The star of the day
Olivia Dalton won both the junior rider and horse mini prix at Woodhill Sands’ first show of the season, the Alltech Spring Grand Prix Show.
Olivia Dalton has started the 2018-2019 season with a hiss and a roar producing excellent results with her team at the Alltech Spring Grand Prix Show at Woodhill Sands.
Olivia took out the Dunstan Horsefeeds and EquiFibre Junior Rider Series class aboard new Aussie import Cil Dara Bonaparte and the Alltech Horse Mini Prix with Master of Hossack.
In the mini prix, she and the 11-year-old stationbred gelding blitzed the jump-off field, coming home nearly 10 seconds clear of the second-placed Rosie Commons (Auckland) aboard Athena GNZ. Sixteen-year-old Olivia teamed up with the horse in January and spent the remainder of last season consolidating the new partnership. She is rapt he has come out so strongly for the new season.
It was much closer in the 13-strong junior rider class but she and Cil Dara Bonaparte still had a relatively comfortable 3.08 second buffer over runner-up Sarah West (Matamata) on Oaks Centurian. Cil Dara Bonaparte was one of two Australian horses Olivia bought with the help of Tom Tarver over the winter and she is very excited about the coming months.
“I am so excited for my team and the season ahead,” says the Year 12 St Kentigern College student. “It was a great start.”
The opening show of the season attracted 180 combinations with Wayne Bragg designing in ring one.
Dunstan Horsefeeds and EquiFibre Pro-Am Series: Helen McGrath (Whangarei) Woodbine Just In Case 1, Laura McGregor (New Zealand) High Command 2, Sam Matthews (Cambridge) Adloo Annabelle 3, Sandra Stanford-Soons (Silverdale, Auckland) El Vira 4, Rosie Commons (Auckland) Lotte 5.
Hinterland Amateur Rider Series: Amy Schischka (Waiwera) Rock It 1, Tim Bruce (Waikato) Limousine 2, Fleur Butler (Stratford) Amarula MVNZ 3, Katja Kershaw (Auckland) Vivacity 4, Vanessa Veart-Smith (Ahuroa) The Notorious Fez 5, Chloe Van den Boorn (Silverdale, Auckland) Mirrabella Piper 6.
Dunstan Horsefeeds and EquiFibre Junior Rider Series: Olivia Dalton (Karaka) Cil Dara Bonaparte 1, Sarah West (Matamata) Oaks Centurian 2, Brayden Aarts (Pukekawa) George Jetson 3, Colleen Crous (Auckland) Orames Girl VDL 4, Lucas Bremner (Whangarei) Triple Star Destiny’s Accolade 5, Keeva McCambridge (Auckland) Hey There Delilah HH 6.
Dunn Contracting Pony Mini Prix 1.10m-1.15m: Georgia Bouzaid (Waiheke Island) Redcliffs Bill 1, Tyla Hackett (Waiuku) The Dreamer 2, Aimee Collinson (Auckland) Moonlight Glow 3, Madison Jackson (Pukekohe) Showtym Endeavour 4, Lucas Bremner (Whangarei) Triple Star Picture Me Now 5.
Alltech Horse Mini Prix 1.25m-1.3m: Olivia Dalton (Karaka) Master of Hossack 1, Rosie Commons (Auckland) Athena GNZ 2, Sandra Stanford-Soons (Silverdale, Auckland) El Vira 3, Sam Matthews (Cambridge) Adloo Annabelle 4, Laura McGregor (New Zealand) High Command 5.