Giles Gormack was the star of the ESNZ Eventing Canterbury FEI South Island Three Day Event at McLeans Island.
The self-employed horticulturalist came through to win the Mitavite FEI CIC3* aboard Lucero, with a dominant performance in the show jumping. The leader after the dressage phase, just 0.1 of a penalty separated Gormack from Kate Fleming on Mendelsshon after the cross country. Riding in reverse order, Fleming watched her title hopes disappear as the rails fell, giving Gormack three rails in hand. But he didn’t need it, jumping a controlled round picking up just one time fault to finish on 72.5 penalties.
Gormack was delighted with the win after a less than ideal preparation. “I’m really stoked. I couldn’t be happier. He was great out there today. It’s probably the best show jumping round he has jumped for some time,” he said.
Te Puke’s Abby Lawrence was rewarded for the long trip south dominating the small but quality Ultimate Design & Renovation FEI CCI2*. Lying fourth after the dressage, Lawrence pulled up to lead aboard Song with a superb display across country finishing clear and inside the time to go into the show jumping in pole position.
With second-placed Lucy Turner on Carbon posting a clear round, the pressure was on, but Lawrence held her cool, having just one fence down to retain the title on 57.8 penalties. Turner and Carbon finished second on 58.1 penalties with Corey Wood (Wyndham) on Pick Up Line third on 75.
Holly Morrell had an all-the-way win in the hotly-contested ESNZ Eventing Canterbury FEI CCI1* aboard Pampero. Leading from the outset, Morrell added nothing to her dressage score of 50.5 penalties to take the win narrowly from teenager Jessie Fitzjohn on What’s The Buzz on 50.8 penalties with Courtney Davis (Waipara) on By Hoki third.