Marlborough pairing take top honours at showjumping

PETER WATSON
Last updated 12:17 27/11/2012
Cameron Taylor
COLIN SMITH/FAIRFAX NZ

LIFT OFF: Motueka rider Sophie Williams on her horse, Eyez Wyd Open competes at the Nelson A&P Show.

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Georgia Reid reached new heights when she won the top showjumping event at the Nelson A & P Show.

It was the first time the 21-year-old from Blenheim had tackled the open horse 1.2 metre event, but she rode a clear round on her mount Zactac Really Royal in ideal conditions to head off the seven other competitors, most of whom were older than her.

Ms Reid was thrilled with the way her 7-year-old horse performed, saying their win came after a lot of practice.

"He's young and it was his first start at that height so we really had to step up, but he was very, very good."

Ms Reid, who has been riding since she was 3, said she had done a lot of show hunter riding but this was the first major class she had won.

She regularly came across to the Nelson show because it was a well-run event.

She spent most weekends during the season away from home at showjumping events.

Hope schoolgirl Emily Hamer on She's Spot On also had a weekend to remember, accumulating the most points in pony and hack showjumping classes.

Other major winners were: Supreme champion in hand pony, Sharland Park Maverick (Val Peat); supreme champion in hand horse, Adobe Park Ariella (Tracey Heywood); supreme champion in hand miniature, E-Abba-Diva Kismets Sweet Surprise (Danielle Limmer); supreme champion in hand clydesdale, Donnybrook Kylie (Fergus O'Connor); supreme beginners mount, Beechcroft I can Dance (Georgia Livingstone); supreme ridden pony, Buckton Sundown (Renee Roeske); supreme ridden hack, Royal Mauresmo (Vicky Ratcliffe).

Equestrian convener Liz Harvey said about 240 horses took part, with the 1200 entries on a par with previous years.

Showjumping numbers were up and many events were hotly contested, making for a strong competition, she said.

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