Anna Trent takes top prize at Gisborne

October 20, 2009

Anna Trent added two historic cups to her trophy cabinet after a classy win in the Gisborne Herald horse grand prix at the Gisborne Spring Show on Saturday.

Trent and Cortaflex Levitation NZPH headed home a 19-strong field that saw eight through to the jump-off over the Gerrit Beker designed course.

In winning, Trent picked up GO and RB Hansen Memorial Trophy and the Hikurangi Memorial Cup. The Hansen trophy is in memory of brothers Graeme and Bruce Hansen, who both rode at the Olympics.

Trent, from Hawkes Bay, had the luxury of being the last to go in the jump-off which saw no-one sitting on zero faults - both clear rounders and four faulters had been carried through to the second round, with faults accumulating.

So Trent went in knowing all she had to do was leave everything up in a reasonable time.

"It was nice to have a double clear and win rather than a speed demon jump-off," she said.

And she was chuffed for Levi too, after so much attention on her US-based world cup horse Cortaflex Muskateer NZPH.

"Everyone had forgotten a bit about Levi, so it's nice he has come back so well." Levi had a windpipe operation in April and has come back better than ever.

"I knew he would, but with horses, there is always that little shadow hanging over you," said Trent. "He's so happy to be back competing."

The grand prix is one of the few classes Trent has not won at Gisborne before.

A few others picked up unlucky rails, including Catherine Cameron (Cambridge) and Kahurangi Tardak who were going sweetly until the wind blew down a nearby fence startling both her and the horse, and leaving them eight faults worse off.

Simon Wilson and Right Royal carried four faults through from the first round but jumped a beautiful clear in the second, and fast enough to secure second slot.

Many of those who started at Gisborne will head to Hawke's Bay for the opening round of the world cup later in the week.

In the pony grand prix the in-form Luke Dee (Gisborne) and Wild Thing were the victors in a toughly fought jump-off.

Even Dee was surprised to have won the class with Wild Thing, the only one of his trio he had in the jump-off.

He was second to last to go, with Amanda Wilson (Northland) on Showtym Gladiator on his heels. If there's a combination to show no fear at matching a time, it's this one. Dee had a rail at the Kelso wall but clocked at 35.47.

"When Amanda went clear at the wall I thought she had it," he said.

But they dropped the last after a tight turn and ended up in fourth place.

Dee should have had a little faith, though - he won every class he entered at the show.