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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

    Check out the list of exhibitors planned for Puhinui weekend here. These will all be situated by the main arena for your convenience.

    The  appearance of our most famous international eventer will add a real shine to this year’s Puhinui 3 Day Event.  The World No 1 ranked Eventing Rider, Andrew Nicholson, will be attending the Manukau event – his first appearance at a New Zealand horse trial for well over ten years.  Fresh from a huge and successful season on the European circuit, Andrew will be at Puhinui Reserve on Thursday afternoon for the trot up (vet inspection) and all day Friday, the first day of the competition.

    As well as Andrew (as if that wasn't exciting enough), we will also have Joe Meyer visiting, during a quick trip home from his Florida base.   Lizzie Brown, fresh from her amazing win at Boekelo 3 day event in the Netherlands, will also be there, as will Clarke Johnstone and Blyth Tait, also freshly back from the UK.


    While at this stage none of the international riders will be competing (although this may change, if rumours are true), they have an action packed schedule.  Most notably, Andrew Nicholson will be making an appearance at the event on Friday. Everyone is invited to attend a cross country course walk with Andrew on Friday morning.

    A “Fan Zone” is being set up near the main ring and will be used for media interviews at various times during the competition as well as a venue for everyone to get a chance to interact with the stars.  Andrew will be the first to utilise this area at Friday lunchtime, giving everyone the opportunity to come along and hear his tips and advice, and a few stories. There will be time to ask questions and maybe even get an autograph or a photo with the World No 1 Eventing Rider! 

    Saturday is the most exciting and dramatic days of any three day event; cross country day.  Horses and riders tackle a challenging course spread over the beautiful Auckland Council owned Puhinui Reserve.  The water jump in the main arena always provides some drama, so while you are visiting the many catering stalls you won’t miss a bit of the action.

    Sunday the 8th of December is showjumping day and there will be an opportunity for the general public to walk the Honda New Zealand CCI3* showjumping track and learn something about this important phase. 

    Having these international riders at Puhinui will certainly give the event even more of a buzz than normal so it is strongly suggested you start making your plans on how you can be part of this action – with or without your horse!

    Follow us on Twitter - @PuhinuiHT and we are on Facebook as well – Puhinui International Three Day Event New Zealand



    Come join us in the Hospitality tent for $100pp for a day of entertainment including morning and afternoon tea, a sumptuous buffet lunch and complimentary bar facilities. 

    Contact Bridget at  hentonlodge@ps.gen.nz for more information and to book your place.  Get in quick while there are still vacancies!

    Download the Hospitality Packages pdf

    While the FEI CCI (three day event) classes were going on, there was also a lot of action with other classes for less experienced horses.

    In the Horse & Pony CCNPN 3 day event class, Cherie Jaques and Tobinator just squeaked in front of Zoie Gray on FIS Overcast to take out the win. Rosa Rieger and Kaitai were in 3rd ahead of Monica Oakley on Saltador. Cantabrian Kirsty Sharapoff was 5th. There was quite the bottle jam at the top end of the leaderboard in this class with only 3 points between 1st and 5th.

    In the Novice ODE class, Kate Munt had a clear win on her Artic Cielo. Petra Eatson on Brotherhood was second with Patrick Everingham (Skagit County) and Jessica Carter (Gunna Getcha) 3rd and 4th respectively.

    Emma Broughton on Lochinvar II finished on her dressage score of 28 in the Pre-Novice ODE. Ashleigh Mckinstry on Makam capped off her excellent weekend's results with a second placing. Daniel Blundell on Dominus was 3rd, with My Little Indian, ridden by Sherilyn Pavis in 4th.

    Ashleigh Mckinstry isn’t perhaps your typical 20 year old, but she has managed to win one of New Zealand’s premier eventing titles, the Puhinui CCI*** with her part Kaimanawa home bred horse, Pioneer Makokomiko. The pig-hunting, horse-shoeing country girl put in a performance none of the older competitors could match.

    Ashleigh had enough of a lead to still win despite a rail in the showjumping. She confessed to having a few nerves before the last test in the 3 day competition.

    “I was a bit nervous beforehand but I told myself to calm down and focus. Mum told me to keep breathing!”

    Donna Smith didn’t show any ill-effects from her nasty spill off Balmoral Sensation during the cross country, and put in a faultless round on Just Chocolate, finishing the competition on her dressage score. Simon Gordon on Fletch.com was third.

    Pioneer Makokomiko was bred by the Mckinstry family on their Owhango farm, 45 minutes from Taumarunui. Ashleigh has done all the work on producing the horse herself, and describes him as a real character with an attitude who was quite a handful in his earlier days.

    “He was a monster to start with, he bucked both me and Mum off!” Carmel, Ashleigh’s very supportive mother, was very much the proud parent today after her daughter’s win. “

    Ashleigh has done it all herself with this horse. The horse is part of the family, he’s so naughty and thinks everything is a joke.”

    The remote location of the family farm means that there is no cellphone coverage and no internet access. Ashleigh is hopeful that a new service coming into the area may mean that internet access becomes possible.

    The slightly built 20 year old also has the unusual hobby of pig hunting.

    “It’s something Dad introduced my sister and I too. I’ve lost count of how many pigs we’ve got.”

    Ashleigh also works as a farrier, not just shoeing her own horses, but doing other people’s horses two days a week. She works on the family farm looking after all the stud duties for the resident stallion as well as doing crutching and other duties that come with a sheep farm. The Mckinstrys also have bees as well as the horses and sheep.

    The next challenge for Ashleigh is planning her 21st which she is having in January, even though her birthday is in March. “I’m just too busy then with competitions” she says. She certainly has something extra to celebrate now, with the Puhinui CCI*** trophy to show off to guests.

    Earlier in the day, the international experience showed as Clarke McKenzie won the Veterinary Associates CCI* on Vincent from Sarah Young on High N Dry.

    In the Honda NZ CCI**, Helensville’s Shelley Ross on Coleraine Coaltown were clear winners, finishing without incurring any jumping faults over the competition. Canterbury veterinarian Sam Taylor was runner up with Donna Smith taking out third and fourth.

    Full Results Puhinui International Horse Trials CCI***
    1. Ashleigh Mckinstry, Pioneer Makokomiko, 61.4
    2. Donna Smith, Just Chocolate, 63.8
    3. Simon Gordon, Fletch.com, 69.4
    4. Dannie Lodder, Moochi, 74.8
    5. Heelan Tompkins, Cortaflex Ski Whistler, 87

    Honda NZ CCI**
    1. Shelley Ross, Coleraine Coaltown, 47.2
    2. Sam Taylor, Leo Degas, 56.1
    3. Donna Smith, Britannica MVNZ, 58.1
    4. Donna Smith, Henton Executive, 60

    Veterinary Associates CCI*
    1. Clarke Johnstone, Vincent 50.9
    2. Sarah Young, High N Dry, 51.5
    3. Jessica Woods, Defies Logic, 54
    4. Samantha Felton, Henton After Dark, 55.2
    5. Chloe Kennedy, Mustang Molly, 56.1
    6. Francesca Silver, Case in Point, 56.7