Annabel Wigley and NRM Frog Rock took out the Rush Munro’s CIC3* eventing title at the Horse of the Year Show in Hastings today, despite dropping a rail in the showjumping phase.
Fewer than four penalties – the cost of dropping a rail – separated the top four combinations after the cross-country, but there were only two clear rounds amongst the 15 who came through to jump, and they were further down the order.
Wigley and Frog Rock, who led after yesterday’s cross-country, finished the competition on 57.3 penalties.
Donna Smith, who had three horses in the class, was second on Henton Executive, also with a rail down. She pulled up from fifth overnight to finish on 63.7, while third placed Abby Lawrence and Pseudonym retained their position despite two rails down, for a final score of 64.4.
Smith was fourth on the dressage leader, Balmoral Sensation, also with a rail down, finishing on 65.3. Sadly for Simon Gordon, who was second after Saturday’s cross-country on Fletch.com, the horse failed the veterinary inspection on Sunday morning.
A revised Trans-Tasman squad of seven combinations was named following the presentation, with the team of four to contest the Trans-Tasman Trophy at Kihikihi at Easter weekend being named immediately before the competition.
RushMunro CIC3*: Annabel Wigley, NRM Frog Rock, 57.3, 1; Donna Smith, Henton Executive, 63.7, 2; Abby Lawrence, Pseudonym, 64.4, 3; Smith, Balmoral Sensation, 65.3, 4; Juliet Wood, Bold Trader, 68.2, 5
Show Circuit CIC2*: Virginia Thompson, Ashbury Pee Cee, 51.1, 1; Samantha Felton, Ricker Ridge Pico Boo, 57.4, 2; Jessica Woods, Too Predictable, 59.8, 3; Smith, Balmoral Tangolooma, 60.7, 4; Lauren Currie, Wishful Thinking, 61.5, 5; Sophie Wilkinson, Turbulance, 63.3, 6, Campbell Draper, Kahurangi Manu, 65.5, 7
PGG Wrightson Novice: Sarah Daslziell, Benrose Super Star, 33.8, 1; Draper, Mr Mancini, 35.7, 2; Natasha Edwards, Runner Bean, 37.7, 3; Kate Wood, Drakkar, 37.9, 4; Nick Brooks, Thriller II, 41.3, 5; Helen Bruce, Henry II, 44.4, 6
Fiber Fresh Young Rider: Tayla Mason, Just Joop, 39.8, 1; Georgia Dufty, Charlton Tabloid, 41.2, 2; Olivia Ogle, Pin M Down, 42.3, 3; Woods, Defies Logic, 43.6, 4; Felton, Ricker Ridge Escada, 45.4, 5; Sarah Young, Oakley Vision, 47.4, 6
Trans-Tasman Squad: Simon Gordon, Fletch.com and Simply Mitch; Christen Hayde, Tandarra Sweet As; Brent Jury, SE Big; Abby Lawrence, Pseudonym; Donna Smith, Henton Executive; Joe Waldron, Springvale All Black; Annabel Wigley, NRM Enzo and NRM Frog Rock.