Successful showjumping season



Roxburgh teen Jessamy Wales and her pony Kiri make a good team.
Jessamy (15) and Kiri finished their A&P show season in good form after securing wins in all four of the showjumping events they competed in during the recent Wanaka show.
Those events were the pony one metre two phase and pony one metre instant jump-off (IJO) on Friday, March 13.

They followed their successful run with wins in the pony gamblers’ stakes and pony one metre IJO on the Saturday.
However, their success did not stop there.
They also received the Phillipa Lloyd Memorial Trophy for best performed Central Otago Pony Club member and the Studholme Trophy for winning the Pony Gamblers’ Stakes.
The duo also won the bending race for riders aged 13 to 17.

Jessamy, who is a year 11 pupil at Roxburgh Area School, agreed they make a good team.
‘‘I think we just know each other really well,’’ she said.
Jessamy has mastered the skill of judging when something ‘‘might not go so well’’ while competing and knows what it takes to work through those moments with Kiri.
However, Kiri is a trusty thoroughbred cross-Welsh in whom Jessamy has a lot of faith.
‘‘She’s 19, so she’s been around doing her job for a while, so she knows what to do.’’
And when Kiri does her job well she receives plenty of praise, especially if she has a clear round.

‘‘We have clear round carrots,’’ Jessamy said, of the treats Kiri receives for a job well done.
Jessamy and Kiri have had a busy season taking part in various Equestrian Sports NZ events down south.
Although Jessamy said they got their season off to a ‘‘bit of a rocky start’’, they finished well, particularly following success in the ring at various A&P shows.