Virginia Thompson is bubbling with excitement after victory in the Bayleys CIC** at the Kihikihi International Horse Trial this afternoon (Sunday.
The 21-year-old university student from Auckland managed to go one better than her second place in the same class last year after a careful showjumping phase.
Fifteen of the original 24 started the final phase over the Gerrit Beker-designed course, with just four going clear and inside time.
Thompson had a comfortable two rails in hand going in, and her clear round left her on her 57.4 penalty point overnight score.
She's had the 12-year-old mare for around two-and-a-half years.
“She's a keeper alright,” she said excitedly as she was surrounded with well-wishers after her victory.
“I was absolutely thrilled with her cross country – it was a tough track out there and while it was similar to last year, it didn't ride any easier. She was so straight, bold and on fire.”
The combination – who in 2012 also won the Horse of the Year two star crown – were clear over the cross country, and only just outside the time.
Thompson paid tribute to her mother Hazel for all her help.
“I just couldn't do it without her,” she said. “She's a lifesaver.”
Thompson was also fifth in the Bayleys CIC** class aboard her rather green Star Nouveau.
Runner-up Alex Chambers-Stewart (Auckland) had a few anxious moments during the trot-up this morning when her horse Peti Peti Wai (owned by Phil Creagh) was held and had to be re-presented.
They got the nod on the second run though, and went on to notch their best ever result together thanks to a lovely clear cross country round, and clear and inside time in the showjumping.
Amanda Pottinger (Wairarapa) and Achilles II paid the price for their two rails in the showjumping, slipping from second place overnight to fourth, while Sarah Broughton (Hamilton) and Rockhill Radish moved up to finish third overall.

Result -

Bayleys CIC**: Virginia Thompson (Auckland) Ashbury Pee Cee 56.6 1, Alex Chambers-Stewart (Auckland) Peti Peti Wai 66.7 2, Sarah Broughton (Hamilton) Rockhill Radish 74 3, Amanda Pottinger (Wairarapa) Achilles II 74.4 4, Virginia Thompson (Auckland) Star Nouveau 78.5 5, Kyleigh Snow (Auckland) Folk Law 81.2 6.


Caption - A very happy Virginia Thompson and Ashbury Pee Cee on their victory lap after winning the Bayleys CIC**. Photograph by Libby Law Photography

Date Added: Saturday, 6th April 2013