Southern riders enjoy two-day competition

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Close to 100 riders competed at Clyde Pony Club’s annual two-day horse trial at the weekend.
Event convener Michelle Harrex said the event had been a huge success with about 95 riders from around the lower South Island competing over the three disciplines, dressage, showjumping and crosscountry.
‘‘Although the weather decided to be a little unkind on Sunday, overall the weekend was held in great conditions,’’ Mrs Harrex said.
The cross-country phase, run over a scenic course on a Waikerikeri Valley hilltop property, attracted large numbers of spectators.
Course designer Wayne Harrex, who had headed the design and build team for the past four years, had made some changes which had been positively received by competitors.
‘‘As we all know, with health and safety being a huge part of any event, we are lucky to have a course designer that is thinking not only about the safety of our riders but the enjoyment our riders get from the challenges he sets for them,’’ Mrs Harrex said.
‘‘Everyone rode extremely well and there were no serious accidents or injuries.
‘‘We have an amazing officials team that travels from far and wide to be with us over the weekend to ensure the safety of all our riders and the running of a very smooth event.’’
She also thanked the club’s committee, especially office management and the scoring team.