Tim Myers was stoked to think he would be second in his second-ever FEI Bayer World Cup New Zealand League round at the Taupo Christmas Classic yesterday.
But the best news was yet to come for the 19-year-old Hawera farrier, who took out the class aboard his 10-year-old horse Pick Me NZPH.
Leader Bernard Denton and Horsesports Suzuki – the only combination of the 13 starters to go clear in the opening round – were last to go in the second round and sitting on a clean slate. Myers had picked up four faults in his first round, but left everything up in the second, so was sitting on four faults.
But when two rails fell, Denton had to settle for second.
“I was quite happy to think we were going to be second,” said Myers. “I’m just over the moon.”
It is very much a family affair in the Myers truck, with dad Bernie coach and advisor to his very talented son.
“I definitely believed he could win,” said the senior Myers.
Myers bought Pick Me NZPH three years ago from Tom Tarver-Priebe and opted to bypass the young rider classes to focus on the bigger league.
“It’s paying off,” said Myers, who finished fourth in his only other World Cup start.
Ross Smith and Quite Cassini were third with their eight faults, with Sam McIntosh and her imported mare Estina fourth with 12 fault, all of which they had picked up in the first round.
A tricky treble line towards the end of the track proved problematic for many in the first round, which produced just a single clear round, but five of the 11 combinations who came back left everything up in the second round. Along with Myers, Smith and McIntosh, Katie McVean and Dunstan Kiwi Iron Mark and young gun Luke Dee and Ombudsman were also clear.
The big event rounded out three days of exciting jumping at the Fiber Fresh National Equestrian Centre, with the two star Taupo Derby today.
Bayer World Cup NZ Series (fourth round): Tim Myers (Hawera) Pick Me NZPH 1, Bernard Denton (Feilding) Horsesports Suzuki 2, Ross Smith (Canterbury) Quite Cassini 3, Sam McIntosh (Cambridge) Estina 4, Lucy Akers (Opiki) Cortaflex Tinapai 5, Kate McVean (Mystery Creek) Dunstan Delilah 6.
Young Rider: Logan Massie (Dannevirke) Kiwi Ludo 1, Nicki Booth (Masterton) Edana Van Overis 2, Jake Lambert (Cambridge) Centrefold II 3, Tim Myers (Hawera) Pick Me NZPH 4, Amanda Wilson (Northland) Showtym Viking 5, Rosie Commons (Auckland) Glenara Chandon 6.
Pony Grand Prix: Tegan Newman (Northland) Watch Me Move 1, Nakeysha Lammers (Northland) Airborne Magic 2, Antoine Ogilvie (Pukekohe) Little Flicker 3, Emily Fraser (Takapau) Tiger Tale LS 4, Emily Fraser (Takapau) Tony The Pony 5, Sara Brookes (Cambridge) Galaxy 6.
STH Hay Supplies Pro Amateur Rider: Jackie Jermyn (Waikato) Landenfeld 1, Jacqui Wright (Tuakau) Kaipara Annie 2, Savanah Larsen-Church (Turangi) Midway Whisper 3, Douglas Thomson (Wellington) Marksman Arrow 4, Natasha Lammers (Northland) Tele-star 5, Rachel McGregor (Cambridge) NZ Fireball 6.
Caledonian Amateur Rider: Donna Atkinson (Rotorua) Justa Brick 1, Kelly Wilson (Hikurangi) Ngahiwi Showtym Dancer 2, Kelly Smith (Foxton) Summer Solei 3, Michelle Wakeling (Wellsford) BMW Littorroan 4, Victoria Rattray (Pokeno) Buenos Aires 5, Philippa Howells (Te Kauwhata) Mr Versatile 6.
KiwiSpan Junior Rider: Melanie Weal (Te Awamutu) Cross Your Heart 1, Harry Duncan (Hunterville) Chrialka Dettori 2, Vicki Wilson (Hikurangi) Wurlitzer 3, Shaun Fannin (Hawke’s Bay) Liquid Lunch 4, Sarah Fannin (Hawke’s Bay) Strathcarron 5, Kate Allen (Morrinsville) Delta Pierre 6.
Seven Year Old: Rachel McGregor (Cambridge) NZ Fireball 1, Sean Cubitt (Kawakawa) Double J Angelic 2, Vicki Prendergast (Te Aroha) Sacramento 3, Sally Steiner (Tauranga) On The Point Slic Chic 4, Nicki Booth (Masterton) Ngahiwi Emilionaire 5, Claire Wilson (Waipukurau) Finnetto 6.
Mitavite Six Year Old: Luke Dee (Ocean Beach) Toulon NZPH, Sam McIntosh (Cambridge) NZ Pow, Amanda Wilson (Hikurangi) Showtym Vision =1.
Fernhill Stud Five Year Old: Alisah Gisler (Opotiki) Double Moccahino, Savanah Larsen-Chruch (Turangi) Sole Low, Natasha Lammers (Northland) Silent Assassin, Sam McIntosh (Cambridge) NZ Franks Road, Antoine Ogilvie (Pukekohe) Ripple Effect, Luke Dee (Ocean Beach) Utah Jazz NZPH, Megan Stacey (Te Puke) Orames Girl VDL, Travis Morgan (Tauranga) Esteban MVNZ, Travis Morgan (Tauranga) Enja MVNZ, Zoe Shore (Ashburton) Burberry, William Willis (Auckland) Miss Cassinei, Catherine Cameron (Cambridge) WTF Cabello =1.
Horse Grand Prix (one star): Matthew Gilmour (Matangi) Cuba D’esquelmes Z 1, Ross Smith (Canterbury) Quite Cassini 2, Lucy Olphert (Tauranga) Monty Python 3, Lucy Akers (Opiki) Cortaflex Tinapai 4, Katie McVean (Mystery Creek) Dunstan Zimorena G 5, Sarah Beal (Pukekohe) Y-not 6.
NZ Universities Jumping Championship: Carissa McGregor (Auckland) Chatterton 1, Lucy Olphert (Tauranga) Monty Python 2, Ryan Lim (Karaka) Pasir Ris 88 3, Amy Collinson (Cambridge) Capello G 4, Chloe Akers (Opiki) Cortaflex Kiwi 5, Sophie Burling (Kerikeri) LR Ruegar MSH 6.