Riders confirmed for Jump for Cancer event at Equidays

16 well-known equestrians from a variety of disciplines have been confirmed for the Jump for Cancer slalom brought to you by CryNZ which will feature in the Friday Showjumping Spectacular Nightshow at Equidays.

In the mix we have jockeys, polo players, showjumpers, Olympians, a farrier, trainers and other well-known people from the equine industry.

Check out the riders below and get your bids in on your favourite rider with all proceeds going to the Breast Cancer Foundation NZ. The riders are auctioned off using the online auction platform 32auctions https://www.32auctions.com/equidaysjumpforcancer which closes 12noon Thursday 17 October.

Jump for Cancer slalom riders:

John-Paul Clarkin – JP is one of the best-known names in Polo, considered polo royalty and highly respected within the equestrian community. Returning home from his U.K. base for Equidays, John-Paul has had a vast involvement with polo since his early days, and his career has seen many accomplishments on the national and international stage. Having played at the highest level for many years, John-Paul’s competitiveness may give him the edge in the Jump for Cancer speed slalom.

Tegan Newman – having started her career as a showjumper, Tegan then turned her focus to becoming a successful jockey. Tegan is now an apprentice jockey, currently in her second year of race riding. She has achieved 24 wins in her career so far and doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon. Tegan will be a force to be reckoned with in the fast-paced slalom.

Chelsea Burdan – Chelsea is a 19-year-old jockey who has had a flying start to her career having just completed her first year of race riding. The horse she will be competing on is her own off-the-track thoroughbred who won a few listed races and ran a couple of placings in group races. This pair are no strangers to speed and will be sure to show what they’re capable of.

Clarke Johnston – Clarke has competed at the highest level in both eventing and showjumping and is the only kiwi rider to be a member of ESNZ high performance squads in both disciplines. Clarke finished 6th in the individual eventing class and 4th in the team class at the recent Rio Olympics. His riding is a showcase of effortless skills and style which should prove to be a great spectacle in the slalom making him tough competition to beat.

Jock Paget – Jock has represented New Zealand at two Olympics in the Eventing team and now uses his knowledge and experience to coach other riders and help develop young eventers in New Zealand. Having started out Bronc riding, Jock went on to win major titles in both New Zealand and Europe showing the world how much of a talented horseman he is. Jock will be a thrilling competitor to watch in the Jump for Cancer slalom.

Amanda Wilson – Currently one of New Zealand’s top showjumpers, Amanda is no stranger to competing and winning at Equidays! As a well-rounded horsewoman, Amanda primarily competes a team of horses on the national showjumping circuit and has achieved top results at the highest level from a young age where she won Pony of the Year title in 2010 and now competes up to World Cup level.

Kelly Wilson – When it comes to horses, Kelly has done it all! Her accolades include wild horse tamer, no.1 best-selling author, award-winning photographer, motivational speaker, showjumper and world adventurer. Kelly’s childhood involved riding ponies bareback and training wild and difficult ponies, an experience that she credits to the success that she has now had within the industry. Kelly’s excited to be involved in this showjumping charity event, putting herself forward for the opportunity to raise money for a great cause.

Jaime Tiller – Professional showjumper and Takapoto equestrian stables manager Jamie is no stranger to competing. Her showjumping career has taken her to the top level, competing in World Cup classes and many events around the world including competing in Australia, India, Canada and Germany and she also spends the off-season training with top riders in Germany. Now, permanently based in New Zealand, Jaime concentrates on her passion of producing quality young horses.

Oliver Croucher – Oliver is one of the country’s top young riders and now has a permanent riding position for Takapoto equestrian in Cambridge. Having represented New Zealand on young rider teams and winning two trans-Tasman competitions, Oliver has had many career highlights so far. He enjoys the sport of showjumping because of the fine line between speed and accuracy making it a thrilling sport to both compete in and watch. Support Oliver doing his part to raise money for the pink ribbon society by competing in the slalom.

Sarah Bevege – Sarah is a young rider that has developed through pony club and competitive jumping and eventing ranks. Sarah is now putting her skills and knowledge to good use by retraining ex-racehorses through the EventStars programme. She retrains these versatile horses to excel in other sport horse careers such as show jumping, dressage, eventing or even leisure riding. Sarah will be riding Flash, an ex-EventStars thoroughbred who was destined for the track, didn’t quite perform but will now show his stuff in the slalom.

Lucy Dagnall – Lucy’s competitive experience came from pony club and in the showjumping arena and she currently works at EventStars retraining ex-racehorses. Lucy has a lot of experience with riding a large variety of horses and disciplines and can turn her foot to anything. She enjoys showjumping for the challenge of trying to produce a fast, clear round and is looking forward to raising money for Breast Cancer and having a good time while doing it. This will also be a chance for Lucy to break out some of her extensive pink riding gear collection.

Logan Massie – Logan leads a double life as a sheep and beef farmer alongside running a busy professional showjumping stable with his younger sister. Logan has had a vast showjumping career winning titles through the young rider and young horse ranks up to World Cup level. He now specialises in producing and selling quality showjumping horses. Logan’s looking forward to this exciting charity event which will be something different to the usual competition format and a real highlight for him.

Vicki Prendergast – Vicky is a lady of many talents and has had many successes in training and competing showjumpers and training racehorses. The Matamata-based trainer recently rode to victory at this year’s Horse of the Year taking out the Pro-Amateur rider of the Year. Vicky is excited to be able to contribute and give back any way she can to such an important cause. With her many years of experience in the industry, she’ll be a real competitor in this exciting charity event.

Chad Ormsby – Chad became a jockey at a young age where he rode for less than a decade and achieved over 300 race wins. He continued to ride track work and break in young horses before following the adventurous dream of becoming a rodeo rider where he found himself again, achieving highly. Now Chad focusses on his business at Riverrock Farm, a boutique agistment, sales preparation, breaking in and training establishment where his skills, knowledge and experience mean he is a great asset to the industry.

Josh Fox – Josh is a farrier for Kia Kaha forge and a skilled polo player, and he’ll be testing his skills at showjumping competing in the Jump for Cancer slalom. Josh has grown up with horses and enjoys making the horse feel comfortable and happy from the support of their hooves. Josh has experience in various including jumping, polocrosse, thoroughbred racing, dressage, mounted games, pony club rallies and hunting. Josh has said that the event will be a lot of fun and a great opportunity to raise money for such a good cause.

Russell Higgins – Russell owns and runs Brumby Farm Horsemanship Centre in Te Awamutu. Between him and his wife they have over 30 years of teaching experience and they continue to study regularly with world-renowned clinicians to expand their skills as educators and horsemen. It’s been 21 years since Russell made his way around a showjumping course and he didn’t expect to be doing it again so soon! But this is a great cause that helps so many that he is happy to support.

Individuals or organisations are encouraged to bid on their favourite rider with the starting bid set up at $100 with a buy now option of $2,000 – all money raised goes towards a fantastic cause at the Breast Cancer Foundation NZ.

The Showjumping Spectacular Nightshow is held on Friday 18 October and starts with the Jump for Cancer Slalom brought to you by Cry NZ followed by the Wade Equine Coaches Horse Grand Prix featuring some of the country’s best showjumpers competing for the title. This Friday Nightshow showcases the thrilling sport of showjumping combined with the buzzing atmosphere of competing in the indoor arena.

Tickets for the Showjumping Spectacular and other Equidays ticket classes are on sale now at www.equidays.co.nz with the option of buying a VIP ticket to experience the event in style.