The Sefton Riding Centre Primary School Show Jumping event is aimed at children in years one to eight

Primary school equestrian event

by Ann van Engelen

The fifth Sefton Riding Centre Primary Schools Show Jumping Competition is set for Sunday, September 15.

“We run the riding centre and started the competition for primary school children when a community member died in an accident as a way to fundraise for her family,” says centre manager Nicola Grigg.

“Last year we had 22 teams come along from across the Canterbury region, and it was a very successful day. We have had people from Darfield and across the different areas join together to make up a team. It is the only primary school competition that I am aware of and is designed especially for young riders from years one to eight. Anyone can enter including children who don’t jump — they can come along and do an obstacle course or lead their ponies if they don’t ride.”

The day consists of show jumping and obstacle courses with the older children competing at higher jump heights in the afternoon.

“There is the Alana Adams Memorial Trophy as well as the Sefton Riding Centre trophy. It is a great opportunity for children to compete as a team from other riders from their school as normally — it is an individual sport.

“The day is very relaxed, and riders from different areas can join together.

The event is exciting and builds confidence and comradery. It puts big smiles on the faces of the competitors and spectators alike and is a fun day out for both horsey and non-horsey to come and enjoy. No dogs are allowed on-site.”

For more information go to the Sefton Riding Centre Facebook page.