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Right on Mark for Laurie

Right on Mark for Laurie

Katie Laurie has started the season in top form.

Laurie – nee McVean – and the lovely Dunstan Kiwi Iron Mark (owned by June Berrington) were comfortable winners of the Country TV Horse Grand Prix at the Dunstan Rotorua Jumping Show in Taupo today.

Thirteen started the class, including 2010 World Champs bronze medal winning eventer Clarke Johnstone (Cambridge) aboard the current eventer of the year Balmoral Sensation.

Four came through to the jump-off – Laurie (Mystery Creek) with Dunstan Kiwi Iron Mark and Dunstan Breeze, Rachel McGregor (Cambridge) aboard NZ Fireball and Johnstone with Balmoral Sensation.

In the end, Laurie and Mark were just too fast, stopping the clock in 32.5 seconds, with McGregor on 35.26 and Laurie and Breeze 35.45. Johnstone took a rail, and came home in 36.15.

The fourth placing for Johnstone topped off an excellent show – he also picked up wins in the 1.35m and five year old series, three fourths and a sixth.
The hotly-contested Pony Grand Prix saw 19 start, with five through to the jump-off. Matthew Irvine (Hawke’s Bay) and the current Pony of the Year winner Fun House were too good, finishing with a double clear in 35.03 seconds.
However, hot on his heels was Briar Burnett-Grant (Taupo) and Kabo Silver who also left everything in place in 35.77.

Nick Brooks (Cambridge) and Versace C were popular winners of the Goldengrove Stud Seven Year Old Series, with Melody Matheson (Hawke’s Bay) and Cheltenham taking out the young rider class.

The show, which was held at the National Equestrian Centre in Taupo, had some challenging weather over the two days.


Country TV Horse Grand Prix:

Katie Laurie (Mystery Creek) Dunstan Kiwi Iron Mark (owned by June Berrington) 1, Rachel McGregor (Cambridge) NZ Fireball 2, Katie Laurie (Mystery Creek) Dunstan Breeze 3, Clarke Johnstone (Cambridge) Balmoral Sensation 4, Melody Matheson (Hawke’s Bay) Cheltenham 5, Nicki Booth (Masterton) Edana Van Overis 6.

Five-Year-Old Series: Clarke Johnstone (Cambridge) In Disguise 1.

Mitavite Six-Year-Old Series: Lucy Olphert (Tauranga) Eve Saint Laurant 1.

Goldengrove Stud Seven-Year-Old Series: Nick Brooks (Cambridge) Versace C 1, Lisa Cubitt (Cambridge) Uniquely Blue NZPH 2, Lucy Olphert (Tauranga) Connoisseur 3, Laura Pratt (Hamilton) Silver Belle 4, Elmo Jackson (Auckland) Unlimited NZPH 5, Savannah Larsen-Church (Turangi) Westhay Grace 6.

Telford Junior Rider Series: Laura Inkstar (Clevedon) Oporaes Jackamoe 1, Laura Lush (Waiuku) Macavee 2, Hannah Bodle (Morrinsville) Shiraz NZPH 3, Mikayla Herbert (Rotorua) Snow Storm 4, Sarah Young (Tokoroa) SS Galaxy 5, Annabelle Gourlie (Hawke’s Bay) Frolic 6.

Young Rider Series: Melody Matheson (Hawke’s Bay) Cheltenham 1, Melanie Weal (Te Awamutu) Appleton 2, Elle Phillips (Hamilton) Shan Dynasty 3, Melody Matheson (Hawke’s Bay) Roulette MH 4, Rebekah Van Tiel (Karaka) Double J Angelic 5, Rebekah Van Tiel (Karaka) Adeaze 6.

Pro-Amateur Rider Series: Katie Hercock (Matamata) Kiwi Express 1, Candice Fox (Karaka) War Dance II 2, Nicki Booth (Masterton) Loudini 3, Alannah Jackson (Whangarei) Gamblers Pride 4, Lucy Olphert (Tauranga) Connoisseur 5, Geordie Bull (Taupo) Forest Hill 6.

Caledonian Amateur Rider Series: Carla Ross (Taupo) Tricks Unlimited 1, Craig Sullivan (Albany) Lingo 2, Donna Atkinson (Rotorua) Dob Em In 3, Joanna Mackie (Gisborne) X Factor MVNZ 4, Dean Morgan (Te Awamutu) FIS Outrageous 5, Nicoli Fife (Putaruru) Charlton Xtreme 6.

Pony Grand Prix: Matthew Irvine (Hawke’s Bay) Fun House 1, Briar Burnett-Grant (Taupo) Kabo Silver 2, Olivia Miller (Te Puke) Kaycee MacKay 3, Lucy McHugh (Gisborne) Hawai Haka 4, Sara Brookes (Waimauku) Kabo Cappesh 5, Deanika Vink (New Plymouth) Waiotahi Belle 6.


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