Show Hunter Waitemata is a group of friendly, dedicated volunteers who put on 3 summer shows and 4 winter shows during the year.
They are passionate about show hunter and enthusiastic about the future growth of the sport.
Check this website and our Facebook page for updates on our show dates, photographer links, sponsor links and news.
SUMMER SERIES 2018-19
THE LATEST NEWS...
Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring! Written by Jenny Stiles
Winter isn’t quite over yet … the grass is starting to grow beneath the puddles and the ground is reaching that gluggy, gluey phase that seems to swallow shoes but at last the end is in sight!
Show Hunter Waitemata was kept busy over winter with the annual Winter Series at Woodhill Sands. This series is always popular and this year proved no different with great numbers across both hacks and ponies. Some more experienced riders used it as a training exercise for new horses and ponies but it was also great to see many new faces giving show hunter a try (some even missing Waitemata Hunt!). Winter is perfect for this as the judges typically have more time to explain things. A huge vote of thanks to National Show Hunter judge and committee member, Sue Whiddett, who judged for most days and took so much time and care helping and encouraging all riders.
The juniors (riders 21 and under) proved very hard to beat in this year’s hack series with Lauren Mitchell and her lovely grey boy, Sonny Bill taking out the series and the Hack Equitation. Georgia Alexander was also one smart competitor claiming both second place in the series on her new horse Adante, and placing third on Weiti Cleome.
In the ponies, Victoria Mitchell and Winged Foot had a great series winning the under 17’s series prize with Jaimie Botha and Splash Bandicoot 2nd, Annabelle Scott and Beetlejuice and Taylah Vile on Shaki Tuatahi 3rd equal. New combination Jamie Botha and Splash Bandicoot won the overall series for 12 and under and also took out the same for Equitation.
Now it’s time to think about the exciting new season ahead and Show Hunter Waitemata has a great calendar planned for you starting with the Information Clinic, sponsored by Pryde’s Easifeed, on the 23rd September 10am – 3pm. This clinic is being held for the first time and is all about sharing knowledge and is aimed at giving riders and supporters interested in show hunter, more information on the sport in and out of the ring. National judge Sue Whiddett will be there to talk about what judges look for and some of our local Waitemata riders will be demonstrating aspects across the different levels from top registered show hunter to green horses, from turnout and grooming to equine nutrition and feeding plans. Riders won’t get away lightly either with a session on rider fitness!
This day is not to be missed so bring your deck chair, your sunscreen and $20 and just enjoy talking show hunter with others who love it too.
Hope to see you there.
Bringing it home to Waitemata! Written by Jenny Stiles
What an incredible week Horse of the Year 2018 proved to be for Showhunter Waitemata riders with a haul of wins and placings showcasing the depth of talent in the district across ponies, junior, amateur and open hack riders. The week was capped off by the biggest wins of them all with the the Prydes EasiFeed Open Horse of the Year and Amateur Titles going to Waitamata President, Jo Craddock, on her lovely horse Dawn.
Jo and Dawn, a team we have seen coming together since the start of this season, rode some flawless rounds under strong competitive pressure. Winning one title is a dream come true but two on the same day is a rarity and huge credit to the partnership that has developed between the pair - made all the more special because Dawn, by Dream Boy, is a local girl herself having been bred by Louise and Lance Blair and Emma Buckingham. Louise Blair is a past President of Showhunter Waitemata and Emma is President of Waitemata Showjumping.
Junior rider Emily Twort had a wonderful show. We have seen her lovely young mares develop across the Waitemata Winter Series and summer shows and it was great to see them step up to HOY with resounding success. The big wins for Emily were 1st in the Junior Rider Equitation final, 3rd in the Open 1.15m, 6th in Junior Showhunter of the Year and 6th in the Open Showhunter Horse of the Year.
In her first season as a Junior Lauren Mitchell, on her beautiful grey Sonny Bill, had some fantastic results with a 2nd in the Junior High Points and 7th in the Junior Show Hunter of the Year, she also rode to success on her pony (see later). It was great to see another young rider, Georgia Alexander, in her first season on hacks, doing well on Waitemata mare Cleome (owned by Jess Simone). The pair claimed a ribbon in the Junior Equitation.
