Livamol World Dressage Challenge and Bates National Championships – 2022 at NEC Taupo

Part 1 – World Dressage Challenge, Super 5 Day and Young Dressage Horse 

First and foremost – we congratulate Wendi Williamson on becoming NZ Dressage Champion and winner of the Burkner Medal once again after a three out of three classes win on Don Vito MH (Don Frederico/Anamour) – a full sibling to her previous NZ GP Champion and HOYS Champion, Don Amour MH.

There were eight Hanoverians accepted for the World Dressage Challenge held prior to the Bates National Dressage Championships in Taupo.

 It is of special note to acknowledge the remarkable achievement of Stacey McCoy (Hartshorne) and her boutique breeding programme from the 2000’s to have three HPH horses accepted (and in fact there were FOUR horses in total and all feature at some point in the reports).

HPH Benedict (Ballettmeister/Winterkoenig) with Rachel Shiree Hughes, HPH Sir Wolkentanz (Sir Donnerhall Old /Wolkentanz I) with Lucarne Dolley and HPH Furst Welcome (Furstenball Old / Wolkentanz I) with Amy Sage

Matthews Hanoverians has two acceptances in Santana MH (Santino/Anamour) with Cindy Wiffin and Georgia MH (Gymnastik Star/Riverdance) with Casey Burton (who did not make the start in the end.

The three remaining Hanoverians were Anuschka PSH (Anamour/Gaius xx) with Kathryn Correy B. Nicolette Rendle, Dance Hit SW (Danciano/Sandro Hit Old) with Susan Tomlin B. Sheena M Ross and HSP Soe Imp. (Sporcken/De Niro) with  Henrike Puketapu.

HPH Sir Wolkentanz and HSP Soe took out the quinella the Senior II competition. HPH Furst Welcome won the Senior I class, and Santana MH placed 4th. Dance Hit SW won the PSG class.

HPH Furst Welcome

HPH Sir Wolkentanz

On Super 5 Day the great news continued

Preliminary – Hanoverians placed 1, 5, 6 and 8 in a very large class

Wonderland CWE (Fursten Look/Limonit) Zoie Gray B. Christine Weal Equestrian

River Park Sienna (Swarovski Old/Don Bosco) Greg Smith B. Renai Hart

Tiffany MH (Totilas KWPN/Anamour) R. Madison Schollum O.Jon and Wendi Williamson B. Matthews Hanoverians

Furst Dance EFF (Furstenball Old/Danroad xx) Charlotte Grant B. Sarah Catherwood

Novice – Hanoverians were top 4

Swarovski Gold CHF (Swarovski/Anamour) Greg Smith. B Ruth Lucas

HSP Raven Imp (Rey du Sol/Gribaldi T) Henrike Puketapu

Nina DW (Negro KWPN/Doringcourt) Sarah Holmes B. David Woolley

HPH Fascination (Furstenball Old/The Commander xx) Hannah Walton B. Stacey McCoy


2nd World Cup PSH (Worldly/Vyners Orb xx) Nicole Sweney B Nicolette Rendle

Medium – another quinella

Zambezi PSH (Zirocco Blue/Flemmingh Holst.) Natalie Page B. Nicolette Rendle

HPH Furst Welcome (Furstenball Old/Wolkentanz I) Amy Sage B. Stacey McCoy

6th Wonderlust (Worldly/Waikiki Star xx) Bred owned and ridden by Jayna Dinneen

Advanced – 2,3 and 4

2nd Dance Hit SW

3rd Furst Rock DW Rhein (Furst Romancier/Royston Rockstar) Vanessa Way B. David Woolley

4th Ducatti MH (Dancier/Anamour) Wendi Williamson B. Matthews Hanoverians

Small Tour – 1 and 4

Golda (Gymnastik Star/Daktylus) Madison Schollum B. David and Julie


4th Anuschka PSH

Medium Tour – another quinella

Bon Jovi MH (Bonifatius/Weltmeyer) Becki Williamson B. Matthews Hanoverians

4th Hapsburg PSH (His Highness/Gaius xx) Liz Hutson B. Nicolette Rendle

Grand Prix

Don Vito MH (Don Frederico/Anamour) Wendi Williamson B. Matthews Hanoverians

Young Dressage Horse – 5-year-old Champion

Swarovski Gold CFH (Swarovski Old/Anamour/Weltmeyer) Greg Smith. B Ruth Lucas.

The dam Alla Donner was bred by Joanne McNicoll out of the imported Weltmeyer mare Witsun. Alla Donner was one of three full siblings from Witsun – Ave Maria and Anja being the others. All three mares achieved Premium Studbook status. It is both so heartening yet sad at the same time to see the instant sport success of Swarovski’s young progeny.

By Robin Potter Studbook keeper


Bates NZ National Dressage Championships & Livamol World Dressage Challenge