HoY eventing: Donna Smith leads after dressage phase

Donna Smith and Balmoral Sensation.
Donna Smith and Balmoral Sensation.

New Zealand’s elite eventing combinations were challenged by the electric atmosphere in the premier dressage arena at the Horse of the Year Show on Friday, with the Equestrian Extravaganza taking place in the adjacent arena.

Special dispensation was made to allow the horses in the Rush Munro CIC3* class to wear ear muffs, which is not normally permitted.

The last combination into the arena, Donna Smith on her third ride Balmoral Sensation, took a clear lead on 46.9 penalties, despite the horse’s inexperience.

“He’s really amazing, he loves the atmosphere. He’s a beautiful horse.”

They have had one previous Advanced start, at Puhinui a fortnight ago, so Smith will nurse him around the cross-country, but has a cushion of 6 points over the field.

Annabel Wigley, all the way up from Amberley, is second on NRM Frog Rock on 53.3 penalties, with Smith third on Just Chocolate on 53.9. The scores are close, with fewer than 20 penalties – the cost of a cross-country jumping error -covering the entire field of 17 starters.

John Nicholson’s cross-country track at the Hawkes Bay Equestrian Park is sure to alter the scoreboard, with the national selectors watching this final selection trial before naming the New Zealand Trans-Tasman team to compete against the Australians at Kihikihi at Easter weekend.



Rush Munro CIC3*: Donna Smith (Te Kauwhata) Balmoral Sensation, 46.9, 1; Annabel Wigley (Amberley) NRM Frog Rock, 53.3, 2; Donna Smith (Te Kauwhata) Just Chocolate, 53.9, 3; Shelley Ross (Helensville) Alberta Tomba, 55.2, 4; Simon Gordon (Papakura) Fletch.com, 55.4, 5; Abby Lawrence (Te Puke) Pseudonym, 56, 6.

Show Circuit CIC2*: Samantha Felton (Hamilton) Ricker Ridge Pico Boo, 49.4, 1; Virginia Thompson (Auckland) Ashbury Pee Cee, 49.9, 2; Sophie Wilkinson (Helensville) Turbulence, 50.9, 3; Angela Lloyd (Papakura) Song, 53, 4; Jessica Woods (Ohaupo) Too Predictable, 53.8, 5; Nicole Lansdown (Dannevirke) Royalty, and Campbell Draper (Putaruru) Kahurangi Manu, 54.3, =6.

PGG Wrightson Novice: Sarah Dalziell (Masterton) Benrose Super Star, 29..8, 1; Natasha Edwards (Featherston) Runner Bean, 30.9, 2; Campbell Draper (Putaruru), Mr Mancini, 31.7, 3; Nick Brooks (Cambridge) Thriller II, 33.3, 4; Kate Wood (Whangarei) Drakkar, 333.9, 5; Chloe Davidson (Papakura) One Cool Dude, 36.5, 6.

Fiber Fresh Young Rider: Sarah Young (Tokoroa) Oakley Visions, 35, 1; Samantha Felton (Hamilton) Ricker Ridge Escada, 37, 2; Georgia Dufty (Rotorua) Charlton Tabloid, 37.2, 3; Jessica Woods (Ohaupo) Art Master, 39.6, 4; Tayla Mason (Waikanae) Just Joop, 39.8, 5; Stephanie Brasell (Auckland) Pokuru, 40, 6.





This article has been written by a contributor to Horsetalk.co.nz.

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