The Joustra sisters were double champions on the Thursday when Megan Joustra won the Amateur Championship on Galaxy Crackerjack and Stephie Joustra-Smith on Disney won the Equitation Championship. Stephie and Disney were also 3rd in the Amateur Title Class. Stephie is now based in Taupo but started the season in Waitemata so we will claim her! It was great to see another young Amateur rider, Tanya Merkulov on Calvados, who has progressed so well across our Rising Star Series, at her first HOY and coming home with a ribbon.
The depth of talent amongst our pony riders is exciting and encouraging for the future. Starting with the Category A ponies. Jamie Botha and her lovely chestnut Minks had a great show with seven placings across the week including a 4th in the Category A Pony of the Year. This caps off a great season for the pair.
The new combination of Zara Main and Acclaim really got it together in the Category B’s with a win in the Burger King High Points and a raft of other placings. This pair will be one to watch next season as well.
The Mitchell girls dominated Category C with Victoria and Nickelodeon coming 2nd in the hotly contested Cat C Title Class, 1st in the Handy Hunter and getting several other places. Victoria also nailed it on her other pony Winged Foot with a win in the Open 90 and other placings. Lauren proved she can make the tricky switch between hacks and ponies with placings on Gemstone Request.
The Waikato Show Hunter Group ran a fantastic show, the rings looked amazing, the sun shone down and there was a real buzz amongst spectators and supporters around both the hack and pony rings. And for the first time the ‘Champion’ music played in the show hunter area – it brought a real tear to the eye to see our show hunter riders getting the chance to ride a lap of honour.
All in all it was a wonderful week for Waitemata at Horse of the Year 2018. It is a feat just to qualify and get to HOY and ride with the best in the discipline, tougher still to win any colour ribbon.
Well done Waitemata can’t wait for the winter series – it all starts there!
Results to hand (huge apologies if we have missed anybody – please tell us if we have)
Jaimie Botha and Minks
3rd Open 60cm
4th Open 70cm
4th 12 and under Eq
5th High Points
7th 70cm Championship
3rd Handy Hunter
4th Cat A Pony Show Hunter of the Year
Francesca Bishell and Apatchy of Kitford
9th Handy Hunter
Zara Main and Acclaim
1st Burger King High Points
2nd Handy Hunter
3rd, 4th & 6th in Open 80cm classes
11th Cat B Pony of the year class
Victoria Mitchell and Winged Foot
1st Open Cat C 90cm
2nd Open Cat C 80cm
5th Cat C High Points
7th Cat C Championship
Victoria and Nickelodeon
1st Pony Rider Equitation
4th National Series Pony Rider Equitation
1st Cat C Handy Hunter
2nd Cat C Pony of the Year
7th Open Cat C 90cm
7th Cat C High Points
Lauren Mitchell and Gemstone Bequest
8th Pony Rider Equitation
10th Cat C Pony of the Year
11th Open Cat C 90cm
Lauren and Sonny Bill
2nd Open Handy Hunter
2nd Jnr High Points
7th Jnr Hunter of the Year
9th Jnr Hunter 1m
1st in the Junior Rider Equitation final
3rd in the Open 1.15m
5th in the Open 1.10m Championship
6th in Junior Showhunter of the Year
6th in the Open Showhunter Horse of the Year
Tanya Merkulov and Calvados
5th Amateur 1m Championship
Georgia Alexander and Cleome
5th Junior Equitation
Megan Joustra and Galaxy Cracker Jack
1st Amateur Hunter Championship
Jo Craddock and Dawn
4th Open Hunter 1m
2nd Am hunter 1m
7th Am Championship
2nd Open Eq
1st Amateur Show Hunter of the Year
1st Prydes EasiFeed Horse Show Hunter of the Year
THANK YOU TO OUR FAMILY OF SPONSORS FOR THE 2018-19 SEASON!
Thank you to Pub Charities for your support