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New Zealand horseman crowned champ at EQUITANA Auckland
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New Zealand horseman crowned champ at EQUITANA Auckland

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Auckland, Nov 24 : Andrew Jamison turned Little Miss Attitude to Little Miss Amazing en route to winning the IRT The Way of The Horse Challenge at EQUITANA Auckland here on Sunday evening.

Jamison was left speechless when announced as the champion, heading off fellow New Zealander Amanda Wilson and Australians Georgia Kolovos and Donal Hancock to win the trophy. The invited horsemen and women had just an hour a day over the four days to turn the unhandled three-year-olds from wild to willing, with the event judged by EQUITANA's star presenters Sir Mark Todd, New Zealand Olympic showjumper Bruce Goodin, Australian dressage maestro Tristan Tucker and American horseman Al Dunning.

The competitors each had a final 15 minutes to show just how much they had achieved with their horses with all of them underlining the importance of going at the speed dictated by the animal. "It is all about doing the best for the horse," said Jamison. "This filly has a great future ahead - it could have gone either way but now she has her trust and mind."

Judge Al Dunning said it had not been an easy task to judge the competition but the four had a clear favourite. The ultimate horsemanship challenge brought the curtain down on four days of EQUITANA Auckland. (UNI-XINHUA)