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Kihikihi International Horse Trials !!!

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - Joanne Bridgman
"BUNNY HOP" looking impressive as always !!!Kihikihi International Horse Trials were held 11th /13th April ... once again a fabulous challenging XC course was built by the world class XC course designer John Nicholson  ( Andrew's brother ), from Pre novice level up to 3* level  .
The weather started off rather soggy on Friday  the dressage day but was fab next 2 days.
I had a great weekend apart from getting wet and cold on dressage day .   I rode   "BUNNY HOP " and "BIGGLES" and they were both super  jumping double clear , not in placings sadly  as had few time faults each XC ( bit of a nanna these days I am on xc !!!).
I also had some very cool clients  from Australia looking for nice Eventing  prospects , so that kept me very busy and on my toes, multi tasking all weekend !!! .

Winners CIC*** .Clarke Johnstone riding his his  new  ride " BALMORAL SENSATION  " cleaned up  the CIC*** class once again,,,,  won  3* at  HOY a couple of weeks ago.  Clarke's next start is Sydney 3*  3DE next week in Australia.  This super talented grey was produced to 3* level by  the outstanding  NZ rider Donna Smith and  sadly Donna had to part with him recently and he was sold  . At least this world class horse got to stay with a  top NZ rider  !!!!
Kelsey Rothery and "THE FELON" were 2nd , after their  usual outstanding XC round and also a very very good SJing round,,, just tapping one rail at the end .... grrr !!! What a wonderful partnership these two are .
Simon Gordon riding one of my favourite horses "FLETCH .COM" was  3rd,  Fletch cruising around the XC and SJing  like a pro . Such a classy TB this one is !!!

I feel really sorry for Joe Waldron and Angela Lloyd , getting Eliminated for missing out a 'compulsory check point ' with no jumping involved ........ they must be really kicking themselves for this simple error !!!!

Full results of of all the classes can be found on this link here .

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