Waitaki Herald : February 18th 2015
6 WAITAKI HERALD, FEBRUARY 18, 2015 NEWS Trail riding champs a first formum Just a trot in the vineyards O By NICOLA WOLFE firstname.lastname@example.org amaru rider Brenda Reading and her horse Tessa came home with a placing from the South Island Endurance and Competitive Trail Riding (CTR) Championships recently. Reading placed second in the Intermediate CTR which took place at the Clos Henri Winery near Blenheim on Waitangi weekend. It was her first time at the championships. ‘‘[I am] really stoked. A good achievement for a middle aged lady.’’ Reading, who has been riding since her teens but has never competed, decided to plunge into CTR competitions last year and qualified for the championships after competing at several events. She said competitive trail riding involves trekking over a course, finishing as close as possible to an ideal time. ‘‘No stopping, time wasting or circling is permitted,’’ Reading said. The course was made up of four loops of varying distances over the Clos Henry Winery and neighbouring vineyards, the longest being 35 kilometres. The ideal time to finish the competition was three hours and 30 minutes. Reading and pony Tessa rode in five minutes too early. Second's the best: WindsorwomanBrenda Reading with Tessa came second in the South Island Competitive Trail Riding Champs near Blenheim on Waitangi weekend. It was the first time Reading had competed in the event. ‘‘You need to maintain 10km an hour to finish in the ideal time. That’s a lot of trotting, a little bit walking. I think I spend about 90 per cent of the time trotting.’’ All that trotting required a lot January ~ February 2015. Refer to website for full terms & conditions. Inspirational Rooms Stunning Savings TRACKS CURTAINS ● BLINDS ● ROMAN BLINDS ● Drape Making Choose fabrics and insulating linings from James Dunlop Pegasus and Estate Ranges, Charles Parsons, Warwick, Maurice Kain, Villa Textiles, Ken Bimler and other leading suppliers. Over 1000 samples to select from. PLUS BONUS OFFER www.russellscurtains.co.nz Aluminium Venetians, Suncreens, Roller Shades, Vertical Blinds, Insulating Honeycomb, Wood Blinds, Alternative Wood Venetians Established 1929 20% OFF Tracks & Rods CURTAINS & BLINDS MOBILE Russells Block Out Lining 140 or 150 ONLY $8.99 per metre Fantastic Quality 35% OFF ● *Conditions apply. Affordable Prices PREMIUM BLINDS Sunscreens, Roller shades, Vertical Blinds, Aluminium Venetians, Wood Venetian Blinds, Alternative Wood Venetians Createafreshnewlook for2015 Call us today on 0800808 300 for a FREE no-obligation quote The Making of 20% OFF Roman Blinds Fabrics must be over $29.95 per meter FREE INSTALLATION onNewZealandWindow Shades TIMBER SHUTTERS of time training for both her and the pony. Reading said she spent a couple of hours two to three times a week riding in Herbert Forest and at Oamaru Race Course. It was worth it though. ‘‘Even if you don’t win you have a lovely ride out. The vineyard location was beautiful, and the whole ride was amongst the vineyards in the area.’’ Photo: SUPPLIED She’s keen to enter more compe- titions but for the foreseeable future her focus is on helping get her daughter ready for the National Pony Club Eventing champs. 20% OFF Fabrics: Warwick Kristina Collection in Lime FREE *Conditions apply.
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