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Katie McVean takes NZ league FEI World Cup series

Monday, 06 February 2012

McVean and Delphi from the final in Leipzig last year where they ended sixth. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.For the third consecutive year Katie McVean yesterday secured the World Cup series in New Zealand, riding her twelve year old mare Dunstan Daffodil (Salute the Stars x Brilliant Invader). Daffodil is home-bred and half sister to McVean's World Cup star from last year, Delphi.

McVean who competed with a lower back fracture, ended up as number four yesterday after a refusal in the jump-off, but that was enough to once again take home the series. Unfortunately Katie won’t be present at the final in s’Hertogenbosch as she feels it will be to much to ask of the horse at this stage. According to McVean stated that "I would have loved to take Daffodil but it is so far away and very expensive. She's never jumped that big, either. At least with Delphi, we had been to Spruce Meadows, so I knew she could jump the heights."

The World Cup class in Tauranga was won by Lisa Coupe riding Bates Amaretto.


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