McGivens open land for horse tri­als

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A new eques­trian fa­cil­ity for Mata­mata had its of­fi­cial open­ing last month while also host­ing the Waikato Area Tri­als.

Denise and John McGiven’s Mor­gan Rd prop­erty hosted the re­gional event for the first time on March 15. ‘‘Up un­til now there hasn’t been a place, apart from Mata­mata Pony Club, to hold large events,’’ Denise said.

A to­tal of 65 horses were at the event, which was open to both pony club and open rid­ers.

There were around 10-12 young rid­ers who tri­alled for the Waikato team and the rest of the com­peti­tors were in the open sec­tion.

While the lo­cal pony club mem­bers didn’t trial, due to age, it was great to have the event held lo­cally, Denise be­lieved.

The cross coun­try course on the prop­erty was de­signed by Bing Allen, a lead­ing course designer in New Zealand.

Denise said she and John de­cided they had the land avail­able.

‘‘We thought, we could do this for the eques­trian peo­ple of New Zealand.’’

Hunts are also held on the farm.

The course was a joint ven­ture with Mata­mata Pony Club, which helped with fundrais­ing for the cross coun­try course.

Denise said New Zealand Com­mu­nity Trust were ma­jor spon­sors and Marks Ewen Vets and 4 Sea­son’s Gar­den Cen­tre also spon­sored prod­ucts on the day of the tri­als. ‘‘ We are now look­ing at form­ing a com­mit­tee to run horse tri­als. If any­one is in­ter­ested please con­tact us.’’

Photo: ALISON PRICE/SPOT ON PHOTO

Catherine McGiven, John McGiven, cross coun­try course designer Bing Allen and Denise McGiven cut the rib­bon to open the new eques­trian fa­cil­ity on the McGiven prop­erty last month.

Photo: SUP­PLIED

The McGiven prop­erty has a brand new eques­trian fa­cil­ity that can be used by the lo­cal pony club.

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