Cross Country changes fortunes >>

Whilst John Nicholson courses may delight people with how beautiful they look, today the cross country certainly mixed up fortunes and proved they needed to be treated with respect, determination and accuracy.

With 14 starters in the Waipa Home of Champions CCI 4*-S class Forest Gate Trophy, only five jumped clear and the order altered with Samantha Lissington hitting out early on Ricker Ridge Escada whom she said set her up well to produce a cracking ride on her second horse Ricker Ridge Rui. Samantha now sits in both first place on 36.9 with Ricker Ridge Rui and 4th place on Ricker Ridge Escada with 47.2.

Madison Crowe on Waitangi Pinterest looked polished despite one little mis-communication at the corner – Madison crediting her valiant mare for a great round to have her sitting in second place on 37.2. Today wasn’t Blyth Taits' day as he and Havana parted ways early on the course. This enabled Monica Oakley who had a super day on Acrobat to move up and sit neatly in third. Monica praising the horse for his courageous efforts in only his third 4*.

There was considerable movement in the Grassroots Trust CCI3* -S Waiteko Trophy. There were only five double clears out of 43 starters with five eliminations and two retirements, 10 combinations having 20 or more faults – the cross country course certainly took its’ toll. Overnight leaders Samantha Lissington and Ricker Ridge Sooty GNZ jumped clear but added 10 time penalties to their score dropping them to 5th place and allowing Matthew Grayling and Trudeau, who jump a superb double clear, into the top spot on 28.7.

Monica Oakley moved from 9th after dressage to second on 32.5 with a double clear and last year’s Pro Am Series winner Louise Mulholland and Mr McTaggart has grabbed third place on 32.8.

The top three placings remain the same in the Wade Group Ltd CCI2*-S Ferndale Trophy with Clarke Johnstone and Watermill Glenneagle first on 26.9, Jonathan Paget and Bing Bong second on 28.5. Lizzie Green and Comanche II in third place on 28.7.

The JLT Bloodstock CCN 105 Tait Trophy leader after Dressage is Clarke Johnstone on Watermill Hadley on 26.5. Clarke also holds second place on Dolly Blue on 27.1 with Gemma Hampson and Just rock on moving into third on 30.5.

In the non-championship Prestige Equestrian Ltd 2* class Angela Lloyd and her mare Lyrical still hold the lead on 29.8 with Bonnie Farrant and Jay Gatsby jumping double clear to move up into second on 35.8 and in third is Graham Fox and Oranoa Tobasco on 36.7.

Scout Lodder added nothing to her overnight tally of just 19.8 in the Vosper Law CCN105 Restricted. Emily Wright and JA Take a Shot jumped clear and hold second spot with 29.0 and still in third place is Charlotte Treneary and Kabo Pongo on 29.8.

There was no change to class 6B Carlton Party Hire Hamilton CCN105 Restricted and so the leader is still Amber Scott and Absolou on 21.5, second is Mikaela Lewis and Zenvo on 29.0 and in third is Alyssa Harrison and Da Vinci Code on 30.5.

The Pryde's EasiFeed CCN105 Open Class is led by Rachel Masters and Powerhouse on 24.0. Leesa Williamson has moved into second on 26.5 and Samantha Lissington climbs to third on 27.5.

Tomorrow the final Show jumping phase will decide who wins the coveted One Day Championship Trophies and National classes.

Date Added: Sunday, 7th April 2019