The Springston Trophy was created in 1972 to provide an Eventing teams competition to South Island Pony Club riders.
Now open to teams throughout New Zealand, it is a three-day event comprising dressage, cross-country and show jumping phases and is hosted by a different pony club in the South Island each year.
Springston Trophy 2017 was hosted by the Rakaia Pony Club in Canterbury last weekend.
Hawea/Wanaka had four riders compete this year in atrocious wet conditions. Molly Todd, Jack Willson and Monty Hewson rode in the Hawea/Wanaka/Mosgiel composite team where they finished 17th overall from 39 teams and were the 3rd best Composite team.
Team members pictured: Tyla Clearwater - Rumbling Thunder, Anya Johnston -Simple Solution, Jack Willson - Wembleybrook Enchanting, Cate Davidson - Alamode Earlybird, Molly Todd -Halcyon Beaudunnit, Montana Hewson - Halcyon Goldrush. Front: Grooms/gofers/cheerleaders Billie Willson and Sophia McCormack. Photo: Tui Willson
Hawea Wanaka Pony club spokesperson Tui Willson said, “Only 23 teams remained ‘Live’ at the end of the competition proving just how tough the courses were this year. The riders really rose to the occasion and achieved some personal best performances.”
Jack was placed 8th out of 89 Juniors in his dressage and Molly finished 9th overall in the Intermediates. Carter Hewson rode for the West Taieri team, finishing 15th overall.
“Both Molly and Monty completed the event on their dressage scores which is a major achievement. The team wishes to thank everyone for their messages of support and the generous sponsorship from Claas Harvest Centre and Farmlands Cromwell,” Tui said.
The riders now turn their attention to preparing for the Otago-Southland Pony club show jumping Championships, to be held in Cromwell October 28 and 29, where they will be joined by teammates Danielle Molloy and Billie Willson.
Cover image: Molly Todd and Halcyon Beaudunnit making light work of the Mitavite water complex.
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