Emily Cammock & Shaw Lee in the CNC3* at S.I 3DE
Photo by Sophie Simson
This Sunday Eventing Canterbury host their second event of the spring season – the Mcleans Island one day horse trial.
Approximately 150 combinations are running from CNC65 up to CNC3* and will no doubt be looking to sharpen their skills over what will be the final ESNZ run in the region before the South Island One Day Event Championships in November.
Seasoned campaigner Emily Cammock is the only rider entered in the CNC3* but she has two mounts, Shaw Lee and Lewis.
It is great to see a fuller-than-usual field contending the CNC2* – nine combinations in total – with a few debutants stepping up to the level as well as a couple of 3* horses having their first starts of the season.
Twenty combinations make up the CNC1* and it’s a formidable-looking field showcasing both experience and young talent. Many of the 1* riders are coming off a lead-up run at Springston Trophy last weekend which is bound to prove good practice for the Richard Crowe and Nick Pyke designed cross-country tracks this weekend.
The popular CNC105 level is likely to be split into two classes with a total 37 combinations entered.
Large numbers are also likely to split the CNC95 into two classes of approximately 20 combinations each, and the CNC80 into two classes of approximately 15 each, while 16 combinations contend the ever-popular CNC65 class.
This weekend’s event marks the second chance for South Island-based riders to add points to their scores in the Mitavite Cool Crusada 3*-105 Series run in conjunction with Eventing Canterbury, as well as towards the national ESNZ Eventing Series competitions for 2017/18 which include Equissage Pro-Amateur, PEL Amateur, Mitavite Young Rider, Junior Rider and Grassroots series).
The grounds at the NEC Christchurch, Mcleans Island are looking super and the committee is looking forward to and welcoming everyone for a great day of eventing action.
By Lydia Truesdale