Zooming Ziggy Wins Silver
The Cambridge teen was one of seven to go double clear in the 42-strong two phase 1.35m class, the first of the show in the Land Rover Grass Arena. There were also two combinations double clear but each picked up a single time penalty.
But today belonged to Brooke and Ziggy who stopped the clock at 37.1 seconds, with Laura Inkster (Clevedon) and Nikama MVNZ second in 41.07, and Logan Massie (Dannevirke) and the stallion Lamondo GNZ coming home in 41.09.
Brooke, a stud hand at Wentwood Grange in Cambridge, was rapt with the win. “He really loves his job. He is pretty special – he’s very quirky but just a big ball of energy,” said the 18-year-old. “You just have to convince him he is doing what he wants to do – he is like a toddler.”
She’s had the 11-year-old for a year-and-a-half and says he’s not going anywhere else. They’ve had two Young Rider wins this season and a couple of starts at Grand Prix level but with a very full work schedule, they haven’t had as many outings as she would have liked. However, Takapoto was certainly one targeted.
“The track rode very nicely – it was forward and suited him well.” Their slick turns proved the difference in the second phase. “The more he has to think, the better he is.”
Ziggy did plenty of thinking this morning too which didn’t impress his doting rider as much. “He is very cheeky and we can’t keep him in anywhere – he just jumps out. This morning I was brushing his tail and he opened the stable door, taking himself off for a look around and a run. He keeps me on my toes but it is all worthwhile.”
The top 20 combinations from today will progress to the final, with the second qualifier tomorrow finding another 10.
Results – Land Rover Silver Tour Qualifier 1: Brooke Hawthorne (Cambridge) Ziggy Stardust GNZ 1, Laura Inkster (Clevedon) Nikama MVNZ 2, Logan Massie (Dannevirke) Lamondo GNZ 3, Olivia Newsom (Tauranga) Distinction MSNZ 4, Nakeysha Lammers (Cambridge) Balboa NZPH 5, Annabel Francis (Taupo) LT Holst Elizabeth 6.
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Photo by Cheleken Photography, words by Diana Dobson