By CASS MARRETT
Queenstown showjumper Lucy Olphert and her horse, Beaudie, have taken out the 2021-’22 Matthews Hannoverians 7yo series, a national competition for seven-year-old horses.
Jumping heights of 1.35-to-1.4 metres throughout the series, Olphert was runner-up in her class at Masterton’s Glistening Waters series finals, securing the overall win for the series.
Right before the final, she had a gear failure with a snapped noseband which made steering harder.
She says it was ‘‘sink or swim’’ and it ‘‘came down to the wire’’ for her and the rider placed in second, both going in to the last round with zero penalties.
‘‘Unfortunately for [the other rider], it didn’t go her way and, fortunately for me, we managed to leave the jumps up,’’ Olphert says.
At the beginning of the season, she wasn’t anticipating such stand-out results.
‘‘We’re a pretty new combination, we’ve only been a team
since July last year and [Beaudie] came to me fairly inexperienced.
‘‘Going in to win the series wasn’t really on the cards.’’
She says winning the series ‘‘meant a lot’’ to her because it’s been a few years since she’s had a top horse.
‘‘It felt like my comeback.’’
Across the season, which runs from about August to April, Beaudie and Olphert collected 15 top placings, three seconds and one third.
Olphert’s now focusing on planning three international trips for riders to train and compete in France, Morocco and Brazil.
She’s also purchased some land in Alexandra with her partner where she plans to set up her own teaching facilities in a year’s time.