Sarah Dixon and Ngahiwi Nimbus showing off their rug and rosette after taking out the Main Events Tertiary Series


Main-Events Tertiary Challenge Series


Sarah Dixon says it has taken a little while to get the gist of her nine-year-old warmblood mare Ngahiwi Nimbus but winning the Main-Events Tertiary Series just makes all the hard work worthwhile.

The Otago Polytechnic student couldn’t make it to series finals due to her placement as part of her vet nurse studies, but ended up taking it by six points, despite a late charge from Alexandra Mitchell (Wellington) and Keltern William. Alexandra won the grand final but in the end had to settle for third in the series.

Sarah has had Cloud – as Nimbus is known at home – for a year-and-a-half. “She is a very chill horse but definitely has her quirks,” she says. “It’s has taken a while but we have a really good bond now and I think that is reflected in our results from the season.”

Those results include three tertiary challenge wins. “To have that many is so special. I am stoked.”

She adores the series and says it’s nice to feel included. “I am not capable at the moment to do young riders, so it is nice to have a series that is at a comfortable height for us.”

She and dad had looked at the plan at the beginning of the season and thought the series would be a good opportunity for the uni student.

She’s hoping to do it all over again next season with an eye to a few FMG Young Rider Series starts too.


Main-Events Tertiary Challenge Series: Sarah Dixon (Dunedin)  points 1, Amy Gibbs (Marlborough) 48 2, Alexandra Mitchell (Wellington) 46 3, Sarah Peterson (Clarkville) 42 4, Macy Heaton (Hastings) 38 5 and Michaelee Head (Cambridge) 20 6.


Main-Events Tertiary Challenge Series Grand Final: Alexandra Mitchell (Wellington) Keltern William 1, Macy Heaton (Hastings) PHS Armando 2.


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Diana Dobson – 22 April 2023