NZ jumps to trans-Tasman lead

Brent Jury and SE Big lead the CIC3*.
Brent Jury and SE Big lead the CIC3*. © Jane Thompson

New Zealand soared to an impressive lead in the Young Rider Trans-Tasman Challenge after dominating in yesterday’s cross country phase.

Held in conjunction with the Tavern Harewood CCI2* competition as part of the Eventing Canterbury South Island FEI Three Day Event at McLeans Island, the Kiwis sit on 156.3 penalties going into the show jumping phase. The Australian’s didn’t have the best day at the office, slipping to 252.7 with only three team members after Ben Leahy and La Directeur were eliminated on the cross country.

Samantha Felton (Hamilton) aboard Ricker Ridge Pico Boo now leads the class after a clear cross country round inside the time allowed. Fellow Kiwi team member Joseph Waldron on Springvale All Black have moved up to sit second on 52.8 penalties, while local rider and trailblazer for the team, Katie Rankin on Time To Tango Too, holds third on 53.5, both going clear and inside the time.

Dressage leader Makayla Wood continued to spearhead the Aussie attack aboard the stylish 14-year-old thoroughbred gelding Just Corona to lie fourth on 66.3 after picking up an unlucky 20 faults for a run-out on the cross country.

Joe Waldron and Springvale All Black
Joe Waldron and Springvale All Black are lying second in the CCI1*. © Jane Thompson

Current Alltech Junior series leader Kate Mackie (Mosgiel) lies fifth with Kiwi team member Virginia Thompson (Auckland) on Ashbury Pee Cee rounding out the top six.

The two other Australian team members, Juana Andreou on Sunvalley Donnerhe and Isabel English on Feldale Mouse, both had one stop on the cross country and incurred time penalties.

New Zealand coach Tinks Pottinger was absolutely rapt with the results.

“I am absolutely over the moon with this group of riders. They have been great right from the start. I think all rode very well; they rode to plan but they also rode like top riders.”

She gave full credit to course designer Nick Pyke who had produced a true championship track.

“It was a course that had questions all over it, and the riders had to think and ride accordingly. They all stepped up. But it’s not over, until it’s over,” she cautioned. “We still have a trot-up in the morning before we move into the show jumping phase. I’m not pessimistic, but I am mindful of how the sport can go.”

Cust’s Brent Jury came through to take the lead on 62 penalties in the NZCT CIC3* with a clear cross country, incurring two time faults aboard SE Big. Ashburton’s Larissa Srhoy dropped back to second with Starburst on 87.8, with Charlotte Grayling (New Plymouth) third with NRM Ru Star on 98.4.

Australia's Isabel English and Feldale Mouse.
Australia's Isabel English and Feldale Mouse. © Jane Thompson

West Melton’s Emily Cammock leads the Sheds NZ CCI1* on Lewis, while Rangiora’s Ellie Braddock on Miss Matilda is currently the top-placed junior rider vying for the Lenamore Trophy for the National Junior Three Day Event Champion.

The South Island FEI Three Day Event is one of the nation’s prestigious equestrian events, and has attracted more than 190 competitors taking part in the event across all levels from CIC3* down to pre training level.

The competition concludes with the final show jumping phase today. Show jumping action gets under way at 9am, with the CCI2* (incorporating the Trans-Tasman) scheduled to start at 1pm.



Tavern Harewood CCI1*, incorporating the Young Rider Trans-Tasman Challenge: Samantha Felton (NZL) Ricker Ridge Pico Boo, 50, 1; Joseph Waldron (NZL) Springvale All Black, 52.8, 2; Katie Rankin (NZL) Time To Tango Too, 53.5, 3; Makayla Wood (AUS) Just Corona, 66.3, 4; Katie Mackie (Mosgiel) Zambessi, 71.2, 5; Virginia Thompson (NZL) Ashbury Pee Cee, 83.1, 6.

Young Rider Trans-Tasman Challenge (top three scores count): New Zealand (Samantha Felton, Ricker Ridge Pico Boo, 50; Joseph Waldron, Springvale All Black, 52.8; Katie Rankin, Time To Tango Too, 53.5; Virginia Thompson, Ashbury Pee Cee, 83.1) total 156.3, 1; Australia (Makayla Wood, Just Corona, 66.3; Juana Andreou, Donnerhe, 85.8; Isabel English, Feldale Mouse, 101; Ben Leahy, La Directeur, E;) total 252.7, 2.

NZCT CIC3*: Brent Jury (Cust) SE Big, 62, 1; Larissa Srhoy (Ashburton) Starburst, 87.8, 2;Charlotte Grayling (New Plymouth) NRM Ru Star, 98.4, 3.

Sheds NZ CCI1*: Emily Cammock (West Melton) Lewis, 49.2, 1; Sam Taylor (Ohoka) Oak As, 50.6, 2; Madison Crowe (Rakaia) Brogan, 51.3, 3; Eve Hawes (Reefton) Hurlingham Lansong, 52.1, 4; Anna Poole (Edendale) China Arrow, 60.2, 5; Lauren Enright (Dunedin) Tokyo Road, 60.4, 6.

Armitage Williams Construction Pre Novice: Brent Jury (Cust) SE Repechage, 35, 1; Olivia Robertson (Ohoka) Tiki Taane, 35.3, 2; Eve Hawes (Reefton) Y-Puna Trolley Dolly, 36, 3; Colleen Marrett (Fairlie) Sports Café, 37, 4; Penny Lawrence (Broadfields) Imagine It, 37.3, 5; Giles Gormack (Amberley) Woodbine Heritage, 37.5, 6.

AW Interiors Training: Nicole Chapman (Amberley) Highwayman, 34, 1; Lucy Turner (Broadfields) Ellangowan Zach, 34.5, 2; Emily Cammock (West Melton) Eyreleigh Rosnalea, 35.8, 4; Georgia Bates (Burnham) Mr Silver, 40.5, 4; Kendra Walls (Christchurch) Felix Felicis 1, 41.2, 5; Brydie Morgan (Greymouth) Awatuna Foxtrot, 41.3, 6.

Tavern Harewood Training 4-6 Year Olds: Emily Cammock (West Melton) Shaw Will, 31.8, 1; Rhys Smith (Rangiora) From The Clouds, 32.8, 2; Emily Cammock (West Melton) Cavorts, 32.8, 3; Kirsty Sharapoff (Christchurch) Shoot The Breeze, 33.5, 4; Sam Taylor (Ohoka) Everton Waka Z, 35, 5; Georgina McIntosh (Culverden) Ramiro Mac 1, 40.9, 6.

Bluegum Lodge Motel/Betavet Pretraining: Ashleigh Donald (Kaiapoi)Tobey Maguire, 32.3, 1; Steffi Whittaker (Halswell) Solitaire Opal, 35.3, 2; Erin Milner (Dunedom) Glenbrook Jordie Girl, 35.3, 3; Shannon Galloway (Christchurch) Baxter, 35.8, 4; Amy Stewart (Ashburton) Eden Ivana, 39, 5; Kerryn O’Sullivan (Rangiora) Designer Genes, 39, 6.


Anna Pool and China Arrow in the CCI1*.
Anna Pool and China Arrow in the CCI1*. © Jane Thompson

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