Six Hawea-Wanaka Pony Club riders competed in the 47th annual Springston Trophy in Oamaru on October 5-7.
The Springston Trophy is the South Island’s premier teams competition and is held annually, with riders competing in dressage, cross country and show jumping over three days during the spring school holidays.
While 16-year-old Jessie Fraser on Maximus 111, and 12-year-old Billie Willson on Skibbereen Oasis, both rode for other teams, four HWPC members competed as a team for the branch.
The Hawea Wanaka team (pictured) comprised two age groups: intermediate riders Molly Todd (team captain, 16) on Halcyon Beaudunnit and Montana Hewson (14) on Halcyon Goldrush and junior riders Carter Hewson (14) on Rednaligh Brown and Jasmine Edwards (12) on Rainbow Dash.
Team manager Emily Todd and coach Fe Howie were extremely proud of the team.
“They all managed to stay live and post a final score,” Howie said, adding that to stay in contention all four of the team had to compete.
“They were also one of only four teams that all riders jumped clear in the show jumping.”
She said the new cross country course, which was beautifully designed and presented, proved very influential with multiple eliminations.
“It was a testing course but we felt that we had done the preparation and all rode with determination and skill.”
As a two age group team, Hawea Wanaka started with a 25 point penalty which Howie said was hard to make up. With only four team members they also had to use every point posted, while six member teams could discard their worst two scores.
Despite this, Howie said coming 22nd out of 40 teams was “a very creditable performance”.
Howie credited North Otago Pony Club for the well organised event, and said the weather and ground conditions were perfect for the three days.