Tui's Secret Edition, December's Great Hage Rider of the Month is eventer Anne Davies. Anne, 22, is a full-time rider from Auckland, and is currently holding second­ equal place on the Ideal Garages Eventing Leaderboard with her Advanced mount Tui's Secret Edition (aka Eddy). Having just upgraded to Advanced this season, they have had a great run of results and the pair are set to compete at their first CIC*** three-day event at Puhinui.

So far this season they have gained a first at Whangarei Advanced/Intermediate, fourth at Taupo Advanced/Intermediate, fourth at Arran Station Advanced, and aa tenth at Kihikihi Advanced (having led the class going into the show jumping). As most eventers know, wins and placings are moments to savour and usually come along only once in a while, so when you are on a winning streak, you know that you have a great formula.

Making the transition to Advanced in itself is a big step, but Eddy, a half Morgan/ quarter TB/quarter stationbred is showing he is more than capable. At 13 years old, Eddy has plenty of time to clock up many more successes at this level, so you can be sure to hear of this combination in the future. Aside from eventing, Eddy has a few show hunter points to his credit.

Currently Anne's day starts at 6am, muck­ing out stables and then riding her team of six horses. There is Eddy, two horses at Pre-Novice/Novice level, one at Training and two youngsters. Outside the horses, on the odd occasion when she has some spare time, Anne likes to go to the beach.

Now that riding has become Anne's full time occupation, she has noticed that the `TB off the track' is quite a different story from a crossbred. There was even a men­tion of breeding, or at least obtaining a horse with similar bloodlines to Eddy... so we may see more Morgan blood out on the eventing scene before too long. We wish Anne all the best for Puhinui and the rest of the season, and hope Eddy loves his Great Hage

Reprinted from NZ Horse and Pony December 2004

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