Kumeu's Lisa Coupe and My Ocean Wave overcame wet conditions to clock up their first Bomac FEI World Cup points during the second round of the New Zealand series in Kihikihi yesterday.
The weather had been fine throughout the three days of competition for the Waikato Showjumping Championships but the rain started pouring during the pony grand prix, clearing up just in time for the feature class of the day.
Coupe and the 12-year-old Ramirez gelding left 14 other combinations in the class in their wake, including first round winners Maurice Beatson and his ever-faithful My Gollywog, to win the Gavin Pike Memorial Trophy which was also up for grabs.
There were no clears over the technical Gerrit Beker-designed first round track, with six four-faulters returning for the second round. Olympian Katie McVean and Dunstan Daffodil were the first to go, determined not to repeat her four faults from the first round. She set a cracker pace but it came unstuck at the last fence, and she finishing on 8 faults.
Next out was Tess Williams on Alltech Craighaven Nitro, who also had four faults, as did last year's Kihikihi round winner Phillip Steiner on Annandale Online NZPH, to finish fourth and third respectively.
Coupe was next to go riding My Ocean Wave, who is owned by Green family, posting a perfect clear round. With Simon Wilson on Swinger and Beatson on My Gollywog, still left to go, the class was wide open, but both picked up faults, leaving Coupe a popular winner with the only clear round of the competition. McVean and Daffodil were second.
Beatson had to settle for sixth, having won the Cathay Pacific One Star Grand Prix earlier in the show, chalking up his third GP win on the trot. A big field of more than 30 started with nine clears. Robert Steel and Gospel looked hard to beat in the jumpoff stopping the clock at 40.08, but Beatson came out flying, taking a tight line to the huge triple shaving to seconds off the time to take the win.
Hasting's youngster Shaun Fannin rode the round of his life to take out his first ever three-star Grand Prix win aboard newcomer Sir Samson, who has only been under saddle for a year, winning the JLT Bloodstock Pony Grand Prix from Nakeysha Lammers on Airbourne Magic, while the Giltrap Audi Waikato Young Rider went to Luke Dee on Ombudsman ahead of the ultra-consistent Danielle Maurer and Blue Rinse.
Jake Lambert on El Billionaire were the KiwiSpan Junior Rider winners with Cheryl Wilson and Icebreaker notching up their first amateur victory after a stunning round against the clock to win the IverQuantel Amateur, finishing just a fraction of a second ahead of Adrieene Fabish on Midnight Hour.
A feature of the second day of competition, the STH Hay Supplies Pro Amatuer Rider produced a top-class competition. Twenty-seven horses started with just 11 going through to the jump off. The times got faster and faster, with Sarah Lauder looking like she was going to be the rider to beat after producing a super fast round until Glen Beale took two seconds off. South Island duo of Zoe Shore and Olympia NZPH were next to go, but they ended up a second slower. Last out was Tom Tarver Priebe, the series sponsor, who arrived in the ring to a rousing haka over the PA system, but it was not to be, dropping a rail leaving Beal and Solano to take the honours.