Archive - October 2000

Craike wins gold, silver
Nicholson top eventer
Best jump to Goodin
Nine NH horses in Cup
Big Towner tops $200m mark
Daniel Jocelyn 9th at Boekelo
Nicholson drops
Sea Pigeon put down
Goodin bows out
Close call for horse trialers
Mitavite Horse Trials crank up
Tompkins wins at Taupo
PC coaching course
Obituary -- Davie Kerr
Rider crushed
Young rider champs all go
Springston clubs wins

Craike wins gold, silver -- (Oct 29) Kiwi Paralympian Jayne Craike will go home with a gold and silver medal after impressive performances in the individual and freestyle dressage events. But Craike's Paralympics have not been without drama -- she was originally awarded a silver individual medal, only to have it replaced with the gold after a judging recount.

In yesterday's freestyle Grade IV event, Craike was beaten by British rider Kay Gebbie. Finland's Marita Tevali won the bronze. Jaybne Craike rode an Australian trakehner mare, Neversfelde Samonian, who is usually ridden by Maurice Bruce.

The Brits had a good games, with Lee Pearson finishing first in the Grade I test and in the Grade IV.

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Pearson's second gold medal of the competition came after he and horse Chip Chase Menke scored a brilliant 73.35 per cent in the Grade I Freestyle test.

In second place was Denmark's Brita Andersen who also gave a superb performance, scoring 70.95 per cent.

Norwegian Jens Lasse Dokkan collected bronze with 69.11 per cent.

Atlanta Freestyle gold medallist, Great Britain's Dianne Tubbs, finished fourth with a score of 68.55 per cent.

In her first Paralympic Games, Kay Gebbie on Mighty Heights won gold in Grade IV with a score of 73.38 per cent.

In second place was Thursday's Championships gold medallist Jayne Craike of New Zealand, who scored 70.10 per cent.

"I've been working really hard to get to this point and so many people have helped me," Craike said.

"I feel like I'm riding for them and New Zealand and me and everything else. I am just so happy."

Third place went unexpectedly to 18-year-old Marita Tevali of Finland, a relatively unknown rider in the field. She scored 69.36 per cent for her performance.

In the Freestyle Teams event, Great Britain won the gold medal with a total of 427.42 points.

The team consisted of Lee Pearson (141.31 points), Anne Dunham (137.87 points), Nicola Tustain (146.18 points) and Kay Gebbie (139.93 points).

With 416.58 points, second place went to the Netherland's Gret Bolmer (136.18 points), Joop Stokkel (145.86 points), Ineke de Groot (134.54 points) and Sjerstin Vermeulen (132.68).

The bronze medallists on 405.01 were Norway with Ann Cathrin Evenrud (135.12 points), Jans Lasse Dokkan (134.48 points), Anne Cecile Ore (135.41 points) and Silje Gillund (117.19 points). Back to top

Nicholson top eventer -- (Oct 25) Winning the Burghley Horse Trials recently has put Kiwi rider Andrew Nicholson at the top of the world rider rankings.

Nicholson has 417 points, and fellow New Zealander Blyth Tait is on 361. Back to top

Best jump to Goodin -- (Oct 17) Bruce Goodin's effort in the first round of the Olympic showjumping contest won him a "jump of the month" award from the International Equestrian Federation. He went clear with two time faults on Lenaro, and was one of only four riders to finish the course clear. Back to top

Nine NH horses in Cup -- (Oct 17) Only nine horses trained in the Northern Hemisphere remained in the Melbourne Cup after second declarations closed last week. Five are expected to be firm starters: Far Cry, Arctic Owl, Mont Rocher, All The Way, and Evil Empire. Back to top

Big Towner tops $200m mark -- (Oct 17) US pacing sire Big Towner has topped the $US200-million mark in projeny earnings. And 1028 of his stock have paced a two-minute or better mile. Back to top

Daniel Jocelyn 9th at Boekelo -- (Oct 9) Andrew Nicholson's run of bad luck continued at the Boekelo CCIO*** 3DE in the Netherlands this weekend. His ten-year-old grey gelding, King Leo, had rails at five of the show jumps, dropping Andrew further down the rankings to 22nd place and a final score of 99.00 penalties. The combination had completed the dressage phase in third place, but had a stop on the cross country that took them to 15th.

