The prestigious Springston Trophy pony club equestrian competition is just around the corner and a team of six Southland riders have joined forces to compete against 38 other teams from all over the South Island.
Gemma Johnson (14) , Kayley Johnson (16) and Aimee Johnson (11), all of South Otago, Susan Whyte (16), of Tapanui, Brylea Danielle Roberts (15), of Riversdale, are from different pony clubs and this year have combined to make a team.
Coach Fleur Barker said riders had to qualify at two events.
The team will be travelling to Rakaia, in mid Canterbury, for the annual three-day event which begins on October 6.
The event included a day of cross-country, dressage and show-jumping.
It will be Aimee’s first time competing for the Springston Trophy but the others have been before.
Susan said her goal for this year’s event was to finish clear on the cross-country.
“I am competing several grades higher this year. The cross-country course is long and bold. I would like to clear all the jumps and have no stops,” Susan said.
“I want to be a good part of the team.”
Kayley and Gemma would also be competing in higher grades.
Barker said she would be happy if the team came out “live”.
“This would mean no eliminations, which come from falling off and refusals in the cross-country.”
“They have to have four live scores to be a live team in the end.
“It would be awesome to see all six come out live, though.”
Overall she just wanted the team to have an awesome time.
The team wanted to thank all the locally owned businesses that had provided support.
The winning team last year was from View Hill, in Canterbury.