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Fibre Fresh Horse Trials
Helensville, New Zealand

The weather gods were listening when Fiber Fresh New Year Horse Trial marked the start of the autumn Woodhill Sands eventing season. After what some say has been the hottest summer in a long while, showers arrived during the week, then kept things nice and refreshing for riders on Saturday and saw the grounds at premium footing.

It was especially great to see so many younger riders enjoying the weekend in the lower grades.

Many riders commented on how much they enjoyed the Chris Ross designed cross country course. In particular riders appreciated that the course was especially encouraging for young horses.

The organizers were also pleased to see Graham Bell from Fiber Fresh feeds on Saturday, who dropped by for a visit. Graham was soon swamped by people wanting to find out more information about Fiber Fresh feeds.

Although a lot of riders used this trial as a warm up for the season and many brought young horses along, the featured classes of the day rewarded both young and ...middle aged!

The Fiber Fresh Feeds Young Horse Class ran over the same Training cross country and show jumping as the other Training classes but had their own dressage test. Leading from the start was Courtney Tyler and Giovani Bello, 2nd after the dressage was Halle ridden by Nicole Armstrong, and 3rd Shelley Ross and BMW Rhythm N Black, the SJ changed placing's very slightly with a rail for Shelley meaning Kylie Shackell and Casino Royal moved into third. Cross Country day dawned with clear skies and a light breeze to make riding comfortable. Courtney and Giovani Bello came home clear and with no time faults making them unbeatable to take out the Rosette, Fiber Fresh Feed and Rug. Second with 3.2 time faults was Kylie Shackell and Casino Royal, moving down from second place to third was Halle and Nicole Armstrong who finished with 11.6 time faults but jumped clear.

The class had a secondary competition running for highest placed Thoroughbred sponsored by Kiwi Sport Horses, this was won by second place getter Kylie Shackell and Casino Royal who took home a rather nice rug.

The Masters Class was also run over a training track and was open to any rider 35 or older, who hadn't competed Novice HT or above within the last 5 years. Sally Waters and Cousteau lead after the dressage, Second was Karyn Blake and Dulverton Lad, Third Jannine Rackley and Ready to Rumble. After the SJ round Sally keep the lead, Karyn dropped down to 5th , Jannine Rackley moved into 2nd and Michelle Horan riding Lucy moved into the top 3. After the cross country Sally still retained the lead to win her rug and Fiber Fresh Feed. Karyn Blake moved back into 2nd and Lisa Parish and Dempster moved from 4th to 3rd.

Complete results are available at this link.

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