Canterbury had an incredibly successful weekend in Waimate at the New Zealand Pony Club Association National Dressage Championships which were held on January 18th – 19th for the South Island areas. The North Island part of this competition took place on January 11th – 12th at the National Equestrian Centre in Taupo. This is an annual event which sees the top riders in each area compete for an overall trophy. The same judges adjudicate at both competitions making sure there is an even playing field for riders.
Teams comprising of a maximum of six riders, ride two championship tests each which count toward the team score. Canterbury took out first place when competing against ten other area teams from all over New Zealand.
The team, consisting of junior riders (under fourteen years old) Fabriana Mcquarrie and Jorja Dann, placed in both their classes, earning the national top junior combination award. Local rider Caitlin Rayne riding in the intermediate section (under eighteen years old), along with team mate, Darfield High School student Charlotte Thomas were thrilled to take out the top national intermediate combination. To top this off Charlotte went on to win the highest performing intermediate rider in New Zealand.
Senior riders, (under 24 years old) Lucy Cochrane and Brittany Fowler, were also successful with Lucy earning an accolade as the highest placed senior rider in New Zealand, while the pair won the senior combination prize.
“Many thanks must go to our wonderful coach Jenny Scotter and manager Becci Thomas for their support throughout the competition,” intermediate rider Caitlin Rayne said in conclusion.