NZ Horse & Pony - - Cover Story -


Sam is ar­guably New Zealand’s most suc­cess­ful in­ter­na­tional show jumper and is the daugh­ter of Colin Mcin­tosh, who show jumped at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, and former Grand Prix rider Penny Steven­son. Sam is cur­rently based in France, has an ex­cit­ing new string of horses and is def­i­nitely one to watch for the fu­ture. THE MCVEANS The daugh­ter of in­ter­na­tional show jumpers Jeff and Vicki Mcvean, Kate’s des­tiny was con­firmed when she won her first Pony Grand Prix at the ten­der age of nine. Katie’s sis­ter Emma-lea was also a top young show jumper and is now a re­spected race­horse trainer. With Katie’s nieces al­ready show jump­ing and daugh­ter Grace look­ing keen, the Mcvean legacy looks set to con­tinue. THE HILLS Louisa Hill is the only New Zealand dres­sage rider to com­pete at two Olympics; she and her mum Jenny are trea­sured stal­warts of the dis­ci­pline. While Lou’s been with­out a top-level horse since the sad sale of her tal­ented An­tonello (who’s vy­ing for Rio se­lec­tion with new rider John Thomp­son), we don’t doubt she’ll pro­duce another su­per­star be­fore we can say ‘Tokyo’. THE FIELDS Kal­lista Field and her mum Sharon are two of the most pro­lific pro­duc­ers of Grand Prix dres­sage horses in New Zealand and Kal­lista is still our most suc­cess­ful in­ter­na­tional dres­sage rider with her 18th place at the Syd­ney Olympics in 2000. Af­ter a short hia­tus, Kal­lista has a cou­ple of horses at top level and Sharon’s also eye­ing a re­turn to Grand Prix with Waimoana FE – watch this space! THE NO­BLES Young Anya Noble is hav­ing a ball with the Grand Prix stal­lion Airthrey High­lander. Of course, it helps when your dad is the only per­son in the coun­try to have won Dres­sage Horse of the Year five times, and your mum is an ac­com­plished event and dres­sage rider in her own right. Anya is the daugh­ter of Bill and Felic­ity and sis­ter to kart racer Se­bas­tian; the whole fam­ily is so cool, quirky and su­per-smart there’s no way we could leave them off our list.


Event rider Amanda Pot­tinger (above) is mak­ing her mark at three-star event­ing which is not all that sur­pris­ing given her stel­lar her­itage. Her grand­mother Tiny White (cen­tre) rep­re­sented New Zealand in dres­sage, her mother Tinks (left) won team bronze at the 1988 Seoul Olympics and aunt Ginny (far right) was also a top even­ter. In keep­ing with the fam­ily tra­di­tion, Amanda most of­ten goes by her nick­name, ‘Muzzi’. Tiny’s proper name is He­len, while Tinks’ name is re­ally Ju­dith.

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