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It has been a busy time at the New Zealand Pony Club eventing championships in Cromwell.

The championships took place over three days starting last Friday and included showjumping, dressage and cross-country.

Thirty-nine riders competed in the championships and 17 in the non-championship grade.
Championships committee chairman Geoff Hewson said the event had gone off without a hitch.

The new cross-country course was in splendid condition and was a good test for rider and horse, he said.

Winning the NZPCA perpetual challenge cup was the Canterbury team of Jordan Shrimpton on Ka Pai Kiwi, Alssa Harnett on Bow Diddley, Fabrianna McQuarrie on Oceanic, Sonia Benson on MF Spotlit, Grace Gormack on Rosewood Zakee and Indy Phillips on The Muffin Man.

Coming in second place was a combined team of riders from Ashburton, South Canterbury, North Otago and Wellington, comprising Briar Woolley on DSE Scared Trust, Tegan Marett on Rednalhgih Laney, Beth Coleman on My Rocket Man, Jessica Sutherland on Easy Going and Emma Kitchingman on Foxtonian.

Coming in third was the Otago-Southland team of Lucy Harrex on Damontez Jewel, Hazel Gibson on Beaumont Long Pockets, Montana Hewson on Southern Charm, Phillipa Stratford on Peti Peti Wai, Billie Willson on Wembleybrook Quest and Katie Wilson on Hazy Gray.

The New Zealand Pony Club Association Dressage Cup for highest placed MT-class competitor in a dressage test was won by Katie Wilson on her horse Hazy Gray.

The championships were set to be held in Cromwell in April last year but were postponed for a year because of Covid-19.