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Final Day A Wash Out

Final Day A Wash Out

Sunny Gisborne did not live up to its name for the final day of the Larsen Sawmilling Equestrian Championships today (Sunday).

Torrential rain forced day three of the popular annual show canceled and with it the final round of the New Zealand World Cup series.

But series leader going into Gisborne, Katie McVean, already had her hands firmly on the crown after Friday's speed class.

She and her team will now have to sit down and discuss whether she heads to Geneva, Switzerland, in April for the world final.

Saturday saw Brad Cunningham (Christchurch) and Cheltenham take the young rider class, ahead of Rachel McGregor (Auckland) on Kabo Benny Boy.

Six of the 17 starters went through to the jump-off with Cunningham mid-field laying down a clean and fast challenge for the remaining riders.

Last to go Rachael Bentall (Hastings) and Kiwi Brave gave their all, staying faster and clear to the last when they dropped a rail, relegating them to sixth place.

Results -

Toyota young rider: Brad Cunningham (Christchurch) Cheltenham 1, Rachel McGregor (Auckland) Kabo Benny Boy 2, Danielle Maurer (Auckland) Blue Rinse 3, Jaime Gowler (Feilding) Text Me Back 4, Helen Bruce (Palmerston North) Dark Magic LS 5, Rachael Bentall (Hastings) Kiwi Brave 6.

Iverquantel amateur rider: Bruce Peters (Dargaville) Cosmic Cowboy 1, Karen Bruce (Masterton) Kiwi Jive 2, Merran Hain (Gisborne) Untouchable 3, Tim Finch (Waipukurau) Mr Munga 3 4, Angie Bruce (Auckland) Qualine De Kergane 5.

Cushionride New Zealand seven-year-old: Ike Unsworth (Tauranga) Wimbledon MVNZ 1, Ike Unsworth (Tauranga) Whittaker MVNZ 2, Tom Tarver-Priebe (Kawerau) Pick Me NZPH 3, Sally Clark (Dannevirke) Woodbury 4, Sally Steiner (Whakatane) Annandale Laughtons Legacy 5, Daniel Webb (Hunterville) Abernaki Chief 6.

Mitavite six-year-old: Lisa Coupe (Kumeu) Bates Limerick GNZ, Sally Clark (Dannevirke) Omnicron, Katie McVean (Mystery Creek) Dunstan Zenzel HBC, Lisa Coupe (Kumeu) Bates Amaretto MVSH, Sally Steiner (Whakatane) Annandale Shalimah Distella =1.

Open pony 1.2m: James Cole (Auckland) Lion Red II 1, Lily Tootill (Auckland) Taonga-Iti 2, Luke Dee (Gisborne) Wild Thing 3, Melanie Weal (Te Awamutu) Hopeful Illusion 4, Greta Porter (Hastings) Chobidong 5.


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