A SPICY MIX OF COMPETITORS AT PUHINUI INTERNATIONAL 3 DAY EVENT

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. 

WALK THE CROSS COUNTRY WITH JONELLE & TIM PRICE

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!)! 

ERA STATE OF ORIGIN CHALLENGE AT SATURDAY NIGHT'S RIDERS' PARTY

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.

INTERNATIONAL EVENTING STARS AT PUHINUI

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.

RESULTS OF THE ONE DAY EVENT CLASSES AT 2012 PUHINUI

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.