News and Views
iSpyHorses -- Fri, 27-Jan-2017
By Diana Dobson
Olivia Ahlborn used a second place in the Equissage Pony Grand Prix on Saturday to inspire a win on Sunday at the Wairoa branch of the Northern Hawke’s Bay ESNZ Jumping Show.
The 17-year-old Napier rider guided Aorangi Ragtime to victory in the hotly-contested class, after a six-strong jump-off saw her come home nearly five seconds ahead of runner-up Briar Burnett-Grant (Taupo) aboard Fiber Fresh BG Lennox.
“I was hoping to go one better than Saturday,” said Ahlborn. “I can be a bit nervous in the first round, but once I get into the jump-off I am usually fine. I can focus on the tight corners and....
iSpyHorses -- Fri, 20-Jan-2017
Are you serious about your riding, wishing to progress to the top in eventing, showjumping or dressage? Would you like to represent your County, or Region, or ultimately your Country in your chosen discipline? Did you know that membership of the Pony Club is one of the best ways to help you achieve this? Would you like to be considered as a young helper the next time a big Equestrian Championship is held in the UK? Are you considering a gap year, working for an International Rider, or a summer job in the USA? Your Pony Club membership will help you!
Some of you will know that the British Equestrian Federation (BEF - the governing body of equestrian sport in GB,....
iSpyHorses -- Sun, 15-Jan-2017
The queen of New Zealand showjumping showed all her class today winning her sixth Country TV FEI World Cup Series with victory in the final round.
By her own admission, Katie Laurie (Mystery Creek) has not had the best of seasons but that all changed this weekend at the Continental Cars Audi World Cup Festival at Woodhill Sands.
She’s had a blinder of a weekend, and just yesterday, said whatever happened in the World Cup final, she was just pleased for her team to have found form again.
But the former Olympian and World Equestrian Games representative needn’t have worried, taking the final and, after a heart-stopping few minutes, confirmation of the....
iSpyHorses -- Fri, 13-Jan-2017
It would be a brave person to pick the winner of the Country TV FEI World Cup (NZ series) Final, being hosted on Sunday at Woodhill Sands in Auckland.
New Zealand’s best showjumpers are fighting it out for series honours as well as the right to represent the nation at the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping 2016/2017 Final in Omaha, Nebraska, in the United States, from March 29-April 1, 2017.
Each of the five rounds so far has been won by different combinations, and with points-and-a-half on the line at the Continental Cars Audi World Cup Festival, it is anyone’s game. The four best scores count for the series.
Helen McNaught-McFarlane (Taupo) and her....
iSpyHorses -- Sun, 08-Jan-2017
Lily Tootill spent the last day of her teenage years beating some of the biggest guns in New Zealand showjumping, with a stunning victory in the penultimate round of the Country TV World Cup (NZ series) in Dannevirke this afternoon.
The 19-year-old Aucklander guided her beloved Ulysses NZPH to two lovely clear rounds, to take the win by 1.3 seconds in the 18-strong class over Samantha Morrison (Tauranga) and Biarritz who was also double clear at the Central and Southern Hawke’s Bay Showjumping and Show Hunter Championships.
Series leader Helen McNaught-McFarlane (Taupo) and Carnutelabryere had to settle for third, finishing with four faults from the two....