Exciting additions to the team

It’s been a busy  season with new members joining the team.

Shadow Fearless JB (Tetley) looks like the perfect rocking horse with his distinctive grey dapples. Within four weeks of joining the team he has stepped up to his first Novice and won.

Diachello (Danny) is a classy boy, good looking, impeccably behaved. When he gains some fitness it’s going to be exciting times.

Badminton 2017 is Underway

Badminton 2017 is underway with Jesse and his New Zealand ex-racehorse Kaapachino accepted into the original 2017 Badminton start list of 85 athletes. Badminton is the world’s second largest sport event and is renowned for being the toughest 4Star cross-country. Eric Winter  Badminton’s 2017 newly appointed cross-country course designer and has built a cross-country course  creating a media storm, described  as the biggest and toughest Badminton course ever!

Jesse felt it was “the Badminton we have grown up knowing was in the UK”. “Now we are here and get a chance to ride it,” said the former Waikato rider. “This is why we move ourselves to the other side of the world to be amongst the best, to compete at the biggest, and to have a horse like Kappy to do it on is just a privilege.”

Erik Duvander interview-NZ Pathways to Success


Erik Duvander led the New Zealand Eventing High Performance program for ten years. In this time the New Zealand team won Olympic and World Games Medals ardour high performance squad has had consistent success at major international championships.

I was very fortunate to develop as a young rider under Erik’s leadership, and make the successful step to New Zealand’s senior high performance squad; a squad which New Zealand  based in the United Kingdom for optimum exposure to world class competition.

Erik was recently interviewed by New Zealand’s  CountryTV in a brilliant half hour discussion with Mark Leishman where Erik discussed his philosophies and the pathways to continued success for New Zealand eventing.


Amsterdam selected for NZ Nations Cup Team

Delighted with Amsterdam’s selection to represent New Zealand in the last of the 2016 Nations Cup series at Boekelo in the Netherlands.

This will be Amsterdam’s second CCI3* and for me the third time I will compete at Boekelo. I rode here last year with my dear old campaigner Kaapachino, where we were also part of the New Zealand team competing in the Nations Cup and also competing to secure New Zealand a team place at Rio, with a traveling reserve.

Two wins for the team….

Two very good days at the office on the 8-9th August with both Lord George and Fado claiming decisive wins at Homme House. Apart VD Hoefslag Z also jumped a double clear after a very good dressage to bring home a 5th prize.

On the Monday at Smiths Lawn – Windsor, May Ryloa backed up her top placing at her first CIC1* at Chilham in late July with a 3rd place in a highly competitive class.


‘I Spye’ Wins Major Young Event Horse Title

Thrilled to have my super horse I Spye win this prestigious Young Event Horse event.

From a field of 50 competitors I Spye won the Dubarry Young Event horse at the Gatcombe Festival of British Eventing.

I Spye joined my team as a four year old and from day one I have rated him as a horse with outstanding talent for the future. Very gratifying to have a panel of international judges agree.

Also very pleased for Sam, my New Zealand working pupil, who I allowed ride I Spye so I could compete Gigilo VK for my wonderful owner – Jane Bell. Giggle VK went into the final phase of judging in second place, one mark from I Spye, but sadly got pipped to 9th place for the final section of judging – a top 10 place still a credible result for Jane and her promising young horse.


This hugely popular competition has been integral to Burghley Horse Trials for nearly 30 years and is still acknowledged as the shop window to view potential ‘four star’ horses at an early age.
Open to four and five year olds, the aim of the Series is to encourage breeders and trainers to produce and present the type of young horse which will be considered to be the best material to make a world class three day event horse.
The judges look for an athletic, loose moving horse with a promising jumping technique and attitude which, with correct training and production, will develop physically and mentally into a strong three day eventer.
The winner is that with the highest overall marks from four sections:
I Dressage Out of 30
II Jumping – 1.05m for 5 year olds – Out of 40
III Conformation (12 marks) & Quality (8 marks) – Out of 40
IV Suitability & Potential – 1 – 10
Dressage: each horse performs a simple dressage test to demonstrate obedience, suppleness and, correct, elastic and regular gaits. Marks are not awarded for individual movements.
Jumping: follows immediately after the dressage. Judges are looking for a bold athletic horse with good technique.A horse should not necessarily be penalised for knocking down one fence (or even a four year old having one refusal), providing he learns from his mistake.However, a fall of horse or rider or three cumulative refusals will result in elimination.
Conformation and Quality: assessed in hand. The horses’ build and type should enable them to withstand the demands of the sport in terms of soundness, speed and stamina.
SuitabilityandPotential: the top ten highest scoring horses from sections I – III are invited to come into the Ring to be assessed on potential international quality. The horses are brought into line in the order that the judge sees their potential.Ten marks will be awarded to the horse that the judge selects first, 9 to the second, 8 to the third, etc down to 1 mark to the tenth horse.These marks are added to those from the previous 3 sections to establish the winner
One horse per 15 starters at today’s event will qualify for the Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse Finals which take place at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials on Friday, 2 September.

Amsterdam wins ‘Fox-Hunter’

I was delighted with Amsterdam’s win Showjumping.

We decided to open up some gears to win the ‘Fox-Hunter’ from a field of 37 experienced show jumpers – a lot of fun showing those show jumpers how we eventers handle jumping against the clock!!

My super talented five year old  I-Spye also pleased with a double clear in his class.

Amsterdam and I shortlisted for Rio

Thrilled to be named by New Zealand and the Federation Equestrian International in the olympic short list as one of seven riders for New Zealand’s Eventing Olympic team of five riders.

To represent New Zealand at the Olympic Games has been my passion and driving goal since I was seven years old. We have an incredibly strong squad and I am delighted to be a part of it with the opportunity to learn from the worlds best.

Amsterdam has only recently made the step to 3* and has a huge future ahead of him. I thank Gary and Linda Harding for giving me the opportunity to train and compete this wonderful, world class horse.

Amsterdam stars at Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth

The first leg of the Event Rider Masters Series at Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth was fantastic and it was great to be a part of it. It was a lot of fun and the atmosphere was superb.

Amsterdam was the first New Zealand horse home in 15th place in a class with the top 40 riders in the world, give or take a handful of absentees.

He did fantastically well in all three phases of this ERM3*, jumping a beautiful double clear. He moves with so much flair when he gets more established at this level he will really pull in the big marks in the dressage.

It was a great event and huge congratulations to the ERM and to Dodson & Horrell whom I am very fortunate to have support from. Mum, dad and I had a super lunch with the Dodson & Horrell team and it was lovely to meet them all.   Jesse

Badminton 2016

What an incredible experience Badminton was. The result wasn’t quite what I wanted but the experience I gained over the past week will really set me up for the years to come. Thank you to everyone for the messages of support, it was really humbling. And also a big thank you to the most amazing horse ever, Kaapachino. He gave his all and I couldn’t have asked any more of my old friend, thank you Kaapy.


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