Newly-crowned 2019 Pony of the Year champ Olivia Apatu has dedicated her back-to-back win at the Horse of the Year Show to her late father, Ren, who died in a helicopter accident last year.
The teenager from Havelock North and Alasaan Arzu enjoyed plenty of support from the local crowd in the Farmlands-sponsored class of the Land Rover-sponsored show as she kept her cool to be the only combination to finish on zero faults in a hotly-contested competition.
Eight of the original 30 starters came back for the second round with just three on zero faults and the remainder carrying through four.
Karis Spurway and Delta Le Camouflage was the first of the clears to come back for the second round and opted for the steady clear but picked up a single time fault.
Photo: A beaming Olivia Apatu rode Alasaan Arzu to retain for the Farmlands Pony of the Year crown before dedicating the victory to her late father, Ren. Photo/Libby Law Photography, Photosport
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Posted: 18 March 2019