Virginia Thompson and Star Noveau emerged as the leaders following the cross country at the Puhinui International Horse Trials – the only combination to complete the challenging cross country course on their dressage score.
Beaming from ear to ear after finishing, Ginny was thrilled, saying: “That was out of this world, she is just one in a million. She gave me everything she had. She answered every question. What I was most proud of is that we made time as that has been a huge personal goal for me. I am a little bit of a nana. We have been working really hard at trying to work out how to shave lines and stepping up quicker after fences.”
Katharine Van Tuyl moved up to second place on her exciting young horse, Double J Sunshine. This was the pair’s first attempt at the high level and they finished with just eight time penalties. Afterwards she said: “It was always going to be a massive ask for him. He made a couple of mistakes but he’s only eight so he is really the baby of the class.”
Andy Daines on Spring Panorama has moved up to third place, also going clear jumping but with 7.6 time faults. “He was absolutely amazing,” said NDY. “He made it feel really good. It rode a lot better than I thought. There were a few combinations where I thought I would really have to dig in deep but when we got there it just flowed really nicely.”
There are only five combinations left in the competition after the cross country test – overnight leader Dannie Lodder was elated to have finished only to be informed she had missed a fence towards the end of the course resulting in elimination. She commented: “I had a complete brain fade. It is so left field for me. You get so close to getting home, and then you think there is only one sort of challenge left that you have to worry about and you delete the information about the fence preceding that. What was really sad is that I had to go through unmown grass to avoid jumping it
Shelley Ross had a fall off Coleraine Coaltown and while unhurt, was obviously furious with herself whilst Francesca Silver retired Case in Point early in the course.
In the iSpyHorses CCI2*, Campbell Draper has moved into the lead after just 4.4 time faults on the cross country with his horse Mr Mancini. Right behind him is Donna Smith on Mr Hokey Pokey, with Kate Wood on Wolf Whistle II third. Donna had led after the dressage on Quantico, but 16 time faults dropped her down to fourth place.
In the Honda NZ CCI2* Young Rider competition, dressage leader Jackson Bovill didn’t add anything to his score, with a beautiful clear round. Sarah Young on SS Galaxy moved up to second place with just 2.8 time faults. Tayla Mason on Royalty added 9.2 time faults to move into third.
Emily Cammock had been in the lead after dressage on Donellan in the Veterinary Associates CCI1* but didn’t have a happy cross country, not helped by snapping a breastplate. However on her next horse, Cavorts, she had a great round, despite being held for 8 minutes. The pair have moved up into the lead, with no jumping or time faults. Nick Brooks on Lexington also were fault free and are in second spot. Emily was back out again on Ngahiwi Frostie, and also put in a faultless round, to finish in third place. Christen Lane on Kinnordy Gallilee are in fourth place. Showjumping is going to be interesting as there is only 7 faults between the first and tenth horse.
In the Devi Heating CCI1* Junior Rider, overnight leader Greer Caddigan had an unplanned dip in the water jump but there were no mistakes from Canterbury’s Lucy Turner on Carbon, and has moved into the lead. Elizabeth Wylaars on Wairoa Ruby and Fleur Rohlede on The Alchemist both put in fault free rounds to be second and third respectively. Lucy has also moved into fourth spot on Tallyho Mystic.
The NZ Horse & Pony CCN105 saw a good number of clear rounds including from the dressage leader, Cherie Jacques on Black Gem. Sarah Young on The Little Prince is now in second place after going clear under time, with Dannie Lodder and My Tom Tom following suit to be in third.