Saddling up for trophy
Riding in their mothers’ footsteps, a group of Southland horse riders are going national.
The Central Southland-Lorneville Makarewa team is the only team full of Southland riders heading to the Springston Trophy, a prestigious eventing competition held in Rakaia this year, that is open to pony club teams throughout New Zealand.
The six Southland riders will be competing against 39 teams for the trophy that was first run in 1972.
Georgia Watt-Wright and Kate Hamilton’s mothers competed at the same event as teenagers.
Georgia’s mum, Emma Wright, said the sport taught the girls to be responsible and have good teamwork skills.
The team consists of four Central Southland Pony Club members and two riders from LornevilleMakarewa Pony Club.
The team is varied in experience, from Kendra Bothamley who has been eventing since she was 7 and has competed at 11 Springston Trophy events, to Georgia who started eventing in November, and is competing at Springston Trophy for the first time.
‘‘We’ve got performing team.’’
Riders left for Canterbury on Monday, with the competition starting on Friday and finishing on Sunday. a good, solid
Isabelle Hazlett, Siobhan Hazlett, Georgia Watt-Wright, Kendra Bothamley, Lana Meddar, and Kate Hamilton.