Teen Annabel wins opening Gold Qualifier

Teen Annabel wins opening Gold Qualifier

It’s been another brilliant day at Takapoto Estate Show Jumping with riders having their first taste of top-rated international designer Frank Rothenberger’s courses. The German himself was very pleased with the efforts of the Kiwi riders and is looking forward to raising the bar in the coming days.

“It is always a little bit difficult for me to come to a county where you don’t know the horses and the riders,” said Frank. “The jumping went quite well today and tomorrow we can make it a little bigger. So after the first day, I must say, the quality is quite good.”

The youngest in the Gold Tour Qualifier turned up trumps today, with 16-year-old Annabel Francis and Carado GHP taking out the honours. Twenty-nine combinations took on the Frank Rothenberger designed course with just five coming back for the jump-off. First out was Kimberley Bird and Cera Cassina who rode a lovely clear, coming home in 47.01 seconds. Oliver Croucher aboard the lovely Waitangi Surf and Maurice Beatson on Gold Locks followed but each took a rail. Tess Williams and Sinatra II rode some super corners to leave everything up in 48.18 seconds, leaving it to teenager Annabel to swoop in and take the win.

The teen was all class, notching an easy clear in 45.28 seconds – slightly slower than Oliver but more importantly, leaving everything in place. Annabel has only had the Aussie import for two months and says she was just hoping for a “nice round”.

“He didn’t jump so well last week so I just was hoping for a nice round,” she said. That all changed once she was through to the jump-off and she opted to chase the win. “It’s really nice to go into the final with a win under my belt.”

She’s got plenty of love for her little grey. “I like his spunk. He is always so playful and tries so hard. He loves his work.” Kimberley took second place with Tess third and Oliver fourth. Emelia Forsyth couldn’t be happier with her 13-year-old chestnut mare Henton Faberge. The Clevedon combo headed home a very competitive 44-strong Silver Tour Qualifier that saw them clear and 2.38 seconds clear of the second placed Amelia Douglass (Aus) aboard Sirius Du Granit with Sarah West (Matamata) and Oaks Centurian in third.

“She was really good out there,” said 19-year-old Emelia who only teamed up with the horse this season. “It was a big class . . . I am very, very happy!” Last week the combination were 11th in the Gold Tour Final but she opted to consolidate things and build on the horse’s confidence, dropping to the Silver Tour today. “She is phenomenal. She has never competed at this height (1.45m) until this season but did it so confidently and competitively.”

Last year Emelia was a groom for New Zealand Olympian Bruce Goodin at the FEI World Equestrian Games. Twenty combinations from today’s first qualifier are now through to Sunday’s final.

Samantha Morrison has high hopes for her eight-year-old gelding Corfu . . . and today he ticked all the boxes, winning the Bronze Tour Qualifying class. The 24-year-old, who has been based in Australia for the past six months. “I think he will be a superstar,” she says of the horse she bought from James Jackson in Cambridge just five months ago.Today was their first win together.

“He’s got a good brain and a lot of power,” she said. They headed home 68 other combinations to take the honours. “I am very happy – I couldn’t have asked more of him. We got a bit deep to the wall but he got me out of that.” Samantha was rapt to have her Australian coach Merrick Ubank at the show with her. “He has helped me a lot – he keeps me calm and knows how to get the horses jumping well. He has certainly helped me improve my jump-off skills so much.” Samantha and Corfu stopped the clock at 31.44 seconds in the jump-off with runner-up Rachel Malcolm (Cambridge) and Henton Excalibur coming home in 32.7 and Kylee McCambridge (Cambridge) on Chicago coming in for third in 33.42 seconds.

Twenty combinations have qualified for Saturday’s final.My Dream Catcher and Megan Bradley were on super form today, taking out the Pony Tour Warm-Up in the APL Sand Arena. The Cambridge combination were one of 12 to come back from the 25 starters. Six of the 12 kept their slates clean, with Megan coming home in 32.19 seconds. Olivia Apatu picked up second and fourth places aboard Bush Pacman and Alasaan Arzu –the current Pony of the Year title holder, with Sophia Hall and TCH Centadel filling third place. Taryn Skelton-Kyd and BMW Numero Uno took out the Junior/Amateur Tour Warm-Up class, with Charlotte Bolton aboard Sir JK second and Zoe Shore on Saffron coming home in third place.

Forty-five started the class with just 1.7 seconds between the top three.

