Eventing’s young guns in weekend showdown

James Avery and Amarillo.

Two young international hopefuls will be aiming to catch the eye of eventing selectors this weekend at Eventing Canterbury’s Amberley one day horse trial.

New Zealand Young Rider eventing squad members James Avery on Amarillo and Katie Rankin on Time To Tango Too head an eight-strong intermediate line-up, which includes National Show Jumping Grand Prix pony champion Mr Black Magic and Olivia Robertson stepping out at their first attempt at the height.

Also new to this level is West Coast visitor Eve Hawes on Hurlingham Lansong. Fresh from victory at McLeans Island earlier this month, Angus Taylor replaces his brother, Sam, on the smart youngster Oak As, while Susie Stewart on Cowboy, Kirtsen Beaven on Specta Kool, and current Alltech National Junior series leader Kate Mackie on Zambessi round out the field.

The Novice class has also attracted a strong field of 16 with the in-form juniors Sophie Abbott on Johnny Suede and Nicole Shadbolt on Airplay out to improve their standings on the Alltech National Junior series leaderboard after top three finishes at McLeans Island.

The NRM Pre Novice will be hotly contested with 29 starters vying for honours, while huge numbers in the Training classes have seen it split into two divisions with more than 20 in each. The Pre Training has also been well-supported with more than 25 to take part.

For most of these combinations Amberley is the last major hit out before the FEI South Island Three Day Event from April 20 to 22.

Held at John and Gina Savill’s picturesque ‘Lindfield’ property, the rolling hill country cross-country designed by Sally Wigley is one of the favourites on the eventing calendar for riders and spectators alike. Action will get under way from 8.30am with the dressage phase. Jumping phases will get under way around midday.

The event will be signposted from Amberley village. Entry is free.




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