This has been a tough past few weeks for families with flooding damage to homes and paddocks, many with concerns about horse welfare, both within and outside of the Western Springs community. We hold horse families across the North Island close in our hearts, especially those who are still searching for or have lost horses in the massive Hawke’s Bay flooding.
While we are looking forward to sending out equestrian teams to compete on behalf of the school, we understand that this is not a usual start to the year and some riders will need to build up as circumstances allow to getting their horses back fit and healthy to compete. As you will see from the calendar below, there are many events to take part in throughout the year including show jumping, dressage and eventing, so the good news is that time is on our side.
Please see below for the calendar of upcoming inter-school events for the remainder of 2023 – this may be updated with additional information over the year, so if you are interested in any of these, please sign up in Te Whakamanu and we’ll keep you notified! While some of these events are a few months away, we’d like expressions of interest from riders as soon as possible to allow for team preparation and entries etc. You can also contact team manager, Gerardene Gooder (email@example.com) with any questions you might have about about representing WSC in equestrian sports – we’d love to hear from you.
We have one early competition in the season with the Pegasus Show Jumping Cup at Takapota Estate in March, and have entered a single team in this. We wish Jolie, Lola, Charlie and Maeve the best of luck and look forward to increasing team numbers for the events ahead.
|Upcoming Schools Equestrian Events 2023
(as of Feb 2023)
|Inter-Schools Show Jumping Series,
St Peters School Cambridge Dates:– April 2nd 2023 (entries close 19th March)– Two further dates TBC
|3 weekend SJ comps across the year. Schools can enter and accumulate points across the 3 dates in the series, or just enter single dates.
Classes from 60cm to 1.20m. Ponies and hacks compete seperately.
Teams of 4. Composite teams will be made by the organisers for schools who can’t enter a full team of 4.
|North Island Schools Horse Trials Championships, NEC Taupo
Dates: 20th – 21st May
|Cross Country, Show-juming and Dressage HT.
Classes are at 80cm and 95cm, teams of 4 riders.Composite teams will be made by the organisers for schools who can’t enter a full team of 4.
|Inter-Schools Dressage Series
St Peters School Cambridge – Dates TBC
|3 x 1 day Dressage comps across the year.
Can enter and accumulate points across the 3 dates in the series or just enter single dates.Composite teams will be made by the organisers for schools who can’t enter a full team of 4.
|North Island Schools Equestrian Championships, NEC Taupo
Dates: 28th Aug to 31st August
|4 days – a welcome day plus 3 days of competition across dressage, show jumping, show hunter and arena eventing.
Schools can enter as a team or can send individual riders to represent their school if they don’t have enough for a team. No composite teams.
|Secondary Schools – Eventers Team Challenge, Puhunui
Dates TBC – likely to be Friday Dec 8th
|Teams of 4.
Riders compete over a mixed course of SJ and XC jumps (Derby Style).Can jump in 2 classes at same or different heights.
Only 1st round counts for team points.