NZ ride off with shield

DIANA DOBSON
Last updated 05:00 10/12/2012

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New Zealand have whitewashed Queensland in the trans-Tasman Young Rider Shield, which finished yesterday at the National Young Horse Jumping Championships in Dannevirke.

The competing four-strong teams - all on borrowed horses - completed two rounds a day over the three days of the show.

Day one belonged to New Zealand and brought a bonus point, thanks to three clear rounds.

Day two resulted in another victory for New Zealand, bringing the points to 5-2.

On day three, New Zealand picked up another four points - two for the win plus two bonus points - finishing 9-3 in favour of the hosts.

The victory topped off three excellent days of jumping at the National Young Horse Championships.

Katie McVean (Mystery Creek) won two of the three style prizes, as well as the 4- and 7-year-old titles, and picked up several other places.

The in-form Luke Dee - who captained the New Zealand young rider team to victory - won the 5-year-old crown on Urban Blue NZPH.

He also won the style prize in the same class on Uno Me NZPH.

Jesse Linton (Napier) and AP Ninja won the 6-year-old title.

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- Waikato

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