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Promising Future for Paget
Hastings, New Zealand
Photo: Rachael Simpson

A cool head and plenty of talent gave defending champion Jonathan Paget the edge in the Kelt Capital Horse of the Year (KCHoY) CIC3* Eventing title for 2010.

Paget and Clifton Promise, who won the title for the second consecutive year, will soon be packing their bags to fly to America where they will compete in the prestigious Rolex Kentucky Horse Trials, CCI4* in April.

Paget hopes a good performance in Kentucky will improve his chances of being selected for the World Equestrian Games later in the year. Paget, a full time rider for Frances Stead's Clifton Eventers, is based north west of Auckland at Muriwai Beach.

All 15 combinations passed the trot-up for the 3*. The showjumping started in reverse order and led to a shuffling of places. Last to go was overnight leader Alice Montgomery (Central Districts) who came in with a rail in hand after Paget dropped one during his round.

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Jonathan Paget and Clifton Promise
With the pressure on, Montgomery and Gordon were put to the test, but three rails down pushed them to a score of 72.5 and fifth place. Jenna Mahoney (Central Districts) and Santos followed a great cross country round yesterday to take one rail and finish in second place.

Third was Clarke Johnstone (Waikato) riding the lovely chestnut Incognito, who finished on 69.2 faults. Elizabeth Brown (Waikato) and Henton Attorney General had a lovely clear round to finish with only one time fault and a final score of 72.1. Heelan Tompkins (Taranaki) and Major Difference finished in sixth place after only three time faults in the showjumping, which bumped them up from ninth place where she sat overnight.

New Zealand high performance leader and coach Erik Duvander said it was great to see the event riders showjumping in such an electrifying atmosphere.

"We are lucky to have Olympic course designer Leopoldo Palacios designing here in New Zealand." The KCHoY CIC2* class was won by the experienced campaigner John Twomey (Waikato) and Highly Recommended. Twomey finished on a score of 49.8 after a clear round today and only time penalties on the cross country yesterday.

Clarke Johnstone (Waikato) and KS Secrets moved up one place after a faultless showjumping round to finish in second place. Anne-Marie Styles (Auckland) and Opera Groove, the overnight leaders, dropped down two places after unfortunately taking one rail to finish in third place on 51.1.

Chloe Davidson (Auckland) and Eskimo Joe unfortunately took one rail to finish in fourth place on 57.5. Fifth place was secured by Elizabeth Brown (Waikato) and Push Play after taking only one rail. Popular riders' representative Todd Gloyn (Central Districts) and Repent finished in sixth place after taking one rail, moving him up from eighth place overnight to finish on 63.4.

The KCHoY novice class, run under national eventing rules was won by Elizabeth Brown (Waikato) on her newest ride, Farbio. Brown had a successful weekend in the Hawke's Bay placing in all her classes. Second place went to Heelan Tompkins (Taranaki) on Up N Go who finished on 44.2. Katherine Gillaly (Central Districts) aboard Brogan came third in the class after taking a rail in the showjumping. Donna Smith (Waikato) riding Clifton Otto finished in fourth place on 46.3 after unfortunately taking two rails.

Nick Brooks (Waikato) and Tangleton took one unlucky rail in the showjumping to finish in fifth place on 48.3. In sixth place was Hayley Pickmere (Auckland) riding Irishmore after a smart clear round.

The KCHoY young rider class was well supported with 22 entries on day one but only 14 went through to the showjumping phase. The title class for 2010 went to the reasonably new combination, Jesse Campbell (Waikato) and Too Swish finishing on his dressage score of 36.1.

Jessica Woods (Waikato) and Too Predictable also had a great weekend finishing on their dressage score of 36.3. Tayla Mason (Wellington) on Just Joop completed the great run of the top three riders by also completing the competition on her dressage score of 37.4.

In fourth place again was Jesse Campbell on Kool Kappuchino followed by Holly Morrell on Antara Whisky Mac in fifth place. The final placing went to Courtney Tyler aboard Vettori who also finished on her dressage score of 40.3.

Results

CIC3*: Jonathan Paget, Clifton Promise (60.4), Jenna Mahoney, Santos (63.6) Clarke Johnstone, Incognito (69.2), Elizabeth Brown, Henton Attorney General (72.1) Alice Montgomey, Gordon (72.5) Heelan Tompkins, Major Difference (79.3)

CIC2*: John Twomey, Highly Recommended (49.4) Clarke Johnstone, KS Secrets (50.4) Anne-Marie Styles, Opera Groove (51.1) Chloe Davidson, Eskimo Joe (57.5) Elizabeth Brown, Push Play (57.8) Todd Gloyn, Repent (63.4)

Novice: Elizabeth Brown, Farbio (32.9) Heelan Tompkins, Up N Go (44.2) Katherine Gillaly, Brogan (46) Donna Smith, Clifton Otto (46.3) Nick Brooks, Tangleton (48.3) Hayley Pickmere, Irishmore (62.8)

Young Rider: Jesse Campbell, Too Swish (36.1) Jessica Woods, Too Predictable (36.3) Tayla Mason, Just Joop (37.4) Jesse Campbell, Kool Kappuchino (37.6) Holly Morrell, Antara Whisky Mac (39.3) Courtney Tyler, Vettori (40.3)


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