‘Fantastic riding’ at pony show

Over. . . Waimea Plains Pony Club member Josh Broughton riding Arrows Got Gold clears a jump during the Northern Southland Pony Club show in Lumsden on Saturday. PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON

The Northern Southland Pony Club Show continues to evolve and cater for grass-root riders, president Liz Greene says.
The 55th running of the show was held in Lumsden on Saturday.
Club president Liz Greene said the success of the event was due to providing events for beginner riders through to experienced.
‘‘We cater for the up-and-coming pony club riders.
‘‘We offer a supportive [and] inclusive event with great competition.
‘‘We’ve had great entries, some fantastic riding with great weather.’’
The show had many generous sponsors which made it possible to offer good prizes.
‘‘People go above and beyond for this show with their generosity.’’
Another reason the event was successful was the hardworking committee and the judges who travelled from throughout Southland, she said.
Waimea Plains Pony Club members Josh Broughton, 12, riding Arrows Got Gold, and Kobi Mercer, 10, on Goldie, were entered in the showjumping.
Kobi said he started taking part in hunting events four years ago but this was his third season of competing in pony club events.
He started riding because his mother Grace was riding and he thought he might be missing out on some fun.
‘‘I’ve liked it ever since.’’
Goldie was an experienced pony and great to ride.
‘‘She’s not lazy. She looks after me.’’
He also liked taking part in pony club games events.
Josh said it was his first season riding Arrow and she was easier to manage than his previous pony.
‘‘She does more what I say and is not as lazy and won’t throw bucks.’’
He started riding when he was 4 years old after his mother Kirsty McGregor encouraged him to have a go.
‘‘We had a few little ponies that were my size and Mum’s a pretty keen rider as well and she roped me into it.’’