Postman delivers

SUPREME PONY: Pahiatua rider Ella Rankin and KS Mister Postman won Supreme Pony of the Show on the opening day of equestrian at the A&P Show yesterday. Picture by Paul Rickard

KS Mister Postman was a busy pony for a trio of Pahiatua sisters on the opening day of equestrian at the Poverty Bay A&P Show yesterday.

The five-year-old won the Supreme Pony of the Show in the hands of 14-year-old Ella Rankin.

He carried younger sister Haiden, 8, to reserve champion in the first-year ridden section, and wins in her rider class and novice and open classes — all in her first show.

And he and Brooklyn, 11, won her rider class and secured reserve champion rider.

Ella has won her fair share of supreme titles but this was the first for KS Mister Postman, or Jerry as he is affectionately known.

“It’s pretty cool,” said Ella, who is trained by Olympian Kallista Field and her mother Shannon Rankin. “He is a real character and loves flowers to eat and watching butterflies fly around.”

The family of three competitive showing girls have six horses at home and Jerry is the favourite by far. This is just his second season under saddle.

“He is a great pony,” said Ella. “It’s like he has been there and done that a million times.”

The 13.2hh Jerry had to beat the 14.2hh champion to take the supreme award and he did it in style.

He won the Champion Open Show Pony, his height class, and the paced and mannered and novice paced and mannered classes.

“We thought he may have had a chance but it is 50-50 when you go up against the bigger ponies (for the supreme),” said Ella. “This is quite a big deal for me and I plan to find somewhere special to put the garland he won today . . . he’s a super special pony.”

It is the fourth time the family has been to Gisborne to compete. “We’ve done well here before so it is a show we like,” said Ella, who has the Horse of the Year Show (HOY) in her sights.

She aims to repeat the feat of Jerry’s mother, Penmain Lily of the Valley, who won the 13.2hh title at HOY.

After HOY, Jerry will be handed to Brooklyn and Haiden while Ella moves more into dressage with the hope of emulating Kallista Field, who rode for New Zealand at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

“That’s my goal. I want to go to the Olympic Games and win a gold medal in dressage.”

KS Mister Postman was a busy pony for a trio of Pahiatua sisters on the opening day of equestrian at the Poverty Bay A&P Show yesterday.

The five-year-old won the Supreme Pony of the Show in the hands of 14-year-old Ella Rankin.

He carried younger sister Haiden, 8, to reserve champion in the first-year ridden section, and wins in her rider class and novice and open classes — all in her first show.

And he and Brooklyn, 11, won her rider class and secured reserve champion rider.

Ella has won her fair share of supreme titles but this was the first for KS Mister Postman, or Jerry as he is affectionately known.

“It’s pretty cool,” said Ella, who is trained by Olympian Kallista Field and her mother Shannon Rankin. “He is a real character and loves flowers to eat and watching butterflies fly around.”

The family of three competitive showing girls have six horses at home and Jerry is the favourite by far. This is just his second season under saddle.

“He is a great pony,” said Ella. “It’s like he has been there and done that a million times.”

The 13.2hh Jerry had to beat the 14.2hh champion to take the supreme award and he did it in style.

He won the Champion Open Show Pony, his height class, and the paced and mannered and novice paced and mannered classes.

“We thought he may have had a chance but it is 50-50 when you go up against the bigger ponies (for the supreme),” said Ella. “This is quite a big deal for me and I plan to find somewhere special to put the garland he won today . . . he’s a super special pony.”

It is the fourth time the family has been to Gisborne to compete. “We’ve done well here before so it is a show we like,” said Ella, who has the Horse of the Year Show (HOY) in her sights.

She aims to repeat the feat of Jerry’s mother, Penmain Lily of the Valley, who won the 13.2hh title at HOY.

After HOY, Jerry will be handed to Brooklyn and Haiden while Ella moves more into dressage with the hope of emulating Kallista Field, who rode for New Zealand at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

“That’s my goal. I want to go to the Olympic Games and win a gold medal in dressage.”

Brooke Edgecombe has started the competition season with a roar aboard her classy mare LT Holst Andrea.

The Waipukurau combination headed home a solid 11-strong field in the open horse 1.4m on the first day of jumping at the Poverty Bay A&P Show.

Six came back for a jump-off over the Roger Laplanche-designed course.

Edgecombe and Andrea, who last season won the FEI World Cup (NZ League) final, were too slick, stopping the clock at 37.6 seconds in a clear run. Second were Drew Carson (Putaruru) and Winston V Driene in 39.27 ahead of Julie Davey (Meeanee) and Joligne De Carmel in 40.36.

The top three all went clear.

The open horse 1.3m was another hotly-contested class, attracting 20 entries.

Ally Carson (Putaruru) was first on Letano and second on Whiorau Ritchie.

Gisborne farmer Fraser Tombleson had a win in the open horse 1.15m aboard Sentra.

They were second also in the open horse 1.2m class in which Larina Dolman (Gisborne) and Lansing were fourth and Jenny Randall (Gisborne) and Nero Bello were fifth.

Local pony rider Lily Beaufoy and Jacaranda were second behind Tessa Mason (Napier) and Mr Acho in the open pony 1.15-1.2m class.

Beaufoy and Jakaranda were also third in the open pony 1.1m and fourth aboard Iamwhatiam in the open pony 1.05m class.

The competition and practice arenas at Showgrounds Park are in near-perfect condtion and the calibre of entries are high in the jumping classes.

Competition continues today and tomorrow, culminating with the horse and pony grand prix.

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