Kihikihi winner bursts into NZ eventing Super League contention

Abby Lawrence and Pseudonym on their way to winning the CIC3* at Kihikihi at the weekend.
Abby Lawrence and Pseudonym on their way to winning the CIC3* at Kihikihi at the weekend. © Barbara Thomson Photography

Abby Lawrence’s win on Pseudonym at the Kihikihi International Horse Trials over the weekend has helped the combination break into the top three in New Zealand’s Eventing Super League. 

Lawrence, a 25-year-old full time rider from Te Puke, has been performing consistently on the 16-year-old Pseudonym this season, and claimed the biggest win of her career with a solid all round performance in the Waipa Home of Champions CIC3* class.

They were fourth after the dressage on Friday, pulling up to second after Saturday’s testing cross-country despite having a run-out near the end of the course, and produced the only clear showjumping round on Sunday.

Last year’s winners, NZ High Performance squad member Clarke Johnstone and Balmoral Sensation, were not competing due to a paddock injury sustained by the horse which has interfered with his preparation, and this allowed Lawrence to leap frog into third place in the year-long Super League series.

Emily Cammock and Dambala, who shared third equal position with Johnstone after winning the Eventer of the Year title at the Farmlands Horse of the Year, have flown to the USA to contest the Rolex Kentucky CCI4* next week.

Samantha Felton, who was poised to move into contention with Ricker Ridge Escada, was unable to ride the cross-country after a fall from a younger horse earlier in the day.

Lawrence’s performance is likely to have earned her a place in the New Zealand team to compete against the Australians in the Oceania Championships at the NRM National Three-day Event at Taupo, 15-17 May.


ESNZ EVENTING SUPER LEAGUE standings after seven events:

Fraser King (Cambridge), Nadal KSNZ, 141 pts; Donna Smith (Te Kauwhata), Tangolooma, 105 pts; Abby Lawrence (Te Puke), Pseudonym, 102 pts; Clarke Johnstone (Matangi), Balmoral Sensation, 96 pts; Emily Cammock (Christchurch), Dambala, 96 pts; Samantha Felton (Matangi), Ricker Ridge Escada, 93 pts.

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