Rangi Ruru’s Rider Excels at American Quarter Horse Nationals
A very tired horse and rider, with support crew headed the 862 kilometres home on Monday after a successful outing at the 39th AQHA-NZ National Show in Hawera, north of Whanganui.
17-year-old Yr 13 Rangi Ruru student Sally McPherson, horse Maroan Ranger, aka Archie together with mum and dad Lindsey and Ian, were accompanied by 7 trophies including the revered Golden Horse for “High Point Senior Youth – AQHA Classes”.
“I competed in 21 events, won 6, was placed in all but 2 other events, and was thrilled to come away with the awards I won and of course the Golden Horse,” she says.
In late June this year, Sally will head to Texas to represent New Zealand in the American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup She is the only Christchurch member of the five-person New Zealand Youth team, which will compete alongside nineteen other countries.
American Quarter Horse competitions feature Western Performance Riding and if you’re wondering what that is, think dressage with a Western twist.
“It’s very precise and technical, and a great deal of training and horsemanship goes into the sport,” says Sally “We get to wear beautiful clothes with lots of “bling” and the same goes for the tack on our horse’s bridles and saddles.”
Sally will leave for Texas on June 22nd, travelling with the team from Auckland directly to Houston. After training sessions with world renowned horseman and Western trainer Robin Frid and a visit to Clint Allen’s, Cutting Barn.
The opening ceremony for the American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup will take place at the Brazos County Expo Complex in Bryan College Texas on Friday 29 June followed by an intensive week of training clinics and the two shows they will compete in.