Third CIC1* Salver for Johnstone

Third CIC1* Salver for Johnstone
Photo by Take the Moment

By Diana Dobson

Clarke Johnstone claimed a treble today when he won the Wade Equine Coaches CIC1* Ferndale Salver Trophy Championship.
The Rio Olympian guided In Disguise to victory in the title class he has previously won on Orient Express (2006) and Quainton Labyrinth (2014).
“Winning a national title is always special,” said 29-year-old Johnstone (Matangi).
The combination were second after the dressage, sitting on 40.9 penalty points, just adrift of leader Dannie Lodder (Auckland) aboard Eye Spy on 38.7.
“I was very happy with his dressage,” he said, “and he was simply superb in the cross country. He made the time very easily and I don’t think he put a toe on anything”
The effort put them into the lead, which they held on to thanks to a lovely double clear in the showjumping.
“He is a super consistent horse. He has jumped to 1.35m in showjumping but when you are under pressure without a rail in hand for a national title, anything can happen.”
But he had every confidence the horse would shine.
The win today was special too for In Disguise’s owner Janene Maxwell who had been a great supporter of Johnstone for many years.
“Kihikihi is probably the best in New Zealand,” said Johnstone. “The venue, surface, and the cross country is always a fair but difficult test. The showjumping arenas are nice and the event is as good as you will get anywhere in the world. I just love coming here.”
Samantha Felton (Cambridge) and Ricker Ridge Sooty GNZ were also clear and inside time in the showjumping, but it wasn’t enough and they had to settle for second, with Lodder in third.

Results –

Wade Equine Coaches CIC1* Ferndale Salver Trophy Championship: Clarke Johnstone (Matangi) In Disguise 40.9 penalty points 1, Samantha Felton (Cambridge) Ricker Ridge Sooty GNZ 42.8 2, Dannie Lodder (Auckland) Eye Spy 43.5 3, Angela Lloyd (Hunua) 43.8 4, Kate Herdson (Eon) 47.5 5, Madison Crowe (Hamilton) Lucius GNZ 53.1 6.


Date Added: Sunday, 9th April 2017