Rangi Ruru Wins Horse Trial


Rangi Ruru’s Gold team has won the Jane Sullivan Canterbury Interschools One Day Horse Trial (ODHT) Trophy in wet and windy conditions on Sunday 27 August at the National Equestrian Centre at McLeans Island.

Competing against a field of 22 teams the schools’ Blue team also placed 4th – pipped for 3rd by 0.3 of a point.

Director of Equestrian, Pippa Young says this is the first time Rangi Ruru has won the Trophy since successes in 2003 and 2004, and the sixth time in the trophy’s more than 30-year history.

“Jane Sullivan is a former Rangi Ruru student so to receive the trophy named after her, from her, was very significant to us all,” she says. “The girls performed brilliantly riding almost without any faults in Showjumping or Cross Country. That’s quite exceptional when you consider that all of the riders are in their first few years of secondary education, mostly Year 9 and 10.”

2016 has been a successful year for the Rangi Ruru equestrian teams.

“We have won the Canterbury Show Jumping and Eventing Canterbury Equestrian Inter-schools events this year, and performed very well in the Dressage,” says Pippa Young. “These girls are going from strength to strength which is testament to their dedication and skill, as well as the excellent equestrian programme we run here at Rangi Ruru.”

Congratulations to all riders including the Gold team of Annabelle Jones, Mikayla Smith, Luca Swale and Olivia Goodwillie and the Blue team of Brianna Bailey, Leah Zydenbos, Issy Ussher and Grace Thomson.

Rangi Life