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Success for local riders at New Zealand Pony Club Championships

Success for local riders at New Zealand Pony Club Championships

A first for Piopio, Jenny Bevege achieved the ultimate in Pony Club competition in winning the individual AI title at the NZ Pony Club championships in Masterton in April. Jenny had clear cross country and show jumping rounds to finish on her very good dressage score of 32.63. Representing Waikato, Jenny and Storm Harris (team captain), also from Piopio, were the top AI pair and Waikato were 2nd in the competition behind Canterbury. Clay Harris competed in the DC (under 17yrs) section and unfortunately his horse couldn’t compete in the show jumping due to lameness.

Gus Nelson from Aria was our other local in the Waikato team and came 3rd in the training (95cm) section. His story is amazing as he was the only available rider to qualify – no Gus, no Waikato team. He went from strength to strength on a relatively new mount and from ‘helping out’ to 3rd place. Molly Nelson, reserve for the team (DC) competed as an individual with clear cross country and show jumping rounds. The weather was atrocious, especially the wind.

Since NZPA Championships Storm and Irish Foxtrot competed at Te Rapa Horse Trials in her first 1* plus with a double clear, and Clay had an outstanding result in the Taupo 3 Day International Championship coming 2nd in the 1* Open class on “All in Time’'.

Earlier in the year after a huge amount of work and study, Jenny Bevege finally achieved both her NZ Pony Club A and H certificates. These internationally recognised qualifications are the pinnacle of Pony Club achievement. There are only a handful of riders throughout NZ that pass at this level annually. Congratulations Jenny!

Te Kuiti & Districts Pony Club, based in Piopio, has been extremely strong over recent years and it is the accumulation of a huge amount of volunteer hours of a skilled bunch of people and dedication that has paved the way for many successes in competitions at all levels and also in certificate work, which is non-competitive and focuses on developing riding skills and horse mastership (care and handling). A selection of photos are in the gallery/Pony Club