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Poise...Menzies College pupil Ahna Norman (14) and Turkish Delight compete in the Gore Pony Club interschool showjumping championships in Gore on Sunday.PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON

The Gore Pony Club interschool showjumping championships continue to grow in popularity.

Seventeen teams from 11 schools throughout Otago and Southland took part at the club’s grounds on Sunday.

Club secretary Eveline Roberts said each year the number of entries increased.

“Some [of the schools] had three [teams]. It was unreal.”

Feedback was positive.

“There were a lot of kids that came up to thank us for running the event because a lot of them are children within schools who would not get a chance to compete as a team.”

The good thing about the event was it attracted riders who might not take part in other equestrian events in the region, she said.

“Sometimes it gives them a taster to do more.”

The club was fortunate to have a talented pool of experienced people to call on to help run the championships, Mrs Roberts said.

Gore Pony Club member Debra Gibson designed the course for the three-round competition.

“There wasn’t anything scary in it but they had to think.”

Club member Robyn Clarke was the technical delegate and her role was to support riders.

“She spent a lot of the day talking to the riders that possibly don’t compete at [such] events, informing them of rules in a nice way – it’s like a learning curve.”

Mt Aspiring White won the teams competition and the best-placed Eastern or Northern Southland team was St Peter’s College White, in fifth.