Sad­dling up for tro­phy

The Invercargill Eye - - PRECIOUS PETS - RE­BECCA MOORE

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.

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