From strength to strength

Had to leave their horses at home. “Your daugh­ter’s ed­u­ca­tion and love of rid­ing should not be com­pro­mised by the lo­ca­tion of her horse. At Rangi Ruru that doesn’t hap­pen,” says Pippa. “She can con­tinue with both.”

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Eques­trian teams at Rangi Ruru Girls’ School in Christchurch con­tinue to strengthen their ex­pe­ri­ence and abil­ity as ev­i­denced by out­stand­ing re­sults, par­tic­u­larly over the last two years.

Di­rec­tor of Eques­trian Pippa Young says that af­ter a very suc­cess­ful last year, 2016 is look­ing even bet­ter with the school’s eques­trian stu­dents hav­ing achieved top re­sults re­gion­ally and na­tion­ally across a range of dis­ci­plines, in­clud­ing show jump­ing and dres­sage.

“One of our equestri­ennes, Grace Tripe, was awarded three na­tional show­ing ti­tles at the re­cent Horse of the Year Show,” says Pippa.

Also in March, at the Na­tional Equine Cen­tre on Mcleans Is­land, the Rangi Ruru Gold team won the Canterbury In­ter­schools Show Jump­ing Cham­pi­onships.

“These girls are fo­cused. They know what they can achieve and they work ex­tremely hard to get there, as in­di­vid­u­als and as a team,” says Pippa. “Our in­dus­try re­la­tion­ships and rep­u­ta­tion mean we are able to pro­vide our girls with ac­cess to un­matched train­ing fa­cil­i­ties and op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

For Rangi Ruru girls, hav­ing their horses so close to them while con­tin­u­ing their ed­u­ca­tion means they don’t lose as much rid­ing time as they would if they

The Rangi Ruru “Gold” Eques­trian Show Jump­ing team, win­ners of the Canterbury In­ter­schools Cham­pi­onships. Rid­ers L- R Annabelle Jones; Bri­anna Bai­ley; Leah Zy­den­bos and Florence Tap­ley (cap­tain)

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