Feilding Herald : January 26th 2012
4 THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2012 SPORTS 4324213AA 4310438AA 71 Fergusson Street, Feilding Phone/Fax 06 323 3223 January Sale 15% off everything • Wool/yarn • Possum and Merino • Baby Wear • Knitting Accessories • Patterns SPORTMANAWATU.ORG.NZ FIND OUT MORE: CHAT: Sports House, 50 Queen Street MAIL: PO Box 797, Palmerston North 4440 PHONE: 06 357 5349 EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org WEB: sportmanawatu.org.nz/grx Getting healthy and active is easy in 2012 when you choose our Green Prescription programme. Join and get access to free* nutritional advice and weekly activity classes! *Some activities are free, however if you attend our weekly class the cost is just $2 per class. Visit sportmanawatu.org.nz/grx today to see if Green Prescription is right for you. NEED SOME HELP TO ACHIEVE YOUR NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS? 4309636AA Feilding rider has great dressage results Riding high: Hannah Swenson and her pony Tirohanga Fleurs Festival complete a championship dressage test in Levin in December. Photo: LAURA WALTERS Feilding teenager Hannah Swenson was the only rider from the Manawatu region to compete at the national pony club dressage championships in Taupo last weekend, and to her surprise she came home with some great results. The competition was held at the Fibre Fresh National Equestrian Centre in Taupo on Saturday and Sunday, with entrants from pony clubs from around the country. Hannah and her pony Tirohanga Fleurs Festival, also known as Fizz, were selected for the Manawatu- West Coast team after a series of trials during the summer. The other riders on the team, Abigail Long, Danielle Gray, Mara Kerschbaumer, and Michaela Gibson, were from Horowhenua. It was the first time the 15-year- old had been on the team for the New Zealand Pony Club Dressage Championships, and she took third and fourth in two of her dressage tests. In her championship test she finished 11th of 30 riders. Hannah's scores helped the junior section of the team finish third over- all.The team came ninth in the national dressage competition after taking the senior riders' scores into account. Hannah said she was nervous before the event, but she was very pleased with her results, especially because she did not expect to place highly. Hannah said she did not even expect to be picked for the team, and just trialled for experience. The Feilding High School student and her 12-year-old grey mare put in extra practice, and trained with dressage coach Vaughn Cooper. The team was coached by Sandy Fryatt. When interviewed before the event, Hannah said she thought the team had a chance of taking home a placing, but it was hard to know until the day. We like to think we could [win],'' she said. Manawatu-West Coast team manager Pamela Douglas said some of the riders had competed in the competition before, and for some it was their first time. The competition aims to encour- age team participation and interest and enjoyment in dressage,'' she said. The team came up against about 70 riders from around the country, and the winners were from Auck- land. New Zealand Pony Club runs a number of championship compe- titions across the different riding disciplines.
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