Even­ters move up a notch in Taupo¯

Rotorua Daily Post - - Sport -

More than 200 horses have been en­tered in the Taupo¯ Spring Horse Tri­als this week­end, with many of them step­ping up a level, hav­ing had an out­ing or two to set­tle them into their work for the sea­son.

The Fiber Fresh Na­tional Eques­trian Cen­tre at Ara­ti­a­tia is in great or­der and will pro­vide ex­cel­lent go­ing for to­mor­row’s cross-coun­try course de­signed by Chris Ross, from He­lensville.

The ESNZ Su­per League class, the Dy­navyte CIC3, has at­tracted 10 en­tries, in­clud­ing four who fea­tured in the Oak­lane Sta­bles CIC2 at Ar­ran Sta­tion, Taka­pau last month. They in­clude Taranaki dairy farmer and for­mer in­ter­na­tional Matthew Grayling on Winky Fo­ley’s big grey NRM Trudeau, who won at Taka­pau.

Also en­tered are two horses who with­drew be­fore the cross­coun­try at Taka­pau due to the hard ground, while ly­ing third and fourth in the Red Snap’r CIC3 class.

They are Hamil­ton ac­coun­tant Madi­son Crowe’s Wai­tangi Pin­ter­est and Cam­bridge solic­i­tor Nick Brooks’ lovely black horse For Fame, both well-per­formed fu­ture stars.

The win­ner of the Su­per League class at Taka­pau was Matangi’s Saman­tha Fel­ton on Ricker Ridge Rui, who look well placed to win the Dy­navyte prize pack for the best per­formed com­bi­na­tion from both the Taka­pau and Taupo¯ Su­per League classes.

Fel­ton has spent time com­pet­ing in Aus­tralia and was a mem­ber of the New Zealand team which won the Oceania Cham­pi­onship at Wer­ribee last year.

Abi­gail Long, of Levin, a

Donna Ed­wards-Smith (Te Kauwhata), DSE Cluny, 51 pts, Kirsty Shara­poff (Christchurch), Shoot the Breeze, 38 pts, Saman­tha Fel­ton (Matangi), Ricker Ridge Rui, 32 pts, Re­nee Faulkner (Pa­pakura), Ru­bin­star HH, 30 pts.

mem­ber of the New Zealand Young Rider team at Wer­ribee, rides the ex­pe­ri­enced Enzo.

For­merly rid­den in com­pe­ti­tion by in­ter­na­tional Annabel Wigley, Abby has formed a solid part­ner­ship with the horse, and they look con­fi­dent to cope with elite level now.

Diane Gilder has her stun­ning Aus­tralian thor­ough­bred Your At­tor­ney out at top level again, af­ter es­tab­lish­ing her pet care busi­ness in Cleve­don, and there are two young men who ac­quit­ted them­selves well in the 2* class at Ar­ran Sta­tion tak­ing on the chal­lenge of 3* event­ing.

Mu­ru­para’s Jef­frey Amon rides My Sil­ver Lin­ing and far­rier Jake Barham, now prac­tis­ing in Hawke’s Bay, rides At­lan.

The New Zealand horses com­pet­ing in the Aus­tralian In­ter­na­tional Three-day Event CCI4 fly out of Auck­land to­mor­row morn­ing, so are not com­pet­ing, but a mem­ber of the ground jury at Taupo¯ is of­fi­ci­at­ing there.

Mar­i­lyn Payne, a se­nior FEI of­fi­cial from the US, will as­sess a New Zealand judge for up­grad­ing to FEI 3 sta­tus en route to Ade­laide.

PHOTO / DI­ANA DOB­SON

Matangi even­ter Saman­tha Fel­ton in ac­tion dur­ing an event in Wer­ribee, Aus­tralia last year.

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