Show jumping extravaganza at Woodhill Sands
There will be plenty of thrills when some of the country's top show jumpers compete in the Aon Insurance Premier Show Jumping Show to be held at Woodhill Sands Equestrian Centre from February 20-22.
One of the highlights of the show will be the final of the Horse Grand Prix Super Series, which takes place on Saturday at 2.30pm. The series has been held over 11 shows at Woodhill Sands, Auckland, Northland and Waitemata.
Northland rider Vicki Wilson and Showtym Levado GNZ have an unassailable lead in the Horse Grand Prix Super Series, with Matangi's Mathew Gilmour and Cuba D Esquelmez Z in second place. Pukekohe's Leeshall Small and Mahoe Moon Frost have a similar stranglehold on the Pony Grand Prix Super Series. However with substantial cash up for grabs, the competition will still be fierce in these classes.
Saturday's excitement continues as the Aon Insurance Slalom Relay takes place from 6pm. The fun and adrenalin-filled event pits teams consisting of one hack and one pony against each other. The teams of two will race off around a mirrored course, with an instant knock-out format.
The show's premier classes kick off at midday on Sunday, starting with the Fiber Fresh Pony Grand Prix, and followed by the Aon Insurance Premier Horse Grand Prix at approximately 2pm.
Entry is free to the weekend-long event, which will host a variety of equestrian and non-equestrian trade-stands. Eftpos and food is available, with the on-site cafe offering espresso coffee and food made from local produce, plus a licensed bar. Dogs arenot allowed on the Woodhill Sands grounds, including in cars.
Waitemata Show Jumping
imake World Cup Final
January 10th & 11th 2015
Katie Laurie pulled off a fairytale finish when she won the Ultra•Mox FEI World Cup New Zealand Series final at Woodhill Sands in Auckland today.
It came right down to the wire at the Imake Showjumping World Cup Final Show – Laurie (Mystery Creek), a three-time winner of the series and New Zealand's best ever finisher at a world final, was the last to go. To win both the final and the series, she had to go clear on Dunstan Kiwi Iron Mark (owned by June Berrington). Ahead of her, Helen McNaught-McFarlane (Taupo) and Carnutelabryere had a total of four faults from their two rounds, with a smart time of 61.84 seconds from the shortened second round course.
Nine started the final, Vicki Wilson (Hikurangi) and Ngahiwi Showtym Premier were clear in the first, but picked up a single time fault. Their second round saw another eight faults added, for a total of nine, but they still held on to fourth place. Fifth was her younger sister Amanda aboard Showtym Cassanova, with Bridget Hansen (Ocean Beach) and Shakespear NZPH sixth. Jesse Linton (Hastings) and Strathcarron Zaurak (owned by Sue Thompson Brown) were out of the money today, but their efforts saw them finish third in the series.
As part of the Woodhill Sands Series Country TV will premier the imake World Cup SJ Show 20th of January at 8.30pm, it will repeat 21st January at 10am, 22nd January at 3.30pm, 25th January at 8am and 2.30pm set your mysky now!
Full results on our show Jumping page, action from the weekend below...
PEL GP SJ SHOW
Katie dominates Burmester Realty Grand Prix
Katie Laurie and her rising star Dunstan Lucca jumped flawlessly to take out the Burmester Realty Horse Grand Prix held at Woodhill Sands Equestrian Centre over the weekend November 29-30. Katie was the only rider of the 13 who started to jump a double clear, earning herself the cash bonus of $400, boosting her overall prize money for the class to a cool $1000.
Katie also finished in second place with Dunstan Breeze, who was clear in the first round but picked up one time fault in the second, and was fourth on Frangipanne De Toxandria (four faults). Samantha Peters and Likeable NZPH were third in this class, also on four faults but a second faster than Katie. Notably, 14-year-old Briar Burnett-Grant from Taupo and Ngahiwi Telephonic, who've been in sizzling form this season, finished sixth in their first-ever Grand Prix start.
Northland's Sharnaye Lammers had the only clear round in the Prydes EasiFeed Pony Grand Prix to win on the classy Watch Me Move. Briar Burnett-Grant on Pioneer Jade also jumped clear but picked up a time fault to
finish second, with Laura Lush and Galaxy Peaches N Cream quickest of the four-faulters to finish third in the 13-strong class.
Vicky Wilson and Showtym Levado GNZ won the Super Series Horse Grand Prix and with double points on offer this elevated them into second position on the leaderboard with 26 points. Lily Tootill and Ngahiwi Cruise were second in the Super Series Grand Prix and Mathew Gilmour on Cuba D Esquelmes Z, third.
Mathew and Cuba D Esquelmes Z are narrowly on top of the Super Series leaderboard with 27 points after seven rounds, with four more to go. Katie Laurie and Dustan Carlo are third in the accumulator, on 18.
Pukekohe's Leeshall Small and Mahoe Moon Frost won the Super Series Pony Grand Prix for the third show in a trot, cementing their commanding lead in the series. Sharnaye Lammers was second on Arrow's Flight and fourth on Mr McCloud, with Brayden Aarts and Just Nuts in third.
Leeshall is now a mile ahead on the Super Series pony leaderboard, on 63 points, from Sharnaye Lammers and Airborne Magic on 30 in second spot and Brayden Aarts and Just Nuts (20) in third. Clear rounds were
abundant in the 19-strong Canterbury Equestrian Aon Insurance Young Rider, which eventually went to Rebekah Van Tiel and Adeaze, clear in the jump-off on 31.25. Samantha Morrison and Biarritz stopped the clock just a fraction slower, on 31.50, to finish second. Georgia Wiltshire on Kitchwa was third and Rosie Commons fourth on 42 Below.
Samantha Morrison and Cool Encounter headed off 12 other combinations in the Telford Fiber Fresh Junior Rider, to take out the class with the only double clear. Laura Lush (Macavee) was second, and Maddison Bult (Sonic NZPH) third, both on four faults.
There were 11 starters
in the PEL Pro Am, which went to Natasha Lammers on Tele-Star, double clear and
just over a second faster than Daniel Blundell and Collette, in second place.
Samantha Peters and Zabambi were third.
Candice Fox and Bush
Magic won the Caledonian Alltech Amateur Rider, almost two seconds faster in the jump-off than Vanessa Veart-Smith with Jedi Skywalker, who also jumped double clear to finish second. Carol Stewart on Hit Parade and Joshua Barker on Lanius GNZ finished first-equal in the Mitavite Radio Sport Six-Year-Old. Vicki Wilson and Ake Ake won the Golden Grove Stud Equissage Seven-Year-Old class.
Fiber Fresh Feeds Labour Weekend Horse Trial Show Wrap up and images on the Eventing page now....