Rid­ing high

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KARO­LINE TUCKEY

A group of Welling­ton eques­tri­ans have had a suc­cess­ful cam­paign at the an­nual Napier Rid­ing for the Dis­abled Dres­sage Day.

The five rid­ers, who reg­u­larly take part in the RDA pro­gramme at the Porirua hos­pi­tal grounds, net­ted a first place, third place, and two fifth places be­tween them, com­pet­ing against rid­ers from Napier, Hast­ings, Te Awa­mutu, Tau­ranga and Cam­bridge.

‘‘The com­pe­ti­tion is a great goal for the rid­ers to work to­wards through­out the year, as well as an op­por­tu­nity to meet other rid­ers, show off their skills, and step out­side of their com­fort zones,’’ Welling­ton RDA coach Lauren Rut­ten says. ‘‘ It is al­ways highly an­tic­i­pated, and the rid­ers be­gin talk­ing about it as early as term one.’’

Most rid­ers can­not take their own horses, so the com­pe­ti­tion is es­pe­cially chal­leng­ing as the first time they ride their horse is in a warm-up just be­fore the com­pe­ti­tion.

The com­pe­ti­tion was held on Novem­ber 13 at the Napier RDA arena.

This is the third year in a row Welling­ton RDA has com­peted at the Napier com­pe­ti­tion, and eight vol­un­teer coaches as­sisted with the team, spon­sored by the Hast­ings In­fin­ity Foun­da­tion.

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