Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


Kiwi Contingent Head to CCI4* in Adelaide

Kiwi Contingent Head to CCI4* in Adelaide

New Zealand is sending its biggest contingent in years to the Mitsubishi Motors Australian International 3 Day Event in Adelaide.

The only CCI4* event in the Southern Hemisphere has attracted 21 entries, including six Kiwi combinations – Donna Edwards-Smith (Te Kauwhata) has both DSE Mr Hokey Pokey and DSE Tangolooma, Samantha Felton (Matangi) is in on Ricker Ridge Pico Boo, Rio Olympian Clarke Johnstone (Matangi) has entered on Balmoral Sensation, Andy Daines (Kumeu) is back with Spring Panorama, and Ginny Thompson (Kaukapapa) is entered on Star Nouveau.

Johnstone, who placed sixth at the Rio Olympic Games and fifth at his first Badminton start, says Balmoral Sensation is feeling “fantastic – really fit and well”.

The 13-year-old grey gelding has won most events in New Zealand, and previously placed third at the CCI4* in Adelaide. The New Zealand warmblood was bred by David Goodin.

Edwards-Smith says both her horses are ready to go.

“DSE Tangolooma is in fantastic shape and has his game face on while DSE Mr Hokey Pokey has still got his ears forward and will be ready to give Adelaide 110%,” she said. “We are really excited about this adventure.”

Both horses have been very consistent for Edwards Smith, with Mr Hokey Pokey second in the CCI3* at Taupo this year and Tangolooma winning the Puhinui CIC3* in March.

Thompson’s Star Nouveau, who is rarely out of the top 10, has had great build-up to the 4*.

“She is feeling fit and ready to go.”

The 13-year-old bay mare placed fourth in the CCI3* at Melbourne earlier this year, was fourth in the CIC3* at Sydney and won Puhinui CCI3* in 2016.

This is the second Adelaide 4* start for Daines and Spring Panorama.

“Pete (Spring Panorama) is feeling amazing and on track.”

The combination won the CIC3* at Taupo last year and backed that up with a second placing this year. Daines brought the Irish Sport Horse home with him from the UK.

Felton is rarely off the podium with her 13-year-old bay gelding Ricker Ridge Pico Boo. The horse was second in the CCI3* in Melbourne in June.

All of the New Zealand Adelaide-bound combinations had training with ESNZ high performance dressage coach Isobel Wessels as part of their build-up. The Britain-based specialist was hugely complementary about the “super talent”.

Included on the card are some top Australians, including Olympic medal-winners Megan Jones, Sonja Johnson, Stuart Tinney and Wendy Schaeffer-MacDonald, along with 2016 winner Hazel Shannon.

Australia-based Kiwi Laura Wallace has Van Heck entered in the CIC3* class and Black Crest in the CCI2*.

The New Zealand riders are also vying for valuable points in the ESNZ Eventing Super League, which is currently being led by Johnstone and Balmoral Sensation.

The Australian event was just recently crowned best event of the year by international equestrian magazine L’Anne Hippique, as voted by readers from across the globe.

WHAT: Mitsubishi Motors Australian International 3 Day Event

WHEN: November 16-19, 2017

WHERE: Adelaide, Australia



The horse details -

Balmoral Sensation (owned by the Johnstone Family), DSE Tangolooma (owned by Donna and Elise Edwards-Smith and Graham Smith), DSE Mr Hokey Pokey (owned by Elise Edwards), Star Nouveau (owned by Virginia Thompson), Spring Panorama (owned by Leanne and David Jensen and Andrew Daines), Ricker Ridge Pico Boo (owned by Dale and Nanette Felton), Van Heck (owned by the Selby Syndicate) and Black Crest (owned by the Selby Syndicate).


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman'

The Guardian needed not one, but three reviews to do justice to Fennell's unsettling approach, which indicates exactly how ambiguous and controversial its message really is. More>>

Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which won the Non Fiction Award at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2009, and has now been republished by Te Papa press. More>>

Howard Davis: The Back of the Painting

Painting conservators are the forensic pathologists of the art world. While they cannot bring their subjects back to life, they do provide fascinating insights into the precise circumstances of a painting's creation, its material authenticity, and constructive methodology. More>>

Howard Davis: Black Panthers on the Prowl

A passionate and gripping political drama from Shaka King, this is an informative and instructive tale of human frailty that centers around the charismatic Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, who was murdered at the age of twenty-one during a police raid. More>>

Howard Davis: Controlling the High Ground

Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>

Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland