Katherine and one of her own horses, ‘Pav’ out competing at Mcleans Island, Canterbury.

Local NZPCA Rider Heading to China


By Lucinda Jarvis.

Local Darfield High School student, Katherine Hadler has been selected as part of a two rider New Zealand Pony Club Association (NZPCA) team to represent New Zealand in China. Katherine, her team mate Esme Morgan from Tauhara Pony Club and their Manager/Coach Emma Barker will leave New Zealand on November, 20th where they will then spend a week in China competing against riders from other countries. These riders will compete on borrowed horses in show jumping competitions at the Golden Saddle Equestrian Centre.

These riders will only have a short time to get to know the horses they will be competing on, this can prove to be a challenge as there will be limited time to form a relationship with these borrowed horses and for the riders to work out what each horse is capable of but this is also a great opportunity for riders to learn to adapt their riding skills to new horses quickly. These riders will gain great new skills and experiences from this wonderful opportunity and they will also get to meet lots of new people and make new friends along the way.

Katherine and her family have a long equestrian back ground with a lot of her family having been involved with the equestrian sport in one way or another. Katherine started riding when she was almost five, when she got her first pony, named ‘Charisma’, she soon joined Springston Pony Club and has been an active pony club member there ever since. Katherine thoroughly enjoys show jumping, eventing and dressage on her two ponies ‘Shara’ and ‘Pavlova’. She competes as an individual and in team competitions across the South Island. Katherine’s long term goal is to one day hopefully ride at the Olympics and in the short term her goal is to be selected for as many area and national teams as possible. Best of luck in China Katherine.