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    VIP Hospitality 2017


    #Puhinui2017 is welcoming with open arms a new partnership with Catwalk.

    The CatWalk Spinal Cord Injury Research Trust was founded by one of our own, in 2005 by Catriona Williams and a group of close friends. Catriona, formerly one of NZ’s leading international equestrian riders is a C6/C7 tetraplegic following a riding accident in 2002.

    The hospitality tent is open on Saturday and Sunday, so come on down for a day full of suspense, excitment and awe!

    http://www.3dayevent.co.nz/Hospitality to view ticketing details.

    See you at #Puhinui2017

    4th December 2012

    Donna Smith riding Sarah Varley's Just Chocolate.

    The Puhinui Three Day Event this weekend marks the halfway stage in the Bell Tea Super League, which runs throughout the competition year. It will have huge impact on the series as double points are earned at three-day events.

    The CCI3* (Advanced) class has a quality field of twelve of the country’s top performers, including seven of the first eight on the Super League table. Donna Smith (Te Kauwhata), who won the National One Day title and leads the series with Tim and Sarah Varley’s Just Chocolate, has also entered Balmoral Sensation, who she describes as the horse of her dreams.

    A former international, Smith has been nurturing Sensation’s career carefully to give this magnificent horse every opportunity to be as good as his name suggests, and this will be his first major challenge. Expect big things in the future, whether he delivers his full potential this weekend or not.

    Last year’s winners, Christen Hayde (Pukekohe) and Tandarra Sweet As, who also won the Bell Tea Super League last year, will be hoping to produce the goods again this time, but the competition will be keen, with Annabel Wigley (Amberley) having brought both NRM Enzo and NRM Frog Rock from the South Island.

    Young rider Ashleigh McKinstry, who lies second in the Super League and also leads the Massey University Young Rider series with her part bred Kaimanawa Pioneer Makokomiko, will be hoping to hold her own against her seniors, but evergreen Bryce Newman (Bulls) with Bates Trademark and Auckland lawyer Simon Gordon with Fletch.com will be trying to move up the table.

    Shelley Ross (Helensville) and Dannie Lodder (Auckland) will be hoping for better luck this weekend, having withdrawn their horses from the National One-day Event at Taupo a fortnight ago after a falls from other horses, forfeiting any chance of adding to their Super League tallies as a result.

    The field is completed by former Olympian Heelan Tompkins (New Plymouth) on Cortaflex Ski Whistler and Monica Oakley (Waipukurau) on Fontain, who she nursed back from a career threatening paddock injury in January to move seamlessly up to this level despite missing the autumn season.

    The Puhinui CCI3*, along with the NRM CCI3* at Taupo in May, are the two highest level events in New Zealand, with the Adelaide CCI4* the only event of higher stature in the southern hemisphere, so Puhinui is a chance to see the action and excitement of this Olympic sport on our doorstep.

    -- Virginia Caro

    29th November 2012
    Puhinui 3 Day entries have now closed, and looking at the entry list, its shaping up to be a tough competition!

    Christen Hayde will be back on Tandarra Sweet As to defend her title in the CCI***. She will be up against some excellent competition including the recent National ODE winner, Donna Smith on Just Chocolate. South Islander, Annabel Wigley will also be hoping for a good result with her two entries in the CCI***.

    Donna Smith is now the leader in the Bell Tea Super League, hotly pursued by Ashleigh McKinstry, Bryce Newman and Simon Gordon. Ashleigh is also leading the Massey University Young Rider series. Puhinui is an extremely important event in the Super League and the Series, as double points are up for grabs. All these riders are entered.

    While we won’t have any of our Olympic bronze medal team members at the event, we will some of our English based kiwi eventers, all pushing hard for consideration for the team for the World Equestrian Games, which will be held in France in 2014.

    Clarke Johnstone, one of the kiwi bronze medal winners at WEG in 2010, has entered in the CCI*. Lizzie Brown will be competing in the Novice and PreNovice. Both Clarke and Lizzie will be returning to the UK in time to prepare their UK team for the eventing season there (presuming it stops raining there!)

    Rumour has it that a visit to Puhinui is on the cards for young British up-and-coming eventer, Nick Gauntlett, and his bride Amanda, who will be in New Zealand on their honeymoon. Nick plans on establishing whether there are any other kiwis that ride like Andrew Nicholson!

    As well as the eventing action, there are also the ever-popular Hunter Derby classes held on Sunday, the final day. These classes consist of a set number of cross country and show jumps and will include the famous Puhinui bank. Judging follows the show jumping model, as faults will be awarded for faults such as stopping or dropping a rail. There will be an instant jump off for clear rounds. The team challenge is always popular and with entries for this being done on the day, there is always an opportunity for putting together an on-form team!

    Shopping will also feature at the show, with all your equestrian needs able to be met. The trade area overlooks the main arena, and is always a lively and vibrant area, with some good event specials on offer. There’s also a good range of food vendors booked in, offering coffee, freshly squeezed juices to something stronger, icecreams to burgers.

    Puhinui is shaping up to be a great event, and we look forward to seeing you there!

    One of Eventing New Zealand’s showcase competitions, Puhinui International Three Day Event is on from Thursday 6 to Sunday 9 December 2012 on the Puhinui Reserve, Prices Road, Manukau City. Dressage is Friday, Cross country day is Saturday and showjumping Sunday.

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    Website: http://www.3dayevent.co.nz