Amanda Pottinger has taken out New Zealand’s National Three Day Event title, riding Just Kidding to victory in the NRM CCI3* at Taupo on Sunday.
It was the combination’s first start at this level, and Pottinger and Just Kidding went into the showjumping phase in second place and jumped a lovely clear round. Cross-country leader Sarah Dalziell-Clout had an unfortunate rail on on Benrose Super Star, making way for Pottinger to take the title.
Amanda, 24, known as Muzi, is keen to beat the record of her mother, Tinks Pottinger, who is in the record books with six national titles to her name. This weekend’s CCI3* was the younger Pottinger’s second, having won the CCI1* title on Just Kidding in 2014. They were runners-up in the CCI2* last year.
Amanda’s grandmother, Tiny White, another a legend in the horse world, was on hand to see the win. “I am tickled pink,” she declared, watching her granddaughter collect the coveted trophy.
Pottinger was also rather pleased: “That’s my first clear show jumping round at three-star level.
“What a time to have it. I came into this event just hoping to get a qualifying score, never in my wildest dreams did I expect to win.”
Christchurch school teacher Kirsty Sharapoff took out the the Bates CCI2* on Shoot the Breeze. She had a narrow lead from fellow South Islander Brent Jury and SE Hedging going into the show jumping and had to go clear.
“It hasn’t sunk in yet. He’s been super all weekend,” Sharapoff said. “I have had a great weekend.”
In the Fiber Fresh CCI1* Championship, Lauren Alexander prevailed on Classic Indigo, who also won the Charlton Stud Prize for the best performed mare. “I’ve had her for two years, she’s super bold, and jumps everything in front of her. Next year we will look at stepping up to two-star but dressage is our challenge,” Alexander said.
This is the last competition in the eventing calendar and the new season commences in the spring. All attention will now be on the Olympic preparation for New Zealand’s British-based eventers.
NRM CCI3* Open National Championship: Amanda Pottinger, Just Kidding, 62.6, 1; Sarah Dalziell-Clout, Benrose Super Star, 63.3, 2; Katharine Van Tuyl, Double J Sunshine, 65.8, 3; Samantha Felton, Ricker Ridge Pico Boo, 78.7, 4.
Bates CCI2* Championship: Kirsty Sharapoff, Shoot the Breeze, 51.9, 1; Brent Jury, SE Hedging, 52.1, 2; Virginia Thompson, Man of Honour, 54.6, 3; Abigail Long, Enzo, 55.8, 4; Juliet Wood, Waitangi Pinterest, 57.2, 5; Abby Lawrence, Charlton Yamani, 65.4, 6.
Fiber Fresh CCI1* Championship: Lauren Alexander, Classic Indigo, 48.3, 1; Dannie Lodder, Eon, 49.7, 2; Holly Morrell, Pampero, 53.5, 3; Judy Hatfull, Timely, 55, 4; Karla Wilson, Stoney Mara, 57.3, 5; Angela Lloyd, Lyrical, 57.5, 6.
Wairakei CCN105 Championship: Kelsey Leahy, Show Cause, 30.4, 1; Kylee McCambridge, Chicago, 32.2, 2; Chanel Hargrave, Moving On, 33.6, 3; Donna Edwards-Smith, Sunset Pass, 33.8, 4; Gracie O’Leary, Willesden Green, 37.7, 5; Sally Gunny, Kiwi Highlight, 40.1, 6.
AMS Saddlery CC1* Championship: Gemma Hampson, Just Imagine That, 57.4, 1; Georgia Bennett, Johnny Castle, 59.4, 2; Lauren Alexander, BMW Ripley, 64, 3; Frank Phillips, I Told You So, 68.8, 4.
Wade CCN105 Open: Helen Withers, Woodbine Just in Case, 29, 1; Cherie Jacques, Black Gem, 29.9, 2; Shannon Galloway, Day Walker, 32.9, 3; Susan Le Mesurier, Lightman, 35, 4.
Silver Spurs (Inter-Island teams) trophy: North Island (Juliet Wood/Waitangi Pinterest, Dannie Lodder/Eon, Jackson Bovill/Visionnaire, Katharine Van Tuyl/Double J Sunshine), 118.1, 1; South Island (Brodie Roberts/SR Livingstone, Lucy Turner/Carbon, Kirsty Sharapoff/Shoot the Breeze, Emily Cammock/Shaw Lee), 148.5, 2.
Charlton Stud prize for best performed mare: Lauren Alexander, Classic Indigo
Casey Trophy for best presented horse and rider: Sarah Young, The Little Prince
NZPCA Award for best placed Pony Club Rider: Renee Faulkner, Hunua PC, Rubinstar HH.