Emily Cammock wins NZ National Championship at Taupo

      Emily Cammock and Shaw Lee


Emily Cammock’s thousands of kilometres spent on the road in her horse truck chasing events around the country finally paid off today when she won the NRM CCI3* Open National Championship title aboard Shaw Lee. But the Canterbury mother of two faced a bigger hurdle than most at the NRM National Three Day Event Championships in Taupo.

During yesterday’s cross country, she and Shaw Lee provisionally picked up 50 penalty points. However, upon review, had the points removed and sat in third place coming into today’s showjumping.

Cammock posted a lovely clear round, putting the pressure on overnight leader and defending champ Amanda Pottinger (Havelock North) aboard Just Kidding, and Donna Edwards-Smith (Te Kauwhata) aboard DSE Mr Hokey Pokey who sat in second going into the showjumping.

Both women had rails, opening the door for Cammock and her 12-year-old horse. “This season has been a complete shambles for me,” she said, “so this is really special.”

She travelled from Canterbury to Hawke’s Bay for the Horse of the Year Show eventer of the year class in March, which was abandoned, and then again made the long trek north for the Central Districts event, which was also called off thanks to the weather. So, she was hugely relieved with today’s win.

“I definitely rate this horse,” said Cammock. “I have had him since he was an unbroken two-year-old and while he has been a bit of a rogue, he has always been a super jumper. We just need to consolidate our flat work, and there is plenty of room for improvement.”

It’s no mean feat for Cammock, who is at Taupo with her mother – and chief babysitter – Viv, groom Anna Poole and her two children, three-year-old Katie and six-month-old Thomas. It is the second time Cammock has won the crown. Edwards-Smith had to settle for second, with Pottinger third.


      Jock Paget and Angus Blue

Olympian Jock Paget (Taupo) cruised to victory in the NRM CIC3* aboard Angus Blue, the horse he brought with him from the United Kingdom. While 17.9 penalty points ahead of the second-placed Andy Daines (Kumeu) and Spring Panorama, he was a little disappointed to finish with a rail down in the showjumping.

“I wanted to jump clear,” said Paget. “I need to work on the warm-up technique I think.”

It’s been six years since he last competed at Taupo, and he’s impressed with the event.

“I was surprised at the amount of atmosphere here, it was much more than I expected. My horse has done his education in England so has seen a lot.”

But in the past nine months, Angus Blue has only had one outing before the national championships “He is still only nine, so he’s just learning but is full of power.”

Paget is rapt to be back in New Zealand after his years based in the UK. “The people and culture are so warm here, we are loving it.”


       Maddy Crowe and Waitangi Pinterest

Madison Crowe (Hamilton) has only been with Waitangi Pinterest since late July but the two showed the strength of their budding partnership in winning the Bates CCI2* Championship.

The 23-year-old accountant was ecstatic with her very special horse, who also rode off with the Charlton Stud Prize as the best-performed mare. This means everything – she is just unbelievable,” said Crowe. “I have worked so hard with her.”

She paid tribute to her friend, coach and mentor, Rio Olympian Clarke Johnstone. “He has been instrumental to this win.”

Dad Richard rode every fence with his talented daughter, whose victory today also gave her the Equestrian Entries Pro Amateur Series for the season. “Dad gets more nervous than me. He hasn’t eaten all day!”

All the pressure in the world was on Crowe as she rode into the showjumping arena. Ahead of her Donna Edwards-Smith (Te Kauwhata) and DSE Cluny had gone clear and sat less than a rail adrift, so she couldn’t even afford a time fault. “She (Waitangi Pinterest) has proved everything she needed to today. A lot of me getting on with her so quickly is what sort of horse she is.”

Matthew Grayling (Taranaki) and NRM Trudeau moved up to take third place.


      Angela Lloyd and Lyrical

Angela Lloyd (Hunua) and Lyrical came from behind to take the honours in the Fiber Fresh CCI1* Championship. The combination was in fourth place heading into the showjumping where they produced a lovely clear round.
Overnight leader Clarke Johnstone (Matangi) and In Disguise had an early rail, with a pole also dropping for Samantha Felton (Matangi) and Ricker Ridge Sooty GNZ, leaving them in second and third respectively.

Lloyd has been competing at the NRM3DE for around 20 years, but this was her first title. It was made all the more special as she is carrying a painful neck injury. She was in such agony from the compressed vertebrae that she almost didn’t start in yesterday’s cross country

“It was very close out there today,” said Lloyd. “I certainly didn’t expect to move up three spots.”
Dannie Lodder’s victory in the Wairakei Resort CCN105 Championship aboard the aptly-named Overnight Success was a bright spot in a rather challenging weekend for the Auckland mum of two . . . it was also the perfect present for her mother Beatrice Smyth who is always ringside helping out.


Dannie Lodder and Overnight Success take the Wairakei CCN105 Championship and Tompson Trophy, presented by Tom Tompson


Lodder led the class from the dressage, and despite a rail in the showjumping, held on to take the win from Donna Edwards-Smith (Te Kauwhata) aboard DSE Sunset Pass who finished just .4 of a penalty point behind for second.

“This is a special win for me,” said Lodder. “It is my first title at Taupo, but also Overnight Success is quite a special horse who was saved from the abattoirs.”

Her aim for the weekend was to continue to build the confidence of the horse, but he proved to be a step ahead of his owner. She had two other rides in other classes, with one eliminated and the other retired during the challenging cross country. Her 10-year-old daughter Scout won the New Zealand Pony Club Award, and aboard Pioneer Makokomiko placed second in the Equissage CCN105 Open.

It was back to back wins for Samantha Felton in the New Zealand Horse & Pony Magazine Young Event Horse National Championship. She and five-year-old Ricker Ridge Riley headed home 25 other combinations to win the class and secure the Mary Bowling Memorial Trophy. Last year Felton took the quinella in the hotly-contested class.

