Peri Drysdale, Hororata Games’ new chieftain

Games appoint chieftain

by Mike Isle

The Hororata Community Trust has appointed Peri Drysdale as its Hororata Highland Games 2019 Chieftain.

An entrepreneur and business owner, Drysdale founded fashion company Untouched World, which produces ecologically sustainable clothing, and the Untouched World Foundation that runs Leadership for Sustainable Future programmes.

Both the Untouched World Company and Foundation are recognised by the UN as global exemplars in the sustainability space.

Drysdale said the Highland Games had a special place in her heart.

“Scotland is close to my heart as my husband, Alex, was born in Balmahar near Loch Lomond before emigrating to New Zealand with his family as a child, and now our son Tim lives in Edinburgh.

“I have watched the Hororata Highland Games grow over the last nine years with interest. The Highland Spin competition intrigues me, the concept of taking wool from a raw product and turning it into a garment in just 6.5 hours sounds like a challenge. I am also looking forward to judging the Best Dressed Lad and Lassie competition where I am sure we will see some creative use of Tartan.”

Tartan is the theme of this year’s event, and the Hororata Tartan fabric, which is woven in Scotland, will be on sale at the games. People can purchase a range of hats and cushions made from the tartan.

Gates open 9am November 9, Hororata Domain, the event concludes with a heart-pounding Massed Bands march at 4.30pm.

Competition entries are open until October 28. Early bird tickets are on sale, for details visit