Rangi Ruru Wins at Horse of the Year
After winning several national titles including the Saddle Hunter Pony of the Year at the Horse of the Year competition in Hastings earlier this month, Rangi Ruru equestrian student Grace Tripe (Year 12) has continued to impress to win a place representing New Zealand in Australia this month.
Grace will head across the ditch as a member of the NZ Show Horse Council New Zealand equestrian team which during its three-week tour, will show at the Australian Equi Fest in Richmond, northwest of Sydney, which starts on 30 March, as well as the Australian Nationals, and the Sydney Royal Show.
Director of Equestrian at Rangi Ruru, Pippa Young says to be representing New Zealand is a fantastic honour, winning at Horse of the Year is the “gold standard” when it comes to aiming to win inequestrian.
“It’s the biggest equestrian event in the Southern Hemisphere. The wins are a stunning achievement for Grace and the other girls who did well,” she says. “These Horse of the Year titles are much sought after.”
Young says despite the pretty awful weather in Hastings, current and former Rangi Ruru students did very well in the Hastings competition.
“It’s very satisfying to see the current Rangi Ruru girls achieving so well and continuing to do so, at a very high level, after they finish with us,” she says.
Pippa Young says even in Australia, there won’t be the number of competitors Grace faced at Horse of the Year in Hastings.
Full results from Horse of the Year
Brianna Bailey (Year 12) rode for the Canterbury show-jumping team which was placed first equal. Grace Tripe was also placed in the Young Rider of the Year 15 & 16 (second to Grace Thompson who was at Rangi last year), and placed in the Saddle Hunter Paced and Mannered Pony of the Year. She also won the Riding Society Saddle Hunter Pony.
Leah Zydenbos (Year 11) won the NZ Under 17 individual competition and was 5th in the NZ Under 17 Pairs. Florence Tapley (Rangi Ruru student in 2016 now at Lincoln University) completed some “super clear show-jumping rounds”, justifying her high position in the Lincoln University Young Rider competition, and Belinda Field-Dodgson (also a Rangi Ruru student in 2016 now at Lincoln University) was second in her Dressage and well placed in her Saddle Hunter classes with her young horse.
Former Rangi Ruru student, Sarah Wadworth (riding the horse she started while at Rangi) won Champion Saddle Hunter of the Year, following on from success in Marlborough, the Canterbury A & P Show, and then contested the dressage as well.
29 March 2017