Rider sixth midway through series

Last updated 05:00 29/11/2012

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Charlotte Grayling is sixth equal on the national three-star advanced one-day equestrian eventing series.

The Okato rider and her horse, Ru Star, have 36 points in the series, held over 10 events.

Leading the way at the midway stage on 108 points is Te Kauwhata's Donna Smith and her horse Just Chocolate, ahead of Taumarunui's Ashleigh McKinstry (Pioneer Makokomiko) with 87 points and Bulls rider Bryce Newman (Bates Newman) third on 62.5.

Smith rode Just Chocolate to win the three-star advanced one-day title at Taupo last weekend.

The combination led after the dressage and consolidated their position with a clear showjumping round which gave them the luxury of being able to incur seven time penalties on the cross country and still win.

Smith timed her round to perfection, incurring 6.4 penalties for a final score of 53.8, while those behind her chased hard, five of them going inside the time to close the gap. Simon Gordon finished second with Fletch.com on 55 penalties, McKinstry was third on 55.5, and Newman was fourth on 56.2.

The action now moves to the Puhinui three-day event in Auckland, starting on December 7.

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