Eventing Season Wrap up for the LS horses
Wednesday, July 1, 2009

It has been a good season for eventers with Longspring bloodlines.

The highlight of the season was of course the triumphant win for the NZ Young Riders Eventing team in Australia with two of the horses having Longspring connections through Distelfink. Dark Magic LS by Distelfink out of Black Beauty by Makor with rider Helen Bruce finished 4th overall as an individual and was 2nd for the NZ team. Lizzie Brown and Henton Attorney General by Annamour out of Delphi by Distelfink (bred by Bridget Sutton) were 3rd overall and the best of the NZ team.

See  http://www.nzequestrian.org.nz/Article.aspx?Mode=1&ID=2966  for more information

Henton Attorney General went on to place 3rd in the Melbourne CCI ** in May.

Clifton Zander 2nd in Young Event Horse at Taupo

This relatively new competition to identify new talent in the eventing scene is proving to be a very popular competition with many followers. Second in the competition this year was the lovely 5 year old Clifton Zander (by BT out of Top Shelf LS by Tribune) who was bred by Greg and Kim Best. They purchased the mare from a sale at Longspring.

Also competing in the class was the last Distelfink, the spunky Oscar Wilde (by Distelfink out of Banana Perfume by Green Perfume) who with rider Katherine van Tuyl finished 8th overall but was 2nd in the 4 year old division. Oscar was bred by Katherine’s mother Robyn.

Back in New Zealand, Dark Magic LS finished 11th out of 28 starters in the 3DE in May at Taupo.

Arran Station

Joint Account LS (by Distelfink out of Grey Maid by Five Knights) won the Intermediate for a very pleased rider Carolyn Jepsen. Trogg LS (by Tribune out of Dismay LS by Distelfink) with rider Daryl Hodder finished 16th and The Flying Fox LS (by Tribune out of Dilemma LS by Distelfink) with Anna Hedley finished in 8th place. The Flying Fox, a full brother to the Longspring stallion TIGER MOTH is a super little horse who loves jumping and almost always finishes in the top 3 for dressage.

Central Districts

A bitter disappointment for Helen Bruce who were leading after the dressage with Dark Magic LS but fell at the water on this new course  – as did many others. However, relative newcomer eventing was Day Boy LS (by Sam I Am out of Disrobe LS by Distelfink) with rider Emma Haworth who finished 6th out of 23 in the Training division; Trogg LS was 6th out of 19 in the Novice and SS Godiva (by Colombia out of Starlight Express) finished 13th in the Pre-Novice with rider Murray Steele.

Northern Hawkes Bay


Joint Account LS finished 3rd out of 13 in the Intermediate and Oscar Wilde finished 19th in the Training (his first eventing start).

Horse of the Year

Dark Magic LS had a good steady round and finished 5th out of 19 in the CIC** and Trogg LS ended up 7th out of 17 in the Novice.

Bay of Plenty


Dark Magic LS won the Intermediate division and Henton Attorney General was 4th in the Advanced Intermediate division.

Wellington – March 09

Trogg was 7th in the Novice division; and new comer Devolution LS (by Discern LS out of Trinity LS by Tribune) was 5th out of 29 in the Pre-Training.