For the first time in some years Kaikoura Pony Club has fielded a team for regional competition.
The team of five riders competed for the Abel Tasman Showjumping Shield in Motueka, on December 1-2.
Four of the five riders were new to pony club events, while the fifth rider, Jessie Vaughan, had ridden at the Springston Trophy event in October in a team with riders from other clubs.
Coach Jenny Wards said the Kaikoura club had been struggling a little to secure riders in the senior sections at the higher jump heights, because older riders were often away studying or working.
It was therefore exciting to see Jessie, an intermediate, compete at a senior level to field the team of five.
In spite of the absence of a second senior rider - a full field is made up of six - the team, although not featuring in the overall placings, rode with great enthusiasm.
Each rider contributed to the overall points for the team, improving markedly over the two days and six competitions.
Junior riders Harry and Annalise Graham, on Sophie and Toffee, came second in the rescue relay.
Harry also placed in two other events and Annalise in one other.
Elise Manning, on Bailey, competed as an intermediate rider and placed in two rounds on the first day, while the other intermediate rider, Anna Keehan, on Nina, gained clear round points on the second day.
Jessie, on Rhapsody, gained points in five of the six rounds with a very creditable win on day two.
Jenny praised the efforts of the team, saying they acquitted themselves well and were great ambassadors for Kaikoura and their pony club.
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