Kanga Bounds to Win in 1.15m
She’s had the horse for three years and says it has taken a while but she is already looking forward to next season. “He has taken a while because he is a big horse. He is very cheeky and thick-skinned animal and really hasn’t been that brave up until now but has come into his own in the last month or so,” said the 28-year-old.
But they were super quick in the 1.15m, coming home more than four seconds faster than runner-up Ike Unsworth (Tauranga) and Dardanelle MS. “It is really cool to win, especially on a baby when you are competing against the old timers. I felt I didn’t rush him today and that our round just nice and smooth. The course was good with some challenging inside lines.”
And while Amanda backed them for placing she knew there were a lot of very speedy combinations in the class. “It is just world class here and so inspirational for us New Zealand riders,” she said.
“Kanga is lovely to ride, just a bit naughty. I broke him in and have done everything with him. He is the first horse who I have felt like I have really done properly in terms of flat work. He is going to be a great horse for the future.”
Kanga is by Chacco Silver, out of a Voltaire II mare and was bred by Cheleken Equestrian.
Short term she has her eye on the six-year-old of the year crown at the Land Rover Horse of the Year Show. Amanda is currently based with Logan Massie and Alexa Dodson in Dannevirke.
Equilume 1.15m: Amanda Wilson (Dannevirke) Kanga CSNZ 1, Ike Unsworth (Tauranga) Dardanelle MS 2, Scott Borland (Waikato) SB Smokescreen 3, Amanda Wilson (Dannevirke) Arlento ST 4, Samantha Mynott (Cambridge) Cornucopia 5, Brittany Fowler (Ashburton) Game Keeper 6.
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Photo by Cornege Photography, words by Diana Dobson