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Taupo, New Zealand. New Zealand Endurance celebrates 40th anniversary of national championships

Taupo, New Zealand. 14 and 15 April 2017.
Easter 2017 marked the 40th anniversary of the Endurance New Zealand National Championships.

Endurance World Taupo Georgia Smith 160km Senior winnerIn the run up to the event participants past and present studied up their NZ endurance history for the trivia night, and also watched the weather forecast as a cyclone headed on a collision course with the area.

The start time for the 160km Championship was delayed in deference to the expected weather but riders and crew alike were relieved when the worst of the rain faded away, leaving near ideal riding conditions.

Taking the 160km Championship title for the third time was the combination of Georgia Smith and homebred mare Glenmore Vixen. They have claimed to this title twice in the senior division and once in the junior division, as well as taking the North Island title in the 160km. Second place went to Jenny Chandler and AC Tigger, winners of the North Island Champs 160km last year, with third place going to this year’s North Island winner, Jenny Champion and Barack Obama.

Endurance World Taupo Brittany van Dijk-Turner on Kaimanawa Queen of HeartsThis year’s Nationals was well attended by international riders, and it was Australia’s Tahlia Francke who comfortably took the Junior 160km title on Makahiwi Phoenix. Patricia Ireland claimed a well earned second place on long time partner Sayfwood Oshaarnna.

Cherry Brown and Tararua Diablo took this year’s 100km title with Emma Mason and Tararua Mistalight coming in second and Lisa Southon on Tararua El Dente in third place. A great day for the Tararua Arabians.

The youngest competitor at this year’s Nationals was Rebecca Birkett on Mariu Spring Tyde, riding a well paced ride to take the title in the Junior 100km event

Endurance World Taupo Tahlia Francke 160km Junior winnerOn the second day of competition there were two distances running. Andrea Mason and Glen Rae Amin took first place in the 80km event, while in the 120km Championship event it was Ross Hill and Rewa taking a well deserved win. Following in for second place was Mike Bragg on homebred mare Miro Bonique, with Miro Bay Plenty ridden by Daryl Owen taking third place.

Endurance World Taupo Ross Hill.01Junior rider Jayden Loveridge claimed the win in the junior 120km event on his beloved pony Mizraim Glitz and Glamour, the final event for this pair with Jayden moving to a bigger mount next season. Tahlia Francke rounded out her New Zealand experience with second place on Alshar Blue Levi, and Ana Whitehead and Craig Royston Sonatina took third.

Endurance World Taupo Rebecca Birkett youngest competitorThe third day of competition in Taupo, New Zealand was all about the shorter distance events. Always exciting, the 60km Championship title this year was taken quite decisively by Hannah Edwardson and Piwakawaka. Keith McLeod, always a strong contender in this event, followed half an hour later for second place. In the Junior division Petria Haigh on Lonestar Donatella was well in front of the boys taking first place and leaving Rowan Redmond and Jayden Loveridge to fight it out for second and third. In the end it was Rowan and Martika Fire crossing the line ahead of Jayden and Mizraim Florence.

Competitive Trail Riding was strongly contested at Intermediate level this year. The heart rates of Taurere Watania, ridden by Petra Paterson, were the deciding factor in a very clear win. Max Ringwood and Peach Schnapps took second place with third place going to the best qualifying Kaimanawa horse at the competition, Brittany van Dijk-Turner on Kaimanawa Queen of Hearts.

In a very close Junior competition Megan Perrott took the CTR Junior title on Kyrewood Miss Marlie one point ahead of Grace Blyth and Magnetic. Intermediate rider Natasha Guest won the Best Presented award for CTR and also the award for closest to the optimum time.

