‘Badminton Win’ for Derby Winner
Twenty-three combinations started the 21-fence class, featuring a blend of showjumping and cross country obstacles including a derby bank. No-one managed to conquer the course, with the four-faulters battling it out for victory. Jess Land (Christchurch) and Emilio MSH were second out and rode a brilliant round to finish on four faults in 175.45 seconds. Two combinations later, Kate and her 11-year-old stallion finished with four faults in 169.86 seconds. Samantha Mynott (Cambridge) and Cornucopia also finished with four faults in 178.07 seconds, giving the three women the podium.
But Kate almost didn’t make it to the start line. “I wasn’t mentally prepared for the class because I thought it was tomorrow,” said Kate. “Then I nearly forgot where to go at one point but we got there in the end! I was surprised at how fit he was out there.”
It was the first time she has ever done the derby. Earlier in the show Capatino placed third in the bronze qualifier and his daughter Redcliffs Guns and Roses was third in the copper qualifier.
“Capatino just loves kids and has the most beautiful nature in the whole world,” says the full time horsewoman and trainer who got the stallion as an unbroken three-year-old.
While Kate is showjumping these days, she is no stranger to eventing, having placed seventh at the Burghley Horse Trials, fifth at the British Open Champs and fifteenth at Badminton.
“I may have done Badminton but this is like my Badminton win!”
APL Anne Symes Derby: Kate Hewlett (Kerikeri) Capatino GNZ 1, Jess Land (Christchurch) Emilio MSH 2, Samantha Mynott (Cambridge) Cornucopia 3, Francesca Corich (Paraparaumu) LDS Lavanda 4, Rosanna Dickson (Cambridge) DSE Exuberance 5, Danielle Wheeler (Auckland) CP Aurelio 6.
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Photo by Cheleken Photography, words by Diana Dobson