Mum of two Dannie Lodder was right when she counted on today bringing a little luck for her at the Kihikihi International Horse Trial.
Aboard Moochi (owned by Peta Eatson), Lodder coolly and calmly rode to victory in the prestigious Waipa Home of Champions CIC***.
Her clear round in the showjumping put the pressure on overnight leader Simon Gordon (Karaka) and, who had just a single fault in hand going into the final phase.
Their efforts in the tighter arena backed up a superb clear round, with just 5 time faults over the John Nicholson-designed cross country course.
“That track (the cross country) just kept on coming,” said an elated Lodder. “You have to ride every single fence and when you reach the finish you are exhilarated and know you are sitting on a super horse because you got round.”
The combination were fifth at the Kihikihi World Cup event last year in just their second advanced start, but Lodder says she came into the 2013 event far more confident after an intensive week of training.
“Training and harassing . . . a lot of harassing!”
Over this season she says she learnt she needed to be more reckless and attack showjumping courses with more vigour.
She did that today, and despite rattling a few jumps, says she believed the clear round was hers.
“I've had some good horses over the years – five advanced, but he's Moochi is my best because he trusts me 100% and just keeps on giving. He has such a huge heart and is so genuine.”
The Kihikihi victory was her biggest to date, and she's got big plans for the future – much of that thanks to “a great husband”, an “amazing” owner and a mum who has been at every single show since Lodder was 12.
Lodder is hoping to be named in the Trans Tasman senior team to compete in Sydney at the end of the month, and has her sights on competing in the Adelaide four star later in the year.
The three star overnight leader Simon Gordon (Karaka) had to settle for second after he and took the first rail.
“That rail is a bit annoying but it was still a really good result, and the win couldn't have gone to a nicer person,” said Gordon.
Donna Smith (Te Kauwhata) has to be pleased with the efforts of her team, finishing third on Balmoral Tangolooma (owned by Sim Kann, Gaye McClunie and Graham Smith) and fourth aboard Britannica MVNZ (owned by Caroline Jolley and Wendy Keddell).
Monica Oakley (Waipukurau) and Fontain can be proud of their fifth place in their first-ever Kihikihi International start, and has staked a claim as one to watch for the future.
Sarah Broughton (Mystery Creek), who won the best presented award with Rockhill Rocket, rounded out the top six.

Results -

Waipa Home of Champions CIC***: Dannie Lodder (South Auckland) Moochi 60.4 1, Simon Gordon (Karaka) 63.4 2, Donna Smith (Te Kauwhata) Balmoral Tangolooma (owned by Sim Kann, Gaye McClunie and Graham Smith) 71 3, Donna Smith (Te Kauwhata) Britannica MVNZ (owned by Caroline Jolley and Wendy Keddell) 78.3 4, Monica Oakley (Waipukurau) Fontain 84 5, Sarah Broughton (Mystery Creek) Rockhill Rocket 95.7 6.

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.

Wade Equine Coaches CIC* A: Larissa Srhoy (Ashburton) Smirnoff 52.8 1, Nick Brooks (Cambridge) Striking 53.5 2, Monica Oakley (Waipukurau) Saltador 55.5 3, Megan Finlayson (Kerikeri) Greensleeves 56.1 4, Grace Mannerswood (Queenstown) Hi Ho Said Rolly 57.8 5, Donna Smith (Te Kauwhata) Bates Lavello 59.5 6.

Bayleys CIC* B: Kate Wood (Whangarei) Tobruk 47.9 1, Helen Bruce (Palmerston North) Toblerone NZPH 49.1 2, Lauren Alexander (North Shore City) BMW Ripley 59.1 3, Sarah Young (Tokoroa) Oakley Vision 59.4 4, Donna Smith (Te Kauwhata) Balmoral Fiddlesticks 60.9 5, Amanda Pottinger (Wairarapa) Just Kidding 61.9 6.

Matamata Saddlery Best Presented: Sarah Broughton (Mystery Creek) Rockhill Rocket.

Newstalk ZB Open Novice: Tessa Jacks (Hamilton) Cracker Jack Candy 32.6 1, Fraser King (Inglewood) Nadal KSNZ 33 2, Rosa Rieger (Papakura) Kaitai 40.5 3, Fraser King (Inglewood) 43.5 4, Cerys Tarr (Rotorua) Heart's Desire 49.5 5, Rachel Cave (Ohaupo) Hosiery 87.3 6.

Te Awamutu Saddlery Novice: Louise Mulholland (Taumarunui) Mr McTaggart 32 1, Todd Gloyn (Palmerston North) Air Hill Bambi 38.5 2, Chloe Kennedy (Papakura) Appletize 39.4 3, Heather Gunson (Onga Onga) HH Red Rock 42 4, Deborah Mansell (Kumeu) Delta Leeway 43.2 5, James Jackson (Ngaruawahia) Valinco 6.


Date Added: Sunday, 7th April 2013