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Olympian and World Champs representative Samantha McIntosh showed she’s settling perfectly back into life in New Zealand with a convincing win in the horse grand prix at the Tauranga World Cup Final Show today (Saturday).
The 36-year-old who moved home from Europe mid 2011, steered her classy imported mare Estina to victory with a double clear round in 49.02 seconds. She was also fifth on the stallion Don Quattro (owned by Carolyn Jolley) who she’s only recently started riding.
Twenty-two started the class, with just four going through to the jump-off. First out was the in-form Rosie Commons (Auckland) and her Aussie-bred Glenara Chandon, who set a cracking pace at 44.06 seconds but dropped a rail.
Next out was Natasha Lammers (Whangarei) and Telestory who clocked a steady 51.54 and also took a rail.
The experienced Catherine Cameron (Cambridge) and I Reckon dropped two fences and stopped the clock at 48.02, which left the way clear for McIntosh to take the honours.
Earlier in the show Cameron won the two 1.3m classes aboard her rising star Lights Out.
The show culminates tomorrow afternoon with the New Zealand World Cup final.
Cathay Pacific Horse Grand Prix: Sam McIntosh (Cambridge) Estina 1, Rosie Commons (Auckland) Glenara Chandon 2, Natasha Lammers (Whangarei) Telestory 3, Catherine Cameron (Cambridge) I Reckon 4, Sam McIntosh (Cambridge) Don Quattro (owned by Carolyn Jolley) 5, Mathew Gilmour (Cambridge) Belize De Cantero 6.
KiwiSpan Junior Rider: Rebekah van Tiel (Auckland) Leeston Eagle 1, Melanie Weal (Te Awamutu) Cross Your Heart 2, Lily Tootill (Auckland) Ngahiwi Cruise 3, Luke Dee (Gisborne) Pathfinder 4, Elle Phillips (Cambridge) Little Miss Pete 5, Olivia Harding (Auckland) Cosmic Cowboy 6.
Peppers on the Point 1.3m: Catherine Cameron (Cambridge) Lights Out 1, Megan Stacey (Tauranga) Shimmer Man 2, Katie McVean (Ohaupo) Dunstan Kiwi Ironmark 3, Vicki Wilson (Whangarei) Showtym Socialite 4, Phillip Steiner (Tauranga) On the Point 5, Jacob Razak (Auckland) Annietimeannieplace 6.
Collison and Co 1.3m: Catherine Cameron (Cambridge) Lights Out 1, Savannah Larsen Church (Turangi) Midway Smooth Dude 2, Ella Varcoe (Auckland) Astek Incahoots 3, Jaime Campbell (Auckland) Socrates De La Vie Z 4, Katie McVean (Ohaupo) Dunstan Springfield 5.
NZ Universities Championship: Savannah Larsen Church (Massey University) Midway Smooth Dude 1, Ella Varcoe (Auckland University) Astek Incahoots 2, Jaime Campbell (Auckland University) Socrates De La Vie Z 3, Paris Cooper (AUT) Storm Dance 4, Kelly Chapman (Auckland University) Kiwi Lotto 5, Alexandra Cook (Massey University) My Bushbaby 6.
STH Pro Amateur: Megan Stacey (Tauranga) Shimmer Man 1, Jackie Jermyn (Hamilton) Circus 2, Lydia Quay (New Plymouth) Kaipara Double Dee 3, Jackie Jermyn (Hamilton) Landenfield 4, Tracy Horton (Taranaki) HS Liquorice Twist 5, Tasha Brown (Tauranga) Maserati 6.
Goldengrove Stud Five Year Old: Samantha McIntosh (Cambridge) NZ Pow, Josh Collins (Ocean Beach) Turn It Blue NZPH, Karen Riddle (Cambridge) Wickcliffe Vinnington, Paula Mussen (Pukekohe) Ngahiwi Romeo NZ, Karen Riddle (Cambridge) Loretta WS, Katie McVean (Mystery Creek) Dunstan Carlo, Samantha McIntosh (Cambridge) NZ Powerful, Charlotte McGregor (Cambridge) NZ Supreme, Carissa McCall (Auckland) Chit Chat PSH =1.
Mitavite Six Year Old: Travis Morgan (Tauranga) Cervelt MVNZ, Bridget Hansen (Ocean Beach) Shakespeare NZPH, Jake Lambert (Cambridge) Eros K, Mathew Dickey (Oakura) Kiwi Rock, Rachel McGregor (Cambridge) NZ Fireball, Luke Dee (Gisborne) Dunstan Banderas, Jake Lambert (Cambridge) Kiwi Express, Vicki Wilson (Whangarei) Showtym Levado GNZ, Nicki Booth (Masterton) Ngahiwi Emillionaire, Rachel McGregor (Cambridge) Biarritz =1.