Hardie looks to de­fend ti­tle on show day

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - MIKE BAIN

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.

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