Kihikihi Part of a Big Plan for Felton

Kihikihi Part of a Big Plan for Felton
CAPTION: Samantha Felton and Ricker Ridge Escada en route to victory in 2014. Photo: Libby Law Photography

Samantha Felton has more than just one reason to do well at the fast-approaching Kihikihi event.
The 23-year-old is aiming to make the Oceania team, and knows she’ll need another good performance at Kihikihi.
The Matangi based rider is stepping her 2014 2* champ Ricker Ridge Escada up to the Waipa Home of Champions CIC3* level and has every belief in him. He was second in the CIC3* at the Horse of the Year Show and third in the national CIC3* champs in Christchurch in November.
The nine-year-old former racehorse hadn’t done a lot before his 2* win last year, and is now really starting to find form.
Felton will also start Ricker Ridge Rui and Henton After Dark in the 2*. Henton After Dark was withdrawn before the cross country at HOY after catching a slight respiratory infection, but is now fully recovered.
“He’s had a little break and is all good to go now.”
HOY was just Rui’s second 2* start and she was rapt with his double clear.
Ricker Ridge Figaro MVNZ will make his début at Kihikihi in the CNC1*.
“I love it at Kihikihi,” said Felton. “It is now my local and is always my favourite three day to go to. John (Nicholson) designed courses that are beautiful and while bold rides, make riders ride well. The questions he asks means you ride it well. If you have gone out and committed, you come home well.”
During the off season, Felton spent time with top eventer Andrew Nicholson in the United Kingdom and says it was invaluable.
“I learnt so much in a short time – it was amazing. Andrew has so many years of experience and a yard that is extremely well run. Everything has a system and a place and everyone knows exactly what they are doing.”
Long term, Felton is looking at a possible 4* start at Adelaide, or even further afield in 2016.
“My bigger term goal is to be based in the UK but I need a sustainable funding model to do that.”


Date Added: Wednesday, 1st April 2015