Tegan adds Silver Tour to season tally
Newly-crowned Silver Tour Final winner Tegan Fitzsimon has just four words . . . “my horses are fabulous”. The West Melton rider has been in searing form this season and once again today showed she is the queen of cool heading home a strong field of 30 combinations to take the honours.
Just Tegan on Double J Monarch and Emily Hayward (Cambridge) aboard Belischi HM were all clear in the opening round over the Frank Rothenberger-designed course. Eighteen combinations bagged four faults, leaving the minor placings to be decided on time.
Tegan was first out in the jump-off where she was again clear, stopping the clock at 55.21 seconds. Emily, known for her speed, gave it her all but a tight turn into the last proved too much and she finished with four faults in 52.56 seconds to claim the runner-up spot.
Taking third place was Emelia Forsyth (Clevedon) and her former eventer Henton Faberge who won both qualifiers en route to the final but a rail at the first today put paid to a hattrick of wins.
Tegan, who last week won the Gold Tour Final aboard Windermere Cappuccino, was over the moon with the efforts of Double J Monarch – a 10-year-old mare she co-owns with Tinesha Carey.
“When I walked the course I thought it looked technical enough but that was a quality field so I did expect a few more clears. Monarch jumped really well, I am so pleased with her,” she said. “Emily is very quick so I put all I could into the jump-off and it worked out.”
Tegan says she went for the clear rather than super speed. “Monarch is not the quickest in a jump-off so I tried to be smart and do what was best for her at the same time.”
Tegan and Tinesha have only just put the horse on the market. “Our agreement was always to run her to 10 years of age and then do that. She is just the most amazing horse though, so she will definitely leave a hole in the team.”
Monarch has been hugely consistent for Tegan, winning leading mare and eight-year-old in 2016, placing third in the 2018 Lady Rider of the Year and third at the Nationals this year.
“She is consistently there and fantastic to have in the team. She is a sassy little cat but she is lovely and she always tries her heart out for me.”
- Tegan Fitzsimon (West Melton) Double J Monarch (NZ sport horse by Double J Repicharge, out of Double J Remember Me – owned by Tinesha Carey and Tegan Fitzsimon)
- Emily Hayward (Cambridge) Belischi HM (Australian thoroughbred by Chateau Istana, out of Talk Band)
- Emelia Forsyth (Clevedon) Henton Faberge (Hanoverian by For Edition, out of Galatoire – owned by Henton Lodge Hanoverians)
- Steffi Whittaker (Christchurch) On the Point Eve (Oldenburger by Ephebe, for Titziana-M – owned by Trace Whittaker)
- Emma Watson (Morrinsville) Letino (NZ thoroughbred cross by Littorio, out of Allgems – owned by Stephen Nickalls and Laura Knight)
- Nicola Hammond (Cambridge) Carlo I (warmblood by Cantos, out of Grace – owned by Cavaletti Ltd)
- Nicole White (Ashburton) Lil LeRoux (Selle Francais by Lindberg Des Hayettes, out of Craighaven Zazy – owned by Karen White)
- Samantha Peters (Cambridge) NZ sport horse by Jokus Latour, out of Untouched NZPH – owned by Samantha Peters)
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