Gobsmacking victory to makeshift combination

Amelia Paull may have been riding for most of her life but even she was gobsmacked by her champion pony working hunter victory on the opening day of the A&P Show yesterday.

The 15-year-old picked up six wins and a second aboard Pine Hollow Alpha Gold en route to their first championship ribbon together.

“We did no training together,” she said. “He’s not my pony to ride this season but I rode him today for Pine Hollow Equestrian.”

Amelia’s mother Jacqui owns Pine Hollow Equestrian, a 42-horse and pony operation at Te Karaka, and has many youngsters riding her horses at the Show.

Amelia stepped in to ride Alpha Gold after his scheduled rider couldn’t.

It was a good day for the Gisborne Girls’ High School Year 10 student.

She also picked up a second in the 1.05m showjumping aboard Platinum Playboy, a horse she got as a two-year-old and has spent the past seven years training.

Aboard her new horse Envious Edition, she placed fifth in the 1.2m — their first start at that level and only their third outing together.

The Show has long been a happy hunting ground for Amelia, who is taking her equestrian to a new level this season by competing in Auckland, Mystery Creek and other big events around the country.

Her main goal is to start in a pony grand prix, and it could happen tomorrow aboard Envious Edition.

“I really want to compete in the Pony of the Year class at the Horse of the Year Show this season, too . . . to place in our first start there would be great.”

Long term, Amelia hopes to head to the United Kingdom to ride and compete, and one day represent her country at the Olympic Games.

Amelia Paull may have been riding for most of her life but even she was gobsmacked by her champion pony working hunter victory on the opening day of the A&P Show yesterday.

The 15-year-old picked up six wins and a second aboard Pine Hollow Alpha Gold en route to their first championship ribbon together.

“We did no training together,” she said. “He’s not my pony to ride this season but I rode him today for Pine Hollow Equestrian.”

Amelia’s mother Jacqui owns Pine Hollow Equestrian, a 42-horse and pony operation at Te Karaka, and has many youngsters riding her horses at the Show.

Amelia stepped in to ride Alpha Gold after his scheduled rider couldn’t.

It was a good day for the Gisborne Girls’ High School Year 10 student.

She also picked up a second in the 1.05m showjumping aboard Platinum Playboy, a horse she got as a two-year-old and has spent the past seven years training.

Aboard her new horse Envious Edition, she placed fifth in the 1.2m — their first start at that level and only their third outing together.

The Show has long been a happy hunting ground for Amelia, who is taking her equestrian to a new level this season by competing in Auckland, Mystery Creek and other big events around the country.

Her main goal is to start in a pony grand prix, and it could happen tomorrow aboard Envious Edition.

“I really want to compete in the Pony of the Year class at the Horse of the Year Show this season, too . . . to place in our first start there would be great.”

Long term, Amelia hopes to head to the United Kingdom to ride and compete, and one day represent her country at the Olympic Games.

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