Shelley Ross’s win in the Honda NZ CCI** was a very popular one. Finishing on her dressage score, Shelley scored an emphatic win on Coleraine Coaltown, finishing 8.9 penalties in front of Sam Taylor on Leo Degas.

Helensville based, Shelley has been involved in the equestrian scene for more years than she may care to admit, and has earned the respect of many of her peers. She and husband Chris run Woodhill Sands and have put in countless hours of work into the sport.

Shelley was quick to say that her win was a team effort and direct some of the glory to the horse’s owner, Jess Fieldes.

“I only took over the ride from Jess six weeks ago. Jess was overcommitted with work, and asked me to ride the horse. I’ve known him for a long time, as Jess worked for us while she was doing her nursing training.”

Jess, originally from Oamaru, is now a nurse at the Starship Hospital intensive care unit, and found that juggling such a high pressure career and riding horses competitively just wasn’t working.

Shelley and Coleraine Coaltown obviously get on well, with the combination leading from the dressage phase, and not collecting any further penalties during the three day competition. Sam Taylor, a veterinarian from Canterbury, had two rails in the showjumping, but had enough leeway to hold his second place. Donna Smith showed just how consistent and tough a competitor she is by finishing 3rd and 4th in the event on Britannica MVNZ and Henton Executive. Another Cantabrian, Emily Cammock, came 5th on Shaw Lee.