It’s been a huge weekend for some of New Zealand’s top eventers and showjumpers who have been successfully competing in France, Belgium, Germany, the United States and Australia.
Bruce Goodin’s good form continues, this time in Gross Viegeln in Germany. He and his 2014 World Equestrian Games mount Centina 10 placed ninth in the CSI4* 1.55m class, which was won by Emanuele Gaudiano (ITA) aboard Chalou who were double clear in 39.25 seconds. Goodin and Centina picked up four faults in the jump-off, coming home in 41.46 seconds in the 42-strong class.
Goodin was also sixth aboard Chacceldi in the CSIYH1* 1.4m and 13th in the CSI4* 1.4m on Freestyle 39 and 13th also in the CSIYH 1.35-1.4m on Chacceldi.
Samantha McIntosh and Lady Gaga 18 placed fifth in the 33-strong CSI2* Grand Prix Blaye Cotes de Bordeaux at the CSI2* in Blaye, France. The Kiwi combo stopped the clock at 65.33 seconds. Allan Pacha (FRA) and Vickie D’anjou won the class in 62.59 seconds.
Sharn Wordley has been in the money at the CSI2* in Tryon in the United States. He and Barnetta were ninth in the $86,000 Tryon Grand Prix, coming home double clear in 40.751 seconds. He was also 12th on Casper in the same class, which was won by Andrew Ramsay on Cocq a Doodle who was double clear in 35.819 in the 52-strong class.
Wordley also placed sixth in the $35,000 1.45m welcome class aboard Caiman des Sequoias. Amanda Derbyshire and Lady Maria BH took out the class, going double clear in 28.701. Wordley was double clear in 32.078. He also placed eighth in the 62-strong class aboard Barnetta who was double clear in 37.869.
Grant Wilson and Quincy Lady were very consistent at the CSI3*/CSI2* in Knokke, Belgium. The combination picked up a number of top 10 placings. He was also 10th in the CSI2* 1.3m with Un Diamant du Nevez.
And in Australia, Katie Laurie and Casebrooke Lomond took out the New South Wales State Indoor Senior Championship in Tamworth.
Sir Mark Todd placed eighth in the fourth leg of the Event Rider Masters at Haras de Jardy in France. He and NZB Campino added five to their 39 penalty point dressage score to finish on 44. Tim Price and Ascona M placed 15th on 54.9.
The extraordinary Michael Jung (GER) won the leg aboard Star Connection on 38.5.
The leaderboard has had a bit of a shake-up, and Gemma Tattersall (GBR) now leads on 74 points, with Sarah Cohen (GBR) second on 69, Thomas Carlile (FRA) dropping to third on 56, Andrew Nicholson is tied in fourth place on 50 with Bettina Hoy (GER), Todd is in sixth on 45 and Price in eighth on 33.
By Diana Dobson – HP Media Liaison