Felton’s National 3* Crown Completes Full Set

Felton’s National 3* Crown Completes Full Set
Photo by Diana Dobson/The Black Balloon

by Diana Dobson

Samantha Felton completed a rather unique clutch of titles today with her victory in the Waipa Home of Champions CIC3* Forest Gate Trophy at the Kihikihi International Horse Trial.
Her win aboard Ricker Ridge Escada in the national one day title class means she has now won a ‘full set’ – from pre novice to 1*, 2* and now the 3*.
“It is cool and something I have been quietly trying to achieve for a while now,” said the 25-year-old full time rider. “I broke my collar bone one year and just haven’t had the horses at the right stages, so this is great.”
She has had 11-year-old Escada, a full thoroughbred, since he was five. The horse had done pre novice but she’s brought him on from there.
“The ability has always been there,” she said. “He is a real workman and a quiet achiever even though he can have a bit of a grumpy old man persona sometimes.”
The combination were sixth after the dressage, sitting on 53.6 penalty points.
“Our dressage is always a work in progress.”
They do a lot of work with Penny Castle and Tracy Smith.
“It is just getting more of everything really . . . collection, balance and that consistency.”
Felton has every confidence the horse is a 4* for the future.
“I think he has definitely proven he has the goods, so it will be about seeing what next year brings.”
Coming in second today was Bundy Philpott (Cambridge) aboard Tresca NZPH. The combination were third coming into the all-important showjumping where they were clear but had two time faults.
“I don’t think anyone would be surprised at that,” said Philpott. “I am the queen of slow.”
Kihikihi was her first big event back after a nasty fall at Taupo in 2014, and just Tresca’s second 3* start.
She was rapt with their second placing.
“He is a super genuine horse and one I am lucky to have in the yard,” she said of the 10-year-old who was bred to showjump.
Third place today went to Andy Daines (Kumeu) and Spring Panorama who had eight faults to move back a slot.
“He still jumped amazingly and I am stoked with him,” he said.
British FEI judge Les Smith was most impressed with what he saw at Kihikihi.
“It is a fabulous venue, terrific track and just a brilliant cross country, which was beautifully presented,” he said. “John (Nicholson) is a world class builder.”

Results –

Waipa Home of Champions CIC3* Forest Gate Trophy Championship: Samantha Felton (Cambridge) Ricker Ridge Escada 77.2 penalty points 1, Bundy Philpott (Cambridge) Tresca NZPH 81.4 2, Andy Daines (Kumeu) Spring Panorama 90.1 3, Chloe Phillips-Harris (Kerikeri) Cor Jet 92.1 4, Sarah Dalziell-Clout (Masterton) Benrose Super Star 98.5 5, Ashleigh McKinstry (Owhango) Pioneer Brass Monkey 103.6 6.


Date Added: Sunday, 9th April 2017