Show jumper earns right to ride for NZ in Las Vegas

Tegan Fitzsimon and her horse Windermere Cappuccino at the FEI New Zealand World Cup event. Photo...
Tegan Fitzsimon and her horse Windermere Cappuccino at the FEI New Zealand World Cup event. Photo: Jane Thompson
Canterbury show jumper Tegan Fitzsimon has earned the right to represent New Zealand in Las Vegas following her FEI New Zealand World Cup equestrian series victory on Sunday.

Fitzsimon and her horse Windermere Cappuccino notched back-to-back wins in the World Cup Series at the Goldengrove Stud Central and Southern Hawke’s Bay Showjumping Arena after finishing second overall at the final event over the weekend.

Fitzsimon, who lives in West Melton, knocked a rail at the first but flew around to stop the clock at 56.82 to secure the series by just two points.

In winning the series, Fitzsimon now has the opportunity to represent New Zealand at the world final in Las Vegas in April but said she will ponder that once she gets home.

The 29-year-old was proud of her gelding who continues to be consistent.

“He is the horse of a lifetime,” she said.

“He felt on form in that first round, so I knew I just had to keep that up. He jumped so well.

“I am incredibly proud of him. It feels great to come out and win the series again.”

The combination made the podium in four of the five World Cup rounds this season, including two wins.

It is a busy end to the season with the nationals, South Island championships, Takapoto Estate and finally the Horse of the Year before the summer is over.




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