Hardy Cantabrian Pony Clubbers

The View Hill Silver team won the Collier Trophy for 2018 (Image: Jane Thompson, Pegasus Communications)

It was a freezing Canterbury day for this year’s Collier Trophy. Hosted by last year’s winning pony club, Okuku, the event was held at the National Equestrian Centre at McLeans Island.

The weather forecast was for cold and wet conditions, but that didn’t put the 22 teams off, and luckily the rain held off.

The Collier Trophy is a Canterbury wide eventing competition. Teams of six riders (minimum of 4 riders) compete and the best 4 scores (one from each level then the next best one) contribute to the team’s final overall score for the event.

Charley Regos, Gundagaai Gibberigee competing in the show jumping phase

There were three age groups: senior (16 years & under – 80cm), Intermediate (14 years & under – 65cm) and junior (12 years & under – up to 65cm)

The event is a great introduction to eventing team events as only those combinations who have not competed in the Springston Trophy or have grading points are eligible.

Charlotte Thomas produced another good dressage this time on About Time for the winning View Hill team

There was great team support shown, and a special well done to all those jump judges and other volunteers who braved the conditions for many hours.

The View Hill Silver team emerged triumphant, leading after dressage and finishing at the top of the leader board.  The team consisted of Mya Plotkin (Piper), Imogen Morrison (Pure Luck), Charlotte Thomas (About Time), Robbie Cochrane (Inspector Gadget), Indi Phillips (Muffin Man) and Daniel Thomas (Pennyvale Chintzy).

Imogen Morrison, Pure Luck

The enthusiastic Kaiapoi team had a good event to finish second, and the Roydvale team were third, to the delight of their younger members who attended as part of this month’s rally.

The Roydvale team with some of the younger members of their Club there to support

Fourth went to Springston Superstars, fifth to the Waihora Zebras with Halswell Black taking out sixth prize.

The View Hill Gold team won the wooden spoon, which was for the best result over the dressage and show jumping for those teams not posting a finishing score when the cross country was included.

Chloe Wheelens, Saltaire Nemo in full flight

The coveted Horsemanship prize went to the Bangor Buddies.

The Bangor Buddies showing good teamwork when leaving the dressage arenas

The photos are available for purchase from Jane Thompson’s website. You can access that by clicking on this link.

Hannah Boon, Rednalhgih Lyric
Emily Holder, Jenks, part of the Springston Superstars team
Sam Moffatt, Ataahua Masterpiece
Daniel Thomas, Pennyvale Chintzy
Laura Kelso, Kinkora Just a Dream