Northern visitor Kate Fleming put in a stunning performance aboard Mendelssohn across all three days to win New Zealand’s National Three Day Event Young Rider Championship at McLeans Island near Christchurch today.
Fleming was awarded the Swarbrick Trophy for her win in the CCI2* at the ESNZ Eventing Canterbury FEI South Island Three Day Event.
The 21-year-old was the only combination left going into today’s show jumping after an action-packed day yesterday across country, in which both Joseph Waldron on Ristretto and defending young rider champion Tayla Mason on Lucy With Diamonds eliminated after falls. Amberley’s Giles Gormack was also eliminated for three refusals on the course, two caused by gear failure.
“It was not something I expected, but it is great to win it,” said Fleming, who admitted to being nervous before the show jumping, despite only needing to finish with a live score to seal victory. “I kept thinking there was just so much that could go wrong.”
In the CCI1* young rider Sarah Young got the result she was after, moving up from second after dressage to clinch victory aboard Regal Romar, ahead of 17-year-old Davina Waddy on Millburn Maringo.
For Young, the win was a crucial step in her possible selection for the Oceania NZ Young Rider team to compete in Melbourne in June. “I was thrilled. I came down here hoping for a good result, but you just never know. I am very lucky to have the ride on him,” Young said.
Waddy’s second gave her a landslide victory in the National Three Day Event Junior Rider Championship. It also puts her at the top of the Alltech Junior Rider Series.
It topped off a big weekend for the youngster, who tomorrow will head north to Hamilton to trial for the New Zealand Junior Rowing team to compete at the Junior World Championships. “It was a very nice surprise. It’s been very busy trying to row and ride this season,” she said.
It was a hollow victory for Sam Taylor with Leo Degas in the CIC3*, after overnight leader Sarah Dalziell parted company with Benrose Super Star in the show jumping, forcing elimination. The win gave Taylor points in the ESNZ Eventing Super League Series, elevating him into the top six.
A clear show jumping round sealed victory for Palmerston North’s Helen Bruce and Toblerone NZPH in the four-strong CIC2*, while Brent Jury and SE Godswalk took out the CNC1* after Ali Scholes and Alfresco picked up one expensive time penalty, dropping her to second.
Timaru’s Amalia Rowley and Starburst came through to win the hotly contested CCN105, finishing on her dressage score, with the CCN95 going to to Kirsten Beaven on Summer Ale, and the CCN95 4, 5 & 6 Year-Olds to Larissa Srhoy on Rockquest.
Success in the CCN80 went to Kaiapoi’s Sandy Houston and SE Reprieve, despite dropping two rails in the show jumping.
Eventing Canterbury chairman Bruce Taylor commended riders and volunteers for a top effort, especially given the torrential rain leading up to and during the event. He paid tribute to his small, dedicated committee for pulling off a fantastic event, and thanked all those who had travelled from far afield.
CIC3*: Sam Taylor (Swanannoa) Leo Degas, 95.1, 1.
Tavern Harewood CCI2*: Kate Fleming (Pauatauhunui) Mendelsshon, 64.4, 1. Swarbrick Trophy – National Young Rider Three Day Event Champion: Kate Fleming
CIC2*: Helen Bruce (Palmerston North) Toblerone NZPH, 52, 1; Benjamin Bateman (Palmerston North) Façade, 59.9, 2; Danielle Wheeler (Papakura) One Cool Dude, 132.8, 3.
Devi Heating Systems CCI1*: Sarah Young (Tokoroa) Regal Romar, 44.4, 1; Davina Waddy (Cheviot) Millburn Maringo, 47.9, 2; Katharyn Van Tuyl (Woodville) Double J Sunshine, 47.9, 3; Courtney Davis(Waipara) By Hoki, 52.3, 5; Lucy Turner (Broadfields) Tallyho Mystic, 65, 6. Lenamore Trophy – National Junior Rider Three Day Event Champion: Davina Waddy
Striding Edge Sporthorses CNC1*: Brent Jury (Cust) SE Godwalk, 48, 1; Ali Scholes (Amberley) Alfresco, 48.5, 2; Anna Robertson (Christchurch) Verbier, 57.1, 3; Stephanie Forsyth (Rangiora) Duett Diva, 67.6, 4.
Hei Hei Pharmacy CCN105: Amalia Rowley (Timaru) Starburst, 32.8, 1; Larissa Srhoy (Loburn) Millburn Momentum, 36.8, 2; Sarah Dalziell (Masterton) Casual Choice, 37, 4; Larissa Srhoy (Loburn) Tonga, 38.5, 5; Jessie Fitzjohn (Christchurch) Whats The Buzz, 39.5, 6; Maria Van Kuijk (Kaiapoi) Antara Whiskey Mac, 40.2, 6.
SE & Sam Gilman Farrier CCN95: Kirsten Beaven (West Melton) Summer Ale, 29, 1; Katie Rankin (Oxford) Ted E Bare II, 29.2, 2; Grace O’Sullivan (Rangiora) Sports Café, 31.5, 3; Kirsty Jacomb (Rangiora) Wynyard Freelance, 31.8, 4; Rowan Campbell (West Melton) Redford, 36, 5; Kathy Menzies (Hastings) Simply Gorgeous, 36, 6.
Tavern Harewood CCN95 4, 5 & 6 Year Olds: Larissa Srhoy (Loburn) Rockquest, 29, 1; Colleen Marett (Fairlie) Fredinski, 33.8, 2; Georgina Palmer (Rangiora) Wairoa Ruby, 34.5, 3; Michelle Coombes (Invercargill) Just Amber, 43.2, 4; Nicole Chapman (Amberley) Peter Pan, 44.2, 5; Holly Morrell (Taupo) WE Duranzo, 47.2, 6.
Rangiora Vet Centre & Canterbury Equine Clinic CCN80: Sandy Houston (Kaiapoi) SE Reprieve, 31.5, 1; Ashleigh Donald (Kaiapoi) Tobey Maguire, 31.5, 2; Larissa Srhoy (Loburn) Master Cruise, 31.8, 3; Jenny Turner (Christchurch) Ahuriri Dusk, 33, 4; Jess Drake (Christchurch) Jedmiester, 33, 5; Sophie Griffith (Christchurch) Chocolat Moka 33.5, 6.
Lancaster Feeds and Platinum Performance 4, 5 & 6 Year Olds 2013/2014 Series: Brent Jury, SE Godswalk
NZPCA Pony Club Award: Amalia Rowley, Starburst.
The National Young Rider Three Day Event Championship is open to riders in the calendar year of their 21st birthday, while the National Junior Rider Three Day Event Championship is open to riders in the calendar year of their 18th birthday.