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    VIP Hospitality 2017


    #Puhinui2017 is welcoming with open arms a new partnership with Catwalk.

    The CatWalk Spinal Cord Injury Research Trust was founded by one of our own, in 2005 by Catriona Williams and a group of close friends. Catriona, formerly one of NZ’s leading international equestrian riders is a C6/C7 tetraplegic following a riding accident in 2002.

    The hospitality tent is open on Saturday and Sunday, so come on down for a day full of suspense, excitment and awe!

    http://www.3dayevent.co.nz/Hospitality to view ticketing details.

    See you at #Puhinui2017

    With the eventing season creeping ever so close, it is time to start planning your trip to Puhinui this year!

    Celebrate Puhinui 2017 in style with a pass to our hospitality lounge or simply come along and enjoy the action. 


    Thursday 7th December - Sunday 10th December

    Stay postponed for more information leading up to the event!

    UPDATE 7.09AM: DUE TO WEATHER, SCHOOLING WILL BE POSTPONED TO TUESDAY THE 4TH APRIL. Currently the ground is too wet at Puhinui, with trucks removing yards getting stuck yesterday for instance. Also, the water jump is currently flooded and therefore would be out of action. Sorry for this inconvenience, but in the interest of all it is best if we postpone. Lets hope for some dry weather early next week and we can give it all a go then! THANK YOU AND PLEASE SHARE.




    Open from 2pm till 7pm

    $25 flat fee per horse 


    • All riders must be accompanied by either a riding or non – riding party.
    • Approved safety gear must be worn when mounted.
    • Yards are not to be used.
    • Please be considerate of other riders and ride sensibly. 
    • Jump only flagged fences. The 3* track will not be available to jump.
    • Health and Safety forms to be completed prior to riding.
    • Cash only please.


    Any enquiries, please contact Olivia Sutton through email at oliviaamysutton@gmail.com or 02108218648

    ESNZ Eventing Super League going into Puhinui 3DE, as well as the Mitavite YR & PGG Wrightson JR series, as they contest their national titles there.

     Donna Ewards-Smith on DSE Mr Hokey Pokey at the National Eventing Champs at Arran Station last month, courtesy of Trewey’s PhotographyThe Puhinui International Three-day Event in Auckland, 9-11 December, marks the halfway stage of the year long ESNZ Eventing Super League, with competitors from throughout the country travelling long distances to contest the Honda CCI3* class, and earn the extra points on offer for the Olympic format three-day event.

    For three intrepid South Islanders, swelling the entries to fourteen in this prestigious class, it was a particularly long journey via the Lewis Pass to Springs Junction before heading north. However they made it to Rotorua for the Bay of Plenty horse trials on 27/28 November, which proved an ideal warm-up for all the horses going to Puhinui.

    Rangiora farrier Brent Jury on SE Hedging is currently fourth equal in the Super League with last year’s winner of the Honda CCI3*, Kaukapakapa’s Ginny Thompson on Star Nouveau. Jury won the South Island CIC3*, but his travelling companions, horticulturist Giles Gormack with Lucero and Kirsty Sharapoff with Shoot The Breeze will be keen to turn the tables in Auckland.

    The winner at Rotorua, Diane Gilder on Your Attorney, will be hoping to improve her position in the League, having placed second in the first leg at Taupo, but missed the second leg at the National Eventing Championships at Arran Station due to work commitments. The terrain at Puhinui Reserve will suit this big striding Australian thoroughbred, who loves to gallop and jump.

    The current League leader, Donna Edwards-Smith, Te Kauwhata, on the diminutive palomino DSE Mr Hokey Pokey, winners of the national title at Arran Station, are sure to produce another crowd pleasing performance in all three phases of the event (dressage, cross-country, and showjumping), but the terrain could prove testing for ‘Yogi’, as he is known, being a thoroughbred/quarter horse cross.

    National Young Rider champion Jackson Bovill, based with Olympian Clarke Johnstone at Matangi, holds second spot in the League on his big warmblood mare Visonnaire, having been runner-up at Arran Station. This will be their first three-day event at 3* level, but they look ready for the challenge, and the terrain should not be a problem for them.

