All Class from BMW Advokaat and Long

All Class from BMW Advokaat and Long

Abigail Long is making quite the debut at the BNZ Kihikihi International Horse Trial.
The 17-year-old from Levin is leading the Horselands CIC1* field after the cross country phase today.
The 48-strong field was given a good shake-up, with overnight leader Zephania Steele (Drury) and Javari JS slipping to 27th after a stop and time faults. Long and her 14-year-old warmblood/thoroughbred cross BMW Advokaat were one of seven combinations to go clear and inside time over the John Nicholson-designed course.
“Our season has been pretty up and down, but I feel we are finally clicking,” she said. “It's taken me a year and a half to gel with him.”
Long says he is a lovely horse and an easy ride, but it took time for her to get her confidence.
“I have been getting lots of lessons!”
But she never thought she would be at the front of the field going into the final day tomorrow.
“I just didn't think there would be so much carnage out there today and we would be at the front,” she said.
Long was a little disappointed with her dressage, that saw her sitting in sixth position going into the cross country.
“I didn't ride it as accurately as I wanted to.”
But she's got her fingers crossed everything will go well in the showjumping.
“He was bred to be a showjumper . . . but I just have to ride him correctly!”

Results -

Horselands CIC1*: Abigail Long (Levin) BMW Advokaat 52.5 1, Cherie Jaques (Otorohanga) Tobinator 53.8 2, Donna Smith (Te Kauwhata) Cluny 55.3 3, Megan Finlayson (Northland) Greensleeves 56.5 4, Sofie Boswell (Auckland) Skagit County 56.9 5, James Jackson (Te Akau) Leo Distinction 59.8 6.


Abigail Long and BMW Advokaat making it look easy during the cross county today. Photograph by Libby Law Photography


Date Added: Saturday, 12th April 2014