Fat Freddy Dashes to Title

Fat Freddy Dashes to Title
Photo by Diana Dobson/The Black Balloon

By Diana Dobson

Brooke Campbell wasn’t actually too keen on taking the ride aboard Freddy Dash, but today the Coatsville combination won the CIC2* Waiteko Trophy Championship at the Kihikihi International Horse Trial.
Freddy Dash was bought as a training horse for Campbell’s mum Deidre with Brooke’s sister Chanel doing plenty of early training with the horse.
“The girl we got him off said she didn’t think he had much talent to get past training level.”
How wrong that proved to be.
“We paid $3000 for him, which was a lot for a four-year-old who couldn’t even canter in a circle.”
When Brooke lost her horse Stretch to colic, the rest of the family thought she should take up the ride on Freddy.
“I didn’t want him because I thought he was useless,” she said. “He was lazy and bludgie but with a heart of gold.”
That was three years ago, and while he is still known as Fat Freddy at home, plenty of coaching and loads of hard work has made the difference.
She credits her coaches Tracy Smith, Jaime Campbell and Donna Edwards-Smith, along with equine physio Claire McGowan.
“They have all helped hugely.”
Her mother still does a lot of flat work with the horse over the winter.
Campbell was 12th after the dressage, but she was happy with his efforts.
“He was hotter than usual but that added to the movement I think.”
They moved to third with a clear and inside time on the cross country.
“It was awesome. I don’t like galloping at the jumps but put the foot down and got bang on the time,” she said. “He is a real point and shoot horse and did so well. He hasn’t had a cross country fault at 2* level other than at Puhinui which was entirely my fault.”
Their four faults in the showjumping saw them hold on to third spot for the Trust Waikato CIC2* class.
“He is not the most careful of jumpers, so I was just celebrating that we had taken a single rail in the showjumping, not even thinking about the title,” she said.
“I have never won anything, let alone a national title before, and I never thought Freddy would be the one to do it on.”

Clarke Johnstone (Matangi) and Balmoral Sensation won the CIC2* class but were ineligible to win the national title, as was the second-placed Amanda Pottinger (Havelock North) and Just Kidding.
Johnstone was rapt with the efforts of Sensation, who at sixth place was New Zealand’s highest placed eventer at the Rio Olympics.
“Kihikihi is such a lovely event and Ritchie (Balmoral Sensation) had such fun in all three phases. It is down a level or two to what he usually competes at so it is easier for him but it is just nice to bring him here and have him enjoy himself so much.”
He and Ritchie were second place going into the cross country and had to “put the foot down” to go inside the time.
“Full credit to Brooke (Campbell) – she must have been flying.”

Results –

Trust Waikato CIC2* Waiteko Trophy Championship: Brooke Campbell (Coatsville) Freddy Dash.

Trust Waikato CIC2*: Clarke Johnstone (Matangi) Balmoral Sensation 42.2 penalty points 1, Amanda Pottinger (Havelock North) Just Kidding 48 2, Brooke Campbell (Coatsville) Freddy Dash 57.7 3, Abigail Long (Levin) Enzo 58 4, Heelan Tompkins (New Plymouth) Snow Leopard 58.3 5, Donna Edwards-Smith (Te Kauwhata) DSE Cluny 58.9 6.


Date Added: Sunday, 9th April 2017