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Thursday February 14 2013

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Keep calm and carry on: It’s life as normal for Burnham School principal Sandra Keenan, above, and her pupils – at least until Monday when staff will find out whether their school will close or remain open.

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BURNHAM and Greenpark schools have only four more days to wait until they learn whether they have earned a reprieve from the threat of closure. On Monday, Ministry of Education officials will meet separately with the staff of both schools to deliver their decision after both made submissions putting forward their case to remain open. Burnham School board of trustees chairwoman Jackie Freeman said last week’s announcement of a new school to be built in Rolleston did not necessarily give any indications as to Burnham’s likely future and she remained hopeful that “common sense will have prevailed”. “There are 2000-odd sections coming online in Rolleston. They actually need to be thinking about their fourth primary school and that is just for Rolleston township. Believe it or not there is room for six primary schools in the Rolleston cluster.”

Burnham’s roll had grown this year to 136, above its normal average of around 120 pupils, while the rolls of nearby Rolleston, Clearview and Weedons schools also continued to expand, she said. Ms Freeman also said she understood a detailed engineering report ordered by the ministry had confirmed earlier concerns over the safety of their buildings were unfounded. However, the school was yet to receive official confirmation of this. Burnham principal Sandra Keenan said the school’s community was waiting in anticipation while remaining positive. “Until we hear otherwise there is no reason why we should believe we won’t stay open because we believe that our document that we put to the ministry was detailed and informative and really explained the reason why it’s very important that our school remains open.” Greenpark School principal Andrea Klassen was wary of the ministry’s announcement of



a new school to be built in Lincoln, only six kilometres away. “Our class size is not high so I guess [closing Greenpark] would be very easy if they build a new school,” she said. “I know the population of Lincoln is destined to increase by quite some bit so maybe they’re building it to accommodate the increase in residencies in future but I just thought it may be likely to influence the decision on our submission.” The school’s community was trying to remain upbeat ahead of Monday’s announcement. “Everyone is still very supportive and we’re just carrying on with our job and hoping for the best. We think we put in a very good submission, something a little bit different for the area, and we are hoping the Minister would see that as a positive. “But it’s always in the back of your mind that maybe this isn’t the direction that the Minister has decided for the future of education in this area.”

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Self-insurance still an option for council

Road patrol swings into action

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A REPORT into the Selwyn District Council’s future insurance options will be discussed at the council’s March 27 meeting. The council’s assets are insured with Lumley General Insurance with a value of more than $170 million; however, the policy does not include earthquake insurance because of the limited cover that had been available after the Canterbury earthquakes. Council corporate services manager Douglas Marshall said the report had already been drafted and discussed with finance portfolio holders and was now in the process of being finalised.

Mr Marshall confirmed self-insurance, which would involve the council using its own funds to cover its assets against future earthquake damage, was under active consideration and likely to be one of the options suggested for the council. Last year the council said it was waiting on a review of insurance issues over the local government sector to be completed by the Office of the Auditor General (OAG) as findings from that report would be relevant to the council’s policy decision. However, it had now been advised that the OAG would not be issuing an external report.

POLICE constable Meg Moynihan recently came to Rolleston School to train up the road patrollers, including Jayd Ngahungahu, Micayla Roberts and Elise Elliott, pictured above, for the new school year. A total of 25 year 6-8 children have been chosen for this special job. Constable Moynihan talked to the children about the importance of being a reliable road patroller. Twice each day they are on duty ­ rain or shine ­ ensuring the children and parents of

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ORGANISERS of the annual Rakaia River Salmon Fishing Competition are hoping that what has so far been a productive fishing season carries on into this year’s event. The competition, now in its 30th year, will take place from February 22-24 and Rakaia River Fishing Promotions president Ken Lee said the field was close to full with around 690 out of a maximum 750 entries having been received by Tuesday this week. There had been plenty of good-sized fish already, he said. “We’ll have to see what the rest of the season brings but so far it’s shaping up to be absolutely fantastic. We are hoping for clear rivers, that is our biggest thing.” All proceeds from the competition would go back into the fishery in some way, he said – whether through donations to the

The university is currently seeking feedback from staff and expects to release a formal proposal in March. It was not yet clear how many of the university’s 720 staff would be affected by the cuts.

