All About Eve at Woodhill Sands
All About Eve at Woodhill Sands
Katie Laurie showed every bit of her international experience today, slicing and dicing corners and turns to take the win today in the Bayleys Real Estate Horse Grand Prix at the Fiber Fresh Grand Prix Jumping Show at Woodhill Sands.
The Mystery Creek Olympian had both Dunstan On The Point Eve and Dunstan Lucca through to the jump-off – two of five from the original field of 12.
She was early out on Lucca and – by her own admission – went to do a very tight inside turn, only to realise half way in that it was too tight so had to do a circle and while they were clear jumping, they picked up time faults.
With the luxury of being last to go aboard 10-year-old Eve, she made doubly sure she had everything perfect, coming home in 45.16 seconds. The second-placed Paula Mussen (Pukekohe) and KK Tane Mahuta were also double clear but in 48.16, with Carissa McCall (Auckland) and Esteban MVNZ all clean in 51.3.
“While I didn’t see her go, I knew Paula had done one inside turn, so I did that and then cut inside going into the double near the end,” said Laurie.
Laurie seems to be spoilt for choice when it comes to horses to start in the top classes.
“I have got a very nice string this year but it comes down to deciding who to start in the right classes and where. Some of them probably need a bit more ring time.”
She was particularly pleased for Eve today.
“I was a bit disappointed with the World Cup last week and I probably just rattled Eve a little . . . she is very sensitive. So it was nice for her to jump clear today and take the win.”
Eight started the Equissage Pony Grand Prix with Caitlin Lally (Silverdale) and Sabrina LS taking the win. They were the only combination to go double clear, with Sarah West (Matamata) and Showtym Cruiser coming home for second with four faults in the jump-off.
Bayleys Real Estate Horse Grand Prix: Katie Laurie (Mystery Creek) Dunstan On The Point Eve 1, Paula Mussen (Pukekohe) KK Tane Mahuta 2, Carissa McCall (Auckland) Esteban MVNZ 3, Glen Beal (Auckland) Sacramento 4, Katie Laurie (Mystery Creek) Dunstan Lucca 5, Vicki Wilson (Hikurangi) Ngahiwi Showtym Premier 6.
Equissage Pony Grand Prix: Caitlin Lally (Silverdale) Sabrina LS 1, Sarah West (Matamata) Showtym Cruiser 2, Billie Mae Mentzer (Mangawhai) Taylor Made Gift 3, Olivia Dalton (Auckland) Simply Samantha HH 4, Hayden Pringle (Hikurangi) Blue Crush 5, Natasha Forsyth (Paeroa) Mangakaraa Byron 6.
FMG Young Rider Series: Laura Inkster (Papakura) Oporaes Jackamore 1, Brayden Aarts (Auckland) Binverter 2, Nakeysha Lammers (Hikurangi) All Expenses of Renton 3, Olivia Dalton (Auckland) Appleton 4, Keean Cooper (Te Kauwhata) Amarula MVNZ 5, Ellie Bestwick (Kerikeri) EB Solado 6.
Lincoln University Junior Rider Series: Brayden Aarts (Auckland) Puma des Hayettes 1, Greta van den Brink (Auckland) Silver Lady 2, Benjamin Bremner (Hikurangi) Triple Star Destiny's Accolade 3, Ciel Butler (Katikati) Weiti Kashmir 4, Elmo Jackson (Auckland) Sugarman 5, Alyvia James (Cambridge) LC Victorieuse 6.
Caledonian Holdings Amateur Rider Series: Samantha Matthews (Cambridge) Right Said Fred 1, Shannon Parris (Auckland) SS Luna 2, Samantha Matthews (Cambridge) Varadero 3, Chloe van den Boorn (Auckland) Mirrobella Molly 4, Laura McGregor (Cambridge) Mister Macloud 5, Nicola Smith (Cambridge) Verdant Blue NZPH 6.
Let’s Bale Pro Amateur
Rider: Victoria Rattray (Pokeno) Versace NZPH 1, Natasha
Imeson (Hikurangi) Tele-Star 2, Kate Hewlett (Kerikeri)
Capatino GNZ 3, Megan Finlayson (Kerikeri) Greensleeves 4,
Edward Bullock (Waiuku) Weiti Danneverke 5, Carol Stewart
(Tokoroa) Hit Parade 6.
Series: Natasha Imeson (Hikurangi) Absolute NZPH 1, Jeremy
Whale (Cambridge) Aldivo 2 2, Vicki Wilson (Hikurangi)
Showtym Oncore 3, Melissa Marriner (Auckland) Big Bird 4,
Benjamin Bremner (Hikurangi) Triple Star Destiny's Accolade
5, Charlotte Cotter (Taukau) Ngahiwi Best Wishes 6.
Mitavite Six-Year-Old Series: Candice Fox (Karaka) SJ Duesenberg and Vicki Wilson (Hikurangi) LC Showtym Cassinii =1.
East Coast Performance Horses Five-Year-Old Series: Michelle Wakeling (Wellsford) BMW Numero Uno, Carissa McCall (Auckland) McCaw MVNZ, Sally Steiner (Tauranga) Cartoon NZPH, Victoria Rattray (Pokeno) Lara CSNZ, Laura McGregor (Cambridge) Kingslea Pure Splash and Amanda Wilson (Hikurangi) Showtym Burrow =1.