The best Kiwi performance was that of Dan Jocelyn and his eight-year-old bay gelding Pee Wee. The pair put in an average dressage performance to finish the phase on 63.00 penalties and in 28th place. But a clear cross country round on Saturday and just one time fault in the show jumping saw them rise to finish in 9th place on a total score of 78.00.

The event was won by German rider Andreas Dibowski on Ginger who did a faultless show jumping round to finish on 61.60. Second was taken by British rider Kristina Gifford on Captain Christy (64.00) and third by fellow Brit Karen Dixon on Uptotrix (65.20).

The overnight leader after the cross country, French rider Pierre de Bastard on Athlete de la Cour HN, had four rails down in the show jumping to end up on a final score of 77.40 and in sixth place.

Caroline Powell's difficulties on the cross country continued into the show jumping arena where she and Dalliance collected a further 27 penalties, taking her final score to 195.40 and 33rd place. Back to top

Nicholson drops -- (Oct 8) Andrew Nicholson riding King Leo has dropped to 15th place at the Boekelo CCIO*** 3DE in the Netherlands after a stop and time faults on Saturday's cross-country added 24 penalties to his dressage score of 50.00.

Had the combination not had a stop they would have finished the day on a score of no more than 54.00, just ahead of the new leader, French rider Pierre de Bastard, riding Athlete de la Cour HN, who are on 57.40 penalties.

In second place are German rider Andreas Dibowski on Ginger (61.60) and in third place British rider Kristina Gifford on Captain Christy (62.00).

It appears the wet conditions made getting inside the optimum time almost impossible, with only British rider Karen Dixon and Uptotrix able to finish the cross country day on her dressage score, lifting her from 32nd to 5th place. The steeplechase was shortened and the time allowed in Phase B was adapted to the time allowed of a two-star, all this due to the condition of the going.

Alice Naber-Lozeman on Duchess Groep Clark Kent started the day in second place but retired on Phase D, likewise Ian Stark on his Kiwi-bred horse, Rangitoto.

Of the other Kiwis, Dan Jocelyn and Pee Wee are in 18th place after picking up 14 time faults on Phase D, but otherwise going clear.

After a respectable dressage test on Friday that put them in 5th place, Caroline Powell and Dalliance had major problems on the cross country, picking up 80 jumping penalties and 36.80 time faults to leave them in 34th place out of a remaining field of 35 horse that go into Sunday's show jumping phase. Back to top

Sea Pigeon put down --- (Oct 28) Star British jumper Sea Pigeon was put down this week, and the tributes to the mighty horse were led by his equally famous former rider Jonjo O'Neill.

The 30-year-old Sea Pigeon had suffered a serious injury and was put downon veterinary advice. He won won 21 of his 40 races over jumps, including two Champion Hurdles, and 16 of his 45 starts on the flat including the Chester Cup in 1977 and 1978 and the 1979 Ebor at York. Back to top

Goodin bows out-- (Oct 2) Kiwi jumper Bruce Goodin bowed out of Olympic contention -- after starting the week in top position he dropped to 33rd after dropping four rails in one round.

Dutch team-mates Jeroen Dubbeldam and Albert Voorn took the gold and silver respectively, ahead of Saudi Arabian Kaled Al Eid.

All 45 finalists had started the final competition on equal footing, but Goodin had a disappointing ride to miss on his goal of making the top 20.

Samantha McIntosh, a Kiwi riding for Bulgaria, met the same fate, finishing 39th on Royal Discovery.

Final results

Individual dressage final standings after Grand Prix, Grand Prix Special and Freestyle: Anky van Grunsven (Netherlands) Bonfire 239.18, 1; Isabell Werth (Germany) Gigolo 234.19, 2; Ulla Salzgeber (Germany) Rusty 230.57, 3.