    Another Young Rider stepping up is 19 year old Renee Faulkner on the grey Rubinstar HH, who will be hoping to catch the selectors’ attention with a Young Rider Oceania trip in mind next year. At the other end of the experience scale, Putaruru farmer Campbell Draper on Mr Mancini, winners of the 2* class last year and the Equestrian Entries Pro-Am series, steps up to 3* this year.

    Samantha Felton, Matangi, fresh from competing in Australia, has Ricker Ridge Escada entered, and Sarah Dalziell-Clout, the ESNZ High Performance manager from the Wairarapa, will ride Benrose Super Star. The current National Three-day Event winners, Amanda Pottinger and Just Kidding, will be hoping the hiccups they have had this spring are ironed out and they are back on form. 

    ESNZ EVENTING SUPER LEAGUE (current standings): Donna Edwards-Smith, DSE Mr Hokey Pokey, 72 pts; Jackson Bovill, Visionnaire, 51 pts; Andy Daines, Spring Panorama, 48 pts; Brent Jury, SE Hedging, 42 pts; Ginny Thompson, Star Nouveau, 42 pts; Diane Gilder, Your Attorney, 36 pts.




    Both the Young and Junior Rider National Three-day Event titles are contested at Puhinui, with valuable points on offer for the Mitavite Young Rider and PGG Wrightson Junior Rider series. Some Junior Riders (under 18) opt to contest the Young Rider (under 21) title as it is run at 2* level, whereas the Junior Rider is run at 1* level.


    One of these is South Islander Lucy Turner, who has Carbon, on whom she won the Junior Rider title last year, stepping up to the Young Rider class this year, as well as Mercedes in the Junior Rider class. Fellow mainlander Maria van Kuijk on Antara Whiskey Mac is another Junior to step up to the Young Rider class.

    Sarah Young will defend her Young Rider title riding Leo Degas, but former Oceania team mate Abigail Long will challenge her with Enzo, the former 3* ride of Annabel Wigley. The Honda Young Rider class has a small but quality field of six starters, as some Young Riders have elected to test themselves at 3* level, including Bovill and Faulkner. The points they earn in the classes they contest all count in their series tally. 

    Greer Caddigan and Gymnastik Showdown, who won the Junior Rider series last year, must be favoured to take the DEVI Heating Junior title at Puhinui this year, although it is a strong field of nineteen starters. South Islander Mikayla Green on Star’s Ransom, currently lying second in the series, will be hoping to close the big gap on the leader, Isaac Twigg on The Juggler, who has a family wedding to attend.

    MITAVITE YOUNG RIDER SERIES (current standings): Greer Caddigan, Gymnastik Showdown, 78 pts; Sarah Young, Equador MW, 74 pts; Elise Power, Arctic Cielo, 63 pts; Sarah Young, Leo Degas, 62 pts; Jackson Bovill, Visionnaire, 60 pts.

    PGG WRIGHTSON JUNIOR RIDER SERIES (current standings): Isaac Twigg, The Juggler, 104 pts; Mikayla Green, Star’s Ransom, 72 pts; Lily Patterson, Milika, 71 pts; Kate Herdson, Eon, 68 pts; Samuel Amon, Trojan Warrior, 67 pts; Lucy Turner, Carbon, 65 pts; Maria van Kuijk, Antara Whiskey Mac, 65 pts.


    Virginia Caro

    Virginia Thompson is the new Puhinui Champion after taking out the Honda NZCCI3* on her horse Star Nouveau.   The judges put Ginny through a few nervous moments as they calculated the final scores, as Star Nouveau had knocked two rails down and had one time fault, but she had built up enough of a lead to take out the win.


    “I am over the moon,” said Ginny.   “I’ve still got lots to improve on but this is such a cool result. My goal is to go to Adelaide next year.  It is the only 4* event in the Southern Hemisphere, and after today we have our qualifications to go next year.”

