Katie McVean has managed to keep her lead, but on a different horse, after the second day of competition in the Senior Horse Championship at the NZ National Jumping and Show Hunter Championships in Christchurch yesterday.
McVean started the three-day competition leading with Dunstan Springfield. The class was run in reverse order of penalties. Despite giving her a strong ride Dunstan Kiwi Ironmark left all the poles up in the first round, producing one of only three clears, but she couldn’t replicate it with Dunstan Springfield, collecting 8 faults.
In the second round, Dunstan Kiwi Ironmark went last, returning with a perfectly timed effort just sneaking inside the time allowed producing the only double clear of the competition.
The win leaves McVean sitting on 1.57 penalties after the first two days of competition, with Logan Massie on Kiwi Ludo chasing hard on 8.89 after a rail in each round added to his overnight total of 0.89. McVean dropped to third with overnight leader Dunstan Springfield on 9, with big local hope Susie Hayward on Andretti sitting on 10.89 after picking up 5 penalties.
“I was really pleased with them today, but it’s another day on Sunday and anything can happen,” said McVean.
There was also some changes at the top of the leaderboard in the Fiber Fresh One Star Horse Grand Prix with overnight leader Nicole White dropping back to third with Cricklewood Ace after notching up 8 faults. Clear rounds to both Vicki Wilson on Showtym Levado GNZ and Katie McVean on Dunstan Breeze has pushed them up the order. Wilson now leads on 6.01 penalties, with McVean and Dunstan Breeze on 7.01 with White third on 8.
As expected the first round of the Open Pony Championships yielded some top performances with Briar Burnett-Grant continuing her enviable record in the south to hold first and second, with Pioneer Jade and Mighty Maximus respectively, going into the second round tomorrow. She is being followed in hot pursuit by Lucinda Askin on Totem and Lucy Turner on Tallyho Mystic less than two rails behind.
Earlier Merran Hain took out the Betavet in conjunction with Caledonian Amateur Rider with the only clear round, William Willis and Dollar Roll MS won the Global Performance Horses in association with Five Year Old and Vicki Wilson and Cassaro Xtreme won the Six Year Old.
While the two big classes have a rest today, the rest of the championships will have their second rounds, building up to the finals on Sunday.
McMillan Equine Feeds in conjunction with Bayer NZ Senior Horse Grand Prix Championship (after two days of competition): Katie McVean (Mystery Creek) Dunstan Kiwi Iron Mark 1, Logan Massie (Dannevirke) Kiwi Ludo 2, Katie McVean (Mystery Creek) Dunstan Springfield 3, Susie Hayward (Ashburton) Andretti 4, Vicki Wilson (Hikurangi) Ngahiwi Showtym Premier 5, Claudia Hay (Mosgiel) Euro Sport Centavos 6.
NZ Fiber Fresh One Star Horse Grand Prix (after two days of competition): Vicki Wilson (Hikurangi) Showtym Levado 1, Katie McVean (Mystery Creek) Dunstan Breeze 2, Nicole White (Invercargill) Cricklewood Ace 3, Katie McVean (Mystery Creek) Dunstan Lucca 4, Vicki Wilson (Hikurangi) Showtym Cadet MVNZ 5, Simon Wilson (Waipukurau) Midway Smooth Dude 6.
1.30m Horse June Cresswell Memorial Championship (First Competition): Vicki Wilson (Hikurangi) Henton Evita Xtreme 1, Lily Toothil (Karaka) Ngahiwi Cruise 2, Logan Massie (Dannevirke) Double J Cloud 9 3, Amanda Wilson (Hikurangi) Showtym Viking 4, Kate Taylor (Kurow) Next 5, Amanda Roy (Clinton) Rumours NZPH 6.
The Press in conjunction with Country TV NZ Open Pony Championship (First Competition): Briar Burnett-Grant (Taupo) Pioneer Jade 1, Briar Burnett-Grant (Taupo) Mighty Maximus 2, Lucinda Askin (Ashburton) Totem 3, Lucy Turner (Broadfields) Tallyho Mystic 4, Bailey Rutter (Balclutha) Pixel 5, Grace O’Sullivan (Rangiora) Tuis Gold 6.
Zilco NZ Ltd NZ 1.20m Horse Championship: Louise Marruit (Kaikoura) Concur 1, Vicki Wilson (HIkurangi) Cassaro Xtreme 2, Olivia Robertson (Ohoka) Arovet Li 3, Briar Burnett-Grant (Taupo) Ngahiwi Telephonic 4, Kayla James (Christchurch) Scenario 5, Zoe Shore (Ashburton) Olympia NZPH 6.
Betavet in conjunction with Caledonian Amateur Rider: Merran Hain (Gisborne) untouchable 1, Eve Hawes (West Coast) Hurlingham Lansong 2, Gemma Ward-Smith (Palmerston North) Willoughby Magic 3, Kerry Winterbourne (Christchurch) Ginger Lilly 4, Anna Douglass (Timaru) St Henry 5, Melanie Morris (Rangiora) Malluka 6.
Hokonui Sport Horses in conjunction with Mitavite Munga Six Year Old: Vicki Wilson (Hikurangi) Cassaro Xtreme 1, Maurice Beatson (Dannevirke) Mandalay Cove 2, Chris Harris (Alyesbury) Zilco Glenbrook Archie Bunker 3, Claire Wilson (Waipukurau) Fredrika RE 4, Zoe Shore (Ashburton) Burberry 5, Vicki Wilson (Hikurangi) Lanstar Xtreme 6.
Global Performance Horses in conjunction with Canterbury Equestrian Five Year Old: William Willis (Auckland) Dollar Roll MS 1, Amanda Wilson (Hikurangi) Showtym Rebel 2, Molly Bennett (Wairoa) Athena GNZ 4, Harry Feast (Weedons) Double J Bouncer 4, Nick Baddeley (West Melton) Icebreaker MP 5, Sam Spence (Balclutha) Driving Ambition 6.