Brodie Roberts & Playmaker
Photo by Sophie Simson Photography
Eventers in the mainland are excitedly gearing up for the commencement of ESNZ Eventing’s spring season, which kicks off this weekend in Canterbury.
Eventing Canterbury chairperson Marg Evans-Taylor says the organising committee is thrilled to have received such a large number of entries, which will see more than 200 combinations competing across two days of competition on the 9th and 10th of September.
The dressage and show jumping is being held at the National Equestrian Centre Christchurch (Mcleans Island) on Saturday, with the cross-country to be held on Sunday at a separate venue, the Mandeville Sports Grounds in North Canterbury. The Mandeville cross-country track, which runs up to 2* height and was completed last year, offers competitors a much-needed third ESNZ competition track within Canterbury that adds to the variety of challenges posed throughout each season.
Two local riders make up the three combinations entered in the top, CNC2* class: Brodie Roberts with her two mounts, SR Livingstone and Playmaker, and Lydia Truesdale riding Allander Rocket.
A quality line up of 22 combinations are contesting the CNC1*, including current CCI3* national champion Emily Cammock on board an upcoming mount, and Larissa Srhoy, whom is returning from a season out injured, on board Rockquest, whom together won the national CCI1* championship when Rockquest was just a six-year-old. They are joined by notable campaigners Giles Gormack, Eve Hawes, Anna Poole, Courtney Davis and others who enjoyed their share of successes last season.
The lower levels continue to be extremely popular – an optimistic indication of the amount of local talent coming up through the grades.
The CNC105 level is split over two classes, each with 19 and 20 combinations respectively.
Large numbers contest the CNC95, which has also been split into two classes, this time with approximately 30 combinations in each.
There are almost 70 combinations entered in the CNC80 and they are split over three classes.
And finally, there are 19 contending the recently introduced and increasingly popular CNC65.
This is the first chance competitors get to earn points for the 2017/2018 national ESNZ Eventing Series, as well as for the inaugural Mitavite New Zealand Eventing Canterbury Series.
Both Saddlery Barn and Cavalleria Toscana NZ will have trade stalls at Mcleans Island on Saturday, and refreshments from local vendors will be available at both venues.
Spectator entry is as always free so come along for what is set to be another great display of eventing, hosted by Eventing Canterbury.
by Lydia Truesdale