     Katharine Van Tuyl and Double J Sunshine had jumped a lovely clear showjumping round but incurred two time faults, giving Ginny that extra breathing room she needed to take out the win. 

     Katharine was still delighted with her horse.  “He gave me an amazing ride cross country.  For such a young horse it was a massive ask to bring him here and he really did deliver.”

     Andie Daines on  Spring Panorama had one rail but remained in his third position.  “The dressage didn’t really go to plan but he definitely made up for it in the cross country, he was phenominal.   In the showjumping he just had an unlucky rail.  I’m very happy.”

     In the iSpyHorses CCI2* it was a popular win to Putaruru’s Campbell Draper on Mr Mancini.  Campbell says his last win of this size was about twenty years ago.  His horse Mr Mancini has just come back from a year off after injury. “He has been going really well this spring.  The plan is to step him up to 3* in the autumn.”  Donna Smith on the pretty palomino Mr Hokey Pokey was second.   “He is a very cool horse.  He’s half thoroughbred, out of a Grosvenor mare and the other half is quarter horse.  So he runs, but he runs low.”

     Kate Wood on Wolf Whistle II third.   “It was a big call to bring him here, he is only a young horse and very inexperienced.  It all went pretty well.  It has been a lot of fun this weekend.”

     The Honda NZ CCI2* Young Rider title has gone to Sarah Young for the second year in a row.  She jumped a clear showjumping, whereas overnight leader Jackson Bovill had three rails down with Visionnaire, relegating him to second.  Tayla Mason was third on Royalty.

     Donna Smith on Varadero took out the Veterinary Associates CCI1* after the showjumping phase proved troublesome for the six competitors who had finished in front of her after the cross country.   Canterbury’s Emily Cammock was second and third on Ngahiwi Frosty and Cavorts. 

     Canterbury riders dominated the Devi Heating Systems CCI* Junior rider class.  Lucy Turner got the quinella on her two horses, Carbon and Tallyho Mystic and Elizabeth Wylaars was third on Wairoa Ruby.

     In the NZ Horse & Pony Magazine’s CCN105 the showjumping was very influential.  Emerging the winner at the end of the three phases was Dannie Lodder and My Tom Tom.   They jumped a clear round to take the title, as did Donna Smith on Samalam, to finish in second place.   Lesley Going and the experienced Moochi also jumped clear to move up to third place.   Overnight leader after dressage and cross country, Cherie Jaques on Black Gem, unfortunately had rails in the showjumping which dropped her to fourth place.

     It was a very clear win to Alex Anderson on Gina VT Bloemenhof in the Bucas Rugs CNC* from Sharon Cann on King Edward II.  Devon Prangley was third on Blazer.

     Angela Lloyd won the first division of the Fiber Fresh / Prestige Equestrian CNC105 on her horse Lyrical.  Chicago ridden by Kylee McCambridge was second and Kelsey Rothery on Show Cause third.  In the second division Sophie Wilkinson on Lord Fredrick won by a good margin from Georgia Bryan on Piper Bay.  Michelle Baillie was third on Hi Vyta.

     So ends another Puhinui three day event.   The venue is spectacular with the Manukau Harbour as a backdrop and being right next to the Auckland International Airport.  The event takes a lot of organising as facilities need to be bought in to the venue, which is an Auckland City Council reserve.  Tich Massey and Michael Guilfoyle have been on the site for months getting the big and bold cross country course to the highest of standards. 

     Take a bow, Puhinui committee, sponsors, officials and competitors.   You’ve done a great job. 

    It was a drama filled cross country day at Puhinui with Virginia Thompson on Star Noveau emerging as leaders at the end of the day.   The pair absolutely nailed the challenging jumps, and was the only ones to finish on their dressage score.



    Ginny Thompson on Star Nouveau over the footbridge 

    Beaming from ear to ear after crossing the finish flags, Ginny was obviously thrilled.   “That was out of this world, she is just one in a million. She gave me everything she had.  She answered every question.”


    “What I was most proud of is that we made time as that has been a huge personal goal for me.   I am a little bit of a nana.  We have been working really hard at trying to work out how to shave lines and stepping up quicker after fences.”


