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Sportsmanship trophy

March 16, 2012

This year the sportsmanship trophy was awarded to Miniah Summerell who competed in the first ridden section. Her judge was so impressed by the politeness and courteous behaviour exhibited by Miniah. (more…)


The Bob Linton Memorial Champion Rider of the Show

March 14, 2011

This trophy has been won by some top riders and this year was no exception. Amanda McCutcheon was on top form when she scored the highest marks in this hotly contested class. There is a lovely silver rosebowl donated by Megan Hawkins (nee Linton) in memory of her father, Bob Linton and the yellow rosebush for the winner to plant as a permanent token from the event. Bob’s favourite flowers were yellow roses and it is only fitting that the sash and ribbon that holds the medal and indeed the rosebush are in his favourite colour. (more…)

The Alana Clapperton Champion Junior rider of the Show

March 14, 2011

We were thrilled to once again have Alana Clapperton to present the sashes to the winners of this class. Alana’s favourite colour is red and a beautiful red rose bush is given to the winner of the class as a permanent reminder of their win in this prestigious class. (more…)

The Alana Clapperton Rosebowl

February 14, 2010

1st Hana Bognuda

2nd Georgia Hodges

3rd Kelly Gosper

The Bob Linton Memorial

February 14, 2010

1st Andrea Hill

2nd Sandy Fryatt

3rd Rebekah Waldegrave

4th Sue Reynolds

MSC 2010

February 8, 2010

Hello  Showies, entries for the upcoming Manawatu Showing Championships are very light. It you know anyone who is new to showing or with  a new horse please let them know about the show because they may not have heard about it.  I would really appreciate your help to tell as many people about the show as possible. Today Judith Buckeridge emailed all of the riders in our region who attended the National Horse and Pony show, that we need more competitors.  Even though we have sent out 200+ programmes and are on about 10 websites in one form or another we still have very small entries.  Im sure the recession is to blame. We now many people are passionate  about supporting the show because year after year  without fail they attend. So please send out an email to your friends and together we may reach enough people to make a great day.  We applaud Judith and others like her who help us to make the show a much loved event and one with a personal touch.  To visit the National Horse and Pony  association show held recently with all results available for your perusal. This show is a major drawcard for show riders from all parts country.

Double Take Pleasure Training Show

November 23, 2009

On Sunday the 22nd of November a hardy band of competitors gathered to learn more about the art of showing. (more…)

Paddock Safety

April 24, 2009

A wee plea, please check your horses on a daily basis.

Ensure their home is as safe as yours.

Let them have access to fresh water and enough food for their needs.

If needed, give them well fitted covers.

In short, CARE for them or give them to someone who will.

stuck and forlornstuck








Checking on her would have allowed her food and water. Checking on her would have removed the cover wrapped around her legs and body.

No matter the age or breed of a horse we owe it to them as their guardians to care, groom,feed and respect them. They do so much for us we could do a little for them…


To Thee, my master, I offer my prayer.
Feed me, water and care for me, and when the day’s work is done,
provide me with shelter, a clean, dry bed and a stall
wide enough for me to lie down in comfort.
Always be kind to me.
Your voice often means as much to me as the reins.
Never strike, beat, or kick me
when I don’t understand what you want,
but give me the chance to understand you.
Pet me sometimes, that I may serve you the more gladly and learn to love you.
Make sure that I am properly shod that I may serve you in comfort.
And finally, Oh My Master, when my useful strength is gone,
do not turn me out to starve…
or freeze…
and do not sell me to some cruel owner…
to be slowly tortured and starved to death;
but do thou, My master, take my life in the kindest, most humane way
and your God will reward you here and hereafter.
You will not consider me irreverent if I ask this…
in the name of Him who was born in a stable.


~ Author Unknown ~

“Bess” the only horse who returned

April 23, 2009
Lest we Forget

Lest we Forget

Anzac day evokes memories for so many families in New Zealand and Australia. It was with interest I read a newspaper article about “Bess” who was the only horse to return to NZ after the First World War.



Bess returned after serving in all campaigns with the New Zealanders in the Middle East.She returned to NZ under the patronage of Lt Col C. C Powles who became one of the early principals of Flock House Agricultural College. Bess remained in the local Manawatu area and the memorial stands on the spot where she died in 1934.

The monument on ANZAC day

The monument on ANZAC day

I have added a link to the Army website which has information about the contribution that the horses made to the war effort.

Turnout tips from “Stanley”

April 22, 2009

stanTurnout tips :

We will  be bringing you tips from a variety of different coloured  horses with photos on how to bring out the best in your horse. We are going to use readily available equine make-up and also show you how to achieve the same result on a shoestring. My horse “Stanley” and his friends will be used for demonstrations but we would love to hear from any locals with palominos or duns.

Read below for his latest post:  “Heads”  this follows his first and much read article entitled “Tails”. The next in the series will be hooves. Tail and mane pulling will follow plus much more…