Dream win for Matangi Maddy

Madison Crowe and Waiting Pinterest en route to victory in the DVS Home Ventilation CCI4*-L National Championship. Photo – Diana Dobson / The Black Balloon.

A Matangi equestrian rider’s season has just reached new heights after she secured the win at the DVS Home Ventilation CCI4*-L National Championship at the New Zealand Three Day Event Champs in Taupo.

25-year-old Madison Crowe aboard Waitangi Pinterest finished on the same mark as defending championing Amanda Pottinger of Havelock North at the competition that took place on Friday, May 10 to Sunday, May 12 at the National Equestrian Centre in Taupo.

The winner was decided on which rider was closer to the optimum cross-country time of the prior day.

“It is incredible, and Waitangi Pinterest deserved the win so much. She is the coolest horse in the world,” said Madison.

Going into the final day of competition the rider who is head girl for Rio Olympian, Clarke Johnstone, was leading and was the last of a 13-strong-field to compete in the show jumping, where she dropped only one rail.

To win at this event was something she had dreamt of as a youngster, for it to be a reality was a dream come true she says.

“It has been a dream season. I am so happy and to do it now and on this amazing horse is just everything,” said Madison.

Madison and Waitangi Pinterest have gained second placings at Puhinui, Kihikihi and Horse of the Year competitions and will now be able to add this ultimate trophy to the cabinet. Together they also won the Charlton Stud Best Mare award and the Caseley Trophy for Best Presented Horse.

Last year, Madison ditched her job as an accountant to go full time riding and according to Clarke, he says this win could have put her on the radar for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

“I have absolutely no regrets. My results this season speak for themselves. Clarke is such a massive part of all this, he believes in my vision,” said Madison.

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