tay­lor, who I saw com­pet­ing in the cat­e­goty A pony show hunters at Fox­ton? e very next day she shaved her hair o to raise funds for cancer re­search. e more I hang around the show hunter world, the more im­pressed I am!

Jaime Camp­bell and Travis Mor­gan’s bou­tique show, the Har­ri­son Lane Jump­ing Spec­tac­u­lar, was held at the Van den Brink’s Wil­low Park polo grounds. Ev­ery­one agreed that it was a truly glam­orous event that brought jumpers, rac­ing and polo peo­ple to­gether for a day of top-level com­pe­ti­tion! Con­grat­u­la­tions to ev­ery­one who helped to make this such a spe­cial event.

Mau­rice Beat­son has been re-elected into the rider’s rep po­si­tion for a sec­ond term, with a grand sum of 220 rid­ers both­er­ing to vote. I be­lieve about 40 oth­ers tried to vote, but they weren’t el­i­gi­ble; how­ever, ‘top marks’ for try­ing!

But isn’t this a poor turn-out? We ob­vi­ously have plenty of rid­ers who keep their head down, fo­cus on their rid­ing but aren’t re­motely in­ter­ested in the me­chan­ics of the sport. And we have 220 oth­ers, who are will­ing to speak up, vote and show some in­ter­est in how the sport is run. Which group do you be­long to?

So, I asked our rider’s rep if there was any­thing in the pipe­lines that the rest of us should know about.

Ap­par­ently the Jump­ing Board has been very busy, and there are plans for more train­ing in the fu­ture, with over­seas train­ers in mind. e goal is for New Zealand to have more Na­tions Cup teams (like the re­cent team that com­peted in Florida) and ul­ti­mately, a team at the World Eques­trian Games in 2018.

Mau­rice also wanted to con­grat­u­late the ve course de­sign­ers who all passed their level two exam at the re­cent FEI course sem­i­nar. And he also men­tioned that he is al­ways happy to talk to any rid­ers with ques­tions or con­cerns!

Here is a mes­sage from Dr Seuss, to all those rid­ers who have been re­luc­tant to get in­volved or get in­formed: “Be who you are and say what you feel, be­cause those who mind don’t mat­ter and those who mat­ter don’t mind!”

Megan Schis­chka and Hol­ly­wood Wannabe have clocked up nu­mer­ous wins, in­clud­ing be­ing in the rib­bons at the re­cent Har­ri­son Lane Karaka Jump­ing Spec­tac­u­lar

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