No Dreaming with Super Speedy Win
In the hands of Crystal Hackett, the Waiuku combo headed home 13 others with a very slick 59.43-second time, with Rylee Sheehan (Te Aroha) and the nippy Fun House crossing the flags in 62.5 and Madison Jackson (Auckland) with Rednalhgih Cowan home in 65.43 seconds for third. The top three were all clear.
“This is my last year on ponies so the win is even more special,” said 17-year-old Crystal. “She is just a really super pony.”
The Dreamer was out with injury for much of last season and is clearly happy to be back in the competition arenas. “Her favourite thing are speed classes and jump-offs. I freshened her up through January with a bit of time off so she was ready for Takapoto and the Land Rover Horse of the Year Show. She is a very opiniated mare – it is her way or no way.”
The mare, who was previously ridden by Crystal’s older sister Tyla, thrived in the Dunstan Sand Arena. “She loves jumping off the sand and I know she will always perform with such good going. Today’s course was super – it suited her well with lots of turns and a nice gallop to the last . . . where we did have a bit of a life. I heard it hit quite hard but we were fair hooning into it.”
The combination have now qualified for the Duncan & Ebbett Pony Grand Prix tomorrow, but Crystal is also hoping it will be their time for the Pony of the Year crown too.
The two are trained by Paula Mussen. “She is a huge help and puts a lot of work into us.”
Kawasaki Pony Speed Class: Crystal Hackett (Waiuku) The Dreamer 1, Rylee Sheehan (Te Aroha) Fun House 2, Madison Jackson (Auckland) Rednalhgih Cowan 3, Rylee Sheehan (Te Aroha) Tony the Pony 4, Sacha Thomas (Auckland) Beauregard 5, Megan Bradley (Cambridge) My Dream Catcher 6.
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Photo by Libby Law Photography, words by Diana Dobson