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Making a splash . . . Hawea Wanaka Pony Club member Molly Todd (17) remains fairly dry while her mare, Oraha Lilly, confidently strides through a water jump at the Cromwell Equestrian Centre last weekend. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Riders put their skills to the test in Cromwell last week.

The Central Otago Pony Club hosted two events at the Cromwell Equestrian Centre on Saturday and Sunday, where riders showcased their talents and built on their knowledge.

The New Zealand Pony Club’s First Start event was first on the agenda, which assisted inexperienced riders of all ages.

Participants were put through a dressage test and a round of showjumping, before completing a cross-country course.

The course was designed by event convener Catherine Woods and built by Cromwell Pony Club members, who decorated it with teddy bears, pink pigs and geese, club secretary Janice Jones said.

“And, to up the difficulty factor, some obstacles were filled with apples and hay bales – very tempting for the ponies.”

Activities continued on Sunday with a show-cross event, which included dressage, cross-country and showjumping.

“Over 50 riders and mounts found the training day both challenging and fulfilling, a great way to end the equestrian season before horses are turned out over the winter months.”

Event convener Tui Wilson said she was pleased with the number of riders who participated, children and adults.

The club is now focused on hosting the New Zealand Pony Club eventing championships in April next year.