McGivens open land for horse trials
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.’’
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.
The McGiven property has a brand new equestrian facility that can be used by the local pony club.