Hardie looks to defend title on show day
For ten- year- old Catherine Hardie the Matamata Agricultural and Pastoral Show is something she is looking forward to.
Catherine a possible gold medal olympian of the future will be looking to defend her position from last years equestrian event as the Novice Overall winner of the championship.
The return to the competition this year with her liver chestnut Jelly will give her confidence as she tackles the competition.
A member of the Matamata Pony Club, Catherine has been competing since the age of four and practices her riding twice a week.
Catherine will be one of many riders competing in the traditional equestrian events of dressage and jumping.
Chief steward Jo Wills said entries overall are on par with previous years and as always, the section will be well supported by the equine industry.
A total of ten rings will be running on Sunday October 5, which will see lots of action for spectators.
The novice ring, for beginners, starts at 10am and is located up the hill in the horse section.
Miniatures will also start at 10am. All other classes, including the round the ring hack jumping, start from 8.45am. Jo said all categories will have champions.
So whether it be horses cattle, sheep, dogs, goats, or just a good old fashion catch up with your rural neighbours, the Matamata A&P Spring Carnival Show is for you, make sure you bring your camera.
‘‘Catherine will be one of many riders competing in the traditional equestrian events of dressage and jumping.’’
Matamata rider Catherine Hardie is looking to defend her overall novice title at this years A&P Show in Matamata.