by Diana Dobson

Juliet Wood (right)and Bold Trader have had the perfect preparation for their upcoming trip to the UK with a classy win in the Bayleys CIC** at the Kihikihi International Horse Trial today (Sunday).
The 26-year-old Whangarei rider went into the showjumping phase in third spot behind Virginia Thompson (Auckland) on Ashbury Pee Cee and Samantha Felton (Matangi) on Ricker Ridge Pico Boo.
Ahead of her there had been just three clear rounds, but at the business end of the 19-strong class the competition was hotting up.
Wood and her former race horse jumped a lovely clear and then faced a few anxious moments as they waited for Thompson and Felton to finish.
Thompson was unlucky to take the first rail, but left everything else up, and finished on 59.9 penalty points. Last to go was overnight leader Felton who had a stop and a rail to slide back in the placings and finish on 63.6.
Wood was rapt with her 11-year-old 15.2hh horse who she got off the track at eight years old.
“He's not huge but he's got a big heart and tries his hardest every time.”
She says she was a little disappointed with her dressage test but Tookie – as Bold Trader is known at home - “ate up the cross country”.
“He loves it,” she said. “He thinks he's still racing most of the time out there!”
The open and quite large showjumping course suited him well too.
The win was Wood's best to date, and the combination now head to the UK at the end of the month in good spirits, and are looking forward to hopefully starting in the prestigious CIC3* at Blenheim in September.

Results -
Bayleys CIC**: Juliet Wood (Whangarei) Bold Trader 58.6 penalty points 1, Virginia Thompson (Auckland) Ashbury Pee Cee 59.9 2, Kristy Smyth (Rotorua) Skibbereen 61.7 3, Angela Lloyd (Hunua) Song 63.2 4, Samantha Felton (Matangi) Ricker Ridge Pico Boo 63.6 5, Tom Lane (Auckland) At The Limit 72 6.


Date Added: Saturday, 7th April 2012