Saffron Smokes Opposition in Amateur

Saffron Smokes Opposition in Amateur
The Shore sisters played a little switcheroo with their horses but the end result proved a winner for both.

Zoe (Ashburton) steered the homebred Saffron to victory in the Life Fitness Amateur two phase this afternoon, with Nicky slipping into fourth place aboard Carolina. It was Nicky who started Saffron while Zoe started Carolina. It is the first time the sisters have lined up against each other in a competition.

“Saffron is naturally quite quick so I just let her do her thing,” said Zoe, who has had a few placings in the amateur series this season. “We did a handy inside turn into the last which really paid dividends. I just let her hum along.”

Today there were just 12 clear rounds in the first phase, with the top six all keeping their slates clean. Zoe came home in 28.76 seconds with Anna Kincheff (Rotorua) and Red Socks just behind her in 30.69, Sharon Klijn (Whangarei) and Mizta Frosty crossing the flags in 31.75 and Nicky Shore stopping the clock at 32.32.

Sideline for the sisters were a vocal support crew and cheering squad. “They do try and keep us organised!”

Saffron may be a tad opinionated and slightly bolshie but Zoe says she is super honest, clean and quick. “I have had a really fun season with her, and it’s special to have a win today . . . any win at Takapoto is special.”

She thanked Mitch and Kate Plaw for hosting the show and opening it for all grades of riders. “To be able to jump at a place like this as an amateur is really something.”

Zoe, who trains sporadically with Jeff McVean and Vaughn Jefferis,  plans to stay in the North Island through to the Land Rover Horse of the Year Show.

Results –

Life Fitness Amateur 1.15m: Zoe Shore (Ashburton) Saffron 1, Anna Kincheff (Rotorua) Red Socks 2, Sharon Klijn (Whangarei) Mizta Frosty 3, Nicola Shore (Auckland) Carolina 4, Tessa Silcock (Nelson) Cracker Xtreme 5, Danielle Stanaway (Tauranga) The Invisible Man 6

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Photo by The Art of Michelle Clarke, words by Diana Dobson