Show jumping event ‘huge success’

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Horse riders gathered in Gore at the weekend for the Southland Show Jumping Festival Show.

Southland Show Jumping president Jo Fahey said the show, which ran over Saturday and Sunday, was a “huge success”.

“It was fantastic.”

There were 40 to 50 more entries than last year, she said.

“We had 300 horses and 198 riders,” she said.

“We were well up on last year.

“It was one of our biggest shows.”

People travelled from throughout the South Island to compete, Fahey said.

“People came from as far away as Rangiora.

“We had a big contingent from Canterbury, which was brilliant.”

Focus . Tyler McKee, of Wendonside, on Stratos, looks to the next jump during a round.

She was impressed with how tough the competition was, she said.

“There was a really high standard. We had lots of top show jumpers there.”

There was a dinner on Saturday night provided by Churchy’s Meats, Fahey said.

“We had a lovely meal.”

The festival show had been running in Gore for years, she said.