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Wellington’s Sophie Scott wins Young Rider

at National Champs

The win of the day went to Wellington’s Sophie Scott when she took out the FMG Young Rider class at the Tavendale & Partners NZ National Show Jumping Championship in Christchurch. 

Sophie and Steffi Whittaker (On the Point Eve) were the only two clear rounds in the first round, but the jump-off didn’t go according to Steffi’s plan, and she ended up on the ground instead of jumping the wall. Sophie just had to jump clear to win, and she did that with style on Lakota.

Sophie is also still competing in the pony ring, but has stepped up well to the horse arena with her super coloured gelding. The pair are into their second season together. Sophie is a frequent visitor to the South Island and will be staying down for the Canterbury Show Jumping Championships next weekend. She will then head )home and then on to the Horse of the Year show in mid March, where she will target the Young Rider class and the Norwood Gold Cup. 

Tayler Nalder’s Icebreaker II is a favourite of many and there was a lot of applause when the lovely big grey jumped a clear round in the jump off with a fast time to win the Dunstan Horsefeeds Equifibre Junior Rider class (sponsored by Pegasus Communications.  Icebreaker is actually Tayler’s father’s horse but he is only allowed to use him in the winter for hunting. The 14-year-old gelding is still quite “naughty” at home. “He likes to jump out all the time,” Tayler said. “He has so much character. He normally has to have a stable at the shows because of that and he has to be in behind a deer fence at home.”

Tayler Nalder, Icebreaker II














Tayler Nalder, Icebreaker II – such a family horse

Leeston’s Rose Alfeld had a great start to her day when she won the first class of the day, the East Coast Performance Horses Five-Year-Old class (in conjunction with Platinum Performance).  She won on her promising young horse Eye Catcher NZPH.  “He’s super consistent,” Rose said afterwards. “He’s been such a good horse all season, so it is pretty exciting. I think he has a bright future, he has some really great breeding behind him and he is showing heaps of potential.”

Rose Alfeld, Eye Catcher NZPH, with Platinum Performance representative

Rose is another with plans to head to the Horse of the Year show. After the Canterbury Championships, Rose is taking her team of horses to the North Island for a few shows and Eye Catcher NZPH will be on the truck too. 

The Mitavite Speedi-Beet Six-Year-Old class was won by Peita Milne on Global PH Mylorde. The pair haven’t done many of these age classes, and Peita wasn’t expecting to win at the Nationals so she was super happy with the results. Peita has only been riding the big mare since November, so the pair look like they will have a bright future. “After the Canterbury Champs, we are off to Takapoto and then on to Horse of the Year, where we hope to jump in the six-year-old class there” said Peita. 

Peita Milne, Global PH Mylorde with Robyn Mauger from Hygain Mitavite


Kate Cavanagh thought she had blown the win when she and Wallflower had a bit of a miscommunication at the last in the jump-off, but despite the four faults, she was good enough to win the Matthews Hanoverians Seven-Year-Old series (in conjunction with the Rider Shop).  Kate is another who is planning to head up to the Horse of the Year show where she will target the age class as well as the Pro-Am. Kate and Wallflower won the Amateur class at last year’s HOY.  Kate described her as a “busy” horse at home. “I have my hands full with her at home some days, so our training can sometimes be a struggle, but she seems to come out and perform ok!” 

Kate Cavanagh, Wallflower with Georgie Dormer, sponsor (The Rider Shop)

The Dunstan Horsefeeds and Equifibre Pro-Am class is always a hotly contested one, and this class was no different. Seven went through to the jump off but it was Queenstown’s Icey Storm, ridden by Lauren Buckley who took out the honours, going early and posting a time of 34.88 and a clear round. The others all had four faults until the last horse into the arena, Eireann Bandoola, ridden by Gail Richardson, and the pair also produced a clear round but their time of 37.19 put them in second place. 

Lauren Buckley, Icey Storm, winners of the Dunstan Horsefeeds Pro Amateur rider with Andy Thompson from Moa (sponsored by Moa)

Lauren had targeted this class at this event after winning the National 1.20m Championship at last year’s event. “He is on form at the moment,” Lauren said afterwards. “He’s absolutely loving competing, showing and travelling around.”  Despite that, Lauren doesn’t have any plans on travelling up north for other shows. “He’s on form enough to go up there, but it is a long trip and a lot of travel for an amateur rider. I will get a few horses to take up on a trip one day.”

Tomorrow Lauren will be at the show to spectate and “do her helper jobs” so there may be a little celebration tonight, and the sponsor donated a magnum of their Moa product to help out! 

Ella Rae-Wood, Tallyho Primrose, winner of the first competition National 1.10m pony championship

Sophie Pickens, Tui’s Tennesse winner of the first round of the RVC NZ National 1m Championship












Sophie Townsend, Kingslea Kiwi, winners of the Junior Equitationi class with Dunstan representative, Sarah Swarbrick

The show continues tomorrow with the final rounds of the National titles. The ground conditions are very good, producing some fine jumping. There was a good crowd enjoying the lovely sunny day today and it is hoped even more will be out watching tomorrow. 



