International equestrian experience
by Ann van Engelen
The Royal Agricultural Society Equestrian Youth Team have returned from competing in the Tri-nations Equestrian Competition in the United Kingdom.
“This is a once in a lifetime experience and the team worked hard and came out with a worthy second overall with the UK team winning and Australia placing third,” said team manager Tryphena Carter.
Tryphena and Melissa Jebson from Darfield managed the team with this years squad consisting of Courtney Mullen from Ellesmere/Leeston, Maia Waretini and Ashleigh Tawhara from Christchurch, and Laura Macnab from Waikato.
“It was a very close competition with the horses and ponies supplied, so it is luck of the draw. The purpose is to give youth experience of working with new horses and build comradery across the world. There are four competitions — judging, in-hand class, dressage and riding.
“There was a tour organised with the Australian team visiting studs, dressage yards and historical places involving horses. We are thankful for all of our many sponsors and supporters who helped us in various ways to get to the event. The team represented the country and their cities well, and we were so proud of them.”