There were only two starters but the finished of the CIC3* class at Woodhill Sands Horse Trials over the weekend could not have been closer.
Tessa Jacks and Cracker Jack Candy took out the Fiber Fresh sponsored event, prevailing by a single point over Karen Niederer on Cape Palliser.
Jacks ended on 81.9 penalties, with Niederer’s scoring 82.9.
In the disappointingly small class of two starters, the minimum permitted for a Super League, Niederer took the lead after the dressage on a score of 53.7 penalties, with Jacks scoring 58.3. Both riders had a rail down in the showjumping, and jumped clear across country, but Jacks was faster, incurring 19.6 time penalties to Niederer’s 25.2.
This has resulted in Jacks joining the two already sharing top spot in the ESNZ Eventing Super League, in which no rider has yet scored twice. As a result, the Puhinui CCI3* on December 6 to 8, which earns double points, and marks the halfway stage in the year long series, will have a huge influence on the series leading into the second half of the year.
Meanwhile, Donna Smith has earned a qualifying score on Balmoral Tangolooma at the Adelaide CCI4*, making her first appearance in the Super League series, which now has a total of 16 horse and rider combinations with points on the board.
ESNZ EVENTING SUPER LEAGUE Standings after six events:
Tessa Jacks, Hamilton, Cracker Jack Candy, 69 pts; Angela Lloyd, Auckland, Song, 69 pts; Bryce Newman, Bulls, Bates Trademark, 69 pts; Dannie Lodder, Auckland, Moochi, 61 pts; Matthew Grayling, New Plymouth, NRM Lowenburg, 46 pts; Sam Taylor, Swannanoa, Leo Degas, 46 pts; Abby Lawrence, Te Puke, Pseudonym, 41 pts.