Eventing Canterbury’s second horse trial of the autumn season is set to get underway this Sunday, 19th March at the National Equestrian Centre at Mcleans Island.
The grounds have been beautifully prepared including irrigation set up on the cross-country, the weather is forecast to be ideal, and it will be the riders last run here before the South Island Three Day Championships in April.
Four combinations are entered in the CNC3* class. The favourites would have to be Kirsty Sharapoff and Shoot the Breeze who have shown very consistent form at the height, though it’s a classy field and with Corey Wood and Pick Up Line, and Emily Cammock on her two mounts, Shaw Lee and Lewis, also entered, the competition is certainly hot.
There are just two starters in the CNC2*: Maria van Kuijk and Antara Whiskey Mac, and Lydia Truesdale and Allander Rocket. Both are established at the level – they placed second and third respectively in the CIC2* at South Island One Day Champs last year – and both will no doubt be looking for a smooth run in preparation for April.
A competitive field of 19 contends the CNC1*. Jessie Fitzjohn and Whats the Buzz will be hoping to continue their winning form while young guns Mikayla Green and Todd Magner will be hot on their heels having enjoyed plenty of placing’s at the height over the season. They are joined by the more experienced Eve Hawes, Lauren Enright, Lindsay Colwell and Courtney Davis, as well as a slew of upcoming talent like Brodie Roberts and Sophie Griffith, to name a few.
Large entries have seen the CNC105, CNC95, CNC80 and CNC65 each split into two classes. In the CNC105 A a field of 17 will battle it out for the honours, including starry combinations Shane Maley and Rainier, and Brent Jury and SE Gorky Park, while it’s a similar story in the CNC105 B with 16 entered.
Forty nine combinations are entered across the CNC95 classes A and B, 31 across the CNC80, and 35 across the CNC65.
For the very first time and in response to demand, Eventing Canterbury is trialling combined training classes for each height. Combinations are entered in the CT105, CT95 and CT65.
Everything’s pointing to it being another fine display of eventing action and the committee looks forward to welcoming riders, officials, volunteers and spectators for a great day out.
If you can’t make it there yourself, you can follow the live scoring on www.equestrianentries.co.nz.