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Rolleston School are safe crossing the two busy roads by the school entrance. There are two main ways to operate a school road patrol. One is not stopping traffic, but telling the children when it is safe to cross. ­This happens on Shelly Street. On the busy Tennyson St, patrollers check carefully and stop traffic so the pedestrians can cross safely. Children are reminded to walk over the crossing, as riding scooters or bikes across it can be dangerous.

Montrose hatchery, the Rakaia River Fishing Promotions’ own egg-planting programme or other initiatives aimed at benefiting the salmon population. In celebration of the 30th year the competition’s grand prize is a Kawasaki 650 motorbike with a Kea trailer to carry it, together valued at around $17,000. Anyone who enters the senior competition will go into the draw to win, whether they catch a fish or not. Mr Lee said the longevity of the competition showed it was a successful event; however, organisers were desperately seeking new volunteers to help carry it on into the future. “Unfortunately some of these few [organisers] are starting to get on in age,” he said. “We’d love to have some younger blood coming through to help out and keep it going.”

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Life of classic cars and concerts

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MANY Kiwi blokes have an old car or two that they’re doing up in the shed out back as a hobby. For Ray Drury, who has around 50 restored vintage cars, along with motorbikes, musical instruments and even a plane, it’s more than a part-time hobby. Mr Drury, who lives with his wife Nancy near Prebbleton, began collecting vintage cars around 40 years ago and later became interested in old-fashioned musical instruments as well. “It’s a bit like a disease – that’s about what it amounts to. You see something, you think you’d like to fix it and probably you saw it in your youth or something like that, it’s in a sad state of repair and you buy it and fix it.” Notable items in the collection include a 1940s’ Auster Leopard plane, one of only five Wurlitzers to have been brought into New Zealand in 1926, and a digital theatre organ, which Mr Drury said was the largest in New Zealand. “I actually enjoy seeing them together and going instead of just an old heap of nuts and bolts,” he said. “The easiest part is buying it when you don’t give much for it. The hardest part is putting it back together when you’ve never done anything like that before so you’ve got to ask people.” Sometimes a group such as a car club came in to view the cars, often leaving a donation, which was passed on to charity. Mrs Drury played a big role in managing the collection, while several other people were involved with helping repair and maintain things – including one man who had been

Classic instrument: Nancy Drury with a Decap dance organ.

working for them for around 20 years. Five years ago, the couple built a hall on their property to accommodate the collection and used it to begin staging concerts, with the proceeds going to various charitable causes. So far they have staged 26 concerts and raised around $30,000. “We’ve had probably 12 overseas artists come and play for us with the organs and some of them, if they played at the town hall they’d be worth about $150 a ticket they’re so good,” Mr Drury said. The next concert, featuring the Mainland Big Band and Richard Hore on the organ, will be held this Saturday from 7pm with the money raised going to the Neurological Foundation of New Zealand.