Individual show jumping final: Jeroen Dubbeldam (Netherlands) Sjiem (0.00, 4.00) 4.00, 1; Albert Voorn (Netherlands) Lando (4.00, 0.00) 4.00, 2; Khaled Al Eid (Saudi Arabia) Khashm Al Aan (0.00, 4.00) 4.00, 3. Back to top

Close call for horse trialers -- (Oct 29) The feature of this weekends Mitavite Eventing Waikato Horse Trial at Waerenga near Te Kauwhata was the head to head clash between Auckland riders Kirstin Kelly and Neil Spratt. Both have twice previously won the coveted Mitavite Accumulator prize, which this time is valued at $1,500 for first, $500 for second, and $250 for third.

Kelly opted to run her experienced Advanced mount Baggy Hillis in the Turbo Gold Open Novice Class where she was rewarded with second place. Kelly also notched up a second placing on Clifton Hula and topped this off with anther second on Clifton Buzz in the Munga Advanced class.

Spratt after limited success in the lower classes with just a 12th place on Jerry McGuire turned on a blistering finish in the Munga Advanced to take first on Gentle George and sixth on Honest Tom.

When the points were tallied at the end of the weekend, Kelly with a total of 38.25 had a nail biting lead of just 0.75 from Spratt on 37.50. Further down the points table were Auckland's Mathew Anderson on 27.50, Waikato's Donna Smith on 25.00, and Northlands Megan Finlayson on 23.00. These points go forward to the final round at Kihikihi in two weeks.

Although the Show jumping had considerable effect on many riders scores, particularly in the Economix Novice and Sustaina Intermediate classes, in the Munga Advanced class the top three placings after dressage did not change after the Show Jumping and Cross Country phases. Resulting in Neil Spratt and Gentle George taking first, Kirstin Kelly and Clifton Buzz second and Megan Finlayson and Lion Heart third.

Sustaina Intermediate Division One saw Auckland's Emily Rennal on Copenhagen rocket from 17th after Dressage with a faultless Show Jumping and Cross Country to complete the second day in first place. Cassandra Opie on Aberose was second, with Auckland Helen Balu on Squirell third.

In Sustaina Intermediate Division Two, a clear Show Jumping and Cross Country lifted Auckland Megan Daube and Double J Chastworth from fifth after Dressage to win, while second place was Petra Earson on Wall Street, and Waikato's Kelly North on Smooch were third.

The Turbo Open Novice winner was Kelly McClure on Redadair, while Economix Novice winners were: Melanie-Jane Blair (Wee Preferido), Angela Lloyd (Morgan for Me), Marcel Veart-Smith (Icy Grey), Mathew Anderson (Le Burn), Chris Palmer (Tranquileyes), and Helen Sinclair (Disco Ago Go).

Given the closeness of the top contenders in the Mitavite Accumulator, all eyes will turn to Kihikihi on November 11 and 12 for the finale. Back to top

Mitavite Horse Trials crank up -- (Oct 25) Eventers from throughout the North Island will be put through their paces this weekend at the Mitavite Horse Trial at Waerenga near Te Kauwhata. 

Organisers Mitavite Eventing Waikato report buoyant entries and have accepted 280 to start the competition with dressage and show-jumping on Saturday and cross-country on Sunday.  The event consists of six Economix Novice classes, one Turbo Gold Open Novice, two Sustaina Intermediate and one Munga Advanced.

As usual, the integral part of this weekend's competition will be round-one of Mitavite Accumulator, which is awarded to the riders who gain the greatest number of points between Waerenga and its sister event at Kihikihi in two weeks.

This season the prize pool for the accumulator has been more than doubled with first prize now $1500 and the introduction of second and third prizes of $500 and $250 respectively. 

Going on previous form, Auckland riders Kirstin Kelly and Neil Spratt will have to be equal favourites to win the Mitavite Accumulator as both these competitors have each won the title twice since it started.

