Central Southland Pony Club is hosting the 49th Springston Trophy 2021, the largest pony club event on the South Island calendar this October. Teams of riders from throughout the South Island will converge at the Ryal Bush event course for three days of competition. This will be the first time that the Central Southland club has hosted the event, but the fifth time the event has been held in Southland, the last being in 2010.
The club has gone from strength to strength over recent years; Central Southland President Penny Frew felt it was “an awesome opportunity and privilege to gain the hosting rights for this fantastic event”.
Teams of 4 to 6 riders under the age of 24 will compete in the disciplines of dressage, cross country and show jumping over the three days.
“The location right next to State Highway 6 is sure to turn heads, especially with the cross country jumps that will be Southland themed” say Mrs Frew.
A huge amount of work has already gone on behind the scenes in preparation for the event. Personnel were required to design and build the cross country course, judge dressage and show jumping plus many more.
Planning an event on a working farm doesn’t come without it challenges says Mrs Frew, having had to plan winter crops around the cross country plan.
Local businesses have got behind supporting this event that will see over 200 horses, their riders and supporters arrive in the province for the event.
As well as the competition there will also be trade and food stalls on site.
Springston Trophy has been an annual event since 1971, until 2020 when the event was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.