Eventers battle rain at NZ’s National 3DE champs

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The dressage arenas at Taupo are being moved regularly to give horses a chance.  © Jane Thompson
The dressage arenas at Taupo are being moved regularly to give horses a chance. © Jane Thompson

New Zealand’s Oceania eventing teams were named after the first horse inspection at the country’s NRM National Three-Day-Event at Taupo on Thursday.

Tayla Mason and Lucy With Diamonds finish their dressage test.
Tayla Mason and Lucy With Diamonds finish their dressage test. © Jane Thompson

In running order, the Senior Oceania team are:

  • Samantha Felton on Ricker Ridge Escada
  • Jessica Woods on Defies Logic
  • Clarke Johnstone on Balmoral Sensation
  • Abbey Lawrence on Pseudonym.

The Young Rider team has also been named. In the order of riding, the team is:

  • Tayla Mason with Lucy with Diamonds
  • Abigail Long on Enzo
  • Sarah Young, SS Galaxy
  • Bonnie Farrant on Kaipara Dior

The first two Young Riders from each team completed their dressage test in wet conditions in the afternoon as part of the Bates CCI2* class. Australia’s Teegan Ashby was first up and scored 64.6 on her New Zealand-bred and produced horse Waitangi Password. Tayla Mason put in a test which bought high praise from team coach Jock Paget and she scored 58.1, putting her narrowly ahead of Ashby.

The second rider for the Australians, Western Australian Shenae Lowings, did an impressive test and her score of 47.9 put her just behind the leader on the first day, Samantha Felton on Henton After Dark on 47.7. New Zealand’s second rider, Abigail Long from Horowhenua, did a nice test but her score on 60.8 didn’t threaten the leaders.

Lowings was very happy with her horse, Venture Sky High.   “His trot work could have been better, we had a bit of a mishap in there, but overall I was very happy with him.

Abi Long thought that her horse Enzo was looking forward to the cross country.  “He tried hard, it was wet and sticky conditions.”

Tayla Mason reported that Lucy with Diamonds was “tense in the warm-up but once she got into the arena, she concentrated and I could not have asked for more.”

The combined scores after the first two riders sees the Australian Young Rider team on 112.5 with the New Zealanders on 118.9, so there isn’t much in it.

Overnight rain in Taupo and the forecast for continual rain for most of the day isn’t going to result in very pleasant conditions for the remaining dressage competition.  The senior Oceania teams ride today, along with all other classes.

Images below © Jane Thompson

Jane Thompson

Jane has always had a keen interest in horses, and was an active competitor in equestrian events from her early days until the late 1980s. » Read Jane's profile

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