Kelly has two entries in the Munga Advanced class, her international mount Baggy Hillis and the less experienced Clifton Buzz plus two entries in the Economix Novice.  Spratt too, has two horses, Honest Tom and Gentle George in the Munga Advanced as well as two entries in the Economix Novice. 

Waikato's Donna Smith is also a serious contender for the accumulator with Quo Vadis and Explicit in the Munga Advanced plus a string of horses in the lower grades.

However competition alone in the Munga Advanced will be fierce for Kelly, Spratt and Smith as they are joined by a talented group of horse and rider combinations:
Mitty Forsyth and Walkabout, Sarah Perrott and Eulogy, Alex Oliviera and Caesar, Gillian Meacham and Michener, Megan Finlayson and Lion Heart and new-comer to this level of competition Mathew Anderson and French Lace.

Cross-country course designer Graham Smith reports that competitors can expect the track to be similar to that of previous events.   Smith predicts the ground conditions will be very good for this weekend's event. Back to top

Tompkins wins at Taupo -- (Oct 17) Jean Tompkins and Dawson won the the New Zealand Novice Maturity three-day-event at Taupo at the weekend.

The 18-year-old had borrowed the thoroughbred from her sister, leading three-day eventer Heelan Tompkins. Back to top

CPC coaching course in Rangiora -- (Oct 17) A coaching familiarisation and assessment course will be held in Rangiora next month for potential pony club instructors. The course is being run by the National Equestrian Academy in Rangiora in conjunction with the New Zealand Equestrian Federation, on November 9 and 10. The assessment is on November 30 and December 1. Back to top

Obituary -- Davie Kerr -- (Oct 17) Southland harness racing stalwart David Montgomery (Davie) Kerr, died aged 89 at his home in Gore earlier this month.

He was a trainer from 1945 to 1991, and rated Lauder Hall, Va Vite and Gentry as his best horses. Va Vite beat star NZ pacers Cardigan Bay and Robin Dundee in her time.

Kerr was born in Glasgow and moved to New Zealand with his family at the age of 11. As a teen, he rode 25 winners, but weight problems ended his career in the saddle. Back to top

Rider crushed -- (Oct 17) A Taihape rider sustained serious chest injuries after he was crushed by the horse he was riding, on October 8. The 42-year-old man was airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital. Back to top

Young rider champs cranks up -- (Oct 14) Eventing Wellington is looking forward to hosting a succesful Young Rider Championship on November 18 & 19, with significant improvements planned to its Queen Elizabeth Park course.

Course designer David Gibbons says former international rep Andrew Scott has been giving some ideas to the Wellington group, and six new mobile jumps have been built which will be able to take advantage of the best going.

"We are continuing to upgrade the grounds and it is all very positive," he says. "Things are go, go, go!"

Prizemoney has been boosted to $1000 for the winner of the national title and the Sydney Olympics bronze medalist Mark Todd will be on hand to present the Charisma Trophy.

Publicity officer Beverley Jocelyn said organisers were delighted that Mark had agreed to attend the event on the Sunday, and she particularly hoped that Pony Club members would be able to attend and enjoy all the action. Back to top

Springston clubs wins top PC prize -- (Oct 8) Canterbury pony club Springston won last weekend's Springston Trophy, at the Equestrian Centre in Otatara, near Invercargill.

Riders were Lydia Meredith (Rural Delivery), Georgie Meredith (Merlin), Anna Sutherland (Danny), Claire Madden (Aratiki Shandell) and Sarah Bryan (Master Josh). The club fund-raised to the tune of $4000 for the trip south. The club last won in 1983 in Nelson.

The top five teams were: Springston (93.25 penalties), West Melton Weedons Tartan (98.25), View Hill Red (101), Rakaia (114.25) and Hinds (115.75). Lorneville-Makarewa, eighth with 130.15 penalties, was the best performed team from the home province. Back to top