Showjumper Katie McVean has taken out the first two places of the FEI World Cup class at the Hawke’s Bay Showjumping Championships in Dannevirke.
McVean guided Dunstan Springfield to a win with double clear rounds on Sunday, with Dunstan Kiwi Iron Mark second.
It was Springfield’s second world cup start – exactly a year after the chestnut gelding was second at Dannevirke Show in his first World Cup outing. This time, though, the nine-year-old was the only horse to go double clear of the seven starters.
“I have been very careful with him,” McVean said. “He is such a careful horse and I don’t want to frighten him at this level.”
And while she had saved him for the class, she says she did not expect him to win it.
Coming home in second for her was Dunstan Kiwi Iron Mark who has plenty of placings to his credit, but is yet to notch a win. “He was unlucky,” McVean said of the nine-year-old who took the last fence of the first round, coming back to go clear in the second and finish on four faults.
Also bagging four faults from the first round over the Kevin Hansen-designed course were World Cup series leader Samantha McIntosh and Argento, who had to settle for third thanks to a slower time in the second.
McVean’s win has tightened up the top of the leaderboard as riders head into the final of the New Zealand World Cup series next weekend. McIntosh sits on 72 points, and still holds a slender lead over McVean on 67 and last year’s series victor Maurice Beatson on 65. Just behind them is Cantabrian Susie Hayward on 60.
The pony grand prix produced a heart-stopping jump-off between Nakeysha Lammers on Airborne Magic and Briar Burnett-Grant on the perennial Kabo Silver.
Lammers laid the challenge with a clear round in 39.5 seconds, and Burnett-Grant looked to be going very close, until the last, where she dropped a rail, and stopped the clock at 39.4.
Weather for the three-day show was challenging, with gusty winds knocking over fences on Sunday.
Bayer FEI World Cup: Katie McVean (Mystery Creek) Dunstan Springfield 1, Katie McVean (Mystery Creek) Dunstan Kiwi Iron Mark 2, Samantha McIntosh (Cambridge) Argento 3, Maurice Beatson (Dannevirke) My Gollywog 4, Luke Dee (Ocean Beach) Ombudsman 5, Jake Lambert (Cambridge) Quality NZPH 6.
World Cup points after five rounds (best four to count): Samantha McIntosh (Cambridge) 72, Katie McVean (Mystery Creek) 67, Maurice Beatson (Dannevirke) 65, Susie Hayward (Canterbury) 60, Luke Dee (Ocean Beach) 52, Jake Lambert (Cambridge) 34.
Country TV Pony Grand Prix: Nakeysha Lammers (Northland) Airborne Magic 1, Briar Burnett-Grant (Taupo) Kabo Silver 2, Briar Burnett-Grant (Taupo) Pioneer Jade 3, Sarah Fannin (Hastings) Sir Samson 4, Sharnaye Lammers (Northland) Watch Me Move 5, Jessie Goggin (Wellington) Te Mata Miss 6.
Telford Young Rider: Luke Dee (Ocean Beach) Ombudsman 1, Melody Matheson (Hastings) Cheltenham 2, Shaun Fannin (Hastings) Air Hill the Rajah 3, Hannah Burnett-Grant (Taupo) BG Conny 4, Jane Warren (Wairarapa) Darkages 5, Jake Lambert (Cambridge) Centrefold II 6.
KiwiSpan Junior Rider: Nakeysha Lammers (Northland) Skewy 1, Emma Thurlow (Taranaki) Clifton Ali 2, Emily Fraser (Feilding) Mr Munga 3 3, Briar Burnett-Grant (Taupo) Ngahiwi Telephonic 4, Rebecca Porter (Hastings) Mr Harrison 5, Emily Hayward-Morgan (Te Awamutu) Yandoo Lady Gold 6.
Caledonia Amateur Rider: Natasha Thomas (Taranaki) Misty Mermaid 1, Kaylene Thomas (Hastings) Hugo III 2, Katie Hercock (Matamata) Tyche 3, Noni Morgan (Hastings) El Molino 4, Diana Cottle (Wellington) Morpheus Rising 5, Rachel Martin (Northern Hawke’s Bay) Kaha 6.
STH/LG Forge Pro Amateur Rider: Geordie Bull (Taupo) Forest Hill 1, Sally Clark (Dannevirke) Victoria’s Secret 2, Laura Knight (Palmerston North) Sir Arthur 3.
Seven Year Old: Katie McVean (Mystery Creek) Dunstan Carlo 1, Jesse Linton (Hastings) AP Ninja 2, Katie McVean (Mystery Creek) Dunstan Lucca 3, Molly Bennett (Wairoa) Landsman GNZ 4, Emily Fraser (Feilding) Kiwi Sunray 5, Katie McVean (Mystery Creek) Dunstan De Boss 6.
Mitavite Munga Six Year Old: Claire Wilson (Waipukurau) Fredrika RE, Katharine Gillaly (Palmerston North) Double J Sunshine, Maurice Beatson (Dannevirke) Wishing Crown =1.
Canterbury Equestrian Five Year Old: Tinesha Carey (Hastings) Double J Monarch 1.
Horse one star grand prix: Logan Massie (Dannevirke) Kiwi Ludo 1, Claire Wilson (Waipukurau) Tipsey 2, Samantha McIntosh (Cambridge) Super Nova NZPH 3, Bernard Denton (Feilding) Horsesports Suzuki 4, Katie McVean (Mystery Creek) Dunstan Zimorena G 5, Simon Wilson (Waipukurau) Clearmont MVNZ 6.