By Sally Reid
A pair of grey New Zealand Warmblood geldings, McCaw MVNZ (Corofino II - Heidi LVP x Cassini I) and Popeye (Cardento - Cufflink V x LioCaylon), made their mark in the Northern Hemisphere last month, albeit on opposite sides of the Atlantic.
The 10-year-old McCaw MVNZ, jumping for Australia in the capable hands of Canadian-based Katie Laurie, won the ATCO Challenge at Spruce Meadows in Calgary, and followed this up with two more wins at the same event soon after. McCaw was bred by Wendy Keddell at Mount View Sport Horses, and is owned by New Zealanders Carissa and Mike McCall.
Meanwhile, Popeye, not long back from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, won the Schleswig-Holstein Grand Prix State Championship at Landesturnierplatz in Bad Segeberg. He was ridden by New Zealander Tom Tarver-Priebe, who part owns him with fiancée Lucia Voss (a CSI rider herself for Germany). Popeye was NZ-bred by Kim and Greg Best.
There was an added boost for the NZWA and MVNZ brands on the day of McCaw’s first win at Spruce Meadows, when Esteban MVNZ (Indoctro - Wembley MVNZ x Matterhorn) won the Table A 1m30 with Katie Laurie. This handsome chestnut gelding is also owned by Carissa and Mike McCall. He is from the influential Holsteiner Stamm 173 and is a grandson of Seremonie VDL (Cento) who competed at World Cup level in New Zealand. Esteban MVNZ also finished third in the three-star 1m45m Scotiabank Cup at the Spruce Meadows tournament... <span style="color: #008000;">To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber</span>
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