NZ Horse & Pony - - Transitions -

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!

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