Aussie-Kiwi Battle Looms in Rich Young Rider Class
It’s a pretty smart line up of top Australasian young riders chasing a welcome $12,000 prize purse at Takapoto.
Show director Jaime Tiller says the quality of riders and the size of the field is no accident. “That’s the richest young rider class in the Southern Hemisphere,” she says, “so of course it’s going to be one heck of a competition.”
Twenty-five young riders from both sides of the Tasman will be challenged by French course designer Michel Ismalun. Included in the line-up in back-to-back New Zealand Young Rider of the Year Emily Hayward (Te Awamutu) who is entered aboard her Olympic Cup winner Belischi HM. But expect some super competition from Australian Amelia Douglass who has Cassis Z Ten Halven and Upperclass Z on the card. She is extremely well-performed at this level, having won the New South Wales Young Rider title, the Aquis Champions Tour Young Rider Championship and the first leg of the Stal Tops Young Rider Series.
Other Kiwis likely to pop up include Takapoto rider Oliver Croucher aboard Waitangi Surf, Olivia Dalton (Karaka) on Cheyenne and Annabel Francis (Taupo) with her two La Quinara and Cherokee NZPH.
The class is set to go in the Bellevue Arena on Saturday (February 22) at 11am.
Photo credit — Amelia Douglass competing at Takapoto Estate last year. Photo by Cheleken Photography