A Gem of a Horse

Black Gem may have been too slow as a racehorse, but he's proving to be quite a star as an eventer.
With his proud owner Cherie Jaques (Otorohanga), he heads into Sunday's showjumping phase at the head of the 23-strong field after blitzing the cross country with the fastest time of the day – and clear in the Vosper Law CNC105 – for five and six year olds.
He won the class last year, and Jaques has her fingers crossed that another year's experience will stand him in good stead.
She got the 16.2hh horse off the track as a three-year-old after seeing a photo of his face on Trade Me.
“I went to see him and he had only had his last race three weeks or so before. They put a little racing saddle on him, and he was pretty naughty, but I liked him. He has done a lot since then,” said Jaques, a veterinarian.
Last year he was second in the ESNZ Amateur (eventing) Rider Series to Jaques other horse Tobinator, and won the Taupo Three Day Pre Novice Championship class last year.
This is just Black Gem's second time at Kihikihi and Jaques third.
“It is a very nice course out there,” she said. “I thought if all went well, we would go under time . . . if he is a slow racehorse, I would hate to see the fast ones! He is just a lovely horse.”
She is looking forward to tomorrow's showjumping and says that while he is generally good in the showjumping, she is realistic.
“You never know with horses,” she says.
But the day wasn't all good for Jaques, who had a fall early in the Prestige Equestrian CIC2* aboard Tobinator.
“We're both OK, and that is the main thing.”

Results -

Vosper Law CNC105 5 and 6 Year olds: Cherie Jaques (Otorohanga) Black Gem 29.1 1, Jeffrey Amon (Murupara) JA Candy Girl 34.1 2, Samantha Mynott (Warkworth) Rememberance II 34.2 3, Chanel Campbell (Auckland) Astek Guardsman and Todd Gloyn (Palmerston North) Titus 34.6 =4, Andrea Kite (Katikati) Ginger Kiss 38.3 6.


Date Added: Saturday, 11th April 2015