Octavia Ousts Opposition in Bronze
Sophia Blackbourn has plenty of love for her seven-year-old mare Octavia MVNZ (pictured).
The Cambridge combo were this afternoon at the front of the 81-strong BTW Bronze Tour Qualifier 2. The speed class produced 22 clears but no-one could match Sophia’s 70.03-second round. Sophie Scott (Wellington) and Silverstar chased it hard but came up short with their 70.9-second effort. Kate Hewlett (Kerikeri) and her stallion Capatino GNZ filled third spot with a 72.39 round.
“She just does whatever I ask her,” said the 15-year-old, who was one of the youngest in the class. “She isn’t usually that fast so I am really happy she did it today . . .and that she didn’t take any rails with her stomach!”
The two failed to qualify in the opener yesterday so Sophia was doubly keen to make sure today counted. “I wanted to keep the revs up today, which we did, and also did an inside turn to the last which helped. My main goal was to just go clear but I got carried away.”
She’s already turned her mind to the final. “We will probably go for it if we can,” she said. “The height is a little smaller than she is used to – I did think about doing the silver but we haven’t done a 1.4m yet and she is only seven, so I didn’t want to push her too hard.”
This is Sophia’s second season with Octavia MVNZ. “I honestly didn’t think that (win) would happen,” she said. “There were so many good riders in there – I am very happy.”
She felt the course suited them well. “You had to keep rolling through. She is a big horse so not that easy to turn but she really did so well out there.”
Octavia, who Sophia says has a “naturally round shape” can be rather sassy but loves people. “She is just great.”
BTW Bronze Tour Qualifier Two: Sophia Blackbourn (Cambridge) Octavia MVNZ 1, Sophie Scott (Wellington) Silverstar 2, Kate Hewlett (Kerikeri) Capatino GNZ 3, Jordyn Appleton (Auckland) Scotsman’s Valley 4, Madison Smith (Cambridge) Biarritz 5, Natalia Lammers (Hikurangi) Absolute NZPH 6.
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Photo by Cornege Photography, words by Diana Dobson