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Taupo Combo Take Grand Prix at Wellington Horowhenua Champs

Taupo Combo Take Grand Prix at Wellington Horowhenua Champs

Helen McNaught-McFarlane and Carnutelabryere pulled off a handy double today at the Versatile Home and Buildings Wellington Horowhenua Showjumping Championships.

The two took to heart the gallop into the last fence in the jump-off of the Equissage Horse Grand Prix and it could have gone either way . . . lucky for this Taupo combination, they pulled it off and won.

Fifteen started the class over the Heather McDonald (Dannevirke) designed course, with just four coming through to the jump-off.

First out was accomplished teen Emily Fraser (Feilding) and Kiwi Sunray who stopped the clock at 42.94 seconds but bagged four faults en route. Robert Steele (Dannevirke) and Grand Coeur 36 also picked up four but in a slower time of 46.28. McNaught-McFarlane was clear in 43.09, with Oliver Edgecombe (Waipukurau) and Ultra Blue NZPH clear in 45.85.

“We took off a bit early into the last,” says McNaught-McFarlane. “It was a gallop into the fence – I was committed and he (Carnutelabryere) was away with the birdies. He does that often but once he took off he realised he was going to have to work a bit harder and he did.”

The nine-year-old grey has come along in leaps and bounds since he arrived in New Zealand a year or so ago.
“It really does suit him here,” says McNaught-McFarlane.

The horse has been very consistent this season, with wins in grand prix classes in Foxton in October, at Equidays, Masterton and today. He has also placed twice in World Cup classes.

“This year we are choosing a bit more about where we start. He is jumping better than ever though and doing things he just couldn’t do last year.”

Shanae McKay (Levin) and the lovely Guthrie won the Country TV Pony Grand Prix while South Island raider Olivia Robertson (Christchurch) did herself all sorts of favours in the Canterbury Equestrian Young Rider Series with another win.

Results –

Equissage Horse Grand Prix: Helen McNaught-McFarlane (Taupo) Carnutelabryere 1, Oliver Edgecombe (Waipukurau) Ultra Blue NZPH 2, Emily Fraser (Feilding) Kiwi Sunray 3, Robert Steele (Dannevirke) Grand Coeur 36 4, Lucy Akers (Opiki) Letitbe GNZ 5, Simon Wilson (Waipukurau) McMillans Clearmont MVNZ 6.

Country TV Pony Grand Prix: Shanae McKay (Levin) Guthrie 1, Olivia Ahlborn (Napier) Aorangi Ragtime 2, Amanda Steele (Dannevirke) Jackaranda 3, Sophie Scott (Wellington) Benrose Playtime 4, Parys Marshall (New Plymouth) Spot You Later 5, Abbie Garwood (Rotorua) Showtym Prince 6.

Caledonian Amateur Rider Series: Mandy Illston (Bulls) Barcelona 1, Glen Hicks (Hastings) Kiwi Hope 2, Glen Hicks (Hastings) Weiti Aubergine 3, Olivia Laing (Turangi) Midway Montana 4, Tracey Mason (Napier) Tiger Lily 5, Louise Bowie (Pahiatua) Kiwi Hammer 6.

Canterbury Equestrian Young Rider Series: Olivia Robertson (Christchurch) DHS Ceniki 1, Melody Matheson (Hastings) Cheltenham 2, Will Moffett (Hastings) Centrico 3, William Lyles (Turangi) Jake The Lad 4, Robert Wellwood (Hastings) Cavallino 5, Olivia Robertson (Christchurch) Ngahiwi Cisco 6.

Telford Junior Rider: Georgia Massie (Dannevirke) Double J Cloud 9 1, Matthew Irvine (Takapau) Oscar Star 2, Will Moffett (Napier) Mustangs Edition 3, Maddison Grainger (New Plymouth) Our Finn 4, Hannah Fraser (Feilding) Vendange 5, Nicholas O’Leary (Wanganui) Obeone Kanobe 6.

Telford Junior Rider Equitation: Will Moffett (Napier) 1, Deanika Vink (New Plymouth) 2, Matthew Irvine (Takapau) 3, Georgia Massie (Dannevirke) 4, Nicholas O’Leary (Wanganui) 5, Hannah Fraser (Feilding) 6.
Main-Events University Series: Laura Hutterd (Stratford) 1, Rebecca Porter (Hastings) 2, Lauren Garland (Taupo) 3, Claudia Porter (Hastings) 4, Frankie Knight (Wellington) 5.

Let’s Bale Pro Amateur Rider Series: Katharine van Tuyl (Woodville) Double J Sunshine 1, Stephen Nickalls (Palmerston North) First Light 2, Caitlin Pemberton (Palmerston North) Popoloca 3, Sally Clark (Dannevirke) Victoria’s Secret 4, Tim Pearce (Marton) De Becker 5, Kaleigh Kent (Otane) Double J Spongebob Squarepants 6.

Team Cubitt Sport Horses 1.35m Championship: Danielle Maurer (Auckland) Supernova NZPH 1, Brooke Zander (Waipukurau) LT Holst Andrea 2, Georgia Massie (Dannevirke) Larinium LS 3, Ruby Hilhorst (Atiamuri) Leeston Eagle 4, Katharine van Tuyl (Woodville) Double J Sunshine 5, Bernard Denton (Feilding) Horsesports Lancaster II 6.

East Coast Performance Horses Five Year Old Series: Julie Davey (Napier) JD Ruby, John Maclennan (Waipukurau) Ngahiwi Para, Oliver Edgecombe (Waipukurau) Equador MW =1.

Mitavite Six Year Old Series: Bernard Denton (Feilding) Whiorau Ritchie, Desiree Foxley (Hastings) Johnny Dodge, Rachel Martin (Wairoa) Finesse, Oliver Edgecombe (Waipukurau) Ngahiwi Onyx, Bernard Denton (Feilding) Horsesports Sequell, Oliver Edgecombe (Waipukurau) Double J Escape =1.
ESNZ Seven Year Old: Robert Steele (Dannevirke) LT Holst Bernadette 1, Jesse Linton (Hastings) Kiwi Doll 2, Heloise Tolo (Wellington) Violet NZPH 3, Tayla Mason (Waikanae) Silverstar 4, Caroline Kennedy (Ohaupo) Smoken Up 5, Trudi Mitchell (Wairoa) LC Autograph 6.


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