The Marlborough Trail and Endurance Club held a successful final ride for the season up the Waihopai Valley on Sunday with 24 horse and rider combinations enjoying perfect conditions and a well marked track to finish on a positive note.
There were several new competitors giving the sport a go for the first time and they were also successful.
Young rider Anita Aitchison, riding Marie, took out the Training 18km class with a good score of just 91, from Lee Oldfield and Buddy (95) and Anna Eatherly riding Tess (99), all finishing fairly close to the optimum time of 2hrs 15min.
Joanne Worsley and Maggie proved their consistency yet again in the Novice 18km class with a very low score of 73 to win easily from first time competitor Fliss Wiseman and Zahn, finishing on 80, with Julie Gordon (Rata) and Deborah Pruden (Masters Silver Quest) tying for third place on 96.
Keri Drylie and Zena Warrior finished well in the Training 25km class - their score of 89 being good enough to claim this event from three other competitors, while Missy Green and Xavier Cheerokee wrapped up their season in Intermediate with a score of 107 in this other 25km class. Also riding solo was Heidi Bulfin and Stonelea Sparkling Rose in the Open 31km class - finishing on 93.
Syncroflex provided prizes to the five winners.
The club is running a fundraising trek on June 2 (Monday of Queen's Birthday weekend) at Glen Aaron, Upper Wairau Valley. All funds raised will go towards the New Zealand Endurance team which is being announced this week, to compete at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France, in August this year.
Novice 18km: Joanne Worsley (Maggie) 73 1; Fliss Wiseman (Zahn) 80 2; Julie Gordon (Rata) 96 3; Deborah Pruden (Masters SilverQuest) 96 3; Angela Sloan (El Etruscan) 97 4; Sharee Vitale (Ella) 103 5; Charlotte Patterson-Green (Meadow) 106 Q; Henriette Kook (Reynire) 117 Q; Kaye Smith (Lucas) 117 Q.
Training 18km: Anita Aitchison (Marie) 91 1; Lee Oldfield (Buddy) 95 2; Anna Eatherly (Tess) 99 3; Nancy Miller (Sunny Brae Emily) 100 4; Don Malone (Nonie) 103 Q; Tracey Wearing (Mr T) 103 5; Rebecca Russ (Happy Girl) 113 Q.
Training 25km: Keri Drylie (Zena Warrior) 89 1; Gary Newlove Stafford 103 2; Chenelle Donaldson (Alamode Ablaze) 105 3; Dale Matthews Clandestine 129 4.
Intermediate 25km: Missy Green (Xavier Cheerokee) 107 1.
Open 31km: Heidi Bulfin (Stonelea Sparkling Rose) 93 1.
- The Marlborough Express