‘One in a Million’ Former Racehorse Wins CNC105 Open B

‘One in a Million’ Former Racehorse Wins CNC105 Open B
Photo by Diana Dobson/The Black Balloon

By Diana Dobson

A $50 former racehorse was the winning ticket for Jeffrey Amon in the Vosper CNC105 Open B class at the Kihikihi International Horse Trial today.
The Murupara rider and JA Take A Shot headed home a hotly-contested 28-strong class to take the honours just .6 of a penalty point ahead of Eden Doull (Pukekohe) and Noble Value.
“Everyone said I should get rid of the horse,” said Amon. “He was a bag of bones but I have put hours of work into him . . . he’s a lovely big horse. Anyone can ride him – he’s just beautiful to have around – one of those one in a million thoroughbreds.”
Amon led from the start, posting 20.8 penalty points in the dressage, going clear and inside time in the cross country and had such a buffer, still managed to win despite eight faults in the showjumping.
“I thought Kihikihi would be a good start for him,” said the 20-year-old. “He just flew round the cross country. I looked at my watch coming into the splash and had to button off a little. He is super soft and supple on the flat so always marks well in the dressage.”
The rising nine-year-old is Amon’s second horse – his other is 2* My Silver Lining who didn’t come to Kihikihi. This was Take A Shot’s first three day start.
“Last year we were just doing training, so he is moving on quite well.”
Amon says he’s a big fan of John Nicholson’s big bold cross country courses.
“I am very happy with the win – it’s been a good weekend all round really. He’s still young and learning . . . he has a lot of jump and for a thoroughbred doesn’t move too badly.”
Horses and eventing are a family affair for the Amons, with siblings Danielle (18) and Samuel (15) also riders with huge support from their parents.
“It’s all about understanding your horse,” said Amon. “We do all our own shoeing, osteopath work, breaking, training and more . . . you want to be as knowledgeable as you can to get the best out of your horses.”
Amon was also leading the JLT CNC105 Tait Trophy Championship in the dressage aboard RM Limbo but finished 27th in a very competitive field after time faults in the cross country and jump faults in the showjumping.
However, it was just the horse’s third cross country, so Amon was happy with the clear round.
He trains with Peter and Debbie Barke, who own Limbo, as well as Jock Paget and Donna Edwards-Smith.

Results –

Vosper CNC105 Open B: Jeffrey Amon (Murupara) JA Take A Shot 1, Eden Doull (Pukekohe) Noble Value 29.4 2, Scout Lodder (Auckland) Pioneer Makokomiko 31.5 3, Anne Marie Styles (Papakura) Sharvalley Music 32 4, Sarah Bleakley (Whangarei) El Novio 32.5 5, Elleysha Eastell (Kumeu) Voluminous 34.8 6.


Date Added: Sunday, 9th April 2017