During a committee meeting one winters evening the idea was tabled to sponsor some riders with kaimamawa horses. It was our hope that doing so would help bring attention to the breed and to highlight how successful and versatile the breed can be. We hope to demonstrate that they do have a place within the equestrian community competing in every field.
Criteria for becoming a sponsored rider:
- Must be out competing in your chosen field – not necessarily at the top level.
- You must be out having fun with your Kaimanawa.
- Horse and rider must be registered with Kaimanawa Heritage Horses.
We love seeing Kaimanawa horses out competing and having horses out representing Kaimanawa Heritage Horses and what we do is great. It is a privilege to be associated with everyone.
Our 2019 Sponsored Riders
Georgia Bouzaid was one of our first sponsored riders. She rides Redcliffs Bill who you may recall was trained by Kate Hewlett for the first stallion challenge that was run.
Georgia competes Bill at Grand Prix showjumping in the pony section, they have had many successes including winning the six bar competitions at Taupo Xmas Classic and Equidays at Mystery Creek in Hamilton.
We look forward to watching Georgia this season.
Brittany Turner is our second sponsored rider and she rides Kaimanawa Queen of Hearts. Together they compete in Competitive Trail Riding (CRT) and doing cowboy challenges. Brittany competes all over the north island clocking up many miles over some rugged country, she has had many successes with good low heart rates upon finishing. Cowboy challenges is about trust and versatility with having to rope a fake cow and walk over obstacles and carry or drag things.
We look forward to learning more about CRT and Cowboy Challenges with Brittany on board.
Elenor Flintoff-Baker rides KH Arjay. They competed in the Old Friends category of the Freedom to Friendship competition at Equidays, which she took out in style. They compete together in eventing and pony club and are members of the newly formed Cowboy Challenge group in the Waikato.
Ana Pearce is another sponsored rider with her Kaimanawa Mangaone Titoki. Together they compete in a wide range of equestrian events ranging from A&P shows to going hunting over winter. Ana has been very successful in everything she has done and has many wide ribbons to her name. Mangaone Titoki is a pretty cool pony who will turn his hoof to pretty much anything.