Julie Davey of Hastings pulled off the third round win to jump up among the leaders in a competition that looks set to go to the wire.
Riding Air Hill the Rajah, Davey produced the only double clear of the two-round competition finishing the second round in a time 60.84 seconds.
Last year's World Cup League winner and New Zealand representative to the World Cup final in Las Vegas Anna Trent, on the less experienced of her two rides in the competition, Cortaflex Nicaletter NZPH, produced a super clear first round but unfortunately, while faster than Davey with a time of 57.36, rolled the rail off the last fence forcing her to settle for second.
Catherine Cameron (Cambridge) and the consistent Kahurangi Valentino picked up third, a placing that will also move her up with the leading bunch going into the indoor round at Manfield as part of the Feilding A&P show this Saturday.
Current leader going into the Tauranga round, Katie McVean (Cambridge) and Corofino 11 finished 6th, while sitting one point behind McVean is Simon Wilson (Waipukarau) and Swinger, who also only managed the minor placings, finishing in fourth place.
Just four horses finished the first round clear. Trent picked up fifth placing on her nominated ride the experienced Levitation NZPH.
The New Zealand World Cup League runs over nine rounds with the final two in Gisborne in late January 2010.
The new indoor round at Manfield Park in Feilding this weekend will add a new spectacle to the series with this round expecting to attract a large field as any series winner who plans to represent New Zealand at the world final must have competed in the indoor round. The world final will be held in Geneva, Switzerland, from April 14-18 2010.
The Pony Grand Prix produced just two for the jump off from the field of 21 starters with Amanda Wilson (Whangarei) and Showtym Viking taking out the win following a brilliant jump off ride in a time of 39.30 finishing ahead of Jake Lambert (Matamata) with Once in a Blue Moon.
Auckland's Jenika Cowan riding Get Over It took out her first ever Young Rider competition win on the first day of the show which saw all but the Young Rider class cancelled due to very wet conditions. Just 14 started in the Young Rider field with Cowan taking a clean sweep producing the only faultless round. Three four-faulters took out the minor placings.
BomacWorld Cup league - Julie Davey (Hastings) Airhill the Rajah 1, Anna Trent (Hastings) Cortaflex Nicalette NZPH 2, Catherine Cameron (Cambridge) Kahurangi Valentino 3, Simon Wilson (Waipukarau) Swinger 4, Anna Trent (Hastings) Cortaflex Levitation NZPH 5, Katie McVean (Cambridge) Corofino 11 6, Ike Unsworth (Tauranga) Seremonie VDL 7, Katie McVean (Cambridge) Dunstan Delphi 8
FMG Pony Grand Prix - Amanda Wilson (Whangarei) Showtime Viking, Jake Lambert (Matamata) Once in a Blue Moon 2, James Cole (Auckland) Lion Red II 3, Alexa Randall (Auckland) Millbrook 4, Summer Hardy-Hurles (Whakatane) Six Point Five 5, Hannah Grant (Taupo) Mighty Maximus 6
Toyota NZ Young Rider - Jenika Cowan (Auckland) Get Over It 1, Rachel Bentall (Hastings) Kiwi Brave 2, Pip Beachan (Hastings) Dark Vader 3, Tess Williams Alltech Craighaven Nitro 4, Megan Lindeman Cohen (Auckland) Yum Yum 5, Danielle Maurer (Auckland) Blue Rinse 6
Cathay Pacific One Star Grand Prix - Katie McVean (Cambridge) Dunstan Daffodil 1, Julie Davey (Hastings) Airhill Myka 2, Katie McVean Dunstan Forrest 11 3, Simon Wilson (Waipukarua) Alaric 11 4, Anna Trent (Hastings) Cortaflex Ocean Beach NZPH 5, Vicki Wilson (Whangarei) Showtym Girl 6
Cushionride 7-year- old - Ike Unsworth (Tauranga) Whittaker MVNZ 1, Sally Steiner (Tauranga) Annandale Laughtons Legacy 2, Rachel Jefferd (Hastings) Navy Blue 3, Catherine Cameron ( Cambridge) Campione GNZ 4, Kirsten McLeod (Gisborne) Kahurangi Valenza 5, Louise Grant (Ashburton) Kiwi Ludo 6
Mitavite 6-year-old - Katie McVean (Cambridge) Dunstan Zenzi HBC, Katie McVean (Cambridge) Dunstan Zaojony and Anna Trent (Hastings) Cortaflex Quickstep 1=
Horse 1.40m - Katie McVean (Cambridge) Dunstan Forest 11 1, Katie McVean Dunstan Daffodil 2, Bernard Denton (Gisborne) Suzuki 3, Catherine Cameron (Cambridge) Kahurangi Valentino 4, Melanie Purcell (Whakatane) Bilistic 5, Anna Trent (Hastings) Cortaflex Nicallette 6
Horse 1.30 - Vicki Wilson (Whangarei) Showtyme Girl 1, Megan Stacey (Papamoa) Shimmer Man 2, Pip Beechen (Hastings) Magic Carpet 3, Dannielle Maurer (Auckland) Blue Rinse 4, Julie Davey (Hastings) Air Hill Squaw Valley 5, Robert Steele (Hawera) Midnight Hour 6
Pony 1.20 - Paxton Condor (Auckland) Classic Jazz, 1 Luke Dee (Gisborne) Condoleezza 2, Amanda Wilson (Whangarei) Showtym Viking 3, Elle Phillips (Hamilton) Davido 4, Alexa Randall (Auckland) Millbrook 5, Tim Myers (Hawera) Nectar 6