Felton was rapt. “He is so clever,” she said of the warmblood/thoroughbred cross.

Riley is the second horse she has bought from breeder John Twomey. The horse is by Donnerubin and out of Rosetta, who is out of Coco, the dam of Nick Brooks’ well-performed Versace.

“Mum and I were at EquiBreed one day and noticed this really lovely upstanding foal,” said Felton. “He had a lovely looking face and was very inquisitive. John had already left the country so we bought him. It was quite a random thing to do but looks like it has paid off.”

Interestingly, the horse was bred more for dressage, but he has shone as a jumper and in the gallops.

Article by Diana Dobson

NRM CCI3* Open National Championship: Emily Cammock (Canterbury) Shaw Lee 58.3 penalty points 1, Donna Edwards-Smith (Te Kauwhata) DSE Mr Hokey Pokey 61.2 2, Amanda Pottinger (Havelock North) Just Kidding 62.9 3, Donna Edwards-Smith (Te Kauwhata) DSE Tangolooma 68.6 4, Campbell Draper (Putururu) Mr Mancini 77.3 5, Ashleigh McKinstry (Owhango) Pioneer Brass Monkey 80.3 6.
NRM CIC3*: Jock Paget (Taupo) Angus Blue 46.5 1, Andy Daines (Kumeu) Spring Panorama 64.4 2, Samantha Felton (Matangi) Ricker Ridge Pico Boo 65.4 3, Jessica Woods (Ohaupo) Just de Manzana 65.5 4, Samantha Felton (Matangi) Ricker Ridge Escada 75.8 5, Renee Faulkner (Papakura) Rubinstar HH 81.8 6.
Bates CCI2* Championship: Madison Crowe (Hamilton) Waitangi Pinterest 43.9 1, Donna Edwards-Smith (Te Kauwhata) DSE Cluny 44.5 2, Matthew Grayling (Taranaki) NRM Trudeau 51.4 3, Lauren Alexander (Riverhead) Classic Indigo 56.2 4, Brooke Campbell (Auckland) Freddy Dash 61.7 5, Brent Jury (Cust) SE Hedging 69 6.
Fiber Fresh CCI1* Championship: Angela Lloyd (Hunua) Lyrical 45.6 1, Clarke Johnstone (Matangi) In Disguise 47.4 2, Samantha Felton (Matangi) Ricker Ridge Sooty GNZ 48 3, Vicky Browne-Cole (Waiuku) Eli 48.2 4, Donna Edwards-Smith (Te Kauwhata) CHS Royal Genie 48.9 5, Christen Lane (Pukekohe) Kinnordy Rhani 53.2 6.
Wairakei Resort CCN105 Championship: Dannie Lodder (Auckland) Overnight Success 31.1 1, Donna Edwards-Smith (Te Kauwhata) DSE Sunset Pass 31.5 2, Amanda Pottinger (Havelock North) Good Timing 32.6 3, Abigail Long (Levin) My Tom Tom 36 4, Sarah Young (Tokoroa) Equador MW 36.9 5, Hillary Samuel (Taupo) Sparky Malarkey 37.1 6.
NZ Horse & Pony Magazine Young Event Horse National Championship: Samantha Felton (Matangi) Ricker Ridge Riley 81.18% 1, Monica Oakley (Waipukurau) Artist 78.97% 2, Lake Rose (Dannevirke) Dark Envy 78.48% 3, Amanda Pottinger (Havelock North) Timeless 77.29% 4, Brent Jury (Cust) SE Gorky Park 77.11% 5, Tayla Mason (Paraparaumu) Centennial 76.84% 6.
AMS Saddlery Best Four-Year-Old: Laken Rose (Dannevirke) Dark Envy 78.48%.
NZ Horse & Pony Magazine Best Mare: Vicky Browne-Cole (Waiuku) Cutting Edge 72.28%.
NZ Horse & Pony Magazine Bests Registered Thoroughbred: Monica Oakley (Waipukurau) Artist 78.97%.
AMS Saddlery CCI1* Open: Jackson Bovill (Hamilton) Visionnaire 42.3 1, Elise Power (Auckland) Arctic Cielo 49.4 2, Kelsey Leahy (Cambridge) Showcause 51.6 3, Rachael Clark (Waiuku) Pagan Warrior 55.6 4, Charlotte Edwards (Pukerua Bay) Façade 56.2 5, Devon Raos (Howick) Conquestador 57.6 6.
Equissage CCN105 Open: Jeffrey Amon (Murupara) My Silver Lining 28.9 1, Scout Lodder (Auckland) Pioneer Makokomiko 31.2 2, Eden Doull (Bombay) Noble Value 31.8 3, Anna Gray (Whangarei) Quick Draw 33.2 4, Amanda Wards (Howick) Diamond Trade 34.2 5, Kady Prujean (Drury) The Duke 34.3 6.
Charlton Stud Best Mare: Madison Crowe (Hamilton) Waitangi Pinterest.
New Zealand Pony Club Association Award (highest placed pony club rider): Scout Lodder (Auckland) Pioneer Makokomiko.
Silver Spurs Trophy (inter-island teams’ competition): South Island (Emily Cammock/Shaw Lee, Brent Jury/SE Hedging, Madison Crowe/Waitangi Pinterest, Clarke Johnstone/In Disguise) 104.5 points 1, North Island (Donna Edwards-Smith/DSE Mr Hockey Pokey, Louise Mulholland/Mr McTaggart, Nick Brooks/For Fame, Samantha Felton/Ricker Ridge Sooty GNZ) 131.7 2.
Caseley Trophy for best presented horse: Sarah Young (Tokoroa) Leo Degas.