SI show jump­ing ti­tles de­cided

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - MOTORING - ERIN TASKER

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.

ERIN TASKER/STUFF

Ash­bur­ton’s Luci Askin and Portofino took out the Young Rider Se­ries.

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