It was the South Island’s day at the NRM National Three-day Event at Taupo yesterday, with their riders holding the top four spots in the NRM CCI3* class after the dressage at the National Equestrian Centre.
Emily Cammock (Christchurch) has a narrow lead on Dambala, scoring 48 penalties, with Larissa Srhoy (Ashburton) a whisker behind on Starburst with 48.4 penalties. Annabel Wigley (Amberley) is third on NRM Frog Rock with 54.2, followed by Brent Jury on SE Big with 56 penalties.
The first North Islander, Heelan Tompkins (New Plymouth), lies fifth with Major Difference on 59.4 penalties, with Wigley sixth on her second ride, NRM Enzo, on 59.6. Tompkins is seventh on her second ride Cortaflex Up N Go, on 60.4 penalties.
The field was reduced to 11 starters with the late scratching of Donna Smith’s ride Just Chocolate, leaving the North Island team with four riders. With the best three scores counting, the South Island have a runaway lead at this stage.
The Bates CCI2* class, with 31 starters, is led by Chelsey Hawthorn (Hamilton) on Pioneer Zeuss with 44.6 penalties, ahead of the overnight leader Donna Smith on Balmoral Sensation on 46.8. South Islander Katie Rankin on Time To Tango Too is third equal with Ben Bateman (Feilding) on Fiber Fresh Façade on 47.4 penalties.
Conditions look ideal for today’s cross-country, with John Nicholson’s course drawing favourable comment from riders and spectators alike. Brent Jury describes it as “absolutely awesome”, with the Australian Technical Delegate, Neil Clinton, saying, “The design, layout, and decoration is first class. It’s a very good course, testing and challenging.”
Standings after dressage:
NRM CCI3*: Emily Cammock, Dambala, 48, 1; Larissa Srhoy, Starburst, 48.4, 2; Annabel Wigley, NRM Frog Rock, 54.2, 3; Brent Jury, SE Big, 56, 4; Heelan Tompkins, Major Difference, 59.4, 5.
Bates CCI2*: Chelsey Hawthorn, Pioneer Zeuss, 44.6, 1; Donna Smith, Balmoral Sensation, 46.8, 2; Ben Bateman, Fiber Fresh Façade, 47.4, 3=; Katie Rankin, Time Too Tango To, 47.4, 3=; Campbell Draper, Kahurangi Manu, 49.1, 5; Donna Smith, Balmoral Tangolooma, 50, 6.
Fiber Fresh CCI1*: Nicoli Fife, Charlton Veeza, 42.9, 1; Chloe Kennedy, Mustang Molly, 45.6, 2; Gillian Meacham, Hitchhiker, 47.5, 3; James Jackson, Versailles, 48.3, 4; Louise Leonard, Country Star, 48.7, 5; Amanda Pottinger, Achilles II, 49.8, 6.
Equine Combined Suppliers Pre-novice Championship: Angela Lloyd, AMS Aztec Ginsling, 26, 1; Kate Lambie, Absolou, 30.5, 2; Megan Finlayson, Greensleeves, 31.2, 3; James Jackson, Leo Distinction, 31.8, 4; Madeline Banks, Makana Temptation, 32, 5; Fiona Boddy, Waimanu Sparkle, 32.5, 6=; Lauren Cooney, Zeus Almighty, 32.5 6=.