The competition was the combination’s first event at this level. After a score of 46.6 in the dressage put them in the lead, the droppe to second after the cross country with 16 time penalties. However, the combination jumped a lovely clear round whilst leader Sarah Dalziel on Benrose Super Star felt that pressure and had a rail, giving the title to Amanda.
Amanda is keen to beat her mother’s record at this event – Tinks Pottinger’s has six titles to her name, and Amanda has now won two titles. Her grandmother, Tiny White also won at the event.
Amanda said afterwards: “That’s my clear round at three-star level. What a time to have it. I came into this event just hoping to get a qualifying score, never in my wildest dreams did I expect to win.”
Sarah Dalziell-Clout, who is the ESNZ High Performance Director, was extremely disappointed to have so nearly won, saying: “If I was going to be beaten, I’m glad it was Muzi who won.” Katharine Van Tuyl and Double J Sunshine took third place.
School teacher Kirsty Sharapoff pulled off the win of her equestrian hobby so far taking out the Bates CCI2*. She had a narrow lead from fellow South Islander Brent Jury and had to jump a clear round under pressure when Brent and SE Hedging were impeccable in the show jumping. She said: “It hasn’t sunk in yet. He’s been super all weekend. I have had a great weekend.”
In the Fiber Fresh CCI1* Championship, Lauren Alexander took out the win on Classic Indigo who also won the Charlton Stud Prize for the best performed mare. She commented: “I’ve had her for two years, she’s super bold, and jumps everything in front of her. Next year we will look at stepping up to two-star but dressage is our challenge.”