Eventing Southland held their first One Day Horse Trial at their brand new course at Gore Racecourse grounds on Sunday 17th February. The Cross Country is a collaborative joint venture between Gore Pony Club and Eventing Southland. The Gore Racecourse is a great venue and the Gore area is fast becoming the Equestrian Hub of the south with Dressage and Show Jumping already calling it home.
The Gore Racing club have been very accommodating and supportive with us for this development, which has also been made possible by a generous sponsorship from the Mataura Licensing Trust. A lot of hard work was put in by a small team of Gore based volunteers, and they have done a great job. There is plans to further develop the course to another level for next season, so watch this space.
The Saddlery Warehouse 1* + class was won by Lauren Enright and Keepsake and Lana Medder and Peti Peti Wai won the Eastern Physiotheraphy 1*. The triple brush at the water proved to be a lot more problematic than was first thought with only Lana and Peti Peti Wai jumping it on their first attempt. Lauren was in the winners circle again in the Konica Minolta CCN95 class with Beaumont Cash and Ashleigh Todd won the Excel Equine 95 PC class with Miyagi.
The 80cm classes were well supported with Gail Richardson Equine CCN80 class was won by Anne Marie Chin and the Midas Touch who led all the way to win on their dressage score of 20.3. Katie Wilson and Hazy Grey led all the way to win one of the Comfy Equine Rubber Matting 80 PC classes, and Maggie Bowles and Manutuke took out the other class.
Churchys CCN65 class was won by Kim Bennet and Shes A Drama Queen with an outstanding score of 17.4. Samantha Whyte and Checkpoint Charlie took out the 65 PC class. Udys Grain & Seed NZPCA First Start Level 3 was taken out by Ruby Budge and Meg.