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Keen Competition Brewing at Taupo

Keen Competition Brewing at Taupo

With nothing between the top four on the Bayer FEI World Cup leaderboard, Saturday’s round at the Fiber Fresh Taupo Christmas Classic promises to be a ripper.

Fourteen combinations are entered, including series leaders Susie Hayward (Canterbury) on her stunning imported stallion Andretti and Maurice Beatson (Dannevirke) aboard Schimmel Warrior, along with last round winner Samantha McIntosh (Cambridge) who is just two points behind them and has both Estina and Argento, having her first world cup start, on the card.

Former series champ Katie McVean (Mystery Creek) has both Dunstan Delilah and Dunstan Kiwi Iron Mark.

Young guns Luke Dee (Ocean Beach) on Ombudsman and Tim Myers (Taranaki) on Pick Me NZPH are always dangerous, with both having won a round last season.

Lining up for their first shots at the prestigious class are Logan Massie (Dannevirke) on Kiwi Ludo and Jaime Campbell (Auckland) on Socrates De La Vie Z.

Rounding out the class are Bernard Denton (Feilding) on Horsesports Suzuki, Bridget Hansen (Ocean Beach) on Shakespear NZPH, Kiwi based Australian Jono Smith on SP Vision and Equestrian Sports New Zealand jumping chairman Glen Beal (Auckland) on Solano.

Those unable to get to the world cup class can watch it live on the internet through .

Bayer FEI World Cup (NZ series) standings (after three of six rounds): Susie Hayward (Canterbury) and Maurice Beatson (Dannevirke) 50 points, Samantha McIntosh (Cambridge) 48, Katie McVean (Mystery Creek) 47, Luke Dee (Ocean Beach) 32, Jake Lambert (Cambridge) 22.


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