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  About Maurice Beatson
  & Sally Clark


Together Maurice and Sally work as a team preparing and training horses and taking them out to shows and events. 
Maurice breaks in the youngsters they breed and the horses are developed
and brought through the grades and channelled towards the disciplines they are most suited whether it be show jumping, eventing, hunting, dressage, or even polo or trekking and pleasure horses. 

In their odd free moments they like to get away to the Taupo house or take off for time on the ski slopes in the winter.

 







Maurice Beatson

Maurice was born into a very horsey family - his father a successful jump jockey, as well as Master of Dannevirke Hunt for 20 years.  He was actively involved in all things horsey.  Maurice has been riding since he was a small boy.  In the early days he rode eventing, winning the DC Trophy (for riders under 17years) on Golden Cloud, and it was in eventing that he first represented New Zealand, in Australia on Lord Aurora.  He then moved on to show jumping and has had a glittering career - this includes:

  • 4 Horse of the Year Titles (and 6 times runner-up) 
  • represented New Zealand at the Soeul Olympic Games in 1988 on Jefferson Junior
  • rode Apollo van Evendael at the WEG in Kentucky in 2010
  • rode Irish Embassy at the World Equestrian Games at The Hague in 1994
  • rode Irish Embassy in the World Cup Final at 'S Hertogenbosch in 1994
  • New Zealand Team member to Australia 1994-2007
  • Winner of 23 National Titles in New Zealand
  • Winner of New Zealand World Cup League Series 4 times
  • Leading Rider Melbourne Royal Show 2001
  • Tararua Sportsperson of the Year 2003

When Maurice isn't riding horses he is busy farming sheep and cattle on his 1800acre farm near Dannevirke, in southern Hawkes Bay.  He also operates a breeding programme running two stallions and 15 mares.  He has his owner/trainer licence and periodically trains racehorses with varying amounts of success.

Maurice has two sons - Jamie and Andrew.  Both boys have been very successful with their riding.  Presently Andrew is travelling overseas. Jamie works in Cambridge in business with his cousin Sam breaking-in and pre-training horses and is still involved in show jumping competitively.  He's had many successes including twice winning Show Jumping Young Rider of the Year.
 



Sally Clark (nee Dalrymple)

Sally came from a horsey pedigree.  Her mother, Patricia Dalrymple (nee Robson) represented the North Island in show jumping and continued on to be very involved in top level dressage judging and also breeding of hanoverians.

Sally rode ponies from a very young age and was involved in dressage and show jumping, but predominantly in eventing.  The highlight of her career was a silver medal at the Olympic Games, but was surrounded by many other successes:

  • Silver medal in Individual Three Day Event at Atlanta 1996 on Squirrel Hill
  • Team Gold Medal World Equestrian Games Rome 1998
  • Badminton Horse Trials 1997 placed 6th on Squirrel Hill
  • Member of the New Zealand Eventing Team 1994-1998
  • Luhmuhlen German National Championships 2nd place on Squirrel Hill in 1997
  • Winner of 7 National Titles in New Zealand
  • New Zealand Team member to Australia 1986-2004
  • Manawatu Sportsperson of the Year 1996
  • NZ Sportswoman of the Year 1996 - Finalist
  • NZ Sports Team of the Year 1998 - member

Whilst not involved in riding and training horses Sally might be away at
schools doing some relief teaching - she graduated from Massey University with a Master of Business Studies in 1992 and from University of Otago with a Diploma in Physical Education in 1979. 

 

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