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Two wins for local riders

Lucy Olphert, of Tauranga, on Miss Lindauer on the way to winning the 1.3m jump-off at the Glistening Waters Showjumping Championship at Solway Showgrounds. PHOTO/JADE CVETKOV


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Wairarapa riders picked up two wins at the Glistening Waters Equestrian Sports New Zealand Series Finals held at the Solway Showgrounds over the weekend.

Masterton’s Amanda Illston, riding Iguazo, won the Grand Final of the Pro-Am series, in front of Lucia Voss [Kawerau] on Ngahiwi Para, and series winner Sally Clark [Dannevirke] on Victoria’s Secret in third place.

Illston also won the award for Leading Lady Rider of the Show

Emily Kozlowski from Carterton, riding Double J Wilma, was successful in the Amateur Riders’ Grand Final, ahead of two Gisborne riders Jenny Randall on Nero Bello second and Holly Baines riding Halo third.

Tegan Fitzsimon [Christchurch] and Windermere Cappuccino were the toast of the awards dinner winning the ESNZ Premier League, Horse Grand Prix and the Eight-Year-Old series, adding to the FEI World Cup [NZ] Series already won earlier in the season.

Their track record speaks for itself, having won the five, six and seven-year-old series in the preceding years – possibly the only time it has been done.

Emily Hayward [Cambridge] continued her outstanding season, claiming her fourth consecutive Young Rider Series crown – another first for New Zealand. Last month the 19-year-old also won the Olympic Cup as New Zealand Showjumper of the Year.

Emma Watson [Morrinsville] and Maddox Fun House became the first combination to win the Pony Grand Prix Series for three years on the trot.

Rose Alfeld [Christchurch] claimed two series with victory in the Five-Year-Old series with Eye Catcher NZPH and the Seven-Year-Old series with Cadenza NZPH.

Kim Best [Hastings] and LT Holst Teacher’s Pet took out the Six-Year-Old Series while her sister Brooke Edgecombe and her very well-performed LT Holst Andrea won the Top Ranking Mare for the second year in a row.

Melody Matheson [Hastings] topped off her season with victory in the University Series, while Paxton Conder [Auckland] made a massive comeback from a life-threatening fall early in the season to win the Amateur Rider Championship aboard La Fonteyn.

Ally Carson [Putaruru] and Tayler Nalder [North Canterbury] shared the honours in the Junior Rider Series.

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