Golden Day for Tom and Popeye at Horse of the Year.
Wednesday brought the first of the major show jumping titles as well as another picture perfect day of Hawke’s Bay
The FMG Norwood Gold Cup was hard fought this afternoon with the honours eventually going to Tom Tarver-Priebe and
Popeye. A tricky jump off was set and Tom was third out to post the first clear, and none could catch him. Australian
young rider Brooke Langbecker came the closest on Quintago with a slow and steady clear round for second place, while
last year’s victors William Willis and Dollar Roll MS were relegated to third with a brick falling off the wall in the
Earlier in the day the amateur riders had their time in the Premier Jumping Arena with the Wade Equine Amateur Rider of
the Year final. 30 combinations had qualified the previous day and a beautiful course was set at a maximum of 1.20m by
German course designer Werner Deeg. The course accentuated the flowing but technical track and of the 30, five horses
and riders jumped clear and into the jump off.
She was the trailblazer in the first round and she had to do it all again in the jump off, but the pressure clearly
didn’t faze South Islander Kate Cavanagh in the slightest. The Geraldine based full time rider rode Wallflower to the
win in the final to take away the Wade Equine Amateur Rider of the Year ahead of second placed Anna Stephen and Lollipop
Cambridge rider Rachel Malcolm piloted Monte Carlo MVNZ to a stunning win in the AHD Ltd Six Year Old Horse of the Year
on Wednesday morning, coming in a full four seconds faster than runner up Samantha Peters on Cadillac NZPH. It was an
impressive 11 horse jump off from 41 original starters and Malcolm was understandably thrilled with the victory on the
horse she rides for the Tauranga stud Mount View Sport Horses.
Over in the Premier Dressage Arena, Vanessa Way had her second triumph of the show with NSC Pronto taking away the
competitive Level 5 Title. They hit the 70% mark and are looking like a promising combination for the future. In the
Level 4 Title Rebecca Rowlands was victorious with her Salutation gelding Solo.
The week continues with the Ultra Mox Lady Rider of the Year on Thursday as well as the Cape Kidnapper’s Hall of Fame
Cocktail Party in the evening. Later, the Hastings Heart of Hawke’s Bay Friday Night Extravaganza is sure to draw the
crowds with an Australia versus New Zealand senior test match as part of the Horseware Silver Fern Stakes. The weekend
looms with the big titles up for grabs including the Farmlands Pony of the Year and Premier Stakes on Saturday, and the
Olympic Cup, Land Rover 3 Star Eventing and GJ Gardner Homes Grand Prix Freestyle on Sunday.
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