Show Hunter Waitemata is a group of friendly, dedicated members who aim to create 3 summer shows and 4 winter shows during the year that encourage riders to grow in the equestrian sport.
Check this website and our Facebook page for regular updates on our show dates, photographer links, sponsor links and news.
With the Winter Series drawing to a close we are looking forward to welcoming new and current riders to our Summer Series shows starting on the 16th and 17th December 2017.
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Show Hunter Waitemata Winter Series – It’s a Wrap
We’ve nearly made it through what feels like the wettest winter in Nor-West history but spring is here this week and there’s so much to look forward to! More on that later.
Let’s finish off winter in style and recognise our Winter Series Winners. Thanks to everyone who competed, watched, helped out (we love you!) and stuck it out rain or shine. We are hugely grateful to GJ Gardner http://www.gjgardner.co.nz/ our series sponsor, who provided such beautiful rugs and sashes and made it all possible and to RD1 Albany https://store.nzfarmsource.co.nz/branch/albany, who helped us generously with prizes.
First place in the Hack Series went to Megan Joustra and Karen Scott’s Larkspur Cherub. While Meg is a seasoned competitor, it was Cherub’s first time out competing and this little mare, with a big attitude, jumped her way up the heights by the end of the series. The remainder of the series places were pretty much decided on the last day in an exciting finish. Gemma Gould and Daybook Goldie nailed 2nd, pulling out some classy SH rounds. David Collet (always great to watch) on John & Kathy Rhodes lovely grey, Talk of the Town, came 3rd and Emily Twort did a great job on her stunning young mare, Camaro KSNZ, coming 4th (watch this space this summer on that combination).
Victoria Mitchell starred in the pony ring winning the series on Nickelodeon and coming 2nd on Winged Foot. But this talented young rider didn’t leave it there she won the overall prize for Under 12’s. Talented young pony rider Francesca Bishell on Apatchy of Kitford came 3rd in the overall pony series with Nicole Lelean 4th on her lovely pony, Gold Class.
Course designer, Megan Joustra, put a few ‘questions’ in the Equitation Series (no stirrups a particular highlight…) to get everyone prepared for what they might encounter over summer at different shows. The questions were answered the best by Sara Wheeler winning the Hack Equitation Series and Nicole Lelean winning the u/17 years Pony Eq Series, with Lauren Mitchell taking out the 12 and under Eq.
We are delighted when we see combinations improve across the Winter Series and this year, to reflect this, we put in a ‘Most Improved’ category for both hacks and ponies. We are very lucky to receive a lot of advice and support from Waitemata-based National ESNZ Show Hunter Judge, Sue Whiddett so we asked Sue to judge this award for us. Sue gave the win in the Hack ring to Natalie Ja on Zee Bee (pictured with Olivia Nielsen) and what a winner she was. She was nailing it by day 4 and 5 and tackled her first go at 90cm during the series giving the leaders a real run for their money on day 5. In the pony ring a deserving winner was Olivia Nielsen on Tui’s Best Kept Secret. It was Olivia’s first ever show hunter series and competition and she stuck it out, improved across the series and learned how to ride her pony through a few tricky moments with a cool calm head.
So onto summer! Our summer dates are set - keep 16th/17th Dec, 20th Jan and 24/25th Feb free and we can promise you some exciting new classes and sponsors. Our programme will be up on the website very soon. We will have a third ring this year which will mean we can run the pony classes faster and also offer Intro classes- a great stepping stone for your horses and ponies through from the winter series towards registered summer show hunter.
If you want to look into registering for show hunter, but aren’t sure how, go to the ESNZ site http://www.nzequestrian.org.nz/jumping/competition/rider-entry-forms/ or let us know and one of us will help you out.
Thank you to PWC for sponsorship of our Area Teams Challenge Event at our February 2017 show