Kaiaua cup for most points goes to Arnold

TIME OUT: Piri-anga Marsters took Bailey for a walk during a break in the races at Kaiaua. Picture by Paul Rickard

The Tolaga Bay Charity Beach Races at Kaiaua are always a good showcase of top riders and Saturday’s event was no different.

One of the organisers, Ira Ngerengere, said the golden races — it was the event’s 50th year — served up some great results.

“Trudy Arnold won two out of seven races, which combined with a couple of other placings saw her take out the Dewar Cup for the overall rider with the most points.”

Tracey Babbington-Maynard, who has performed well in previous years, bagged two out of seven races as well. She was pipped at the post by Trudy for the Dewar Cup.

A crowd favourite and stalwart, Gisborne farrier Dick Parsons took out the Race 4 “Open Race”.

“Dick and his family have long supported the beach races. His daughter Cherie has won the Open Race for the previous five years consecutively,” said Ira.

However, Mr Parsons was not able to take the title of “oldest rider”. This was claimed yet again by the races’ very own “Lady Diana”, Diana Atkins.

“The sprightly 83-year-old rode in three races on Saturday, but she has competed for many years,” Ira said.

“The Atkins whanau are another family that has supported the races year in, year out. Mrs Atkins also presented her son’s cup, the Boy Atkins Memorial Cup, to Jordan Patrick.”

Ira said the event was a success, and offered special thanks to all the volunteers who worked behind the scenes.

“From the saddling marshalls, starting marshalls, finishing judges, commentators, tote workers, gate keepers, and many, many more — you are all awesome.”

Full results —

Race 1 Tolaga Bay Event Cup, sponsored by East Coast Farm Vets: Tracey Babbington-Maynard, Disoma 1; Sharlyn Holt, Chevy 2; Robbie Hindmarsh, Tiki Tane 3; Trudy Arnold, Marley 4.

Race 2 O G James Memorial Trophy, sponsored by Tauwhareparae Farms: Richard Meihana, Zig 1; Jake Saywell, Two Twenty Two 2; Jordan Patrick, Gasoline Alley 3; Waitakeo Banks, Jock 4.

Race 3 S & D Smith Cup (Shepherds Race) – sponsored by Farmers Air Ltd: Trudy Arnold, Mac 1; Tracey Babbington-Maynard, Disoma 2; Shane Watson, Delta 3; Jeremy Vize, Rana 4.

Race 4 Open Race Cup, sponsored by PGG Wrightson Ltd: Dick Parsons, Untouchable 1; Jordan Patrick, Gasoline Alley 2; Waitakeo Banks, Jock 3; Raymond Donald, Kirby 4; Robbie Hindmarsh, China 5; Richard Meihana, Zig 6.

Race 5 East Coast Residents Race Cup, sponsored by Mokairau Herefords: Jeremy Vize, Rana 1; Robbie Hindmarsh, China 2; Dave Cook, Rocky 3; Richard Meihana, Zig 4.

Race 6 Uawa Handicap Cup, sponsored by Farmlands: Tracey Babbington-Maynard, Disoma 1; Trudy Arnold, Mac 2; Shane Watson, Sandy 3; Tui Teka, Beast 4.

Race 7 Handicap Race Cup, sponsored by Whangara Farms: Trudy Arnold, Marley 1; Tui Teka, Kingston 2; Vern Waru, Cowgirl 3; Shane Walker, Bill 4.

Special Awards

Dewar Cup, overall rider with most points: Trudy Arnold.

Boy Atkins Memorial Cup, local rider most points: Jordan Patrick

Most entries: Sean & Boyd syndicate.Furthest travelled: Sharlyn Hunt from Turangi.

Oldest Competitor: Diana Atkins (83 years young)

Fall/Fool of the day: Doc Tipene

First time riders: Waitakeo Banks, Tui Teka, Connor Humphries, Janey Halliday.

The Tolaga Bay Charity Beach Races at Kaiaua are always a good showcase of top riders and Saturday’s event was no different.

One of the organisers, Ira Ngerengere, said the golden races — it was the event’s 50th year — served up some great results.

“Trudy Arnold won two out of seven races, which combined with a couple of other placings saw her take out the Dewar Cup for the overall rider with the most points.”

Tracey Babbington-Maynard, who has performed well in previous years, bagged two out of seven races as well. She was pipped at the post by Trudy for the Dewar Cup.

A crowd favourite and stalwart, Gisborne farrier Dick Parsons took out the Race 4 “Open Race”.

“Dick and his family have long supported the beach races. His daughter Cherie has won the Open Race for the previous five years consecutively,” said Ira.

However, Mr Parsons was not able to take the title of “oldest rider”. This was claimed yet again by the races’ very own “Lady Diana”, Diana Atkins.

“The sprightly 83-year-old rode in three races on Saturday, but she has competed for many years,” Ira said.

“The Atkins whanau are another family that has supported the races year in, year out. Mrs Atkins also presented her son’s cup, the Boy Atkins Memorial Cup, to Jordan Patrick.”

Ira said the event was a success, and offered special thanks to all the volunteers who worked behind the scenes.

“From the saddling marshalls, starting marshalls, finishing judges, commentators, tote workers, gate keepers, and many, many more — you are all awesome.”

Full results —

Race 1 Tolaga Bay Event Cup, sponsored by East Coast Farm Vets: Tracey Babbington-Maynard, Disoma 1; Sharlyn Holt, Chevy 2; Robbie Hindmarsh, Tiki Tane 3; Trudy Arnold, Marley 4.

Race 2 O G James Memorial Trophy, sponsored by Tauwhareparae Farms: Richard Meihana, Zig 1; Jake Saywell, Two Twenty Two 2; Jordan Patrick, Gasoline Alley 3; Waitakeo Banks, Jock 4.

Race 3 S & D Smith Cup (Shepherds Race) – sponsored by Farmers Air Ltd: Trudy Arnold, Mac 1; Tracey Babbington-Maynard, Disoma 2; Shane Watson, Delta 3; Jeremy Vize, Rana 4.

Race 4 Open Race Cup, sponsored by PGG Wrightson Ltd: Dick Parsons, Untouchable 1; Jordan Patrick, Gasoline Alley 2; Waitakeo Banks, Jock 3; Raymond Donald, Kirby 4; Robbie Hindmarsh, China 5; Richard Meihana, Zig 6.

Race 5 East Coast Residents Race Cup, sponsored by Mokairau Herefords: Jeremy Vize, Rana 1; Robbie Hindmarsh, China 2; Dave Cook, Rocky 3; Richard Meihana, Zig 4.

Race 6 Uawa Handicap Cup, sponsored by Farmlands: Tracey Babbington-Maynard, Disoma 1; Trudy Arnold, Mac 2; Shane Watson, Sandy 3; Tui Teka, Beast 4.

Race 7 Handicap Race Cup, sponsored by Whangara Farms: Trudy Arnold, Marley 1; Tui Teka, Kingston 2; Vern Waru, Cowgirl 3; Shane Walker, Bill 4.

Special Awards

Dewar Cup, overall rider with most points: Trudy Arnold.

Boy Atkins Memorial Cup, local rider most points: Jordan Patrick

Most entries: Sean & Boyd syndicate.Furthest travelled: Sharlyn Hunt from Turangi.

Oldest Competitor: Diana Atkins (83 years young)

Fall/Fool of the day: Doc Tipene

First time riders: Waitakeo Banks, Tui Teka, Connor Humphries, Janey Halliday.

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