SI show jumping titles decided
More than 400 horses and ponies and their 260 riders battled it out for the titles of the South Island’s best at the Ashburton A&P Showgrounds at the weekend.
The South Island Show Jumping and Show Hunter Championships attracted a quality field, with everything from training pony classes and low hunter at 60cm right through to the World Jumping Challenge (WJC) and South Island Super League at 1.60m on offer.
It was just the third time in the event’s 39-year history that the Ashburton Area ESNZ has hosted the event and it was a big undertaking, with 30 additional yards built as well as 20 temporary yards to accommodate the large number of horses.
The FEI World Challenge gave jumping riders, who given their country of location were not easily able take part in international jumping competitions, the opportunity to compete internationally without having to leave their own country.
That was taken out by Lauren Buckley on Icy Storm while another of the big titles on offer, the Young Rider Series, was won by Ashburton’s Luci Askin on Portofino. Another Ashburton rider, Kimberley Bird on Cera Cassina, finished second.
The Junior Rider Series was won by Grace Manera on Victoria, and Louise Marriott on Concur won the Pro Am Rider Series. The Amateur Rider title was won by Kate Perry on Casahragi.
Selwyn’s Harry Feast won the South Island Six-Year-Old series on Double J Barman, his sister’s horse, while the South Island Premier League Series Horse Championship was Feast’s second title of the weekend, this time on Double J Butler.
The Seven-Year-Old Series was won by Tegan Fitzsimon on Windermere Cappuccino, and the Pony Grand Prix was won by Caitlin Adams on Sushi, while the South Island Mini Prix was won by Askin on Portofino.
Grace Perry on Kiwi Spirit took the South Island 1.25m Horse Championship.
Show hunter titles were also up for grabs, with the Open Horse High Points Championship won by Sophia Ropa and Bellwood Casanova, while the Amateur Rider Series Championship – the Adrienne Cromie Memorial Class – was won by Lucy Maley on Lucasano.
Ashburton Area ESNZ chairman Dave Redmond said the weekend was a great opportunity for people to see some top notch showjumping action, the likes of which was rarely witnessed in Ashburton.
Ashburton’s Luci Askin and Portofino took out the Young Rider Series.