New Winter Series at Takapoto
Takapoto Estate Show Jumping 2021 may not have had the fairy tale ending everyone hoped for but competition isn’t over just yet with a brand new winter series announced.
Four weekends of competition will be run – May 15-16, June 12-13, July 24-25 and August 14-15 – with two rings including classes from 90cm-1.3m and the possibility of a 1.4m if the demand was there. There will also be pony classes. All will carry prize money.
Event director Mikayla Plaw is excited for the new winter series. “Mum and dad are looking forward to the facility getting as much use as possible so I think year-round shows, albeit mini versions, will be really great for all,” she said.
She was just as disappointed as the many riders, sponsors and spectators that the 2021 show had to stop short. “Although it was not the end we had in mind, we were really grateful to have been able to get through Saturday evening . . . it could have been much worse. You really do have to look for the silver linings with all this, so I guess this is one of them.”
It was during the very popular APL Cocktail Party that Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called a hasty press conference, putting the country into new lockdown alert levels.
“It was really devastating for the Copper and Gold Tour final qualified riders, as well as those who were to compete in the pony grand prix and horse accumulator that were also due to be held on Sunday,” said Mikayla. “And of course, very sad for our awesome sponsors who take the opportunity to share the Takapoto experience with clients, family and friends at the Grand Prix Luncheon.”
She extended a big thank you to everyone who came along and supported the show for another year. “Our whole team are looking forward to seeing you all again soon.”
A very happy Duncan McFarlane and Be Mine NZPH after winning the Partridge Jewellers opening Gold Tour Qualifier at the 2021 Takapoto Estate Show Jumping. Photo by Cheleken Photography