Rangiora’s Susie Stewart has put her hand up as the one to watch going into the business end of the season after a dominant win in the Open Intermediate at Eventing Canterbury’s One Day Horse Trial at Amberley on Sunday.
Stewart and the eye-catching, ultra-consistent Cowboy moved up from sixth after dressage to take the lead with faultless jumping, adding just 0.8 of a time penalty on the cross country to her dressage score of 43.2. Invercargill young rider Jade McRae made the long trip north worthwhile, finishing second with Kabo Hallucination on 52.7, but disappointingly was forced to retire Il Mafioso after a fall early on the cross country. Dressage leader Emily Cammock finished third with Lewis after racking up 18 time penalties on the cross country.
Local rider Nicole Chapman came through to take the honours aboard Stars Ransom in the strong Open Novice. Fourth after dressage, Chapman added just 4 show jumping penalties to an otherwise perfect score sheet to finish on 42.5, just ahead of Sophie Wigley on former National One Day Champion SE Big, second on 44. Reefton’s Eve Hawes finished third with Y-Puna Trolley Dolly, just ahead of Cammock’s trio Beaumont Boy, Al For Short and Cool Chatool, fourth to sixth respectively.
Twenty-six started in the Prydes Easi Feed Pre Novice which was taken out by Lucy Walker on Bamboozle with a clean sheet ahead of Brent Jury on SE Godswalk, and Hokitika’s Todd Magner on Marsden Magic. Two show jumping rails proved costly for dressage leader Kirsten Beaven and RV Dreamcatcher, dropping her to fifth overall.
The two training divisions, sponsored by Saddlery Barn and Charton International respectively, went to Stephanie Matthews on Croftlea Rock & Roll and Sophie Ware on Summer Ale.
Meanwhile, honours in the Warrens Equine Pre Training A went to Caitlin Adams on Ohoka St Elmo, with the Bayer Pre Training B to Nick Pyke on Staples. Both classes were dominated by heavy cross country casualties.
Advanced/Intermediate: Katie Rankin (Oxford) Time To Tango Too, R.
Open Intermediate: Susie Stewart (Rangiora) Cowboy, 44, 1; Jade McRae (Invercargill) Kabo Hallucination, 52.7, 2; Emily Cammock (West Melton) Lewis, 58.1, 3; Eve Hawes (Reefton) Hurlingham Lansong, 60.2, 4; Melissa Chapman (Amberley) That’s Gizmo, 71.7, 5; Giles Gormack (Amberley) Lucero, 100.5, 6.
Open Novice: Nicole Chapman (Amberley) Stars Ransom, 42.5, 1; Sophie Wigley (Amberley) SE Big, 44, 2; Eve Hawes (Reefton) Y-Puna Trolley Dolly, 53.1, 3; Emily Cammock (West Melton) Beaumont Boy, 53.5, 4; Emily Cammock (West Melton) Al For Short, 54.1, 5; Emily Cammock (West Melton) Cool Chatool, 61.9, 6.
Prydes Easi Feed Pre Novice: Lucy Walker (Sumner) Bamboozle, 33, 1; Brent Jury (Rangiora) SE Godswalk, 36.5, 2; Todd Magner (Hokitika) Marsden Magic, 37.3, 3; Jessie Fitzjohn (Christchurch) What’s The Buzz, 38.5, 4; Kirsten Beaven (West Melton) RV Dreamcatcher, 40.5, 5; Courtney Davis (Waipara) By Hoki, 43, 6.
Saddlery Barn Training A: Stephanie Matthews (West Melton) Croftlea Rock & Roll, 34, 1; Nicole Chapman (Amberley) Highwayman, 36, 2; Maria van Kuijk (Clarkville) Antara Whiskey Mac, 37.5, 3; Campbell Robertson (Rangiora) Black Ink, 40.5, 4; Sam Roebeck (Timaru) 43.5, 5; Emily Fulton (Christchurch) Trickster, 43.5, 6.
Charton International Training B: Sophie Ware (Ladbrooks) Summer Ale, 35.5, 1; Sophie Griffiths (Christchurch) Noir Et Blanc, 38.8, 2; Holly Sanders (West Melton) Count Zohra, 39.5, 3; Emma Hanna (Amberley) Milburn Molly, 41.5, 4; Nicole Chapman (Amberley) Double Agent, 42, 5; Stephanie Jasperse (unknown) Woodbine Chatter 42.9, 6.
Warrens Equine Pre Training A: Caitlin Adams (Christchurch) Ohoka St Elmo, 43.5, 1; Leigh Bowie (Rakaia) Rainbow Rupert, 43.7, 2; Nicola Lancaster (Springston) Again, 46.1, 3; Jessica Land (Christchurch) Tallyho Monte Carlo, 48.4, 4; Brent Jury (Rangiora) SE Back To Black, 59.3, 5; Shari Jamie (Amberley) Me Too, 70.2, 6.
Bayer Pre Training B: Nick Pyke (Broadfields) Staples, 35.3, 1; Katie Meredith (Ohoka) Lakota 35.3, 2; Brent Jury (Rangiora) SE Hedging, 35.8, 3; Nicola Carrick (Leeston) Hurrah, 36.3, 4; Courtney Davis (Waipara) Dunrobin Sante Fe, 37.2, 5; Hannah Simpson (Oamaru) Suenami, 37.4, 6.