Victory elusive but Scotter still manages to take titles
The higher level titles may have left the region but Southland hosted a fantastic Harper Horsecoaches/Mataura Licensing Trust South Island Championships.
North Canterbury manager Jenny Scotter secured the level 6 title at the completion of three days of tough competition.
Despite not winning an individual test, instead finishing runner-up each time, it was Scotter's consistency, aboard Kinnordy Gallium, that earned her the championship.
Marlborough visitor Tracey Johnson regained form to win the final two tests but finished too far down the leaderboard on day one to pick up the overall title. Johnson and Apollo 4 were named Reserve Champions.
Dunedin riders dominated both the level 4 and 5 championships with Gillian Edgar and Cordacious (level 4) and Anya Durling and Rosari Guest Star (level 5) taking the silverware.
Each combination was successful in three of the four tests with Durling scoring huge percentages well clear of her rivals. Runner-up in level 5 was young rider Nicole Ostermeier and Suburban, while North Canterbury's Kirsty Schist and Kinnordy Gambado were Reserve Champions in level 4.
Southland riders came to the party in the level 2 and 3 championships. Another combination to be rewarded for continually consistent performances was Allie Harper and the gorgeous Dream Girl MH.
As one of the major sponsors, Harper Horsecoaches, Allie managed to claim back some sponsorship money and also trotted away with the Hanoverian Award.
Invercargill's Kerrie Morrison came back from disaster to win both the overall championship and the South Island Level 2 Series.
After winning the opening class Morrison's horse, Allitation, took serious exception mid test on day two leaving Morrison no choice but to retire. Saturday afternoon saw the duo back on form and a second placing yesterday was enough to secure the title.
Holly Merritt, North Canterbury, enjoyed a successful weekend on Go Lightly, winning the level 1 championship Abbotsburn trophy on a5-year-old dressage horse, as well as being a member of the winning team. Southland's Marlene Parkinson and Te Peka Lucky Me were runners-up.
Lynley Stockdale and Komplete Kaos in the grand prix deserved their victory following solid performances.