    Overnight leader Dannie Lodder also flew around the course and was buzzing after her round.   “He is awesome.  Just the best ride I have had.  He is it, he is my Mr Perfect horse.”   Unfortunately that elation turned to absolute despair a few minutes later when she was told she had missed a fence towards the end of the course, meaning elimination from the competition.  “I had a complete brain fade. It is so left field for me. You get so close to getting home, and then you think there is only one sort of challenge left that you have to worry about and you delete the information about the fence preceding that.  What was really sad is that I had to go through unmown grass to avoid jumping it.”


    Katharine Van Tuyl moved up to second place on her exciting young horse, Double J Sunshine.  This was the pair’s first attempt at the high level class, and to finish clear with just eight time faults was a great achievement.  “It was always going to be a massive ask for him. He made a couple of mistakes but he’s only eight so he is really the baby of the class.” 


    Andy Daines on Spring Panorama has moved up to third place, also going clear jumping but with 7.6 time faults. 


    “He was absolutely amazing.  He made it feel really good.  It rode a lot better than I thought.  There were a few combinations where I thought I would really have to dig in deep but when we got there it just flowed really nicely.”


    There are only five combinations left in the contest after today’s testing course. Shelley Ross had a fall off Coleraine Coaltown and while unhurt, was obviously furious with herself.   Francesca Silver retired Case in Point early in the course.   Samantha Felton had a run out early in the course but completed the rest well, although with some time faults.


    In the iSpyHorses CCI2*, evergreen Campbell Draper has moved into the lead after just 4.4 time faults on the cross country with his horse Mr Mancini.   Right behind him is Donna Smith on Mr Hokey Pokey, with Kate Wood on Wolf Whistle II third.   Donna had led after the dressage on Quantico, but 16 time faults dropped her down to fourth place.


    In the Honda NZ CCI2* Young Rider competition, dressage leader Jackson Bovill didn’t add anything to his score, with a beautiful clear round.  Sarah Young on SS Galaxy moved up to second place with just 2.8 time faults.   Tayla Mason on Royalty added 9.2 time faults to move into third. 


    Emily Cammock had  been in the lead after dressage on Donellan in the Veterinary Associates CCI1* but didn’t have a happy cross country, not helped by snapping a breastplate.  However on her next horse, Cavorts, she had a great round, despite being held for 8 minutes.  The pair have moved up into the lead, with no jumping or time faults. Nick Brooks on Lexington also were fault free and are in second spot.   Emily was back out again on the ever-so-cute Ngahiwi Frostie, and also put in a faultless round, to finish in third place.  Christen Lane on Kinnordy Gallilee are in fourth place.   Showjumping is going to be interesting as there is only 7 faults between the first and tenth horse.


    In the Devi Heating CCI1* Junior Rider, overnight leader Greer Caddigan had an unplanned dip in the water jump but there were no mistakes from Canterbury’s Lucy Turner on Carbon, so she has moved into the lead.  Elizabeth Wylaars on Wairoa Ruby and Fleur Rohlede on The Alchemist both put in fault free rounds to be second and third respectively.   Lucy has also moved into fourth spot on Tallyho Mystic.


    The NZ Horse & Pony CCN105 saw a good number of clear rounds including from the dressage leader, Cherie Jacques on Black Gem.  Sarah Young on The Little Prince is now in second place after going clear under time, with Dannie Lodder and My Tom Tom following suit to be in third.


    Subject to competitors passing the final horse inspection, the showjumping will start at 9:30am.  The Honda NZ CCI3* is due to start at 1:30.  The showjumping will be live streamed on www.equestrianlive.co.nz



    Honda NZ CCI3* Results after Dressage & Cross Country:

    Virginia Thompson, Star Nouveau, 60.8

    Katharine Van Tuyl, Double J Sunshine, 68.7

    Andy Daines, Spring Panorama, 70.8

    Giles Gormack, Lucero, 97.8


    Further results can be found on www.equestrianentries.co.nz