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Ella Simpson & Holy Hek

ISpyHorses --  Thu, 07-Nov-2019


It was a beautiful weekend up at Barge Showgrounds Events Centre. Equestrians travelled from all over the North Island to set up camp and compete at the annual Eventing Northland Horse Trials two day event. Fifteen year old Ella Simpson and her mount Holy Hek (Party Mix) were one of the talented combinations out chasing a rosette, competing in the Oranoa Sport Horses CCN 105 Young Rider class. On Saturday they were placed 3rd after a tidy dressage test and speedy, clear show jumping round. Therefore on Sunday the pressure was on to go clear in the cross country phase. The pair flew around the course, finishing undertime to place 2nd overall in the ambitious class. Ella stated “This has been a massive goal of mine, I feel so privileged to have had the support of family and friends and of course the horse-power. Huge thanks to the Cole Family for trusting us with the flying fattie, still have to pinch myself sometimes. Such a well run event thanks to eventing northland, all the volunteers, and all the generous sponsors, can’t wait until the next one!”


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Words by iSpyHorses' Assistant Editor Madison Tibbits
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