The Manawatu Showing Championships

By: Horsewyse Saddlery  22-Jan-2009

Horsewyse Saddlery is proud to present the 6th annual Manawatu Showing Championships. The event is for all classes of show ring horses and is held at Foxton Racecourse on February 8th 2009. A programme is downloadable from www.horsewyse.co.nz. The purpose of the show is to raise funds for Arohanui hospice and to date the total donated is $9755.00. The show has doubled in size since the first show in 2004 and it is a Horse of the Year qualiifer. The show attracts competitors from the lower North Island and is a much enjoyed by all who attend.

Update of the 2009 show. The Manawatu Showing Championships attracted a field of 140 competitors from as far away as the Waikato. The standard was very high and this meant our judges had the unenviable task of selecting their champions. Many of the classes were hotly contested and in the Champion of Champion classes only one point separated many of the entrants. Many of the riders will go on to the Horse of the Year show but just as many were having their "big day out". We are proud to offer classes to suit all levels of horse and rider and we take as much pleasure in watching a rider having their first show or coping with a novice horse as we do in watching the showring stars. It is a delight to have so many young children having fun with their ponies and helping along with the adults to raise money for hospice. It is hoped that by offering a lovely day with a great cause behind it we may spread the love of helping other to a new generation.The riders listened intently to Adrian Broard the CEO of Arohanui Hospice who gave us a message of thanks from the hospice staff. He told us about the need to raise funds and spread information about the hospice.He was proud to be able to present the winners sashes and trophies and we were delighted to have him as our guest of honour. A warm thank you to all those who helped and competed at this years show. roll on 2010!


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