HOYS Cross Country

HOYS Cross Country
Jonelle Price rides Ricker Ridge Divine Right during the Land Rover CCI4*-S Cross Country. Land Rover Horse of the Year – Hawkes Bay 2019. Saturday 16 March. Copyright Photo: Libby Law Photography

Best laid plans and all that!  Just going off the results sheet implies that things didn’t quite go to plan but, as always, they gave it their best shot!

It must have been a tough track as just six combinations came home clear cross country with no one making time.  Amanda ‘Muzzy’ Pottinger came home with just 2 penalties to win the class with Maddie Crowe and Blyth Tait making up the rest of the podium.

Tim’s sheet shows he and Ricker Ridge Escada must have been on track to make time as even though he picked up a 20 late on course he still completed with the second fastest time of the day to sit in 7th. I can only imagine how much fun it would have been to watch Tim negotiating that track that runs through the trade stands and VIP areas for maximum exposure.

Jonelle and Ricker Ridge Divine Right picked up an early 20 at the first combination and retired about half way round.  I don’t actually have any direct info on the whys and wherefores but I do know that Jonelle is not one for walking home unless it is for the welfare of the horse!

It’s great for the home crowd to have true Internationals like Blyth, Tim and Jonelle competing at their most prestigious show of the year and great for Muzzy to score the win.  A huge thank you for LandRover for backing the event and putting the logistics in place for Tim and  Jonelle to fly out to be a part of it.

And you know what… Tim very nearly pulled it off! As the Land Rover motto goes, they really do go above and beyond.

Presser with Jonathan Paget; Blyth Tait; Jonelle and Tim Price. Land Rover Horse of the Year – Hawkes Bay 2019. Saturday 16 March. Copyright Photo: Libby Law Photography