Race report made with the assistance of Daryl Owen
Photo credit: Rowan Turner / Wild Spirit Photography


Taupo, New Zealand results

PositionRiderNationalityHorse
Taupo 2017-04-14. CEI3* / CEN 160km
1stGeorgia Smith (CEI)NZLGlenmore Vixen
2ndJenny Chandler (CEI)NZLAC Tigger
3rdJenny Champion (CEI)NZLBarack Obama
Taupo 2017-04-14. CEIYJ3*/ CEN 160km
1stTahlia Francke (CEN)AUSMakahiwi Phoenix
2ndPatricia Ireland NZLSayfwood Oshaarnna
Taupo 2017-04-14. CEI1* / CEN100km
1stCherry Brown (CEI)NZLTararua Diablo
2ndEmma Mason (CEN)NZLTararua Mistalight
3rdLisa Southon (CEI)NZLTararua El Dente
Taupo 2017-04-14. CEIYJ1* / CEN 100km
1stRebecca Birkett (CEN)NZLMariu Spring Tyde
Taupo 2017-04-15. CEI1* 80km
1stAndrea MasonNZLGlen Rae Amin
Taupo 2017-04-15. CEI2* / CEN 120km
1stRoss Hill (CEN)NZLRewa
2ndMike Bragg (CEI)NZLMiro Bonique,
3rdDaryl Owen (CEN)NZLMiro Bay Plenty
Taupo 2017-04-15. CEIYJ2* / CEN 120km
1stJayden Loveridge (CEN)NZLMizraim Glitz and Glamour
2ndTahlia FranckeAUSAlshar Blue Levi
3rdAna WhiteheadNZLCraig Royston Sonatina
Taupo 2017-04-16. CEN 60km
1stHannah EdwardsonNZLPiwakawaka.
2ndKeith McLeodNZLSayfwood Manzzoni
Taupo 2017-04-16. CENYJ 60km
1stPetria HaighNZLLonestar Donatella
2ndRowan RedmondNZLMartika Fire
3rdJayden Loveridge NZLMizraim Florence
Taupo 2017-04-17 CEN Open 80km
1stEunice AlgieNZLPuketoi Shaffal
2ndSandra WarrenNZLCraig Royston Zarita
3rdJaki BickertonNZLMorroccan Premonition
Taupo 2017-04-17 CEN Novice 80km
QAndrea MasonNZLSupre Carzari
QDebbie DaviesNZLArahi Liquid Silver
Taupo 2017-04-17 CEN Novice 40km
QGemma ActonNZLCharlie Brown
QAnita LambNZLTC Legacy
QFrank AldridgeNZLLonestar Golden Chalice
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Taupo, New Zealand. New Zealand Endurance celebrates 40th anniversary of national championships

Taupo, New Zealand. 14 and 15 April 2017.
Easter 2017 marked the 40th anniversary of the Endurance New Zealand National Championships.

Endurance World Taupo Georgia Smith 160km Senior winnerIn the run up to the event participants past and present studied up their NZ endurance history for the trivia night, and also watched the weather forecast as a cyclone headed on a collision course with the area.

The start time for the 160km Championship was delayed in deference to the expected weather but riders and crew alike were relieved when the worst of the rain faded away, leaving near ideal riding conditions.

Taking the 160km Championship title for the third time was the combination of Georgia Smith and homebred mare Glenmore Vixen. They have claimed to this title twice in the senior division and once in the junior division, as well as taking the North Island title in the 160km. Second place went to Jenny Chandler and AC Tigger, winners of the North Island Champs 160km last year, with third place going to this year’s North Island winner, Jenny Champion and Barack Obama.

Endurance World Taupo Brittany van Dijk-Turner on Kaimanawa Queen of HeartsThis year’s Nationals was well attended by international riders, and it was Australia’s Tahlia Francke who comfortably took the Junior 160km title on Makahiwi Phoenix. Patricia Ireland claimed a well earned second place on long time partner Sayfwood Oshaarnna.

Cherry Brown and Tararua Diablo took this year’s 100km title with Emma Mason and Tararua Mistalight coming in second and Lisa Southon on Tararua El Dente in third place. A great day for the Tararua Arabians.

The youngest competitor at this year’s Nationals was Rebecca Birkett on Mariu Spring Tyde, riding a well paced ride to take the title in the Junior 100km event

Endurance World Taupo Tahlia Francke 160km Junior winnerOn the second day of competition there were two distances running. Andrea Mason and Glen Rae Amin took first place in the 80km event, while in the 120km Championship event it was Ross Hill and Rewa taking a well deserved win. Following in for second place was Mike Bragg on homebred mare Miro Bonique, with Miro Bay Plenty ridden by Daryl Owen taking third place.

