Hal­swell clinch Springston Tro­phy

Christchurch Mail - - YOUR PLACE - JONATHAN LEASK

North Can­ter­bury had five teams fin­ish in the top 10 but were not on top at the 2017 Springston Tro­phy pony club cham­pi­onship in Rakaia at the week­end.

In the end it was the 2014 and 2015 run­ners-up Hal­swell Cru­saders that fi­nally reached the top of the podium af­ter a rainaf­fected event. It was the first time since 2009 that a North Can­ter­bury Club didn’t take home the tro­phy.

De­fend­ing cham­pi­ons View Hill Red had to set­tle for sec­ond place with View Hill Sil­ver in third. Hal­swell fin­ished on 130.23 to win, af­ter be­ing in third place for most of the week­end.

View Hill Red took the lead af­ter the dres­sage, win­ning the dres­sage award, and main­tained top spot af­ter a rain af­fected cross­coun­try only to slip up on the show jump­ing to fin­ish on 141.60.

View Hill Sil­ver had been in sec­ond but were also over­taken by Hal­swell in the showjump­ing with a fi­nal score of 142.80.

Roy­d­vale were fourth on 153.01 with Eyre­ton Navy, win­ners in 2014 and 2015 and run­ners up last year, were fifth on 163.62.

Cap­ping a great week­end for the club, View Hill White were sixth on 167.89, and col­lected the award for horse mas­ter­ship.

Grey­mouth Green adn Gold were sev­enth and eighth re­spect- ively with a com­pos­ite Cen­tralSouth­land-Lorneville-Makarewa team in ninth.

Ka­iapoi Black rounded out the top 10 on 181.81.

It was a dif­fi­cult week­end for the Ka­iapoi-Eyre­ton Com­pos­ite team.

‘‘We had a horse die, Cow­boy, on the Thurs­day prior to the com­pe­ti­tion and then Emily Heald had a fall and broke her wrist,’’ Ka­iapoi Pony Club pres­i­dent Tony Gal­lop said.

Ran­giora were 12th, Am­ber­ley 13th, and Okuku 18th with a to­tal of 39 teams at­tend­ing this years com­pe­ti­tion.

In­di­vid­u­ally, Hal­swell’s Lucy Turner (Astek - Vic­tor) had the top score of 28.38 in the Se­niors (105cm) and her team­mate Isabella Ash­worth (Mr J F Hawk) was sec­ond best on 32.38 with View Hill Sil­ver’s Jessie Fitzjohn (Whats The Buzz) third on 32.5.

In the In­ter­me­di­ate (95cm) grade, View Hill Red’s Lucy Cochrane (In­spec­tor Gad­get) had the best score of 28.09, fol­lowed by team­mate Han­nah Van­dem Broe (Dare to be Dublin) on 32.2. Fabri­ana McQuar­rie (Yip­pie Ki Yay) was third on 33.82.

View Hill Red also had the top ju­nior (80cm), with Char­lotte Thomas (Te Puke) scor­ing 26.84. Waimea’s Josefin Lerbs (Pene­lope) was sec­ond on 29.74 and with 30.39 Roy­d­vale’s Kate Gutry (Lewis­ton) was third.

Rain made for test­ing con­di­tions on the cross coun­try course and showjump­ing, but most rid­ers made the ad­just­ment.

Ka­iapoi Black’s Char­lotte Cole­man (My Rock­et­man) had the top dres­sage score of any in­di­vid­ual (25.13). The event heads to Oa­maru next year. 2017 Hal­swell Cru­saders 2016 View Hill Red 2015 Eyre­ton Navy 2014 Eyre­ton Navy 2013 Am­ber­ley Gold 2012 View Hill Red 2011 Am­ber­ley Gold 2010 Eyre­ton 2009 Wakatipu 2008 Ran­giora 2007 Wakatipu

JANE THOMP­SON

The Springston Tro­phy win­ning Hal­swell Cru­saders team: Lucy Baker, Abbey Baker, Lucy Turner, Isabella Ash­worth, Fabri­ana McQuar­rie, and Pi­eta O’Neil

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