I am just back from a wonderful day at Hagley Park taking photos at the Jump for Cancer charity event organised by Lisa Tennekoon. This is the third year this event has been held, and I think it gets better each year! The start time was earlier than usual and we were moved closer to the Harper Avenue side of Hagley Park, due to the vigil that is due to start in the park later this afternoon.
It all worked well though, and the day was perfect. The competitors rode well, and did a great job of show casing their sport. There were some good clear rounds, some unlucky rails and a couple of other issues here and there, but overall the riding was first class. Roger Laplanche assisted by Lex Peddie, designed the course and built a lovely course, the features being the pink jump.
Olivia Robertson bought Grandaire, her very exciting young horse up from Queenstown and showed just what a wonderful horse she and her family have imported from Europe. Olivia wasn't sure that he was ready as he has only been in the country three months, but he made it all look very easy and won the class with two lovely clear rounds, the second one very fast. He stood beautifully for the presentation and just looked like he expected everyone to admire him - which they did! Well done to Olivia who donated her prize money back to NZ Breast Cancer Foundation.
Angela Frewer's Donala Dundee was the people's choice horse - everyone loves a black horse, especially when he jumps that well.
In the pony class, it was a good win to Harriet Stock and EB Esperanza, continuing their good form in the North Island recently. Harriet, from Ashburton, also jumped two clears with a great time for the second round. The pony also won the people's choice award, voted by all those watching from the grounds and on livestream.
There were some fun times in the VIP area, where everyone had their Sunday best on, and it was hard to recognise some of the riders who were making such fashion statements! Talking of fashion, there was a fun fashion parade between the classes, and the star of the show was Logan Massey, who owned the catwalk, before deciding he needed to show off his impressive upper-body tan.
Di Foster's speech was touching and inspiring, and she had some simple messages which we can all use - enjoy life, and live each day as best as you can.
I will process the photos as soon as I can, and will put a special price on them of just $10 for a high resolution image if you want to buy your own copy. $5 of this will go to the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation, which is the charity that Jump for Cancer supports. All the photos are donated to the Jump for Cancer to use in further publicity and promotion that they may undertake.
Well done Lisa and your team.