Always an exciting competition, this year’s Puhinui International 3 Day Event has a little extra spice for a number of reasons. Eventing’s superstar couple, Jonelle and Tim Price, who have had a dream eventing season in Europe, will be on hand to share their wealth of knowledge with riders and spectators alike. They will be involved in a variety of activities, from leading walks around the cross country, talking at the Thompson Electrical Breakfast with the Stars on Saturday morning through to being in the fan zone each day ready for questions, autographs and photographs.
Here's a great opportunity - you can walk the cross country course on Friday 5 December with Jonelle and Tim Price.
They will be walking the Honda NZ CCI*** course at 10:30 am on Friday, and you can tag along, hear how they would ride it, ask them questions that could be helpful to your own riding, and generally be around to learn from these highly regarded riders.
They will then be walking the Cato Packaging CCI** course at 4:30pm (at the conclusion of the Honda NZ CCI*** dressage which ever is the sooner). Again, this is open to everyone.
All you need to do is to meet up at the first fence at either 10:30 am or 4:30 pm (or both!)!
Forget the Silver Spurs, this year the Puhinui Riders Party is going to prove for once and for all (or at least until next year) where the best riders come from with the inaugural Event Riders Association (NZ) 'state of origin' Challenge.
While the ERA Challenge won't actually involve riding, it comprises a series of challenges carefully designed to test mind, body and spirit - and only the true champions will succeed.
We're looking for teams of four people (riders, grooms, supporters - anyone) from each of the Northern, Central and Southern regions who're prepared to take on the challenge.
If you think you've got what it takes, nominate your team by contacting Tom Lane or commenting on the Event Riders Association New Zealand Facebook page.
As well as untold glory and undisputed bragging rights, there will be prizes for the winners.
The Eventer’s Challenge, held on the Sunday of Puhinui (7th December) promises to be a lot of fun.
There is only one month to go before we will be starting day 1 of this year's event.
It is also great to announce that Jonelle Price, currently the No 2 eventing rider In The World (AKA the Number ONE Female Eventing Rider In The World) will be at Puhinui! Jonelle will be accompanied by her husband Tim, who just happens to be No 13 Eventing Rider in The World!
View video clips from the Puhinui International 3 Day Event equine triathlon held at Price Reserve, Manukau, 6 - 8 December 2013
The committee were delighted to receive positive feedback about the success of Puhinui 2013, including this from Melissa and Francesca:
A 50 year old Taranaki dairy farmer has showed the young guns how to do it at Puhinui International 3 day event. Matthew Grayling on Henton Executive had a decisive victory in the Honda New Zealand CCI3* in difficult conditions.
Matthew Grayling has a good grip on the title at the Puhinui International 3 Day Event in the Honda NZ CCI3*, but this sport has a reputation of being unforgiving and there is still a day to go before the trophies are given out. Grayling, riding Henton Executive, is 12 penalty points ahead of Kelsey Rotheray on The Felon and 21.6 points ahead of Dannie Lodder on Moochi
There’s only 4.4 points between the top 6 riders in the Honda New Zealand CCI3* after the dressage phase at the Puhinui International 3 Day Event. Local rider Angela Lloyd has a narrow lead from fellow locals Dannie Lodder and Simon Gordon.
Eight horse and rider combinations will fight it out for the big title at the Puhinui International 3 Day event over the weekend in Auckland. Only a brave person would pick the winner of the Honda NZ CCI3* at this point - every one of them has a good chance of success.
You are invited to walk the cross country course with Andrew Nicholson on Friday 6th December at 10:30am. Andrew will talk about how to tackle the various challenges of the course.
The 2013 timetable of Events is now available here
Andrew Nicholson will be hosting an opportunity to walk the course with the World No 1 Eventing rider at 10:30am.
We've got a number of very successful eventers making appearances at Puhinui. It will be great to see World No 1 Andrew Nicholson plus too-many-titles-to-list-here-winner Blyth Tait.
Great news riders.... 'An Eventful Life' will be venturing our way from Australia, which means we will have cross country coverage of most fences on the course. Videos will be available for riders to purchase. Enquiries can be directed to Bridget Sutton. More info to come.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A wonderful riding demonstration from Clarke Johnstone on Vincent saw the handsome combination take out the CCI* this afternoon at Puhinui.
“I am very happy with the horse, he went really well on all three phases and I’m thrilled.” Clarke has ridden the horse for the past four weeks since returning to New Zealand.