Wilson Sisters Update Jan 2013
Auckland** Show Jumping
Showtym Viking won his first two star horse Grand Prix ahead of New Zealands leading riders, not bad for a 149cm pony!! The course was set at 1.40m-1.50m and he jumped double clear, over 4 seconds ahead of the closest rival... Clever boy! Hard to believe he won his first pony Grand Prix at the same show three years ago. Vicki also placed 6th in the Grand Prix on Ngahiwi Showtym Premier. Wurlitzer won the 1.30m Speed Championship inc onvincing style and has made a full recovery from his near fatal accident one year earlier, Amanda and Showtym Casanova also placed 6th in the Speed Championship. Viking continued his consistent results in the Young Rider series and placed 3rd in the Young Rider class. Kelly and Ngahiwhi Showtym Dancer placed 3rd in the 1.25m Championship
The horses were superstars in Taranaki with 8 wins and 16 placings over the three days/two shows. Amanda and Viking won their second Horse Grand Prix, with Vicki on Ngahiwi Showtym Premier 2nd and Wurlitzer 3rd. It was the sisters first trifecta in a Grand Prix class. Vicki also placed 4th on Wurlitzer in the second Grand Prix of the Weekend. Levado won the 7yr old and Vicki also had wins in the 6yr old and 5yr old classes... Amanda had a stellar show and also placed 2nd and 4th in her Young Rider classes gaining her valuable points on the ESNZ National Young Rider Leaderboard which she is now winning in convincing style. Kelly rode Showtym Covergirl for the first time and placed 4th in the Amateur Rider class.
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January Camp Update
We have had a busy start to the New Year with camps on (by the end of January we had over 180 camp kids in a six week period!) and horse shows most weekends. These include ***Taupo World Cup Show, *Woodhill and ***Waitemata and ***Gisborne World Cup Show.
***Taupo Show Jumping:
Highlights included Wurlitzer and Vicki taking out the National 1.30m Championship Derby and in the placing 2nd in the National Grand Prix Derby on Ngahiwi Showtym Premier.
*Woodhill New Year SJ:
Amanda placed 4th in both the Young Rider and the Grand Prix on Showtym Viking. The results gave her a comfortable lead in the National Young Rider Series and they are now guaranteed a top 5 finish this season.
***Waitemata Show Jumping:
Showtym Cadet MVNZ won the 7-Year-Old title with our stallion Showtym Levado GNZ placing 2nd. Levado also placed 4th in the Grand Prix and is continuing to impress us with his scope and ability.
We have had a number of foals born over the past few months, the most notable being two out of Showtym Girl (Vicki’s leading Grand Prix mare who is renowned for her High Jumping). One is via ET and is by Emillion VDL and the other is by our own stallion Showtym Levado GNZ. We have just put Showtym Girl back in foal to Corofino II and have a number of other foals planned so will have exciting additions to the team over the next few years.
Showtym Girl x Emillion BVDL (above)
We have had six camps in December/Jan. In total about 180 students went through our gates and benefitted from lessons and a week of genuine horsey fun. Our camps have been in huge demand and camp are filling in advance with a waiting list! Due to the demand we have increased the number of camps we offer and have been very busy over the holidays. We have also had a Far Northern Adventure Weekend which was a lot of fun and have another one planned for April.
Vicki and Amanda have been in high demand for lessons and Vicki has been traveling down to Wellington and Auckland each month for regular Clinics. At each clinic 20-30 riders have lessons and like the camps they are a great opportunity to promote your company to riders that are desperate to learn. Amanda and Vicki also have regular students they teach at our own property and they have just finished a joint clinic in Tauranga.
Keeping up with the Kaimanawas:
The huge popularity we have gained for our work with the wild horses is continuing and we have had a huge amount of media coverage and public interest. The latest feature in the Horse & Pony Magazine included Major (RIP) on the front cover and it was a very fitting tribute to our favourite stallion.. The filming of the Documentary is well underway and will conclude exactly one year after they were mustered from the wild (26th May 2013). We currently have over 6000 people following us on FB and our You Tube videos have had over 60,000 views. Sergeant in particular has become a favourite after we saved the stallion from slaughter last month and we have had huge public support to help finance the costs of saving him. He arrived in terrible condition and has been fed Coprice and Tuffrock Condition Plus since he arrived and in just one month looks 100% better... Will have to get ‘after’ photos soon. Have plenty of ‘before’ photos!!
Sergeant (three weeks after saving him from slaughter).
Our wild mare Memo being ridden for the first time (following 6 months of rehabilitation for extensive lameness and damage to her hooves).
Ranger... The most advanced of our wild ponies.
New Year beach adventures with the wild ponies.
Coming Up:We have have been named finalists in three categories in the Equestrian Social Media Awards.
We are also hosting the European Master Equine Photographer, Christiane Slawik for six weeks in March/April and she will be photographing our horses for her upcoming book ‘Horse Hideaways’
On the competition front we have shows most weekends including the World Cup Finals, North Island Championships and the Horse of the Year Show.