Bitterly cold winds on Saturday and a drizzle on and off on Sunday. Typical Spring weather.
Thanks to Holly Morrell and her team for keeping this event on track.
However, I felt sorry for all the 95cm CC fence judges and volunteers at the end of the day having to wait in the rain for so long for riders to appear at the start in order for the class to keep rolling along. The poor announcer repeatedly kept asking for riders to show up at the start box – and even when some finally appeared from the warm-up arena, they wandered across slowly, keeping the starter (who had been out there since 8 am,) waiting. Little wonder it’s hard to get volunteers to offer their services. Without them there would be no event.
Please note: Since this message, I have received a message from one of the riders who let me know that their class received notification that, due to lack of fence judges, there was a delay in the start – so maybe a lack of communication.
Overall, I was impressed with the standard of riding, especially pleasing in the 80 cm classes.
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Despite the wettest September ever, the footing at the Flaxmere Equestrian Park was perfect, with the event running smoothly and CC finishing soon after three.
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It was a short day for me on Saturday, partly because I had a heavy cold coming on, and the ground conditions being wrecked by this horrible wet weather that seems to be covering the country. Such a pity because the committee and course designers had put so much effort in to produce a great show. Not pleasant for the riders either – but this is Spring, and not just bad weather in Taupo!. So – photography for me just from 9.30 am to 3 pm Sat. Not complete classes either. I hope you all had a safe trip home.
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Next event Flaxmere HT followed by the HB A&P Show, then Arran.
Wonderful mild Spring weather, good entries and smooth running made for a most enjoyable day for the start of the season.
For those who are new to my website – please read ‘Using this site’ to follow instructions on how to order etc. To view the images, click on SPRING EVENTS 2016.
Have a great season!
For the start of the season, I was impressed at how well the horses and ponies looked and how they handled the Southerly windy conditions. I could only be present for a few hours in the morning, so unfortunately will have missed some of the riders.
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To view these – go to Hunts 2016.
Despite the threatening weather forecast, it was great hunting conditions for the big field riding at the last hunt of the season .
Unfortunately I was only able to get to three Taupo hunts, plus the Waikato Hunt Week this season . Alison covered the Hunter Trials and Hunt Week and her great shots can be seen on her own website – http://www.spotonphoto.co.nz.
To those who tell me that they still want to order photos from previous hunts (and years)! – please do so asap -as unless you have the jpg number of the images, it is a bit like looking for a needle in a haystack – especially when I get the description “I’m riding a bay horse and wearing a black jacket!). Thank you..
Enjoy the Spring and Summer months and I look forward to seeing you all next year.
To view these images, go to HUNTS 2016 and scroll down to the two named folders, which will be at the bottom of the list. If you have problems finding your way round the site – please read “Using this Site” or contact me.
We are off overseas on June 15th, home 22nd July so the office will be closed for that period.
Orders received (and paid for!) prior to Sat. 11th July will be processed , but please place any order you wish to make, as soon as possible.
Unfortunately I will be away for Hunt Week and the Hunter Trials, But Alison Price will be there and her photos can be seen on http://www.spotonphoto.co.nz. Her photos are excellent.
Have a great hunting season and I hope to see you all again at the last few hunts.
Wonderful weather for Cross-country day so we photographers were able to get some wonderful shots. Sadly the heavens opened for the presentation of the Equissage Young Event Horse class and those who rode dressage at that time. Apart from that, nobody could complain about our Taupo weather!
To view our images, to to Events 2016,, and scroll down and across to the class you want to view. When you find on image that you want to order, return to the GRID and hover your mouse over the image and the jpg number will pop up.(ANC_123). This is the number you need. Refer to ‘Using this site’ for further info.
Please place your order as soon as possible. We will be overseas for 5 weeks leaving 14th June, returning late July. The office will be closed for that period.
Enjoy your winter break and I look forward to seeing you all again in the Spring.
PLEASE NOTE! Some of the 1* Open and 105 Championship classes were in the wrong folders. Now corrected (I hope!)
Parrotts Hunt. Wharepuhunga. Monday 25th April – Anzac Day.
The Waikato Hunt Jubilee committee has to be congratulated on putting on such a great week. I was lucky enough to be at the three hunts and also the Te Kuiti 40th anniversary Hunt. All over amazing country which was so well prepared to handle the large fields of up to 400 .
Meantime, I suggest you take a last look at the 2015 Taupo Hunts which will be taken offline before the end on May!
Go to HUNTS 2016 and scroll down to the folder you want to view. When you find a photo you want to order, hover your mouse over the image in the grid – NOT the carousel – and the jpg number will pop up. It will help to read “Using this site” (Please place your orders asap as I will be away for a month from Mid-June.) Thank you.
You can also order by email if you prefer!!
Many thanks. It was great to meet so many old friends – just wish I was back on a horse again!