Grace Percy won a national showjumping title with her home-bred horse from little ol’ Glenorchy last weekend.
Her nine-year-old mare, Sunny Disposition, won the Hilton Press National 1.10m to 1.20m Horse Championship at the NRM NZ National Jumping and Show Hunter Championships in Canterbury.
Just weeks before the event the pair also won the popular Stockman’s Race at the Glenorchy Races.
The chestnut mare was bred by 21-year-old Grace and her dad Stu Percy who manages Routeburn Station.
Sunny’s dam (mum) is Stu’s old mare, while her sire (dad) is Iris Scott’s stallion from Rees Valley Station.
The father-daughter duo broke Sunny in together and Grace has produced her.
“Dad’s especially stoked that she won, because she’s a home-bred mare in a sport that has become very much about good breeding, but that usually comes with a price tag – not in this case,” Grace says.
The pair were up against 39 other competitors in the class which ran over two days, at McLeans Island.
Grace’s horse-truck driver, groom extraordinaire and mum Anne Percy travels around the country with her daughter while Stu makes it to events when he can get time off work – he flew up to the nationals on Saturday morning.
“The last day was especially tough as it had rained overnight and the course was very muddy and slippery and the height was raised to 1.20m,” Grace says.
But as soon as she cleared the last jump on the final day she instantly knew they’d won.
Grace and Sunny were the only team to lead their class from start to finish during the championships.
“It was a bit overwhelming as Sunny had gone from a small foal at home to winning a national title.”
Sunny’s win wasn’t the only success Grace had over the weekend – her other three horses all had wins and placings in their classes.
Grace runs her own business taking lessons, breaking in, schooling and selling horses on behalf in Cromwell.
But she won’t be selling Sunny anytime soon.
“Sunny is the only foal from this line so I can’t really part with her otherwise I’ll lose the breed. She cost us nothing, so I will continue to compete her and then one day breed a foal off her.”
Grace and her team’s next big event is Horse of the Year which they’ll be travelling to Hastings for next month.
Queenstowner Lauren Buckley also won the Mainland Coachwork Ltd 1.20m to 1.30m Horse Championship aboard Icey Storm.