he NRM Rider of the Month for April is15-year-old Alena Dorotich, who comes from Drury in Auckland. Alena is a rarity among pony riders these days, being a true all-rounder. She competes in eventing, show jumping, show hunter and dressage with her ponies, Little Miss Squirt and Kozee, but it was her achievements with the latter that really caught our eye at the 2016 Farmlands Horse of the Year Show.
It was the rst year that a pony title at Level 4 (Medium) has been offered at HOY, and Alena was second in tests 4b and 4C but clearly won the musical freestyle with a super routine to take the rug and sash.
It’s capped off an awesome season for Alena and Kozee, who is by Blue Confession out of Star Kingdom Sophie, and who was produced to Level 3 by Mihi Shepherd. At the NZPCA Dressage Championships in January, Alena and Kozee had two wins and a third in Level 4, to take that title also, and we are sure this is the start of many more wonderful achievements. Congratulations, Alena, from all of us here at NZ Horse & Pony, and we hope your talented ponies enjoy their prize!