SIX EQUESTRIAN DYNASTIES WE’D LOVE TO BE PART OF
THE MACINTOSH- STEVENSONS
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.
THE WHITE- POTTINGER CLAN
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.