Games a hit once again

by Kent Caddick

Over 10,000 people got their taste of Scotland at the Hororata Domain on the weekend with the running of the 7th annual Hororata Highland Games.

As well as enjoying the entertainment, stalls and carnival rides the crowd was treated to some intense competition with over 100 highland dancers taking to the stage making it officially the biggest one day competition in New Zealand.

In addition 12 pipe bands, 58 solo pipers and drummers, 18 wool spinners, 140 tug-of-war exponents, 68 junior warriors, 6 shooters and 20 heavy athletes fought it out for the prizes in their competitions.

Event manager Cindy Driscoll said the weather was moody in the morning, keeping to the Scottish theme with a short period of rain.

“However, right on queue at 11 am as the crowd stilled for an Armistice Day remembrance, the clouds parted and the sun shone through.”

The Malvern Schools combined Kapa Haka group then welcomed Chieftain Amy Adams with a stirring performance.

Ms Adams spoke of how she has attended every Hororata Highland Games since its inception.
She said it was an event she really looked forward to because of the community spirit involved in making it happen.

“This amazing community pulled together and rebuilt after the life-changing earthquakes, and right 
from the start, the games have been spectacular.”

The Gough CAT Oceania Heavyweight Championship was won by New Zealander, Jono MacFarlane who also broke a field record tossing the 56lb weight over a 15.5 foot bar.

Ashburton’s Craig Manson came second in his first time in this division, while Australian Scott Martin was third. 

The women’s Gough CAT Amateur Championship was won by Kiwi Julie Stechman and the men’s title was taken out by David Jackways, also from New Zealand.

The festival surrounding the competitions was packed with entertainment while thousands of people took on the ‘Have A Go’ challenges.

“All this simply would not be possible without the over 200 volunteers, competitors, partners, stall holders, suppliers, and of course the visitors,” Mrs Driscoll said.

“The Hororata Community Trust thanks everyone who makes our games truly special.”