Valcheta Dances to Victory in Bronze
Emily Hayward may have only been riding Valcheta (pictured) since December but the two showed they’re already a formidable partnership with a solid win in the BTW Bronze Tour Qualifier at Takapoto Estate Show Jumping.
The imported 13-year-old grey mare is owned by the Johnstone family. At 17hh she’s got a big stride and is naturally fast. “She is a big strong mare who is very experienced and loves her job.”
Nearly half of the 97-strong class went clear in the first phase, to progress through to the second where 29 kept their slates clear.
Emily said the goal was just to qualify for the final. “I didn’t really feel I was going for it but she is just naturally fast. I am very happy with the win.” As it was, 21-year-old Emily and the Aussie-import Valcheta flew home in 24.89 seconds with runner-up Olivia Newsom (Tauranga) and Charmed Escudo MSNZ crossing the flags in 25.31-seconds with Bundy Philpott (Cambridge) and her eventer Tresca NZPH finishing in 25.74.
“There wasn’t anywhere you could really cut time though with no inside turns, so you just had to keep flowing.”
Emily plans to save the mare for the final on Saturday followed by the regional teams’ competition on Sunday. “This is a fun show to be at and I do enjoy it.”
She’s been working a lot with Colin and Toni McIntosh recently. “I have got a lot of confidence back since the start of the season.”
This afternoon Emily was also double clear in the Bronze Tour qualifier with Yandoo Lady Gold but their time didn’t see them in the prize money. The top 25 from today’s class will progress directly to the final with another 15 coming through from tomorrow’s second qualifier.
BTW Bronze Tour Qualifier 1: Emily Hayward (Te Awamutu) Valcheta 1, Olivia Newsom (Tauranga) Charmed Escudo MSNZ 2, Bundy Philpott (Cambridge) Tresca NZPH 3, Ben Weir (Auckland) Lanice van Heffinck 4, Olivia Adams (Christchurch) Castelada II 5, Georgia Massie (Dannevirke) Loose Change 6.
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Photos by Libby Law Photography, words by Diana Dobson