Dan­nevirke’s Aplin wins Supreme award

Bush Telegraph - - FOCUS ON FARMING - By DAVE MUR­DOCH

Dan­nevirke’s Re­becca Aplin was in top of the Eques­trian Show­ing world at the Hawke’s Bay Royal Show Oc­to­ber 17-19.

Com­pet­ing on Thurs­day 18 on her horse Hand­som Sher­lock she took out the Supreme Horse award in the Open Class.

It was a tough day com­pet­ing three times, be­ing judged for Best Paced and Man­nered (how rider and horse work to­gether) and Con­fir­ma­tion (ap­pear­ance) be­fore tak­ing out the ti­tle. She first won the Open Sad­dle Hunter over 1.63m, then the Lady Sad­dle Hunter and fi­nally the Gen­tle­man Sad­dle Hunter.

Most of her op­po­si­tion were ex­pe­ri­enced adult rid­ers but this was Re­becca’s sec­ond year in horse events af­ter grad­u­at­ing from ponies. She had had Hand­som Sher­lock only a year, hav­ing to train the 10-year old from scratch.

Re­becca had al­ready plenty to cel­e­brate be­fore the Supreme Horse event hav­ing com­peted the day be­fore in the Arab Horse com­pe­ti­tion win­ning the Supreme Arab award on RP Ric­o­chet. Again she had had to com­pete three times be­fore win­ning.

Re­becca had been work­ing hard with RP Ric­o­chet, hav­ing taken on the five-year-old quar­ter bred with just five pre­vi­ous shows ex­pe­ri­ence, three months be­fore the Hawke’s Bay event.

Re­becca says she spends at least an hour per day with her horses, in­creas­ing as shows ap­proach. She is look­ing for more chal­lenges at next year’s Horse Of The Year event.

Re­becca Aplin on RP Ric­o­chet Supreme Arab with the South Is­land Judge.

Re­becca Aplin on Hand­som Sher­lock with her Supreme Cham­pion Blan­ket.

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