Same success, different rider

CLASSIC COMBO: Merran Hain and Untouchable go together like bacon and eggs, and they added another victory to their immense collection at the A&P Show — the amateur hunter high points 1m class. Picture by Paul Rickard

Merran Hain’s legendary horse Untouchable lived up to his name yesterday, taking out the champion show hunter crown again at the Poverty Bay A&P Show . . . but this time without his usual jockey aboard.

Hain handed the reins to former local Luke Dee, who is not long back from riding in The Netherlands.

Eighteen-year-old Untouchable has won the championship more times than most care to tally, but Hain’s joy from his successes never tarnishes.

“I get as much pleasure out of watching him go well (for another rider) as I do riding him,” she said. “Luke rides him very well and others get a bit worried about me jumping some of the bigger classes.”

Hain rode Untouchable in the smaller show hunter classes, winning the ESNZ Horse of the Year Qualifier amateur hunter high points 1m class and placing second in the open horse 1m.

Dee won the NRM open hunter high points 1.1m and the HOYQ open show hunter championship.

Dee was based in Belgium and Florida, riding for Irish Olympic medallist Cian O’Connor, before heading to The Netherlands to ride for well-performed Irish showjumper Darragh Kenny.

A hiccup with his visa saw him head home unexpectedly.

“I enjoyed it a lot but I am happy to be home and doing my own thing,” said the 24-year-old.

His ride on Untouchable was a last-minute thing.

“I had taken off my boots and opened up a beer when I got a call from Merran.”

Dee has ridden for Hain in the past and enjoyed many successes.

He competed in show hunter classes as a youngster, but with a few more years to his credit, he enjoys it a lot more.

“I got bored with it when I was really young but now I am a bit more educated, I like it.

“I like the finesse of it and that you have to ride correctly.”

Show hunter section head Sandy Richmond said the discipline had exceptional entries this year.

“It’s our best for a long time, with many from out of town.”

The courses were designed and built by Richmond, with Rotorua’s Joan Couper doing the judging.

Other Gisborne riders to do well included Lidy Loffler aboard Graceful, Jessica McCann on Sail Me Home, Larina Dolman and Kiwi Lansing, and Holly Baines with her horses.

Merran Hain’s legendary horse Untouchable lived up to his name yesterday, taking out the champion show hunter crown again at the Poverty Bay A&P Show . . . but this time without his usual jockey aboard.

Hain handed the reins to former local Luke Dee, who is not long back from riding in The Netherlands.

Eighteen-year-old Untouchable has won the championship more times than most care to tally, but Hain’s joy from his successes never tarnishes.

“I get as much pleasure out of watching him go well (for another rider) as I do riding him,” she said. “Luke rides him very well and others get a bit worried about me jumping some of the bigger classes.”

Hain rode Untouchable in the smaller show hunter classes, winning the ESNZ Horse of the Year Qualifier amateur hunter high points 1m class and placing second in the open horse 1m.

Dee won the NRM open hunter high points 1.1m and the HOYQ open show hunter championship.

Dee was based in Belgium and Florida, riding for Irish Olympic medallist Cian O’Connor, before heading to The Netherlands to ride for well-performed Irish showjumper Darragh Kenny.

A hiccup with his visa saw him head home unexpectedly.

“I enjoyed it a lot but I am happy to be home and doing my own thing,” said the 24-year-old.

His ride on Untouchable was a last-minute thing.

“I had taken off my boots and opened up a beer when I got a call from Merran.”

Dee has ridden for Hain in the past and enjoyed many successes.

He competed in show hunter classes as a youngster, but with a few more years to his credit, he enjoys it a lot more.

“I got bored with it when I was really young but now I am a bit more educated, I like it.

“I like the finesse of it and that you have to ride correctly.”

Show hunter section head Sandy Richmond said the discipline had exceptional entries this year.

“It’s our best for a long time, with many from out of town.”

The courses were designed and built by Richmond, with Rotorua’s Joan Couper doing the judging.

Other Gisborne riders to do well included Lidy Loffler aboard Graceful, Jessica McCann on Sail Me Home, Larina Dolman and Kiwi Lansing, and Holly Baines with her horses.

Claire Wilson is hoping “two broke girls” will continue their winning form after a successful start to the Poverty Bay A&P Show yesterday.

The Waipukurau mother of two and her 11-year-old horse McMillans Fredrika have had recent injury issues but bounced back to win the big showjumping class of day one — the open horse 1.4 metre jump.

They headed home a small but quality field on the Roger Laplanche-designed course, producing the only clean slate.

Wilson was first to admit they were a little fortunate as they rattled a few jumps on the way round.

“We were lucky but I am very happy. Fredrika is just really easy to ride, and that makes her special. She’s gentle and kind, and I love that about her.”

Wilson bought the horse as a six-year-old and they have enjoyed a good amount of success.

Wilson placed in the grand prix at Gisborne last year before suffering a broken leg.

Fredrika also had issues, missing the early part of this season because of a paddock injury.

Wilson is crossing her fingers that both are back on track.

“Hopefully the two broke girls will be able to keep some form going,” she said.

As well as Wilson, husband Simon and their children Anna (12) and Tim (14) are competing at the Show.

“This is a show we don’t like to miss,” she said.

Local riders starring in the showjumping yesterday included Sarah Aitken aboard Wally Moore’s Ngahiwi Prince, Tess Williams aboard Rick Shanks’ Cadbury and Fraser Tombleson, as well as pony riders Kavahn Matenga and Jessica McCann.

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