Sarah Dalziel-Clout on Benrose Super Star. Photo credit: Jane Thompson

Sarah Dalziel-Clout on Benrose Super Star. Photo credit: Jane Thompson

A high pressure job as the High Performance Director for Equestrian Sports NZ hasn’t stopped Sarah Dalziel-Clout from storming into the lead after the cross country phase at the NRM National Three Day Event Championship in Taupo today. On her horse Benrose Super Star, she incurred just 7.2 time faults. The pair had been fifth after dressage but the leaderboard changed dramatically as there were plenty of issues and a very tight time to make on the course today.  

“It’s the first three-star I have done since last year as I have been so busy.  He was full of running, especially in the second half.  I think I may have let slip a swear word when he ballooned into the water, I hope no-one heard.” 

Leader after dressage, Amanda Pottinger, incurred 16 time faults on Just Kidding putting her back to second place. She was thanking her lucky stars when her horse pecked badly jumping into the water jump, and she very nearly fell off.  “I don’t know how I stayed on, I had no stirrups, I was all over the show, and I got soaked, my saddle got soaked.” 

Katharine Van Tuyl has not yet forgiven Double J Sunshine for his dressage indiscretions yesterday even though he put in a stunning round of cross country. “He is starting to get back in my good books. I was feeling really down last night and nearly didn’t start today but had a chat with Tinks Pottinger who said I had to, so I did.”  The pair put in the fastest round of the day, finishing with just 4.8 time faults. 

Kirsty Sharapoff has taken the lead in the Bates CCI2* after the cross country ride of her life, although she was giving all the credit to her horse. “He saved me so many times.”  There were only six clear rounds out of the 24 starters. “This was the first time I have ever gone under time” said Kirsty. “I consciously kept going, and did everything straight through.”

Fellow South Islander, Brent Jury, is just 0.2 behind after incurring 1.2 time faults. Juliet Wood is third on 53.2 after finishing under the time.  Jackson Bovill on Visionnaire continued his good form this season to also finish with no faults, and is very close to the three in front of him.  There is no room for error for the top six, one rail tomorrow could cost them many placings. 

Angela Lloyd leads the Fiber Fresh CCI1* after an impressive round on her six year old mare. “She is probably the best horse I have ever sat on” said Angela. “This was a tough course for young horses and it is only her third three-star. I thought I would see how she felt. She was great and we just kept our foot down, she ate the course.”

The event concludes tomorrow with the final phase of showjumping. First all horses still in the competition have to pass a veterinary inspection. 


NRM CCI3*: Sarah Dalziell-Clout, Benrose Super Star, 52.1, 1; Amanda Pottinger, Just Kidding, 46.6, 2; Katharine Van Tuyl, Double J Sunshine, 65.8, 3; Samantha Felton, Ricker Ridge Pico Boo, 74.7, 4; Danielle Wheeler, One Cool Dude, 90.8, 5; Renee Faulkner, Rubinstar HH, 94.2, 6.

Bates CCI2*: Kirsty Sharapoff, Shoot the Breeze, 51.9, 1; Brent Jury, SE Hedging, 52.1, 2; Juliet Wood, Waitangi Pinterest, 53.2, 3; Jackson Bovill, Visionnaire, 53.6, 4; Virginia Thompson, Man of Honour, 54.6, 5; Abigail Long, Enzo, 55.8, 6.

Fiber Fresh CCI1*: Angela Lloyd, Lyrical, 45.5, 1; Samantha Felton, Nochraha, 47.5, 2; Lauren Alexander, Classic Indigo, 48.3, 3; Karla Wilson, Stoney Mara, 49.3, 4; Dannie Lodder, Eon, 49.7, 5; Ellie Braddock, Braxton Boy, 51.7, 6.

Wairakei CCN105 Championship: Kelsey Leahy, Show Cause, 30.4, 1; Kylee McCambridge, Chicago, 32.2, 2; Chanel Hargrave, Moving On, 33.6, 3=, Kyle Calder, Apteryx, 33.6, 3=, Gracie O’Leary, Willesden Green, 33.7, 5; Donna Edwards-Smith, Sunset Pass, 33.8, 6.

AMS Saddlery CCI1* Open: Frank Phillips, I Told You So, 52.8, 1; Gemma Hampson, Just Imagine That, 57.4, 2; Shannon Galloway, Airthrey Jean Genie, 57.6, 3; Georgia Bennett, Johnny Castle, 59.4, 4.

Wade CCN105 Open: Helen Wither, Woodbine Just in Case, 29, 1; Cherie Jacques, Black Gem, 29.9, 2; Shannon Galloway, Day Walker, 32.9, 3; Susan Le Measurer, Lightman, 35, 4.

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