Emily Fraser, 18, Feilding, had a clear round in the international mixed teams show jumping at the Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China.
Working with the Australasia contingent of Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Iran, she moved through the difficult course in under the 78 seconds time limit.
"I'm over the moon," said Fraser about her no-fault jumping. "I'm feeling much more confident now heading in to the individual competition.
"Emily rode well today," said coach Maurice Beatson (Dannevirke), but said the faults from the other riders in the team meant the medals were not an option for Australasia.
Fraser described her horse Exilio, which was assigned upon arrival at competition, as "careful and brave".
"I couldn't have asked for a better horse," she said.
The New Zealand men's hockey team, including Manawatu's Hayden Phillips, played the Germans today, winning 4-1.
The women's hockey took on crowd favourites and top-of-the-table China in pool rounds today, falling 8-3.
New Zealand came out strongly in the first third, scoring two goals before the Chinese were on the scoreboard. But the opposition came back, using their offensive strategy to push the ball into the goal. They take on Uruguay tomorrow.
The rowers finished their Youth Olympic games campaign today in two B finals, with both the single sculls and women's pair finishing third. Jack O'Leary, 17, Dunedin, came in with a time of 3:32.29, while the women's pair of Renee Olley, 17, Ashburton, and Jackie Gowler, 18, Feilding, finished in 3:53.18.
That was the end of a long campaign for therowers, who had tough competition at the world junior championships and then switched boats and distance for the Youth Olympics.
In another hot day for the golfers at Zhong Shan Golf club, Nick Coxon, 18, Hamilton, went one under again in round two , leaving him tied for seventh going in to the final round. Julianne Alvarez, 18, Lower Hutt, shot a one over 73 and was one under in a tie for fourth going in to the final round.
- Manawatu Standard
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