FMG Young Rider Series in conjunction with NRM 

1st       Lakota                            Sophie Scott

2nd      On the Point Eve             Steffi Whittaker

3rd       RH Kukumoa                  Olivia Brown

4th        WS Paradise                   Rebecca Wardle

Dunstan Horsefeeds Junior Rider, in conjunction with Pegasus Communications

1st       Icebreaker II                    Tayler Nalder

2nd      Glenmark                        Molly Moffatt

3rd       Hammertime                   Caitlin Adams

4th        Kingslea Kiwi                  Sophie Townsend (winner of the Equitation)

East Coast Performance Horses 5 Year Old Series In Conjunction with Platinum Performance

1st       Eye Catcher                    Rose AlfelD

2nd      Mojito GNZ                     Emma Power

3rd       Double J Blueprint           Kaitlin Feast

4th       Global PH Carentinjo       Tamara Silcock

Mitavite Speedi-Beet 6 Year Old Series Art 238.2.2 1.25m

1st       Global PH Mylorde          Peita Milne

2nd      Glenbrooke All Roses      Tanya Davie

3rd       Campari                         Tegan Fitzsimon

4th       Double J Cyclone            Lucinda Askin

Matthews Hanoverians in conj with The Rider’s Shop 7 Year Old Series 

1st       Wallflower                       Kate Cavanagh

2nd      Cadenza NZPH               Rose Alfeld

3rd       Vali                                 Molly Buist-Brown

4th       Glenbrooke Centarose     Sophie Scott

Dunstan Horsefeeds & Equifibre in conj with Moa Pro Amateur Rider Series Art 

1st       Icey Storm                      Lauren Buckley

2nd      Eireann Bandoola            Gail Richardson

3rd       Kiwi Spirit                       Grace Percy

4th       Shaw Lee                       Emily Cammock

Christchurch City Council Ring 2

Brooklands Poll Dorset & Suffolk Stud Horse 1.10 Non Championship 

1st       Valkyrie II                       Anna Robertson

2nd      Glenmark                        Molly Moffatt

3rd       Miss Serendipity II           Candace Kingsbury

4th       Golden Mile                    Adam Ford

Hinterland Amateur Rider Series in conj with McMillan Equine Feeds 

1st       Emilio MSH                     Jess Land

2nd      Tallaght                          Margaret Ridley

3rd       Rocky Ridge                   Nicola McLennan

4th       Evenstar                         Harriet Gardner

Table Downs Sport Horses’ Horse 1.20m Non-Championship

1st       By Hoki                           Courtney Davis

2nd      Banderas C                    Harry Feast

3rd       Carbon                           Lucy Turner

4th       Double J Bouncer            Harry Feast

First Competition RVC NZ  National 1m Pony Championship 

1st       Tui’s Tennesse                Sophie Pickens

2nd      Windward Wiki                Rosa Buist Brown

3rd       Tallyho Cleopatra            Ruby Rae-Wood

4th       Missing Peices                Summer Borrie

Final Competition RVC NZ National 1m Pony Championship

1st       Marsden Magic               Bella Taane

2nd      Pork Chop                      Skye Somerville

3rd       Dingmac Demoiselle        Isabelle Ussher

4th       Pavlova                          Katherine Hadler


Ring 3

Southern Trust Pony 90cm

1st       Chico                              Ruby Thomas

2nd      Painted Chief                  Lucy Florance

3rd       Parents Paying               Emma Thomas

4th       Sweet Adagio                  Eliza Dalzell

Southern Trust Pony 1m

1st       Painted Chief                  Lucy Florance

2nd      Tui’s Tennesse                Sophie Pickens

3rd       MF Spotlit                       Sonya Benison

4th       WP Hotshot                    Breagha Beggs


Southern Trust Horse 90cm 

1st       Tiraumea Dustin              Angela Cotton

2nd      Arcoda’s Maximum          Emma Brown

3rd       My Key to Success          Jo Benison

4th       Helmsley Snapdragon     Sarah Eaves


Southern Trust Horse 1m 

1st       Ruweisat Ridge               Claire Lewis

2nd      My Key to Success          Jo Benison

3rd       Brentwood Surprise         Caitlin Rayne

4th       Riverdance Tane             Samantha Muff


Southern Trust Horse 1.10m 

1st       Ruweisat Ridge               Claire Lewis

2nd      Brentwood Surprise         Caitlin Rayne

3rd       Ubetcha                          Jayne Beattie

4th       The Wildchild                  Rosie Smith


Show Hunter 

Lone Goat Vineyard Horse 1.10-1.15

1st        Melanie Morris, Kosciuszko

2nd       Anna Redmond, Vera Mera VA

3rd        Emily Cammock, Shaw Lee


Morrisons Saddlery Amateur 

1st        Anna Muir, Ferdinand

2nd       Claudia Faulkner, Shapeshifter 

3rd        Emma Pilcher, Riccardonna

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