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It was Seremone all the way as Ike Unsworth and his lovely VDL bred horse jumped two superb clear rounds to take out the third in the New Zealand World Cup series on the final day of the two day three star Feilding A and P Show this evening (Saturday).
The full time rider from Tauranga was all class as he headed off seven other combinations to take victory before a charged atmosphere in the ManField Park indoor arena.
Hot on his heels was New Zealand World Games rider, and world cup series leader Katie McVean (Mystery Creek) aboard her second horse Dunstan Daffodil. They picked up an uncharacteristic eight faults in the first round of the very technical Leicester Jarden designed course but flew home clear in the second.
McVean now has a healthy nine point lead ahead of Unsworth as New Zealand's top riders head to the fourth round at the Christmas Classic in Taupo in two weeks time.
McVean and Daffodil featured again in the one star grand prix earlier in the show with a second placing – thanks to a single time fault – behind Bernard Denton (Gisborne) on Suzuki who were the only combination completely clean and clear.
In the young rider class Matthew Dickie (Taranaki) and Kiwi Guard were the only combination of the eight starters to leave all the fences in place, and it was a similar situation in the pony grand prix where series leader Logan Massie (Dannevirke) and Kickin the Clouds were solitary in their clean score card to take the honours and, more importantly, the valuable points.
Bomac World Cup (third round): Ike Unsworth (Tauranga) Seremone VDL 1, Katie McVean (Mystery Creek) Dunstan Daffodil 2, Bernard Denton (Gisborne) Suzuki 3, Catherine Cameron (Cambridge) Kahurangi Valentino 4, Lucy Akers (Palmerston North) Tinapai 5, Tess Williams (Gisborne) Alltech Craighaven Nitro 6.
Points: Katie McVean (Mystery Creek) 30 points, Ike Unsworth (Tauranga) 21 points, Phillip Steiner (Tauranga) 15 points, Bernard Denton (Gisborne) 13 points.
Young rider: Mathew Dickie (New Plymouth) Kiwi Guard 1, Tarsha Brookes (Cambridge) Uranda 2, Danielle Maurer (Auckland) Blue Rinse 3, Douglas Thompson (Wellington) Marksman Arrow 4, Kaitlen Pembleton (Wellington) Popoloco 5, Rachael Bental (Hastings) Kiwi Brave 6.
KiwiSpan junior rider: Alexa Randle (Auckland) Chariman 15 1, Megan Webb (Hunterville) Abenaki Chief 2, Tim Myers (Hawera) Pick Me NZPH 3, Shannon Seaver (New Plymouth) Jupiter Moon 4, Tinesha Carey (Hawke's Bay) Air Hill Squaw Valley 5, Henry Booth (Masterton) Getmshorty 6.
Cushionride seven year old: Nigel Horton (Palmerston North) Miss Mopsie 1, Ashley Hart (Hastings) Kiwi Blazon 2, Molly Bennett (Wairoa) Ngahiwi Cupid 3, Oliver Edgecumbe (Waipukurau) Quickstep NZPH 4, Katie McVean (Mystery Creek) 5.
Mitavite six year old: Catherine Cameron (Cambridge) Lights Out, Claudia Porter (Hastings) Joia Hara, Nigel Horton (Palmerston North) Letitbe GNZ =1.
Astek five year old: Brooke Zander (Waipukurau) Horsesales Strictly NZPH, Logan Massie (Dannevirke) Double JS Cloud 9,Oliver Edgecombe (Waipukurau) Cortaflex Double J Butler =1.
Cathay Pacific one star grand prix: Bernard Denton (Gisborne) Suzuki 1, Katie McVean (Mystery Creek) Dunstan Daffodil 2, Catherine Cameron (Cambridge) Kahurangi Tardak 3, Catherine Cameron (Cambridge) Campione GNZ 4, Julie Davey (Hastings) Airhill Myka 5, Ashley Hart (Hastings) Kiwi Legacy 6.
Iverquantel amateur rider: Tim Finch (Waipukurau) Mr Munga 3 1, Sharleen Workman (Wellington) Kiwi Vibe SL 2, Lucy Holden (Hastings) Final Ice 3, Merran Hain (Gisborne) Untouchable 4, Simon Harrison (Hawera) By Golly Ollie 5, Jeanette Williams (Masterton) Telegrace 6.
Pony 1.2m: Melanie Weal (Te Awamutu) Hopeful Illusion 1, Lily Tootill (Auckland) Tallyho Bandit 2, Emily Fraser (Waipukurau) Charilka Daffodil 3, Anna Sinclair (Palmerston North) Strawberry Fields 4.
Pony grand prix: Logan Massie (Dannevirke) Kickin the Clouds 1, Rebekah Van Tiel (Auckland) Guthrie, Rebecca Porter (Hastings) Chobidong, Emily Fraser (Waipukurau) Tony the Pony, Robert Wellwood (Hastings) Airbourne Magic =2, Kate Allen (Matamata) Pioneer Jade 6.