One for the Future Takes Opener at Takapoto

One for the Future Takes Opener at Takapoto
Levi Xtreme showed all his class, winning the Trinity Hill Four-Year-Old in the capable hands of Jeremy Whale (pictured), on the opening morning of Takapoto Estate Show Jumping.

“I am really happy with him,” said Jeremy, who has had the horse around six months now. “He was sent to me to do a bit of work and get him out to a few shows before Takapoto. He was very spooky and green at the Young Horse Show but I think it did him the world of good with all the flags and atmosphere as we he coped really well out there today.”

Jeremy has nothing but praise for the horse, who is owned by Anna Stokes and Simone Kann. “He is a lovely horse to handle and do everything with. I really do rate him – he has a great attitude, is very rideable and a lot of scope.”

The Greg Best-designed course had kept riders on their toes. “There were a couple of questions early on so you needed to have your wits about you,” said Jeremy. “Once you got through those first four fences, the course flowed really well.”

As a youngster, Levi doesn’t get a lot of riding during the week. “You want to keep their minds fresh and them interested.”

The gelding, who was bred by Sharlene Workman at Xtreme Sport Horses, is by Corofino II and out of the Lansing mare Lanzstar GNZ. He was bought during the Xtreme horse auction over lockdown as an unbroken three-year-old.

The age group classes are being judged on style by Sally Steiner and Jake Lambert. Sixteen combinations started the four-year-old class, which has set the scene for an exciting and engaging week of competition which culminates on Sunday with the Gold Tour Final.

Results –

Trinity Hill Four-Year-Old (on style): Jeremy Whale (Cambridge) Levi Xtreme (by Corofino II, out of Lanzstar GNZ – Lansing) 8.4 1, Tyla Hackett (Auckland) Centari (by Centavos) 8.1 2, Kate Herdson (Auckland) Kabo GNZ 7.7 3, Emma Watson (Morrinsville) Hunter NZPH (by Non Plus Ultra III, out of Bordeaux NZPH – Calvaro II) 7.5 4, Jaime Campbell (Auckland) Calico Xtreme (by Cassiano, out of Chilli Xtreme – Corofino II) 7.4 5, Jesse Linton (Hastings) Indy and Trudi Mitchell (Wairoa) Highlander NZPH (by Barbarian, out of Dove NZPH – Kannan) 7.3 =6.

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Photo by Cheleken Photography, words by Diana Dobson