Results – Gold Tour Qualifier: Annabel Francis (Taupo) Carado GHP (Holsteiner by Carettino, out of Only You V –owned by Debbie Francis ) 1, Kimberley Bird (Ashburton) Cera Cassina (Holsteiner by Cassini II, out of Caletta –owned by Kimberley Bird) 2, Tess Williams (Hastings) Sinatra II (Hanoverian by Senator VDL, out of Diversity –owned by Gordon McKay and Tess Williams) 3, Oliver Croucher (Cambridge) Waitangi Surf (warmblood thoroughbred cross by Cassiano, out of Whisper –owned by Kirsty and Paul Croucher) 4, Maurice Beatson (Dannevirke) Gold Locks (NZ sport horse by Lansing, out of Goldilocks –owned by Maurice Beatson) 5, Glen Beal (Te Kauwhata) All Expenses of Renton (NZ thoroughbred cross by Wharfs Son, out of Sadie –owned by Trish MacPherson) 6.Silver Tour Qualifier (1): Samantha Morrison (Tauranga/Australia) Corfu (warmblood by Euro Sport Centavos, out of Sabertage –owned by NZ Showjumpers Ltd) 1, Rachel Malcolm (Cambridge) Henton Excalibur (Hanoverian by El Bundy, out of Henton Dungarven –Rachel Malcolm) 2, Kylee McCambridge (Cambridge) Chicago (thoroughbred by Pentire, out of Turtle Creek –owned by Kylee McCambridge) 3, Briar Burnett-Grant (Taupo) Fiber Fresh Casallita (Holsteiner warmblood by Casall, out of Vanessa XVIII –owned by Burnett-Grant Ventures Ltd) 4, Hannah Bodle (Morrinsville) Whakanui Homebrew (Lindberg des Hayettes, out of Loaf of Luck –owned by Hannah Bodle) 5, Jesse Linton (Hastings) SB Attitude (Hanoverian by Lordano, out of Diversity –owned by Scott Borland) 6.

Bronze Tour Qualifier: Emelia Forsyth (Clevedon) Henton Faberge (Hanoverian by For Edition, out of Galatoire –owned by Henton Lodge Hanoverians) 1, Amelia Douglass (Australia) Sirius Du Grant (warmblood by Orlando, out of Melissa Du Granit –owned by Amber Fuller) 2, Sarah West (Matamata) Oaks Centurian (warmblood by Centus, out of ASB Indira –owned by Leanne West) 3, Steffi Whittaker (Christchurch) On the Point Eve (Oldenburger by Ephebe For Ever, out of Titziana-M –owned by Trace Whittaker) 4, Libby James (Cambridge) CoDicea (Holsteiner cross by Ramazoitti, out of Graffiti = owned by Tamara Silcock) 5, Clarke Johnstone (Matangi) Watermill Glenneagle (KWPN by Carambole, out of Vancrella –owned by Amanda Furby-Walker)

Junior/Amateur Tour Warm-Up: Taryn Skelton-Kyd (Auckland) BMW Numero Uno (Holsteiner/Clydesdale/station bredby Corofino II, out of BMW Legacy –owned by Taryn Skelton-Kyd) 1, Charlotte Bolton(Auckland) Sir JK (NZ sport horse by Rodin, out of Lips –owned by Ana-Lisa Bolton) 2, Zoe Shore (Ashburton) Saffron (by Cassini II, out of La Mioche –owned by Nicky Shore) 3, Dana Sutton (Palmerston North) Semilly Du Pas (Selle Francais by Fetiche Du Pas, out of Paraiso –owned by Dana Sutton) 4, Tara Sullivan (Clevedon) Bellisma (Clydesdale/thoroughbred cross by Ash Haven Wiseguy –owned by Susan Wallis) 5, Ben Weir (Auckland) SF Gryphon (thoroughbred/Welsh cross by Mill Creek Valiant, out of I Like Her–owned by Judith Finch)

Pony Tour Warm-Up: Megan Bradley(Cambridge) My Dream Catcher (pinto –owned by Adele Greatorex and Vicky Horsfall) 1, Olivia Apatu (Havelock North) Bush Pacman (red roan cross –owned by Sally Apatu) 2, Sophia Hall (Auckland)TCG Centadel (cross breed by Centus, out of Glenormiston Rusheen –owned by Fiona Hall) 3, Olivia Apatu (Havelock North) Alasaan Arzu (Anglo Arab Kaimanawacross by Alexander’s Change, out of a Kaimanawa–owned by Sally Apatu) 4, Harriet Stock (Ashburton) EB Esperanza (owned by Harriet Stock) 5, Tara Gower (Ohura) Ngahiwi Roany Pony (sport horse by Roan boy, out of Ngahiwi cross Ratahiwi mare –owned by Tara Gower) 6.

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