Endurance World Taupo Ross Hill.01Junior rider Jayden Loveridge claimed the win in the junior 120km event on his beloved pony Mizraim Glitz and Glamour, the final event for this pair with Jayden moving to a bigger mount next season. Tahlia Francke rounded out her New Zealand experience with second place on Alshar Blue Levi, and Ana Whitehead and Craig Royston Sonatina took third.

Endurance World Taupo Rebecca Birkett youngest competitorThe third day of competition in Taupo, New Zealand was all about the shorter distance events. Always exciting, the 60km Championship title this year was taken quite decisively by Hannah Edwardson and Piwakawaka. Keith McLeod, always a strong contender in this event, followed half an hour later for second place. In the Junior division Petria Haigh on Lonestar Donatella was well in front of the boys taking first place and leaving Rowan Redmond and Jayden Loveridge to fight it out for second and third. In the end it was Rowan and Martika Fire crossing the line ahead of Jayden and Mizraim Florence.

Competitive Trail Riding was strongly contested at Intermediate level this year. The heart rates of Taurere Watania, ridden by Petra Paterson, were the deciding factor in a very clear win. Max Ringwood and Peach Schnapps took second place with third place going to the best qualifying Kaimanawa horse at the competition, Brittany van Dijk-Turner on Kaimanawa Queen of Hearts.

In a very close Junior competition Megan Perrott took the CTR Junior title on Kyrewood Miss Marlie one point ahead of Grace Blyth and Magnetic. Intermediate rider Natasha Guest won the Best Presented award for CTR and also the award for closest to the optimum time.

Race report made with the assistance of Daryl Owen
Photo credit: Rowan Turner / Wild Spirit Photography


Taupo, New Zealand results

PositionRiderNationalityHorse
Taupo 2017-04-14. CEI3* / CEN 160km
1stGeorgia Smith (CEI)NZLGlenmore Vixen
2ndJenny Chandler (CEI)NZLAC Tigger
3rdJenny Champion (CEI)NZLBarack Obama
Taupo 2017-04-14. CEIYJ3*/ CEN 160km
1stTahlia Francke (CEN)AUSMakahiwi Phoenix
2ndPatricia Ireland NZLSayfwood Oshaarnna
Taupo 2017-04-14. CEI1* / CEN100km
1stCherry Brown (CEI)NZLTararua Diablo
2ndEmma Mason (CEN)NZLTararua Mistalight
3rdLisa Southon (CEI)NZLTararua El Dente
Taupo 2017-04-14. CEIYJ1* / CEN 100km
1stRebecca Birkett (CEN)NZLMariu Spring Tyde
Taupo 2017-04-15. CEI1* 80km
1stAndrea MasonNZLGlen Rae Amin
Taupo 2017-04-15. CEI2* / CEN 120km
1stRoss Hill (CEN)NZLRewa
2ndMike Bragg (CEI)NZLMiro Bonique,
3rdDaryl Owen (CEN)NZLMiro Bay Plenty
Taupo 2017-04-15. CEIYJ2* / CEN 120km
1stJayden Loveridge (CEN)NZLMizraim Glitz and Glamour
2ndTahlia FranckeAUSAlshar Blue Levi
3rdAna WhiteheadNZLCraig Royston Sonatina
Taupo 2017-04-16. CEN 60km
1stHannah EdwardsonNZLPiwakawaka.
2ndKeith McLeodNZLSayfwood Manzzoni
Taupo 2017-04-16. CENYJ 60km
1stPetria HaighNZLLonestar Donatella
2ndRowan RedmondNZLMartika Fire
3rdJayden Loveridge NZLMizraim Florence
Taupo 2017-04-17 CEN Open 80km
1stEunice AlgieNZLPuketoi Shaffal
2ndSandra WarrenNZLCraig Royston Zarita
3rdJaki BickertonNZLMorroccan Premonition
Taupo 2017-04-17 CEN Novice 80km
QAndrea MasonNZLSupre Carzari
QDebbie DaviesNZLArahi Liquid Silver
Taupo 2017-04-17 CEN Novice 40km
QGemma ActonNZLCharlie Brown
QAnita LambNZLTC Legacy
QFrank AldridgeNZLLonestar Golden Chalice

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