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Making money out of farming hours, plus a focus on where they THERE’S a bad joke about the Dean are going that is astounding. of an agricultural college asking a Every cent is accounted for and young chap why he wanted to enrol used to build the asset base. and receiving the answer “because The knowledge that young share I dream of making a million dollars milkers have is also astounding a year out of farming, just like my and would be the envy of many father does”. city professionals. The Dean is very impressed and I would not want to suggest that says, “Your father makes a million dairy farmers work out their hourly dollars a year out of farming?” rate with respect to the money that “No,” came the reply, “but he ends up in their own pocket, as in dreams about it”. disposable income, but it will be The reality of farming is that it is with very hard work, takes huge hours Rob Cope-Williams very low. Sheep farmers also work very a week to do and is, in most cases, hard and have the problem of one of the hardest ways to get a timing the buying and selling of return from your capital. their stock to the best advantage. The days of farming being a way of life with leisure time and a new car every The problem being that when there’s lots of pasture on their farm, others also have lots and year have gone. The family tradition of passing the farm vice versa. Cropping farmers are exceedingly vulnerable on to the eldest son and expecting the other children in the family to fend for themselves to weather and are faced with having to sign up are very much gone; young people working in for delivery of their produce at whatever price an associated business like shearing sheep and the market suggests. Mind you that goes for all farming when you buying a farm after a few years is something think about it. their grandparents did. With more and more corporate owners of Sadly, the chances of a young person getting on to a farm, other than dairying, are slim. farms throughout the country, the traditional Dairying as an industry has developed a very family farm is becoming harder and harder to impressive ladder using share milking for find, which means that there’s a raft of young young people to build up their asset base and people who can’t follow their dream. That isn’t a sign of being a failure; it’s simply a sign of take on farm ownership. That still takes many years and very long the times.

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Unwanted chemicals sought AGRECOVERY is urging all Canterbury farmers and growers to take a look in their sheds and get rid of any unwanted chemicals they have at its upcoming agrichemical collection. The booking deadline for Cantabrians wanting to safely dispose of their unwanted or expired agrichemicals through Agrecovery Chemicals is March 22. The chemical collection programme, which started in 2009, runs across the country and in the last two years Canterbury has had a larger volume of agrichemicals collected than any other region in New Zealand. In its last financial year, Agrecovery collected and safely disposed of over 11,500 kilograms of agrichemicals across the country, 23 per cent more than in the previous financial year, and this year it hopes to collect more. “It’s great to see so many Canterbury farmers and growers taking advantage of the programme to clear their properties of old or

unwanted chemicals, but there is still a lot left out there that we’d like to see booked for collection,” Agrecovery sales and marketing manager Duncan Scotland said. Many agrichemicals and animal health products are eligible for free disposal through the support of the 59 brand owners that participate in the programme, while others are subsidised through central government and some regional councils. Environment Canterbury is actively supporting the upcoming collection. Users of horticultural, agricultural and veterinary chemicals, including farmers, growers, contractors and veterinarians, can log their unwanted and expired chemicals for collection with Agrecovery www.agrecovery. or phone 0800 247 326 to request a booking form. Those with unwanted household or garden chemicals should contact their local council as these chemicals are not subsidised under the Agrecovery Chemicals programme.

Environment Canterbury welcomes Rakaia WCO acceptance ENVIRONMENT Canterbury (ECan) has welcomed the announcement by Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee that the Government has accepted the recommendation to amend the Rakaia Water Conservation Order. In October last year, ECan adopted the report and recommendations of the independent hearing commissioners on TrustPower’s application to amend the National Water Conservation (Rakaia River) Order 1988. The final decision on the application was passed to the Minister for the Environment. TrustPower’s application proposed a series of amendments and additions to the original Water Conservation Order to enable the use of water that is currently diverted and stored in Lake Coleridge/Whakamatau for hydroelectricity generation, so water could be used for both hydro-electricity and irrigation uses. David Caygill, the Environment Canterbury

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NICK Clapham may be a mechanic, but it’s not his vested interest in doing Warrant of Fitness checks every six months rather than every year that’s driving his outrage over changes to the system. “I’ve got a daughter who drives on the roads and I don’t want her to drive an unsafe car, I don’t want her to be approached by anyone in an unsafe car,” Mr Clapham, a workshop foreman for The Mechanics, said. The Government has announced six-monthly Warrant of Fitness (WOF) tests will be phased out and only annual checks will be needed for cars registered since 2000. New vehicles will need an initial warrant but won’t have to be re-tested for three years. Mechanics say yearly checks won’t pick up issues as they develop. “Every six months they have a chance to be repaired and rectified before they develop into much larger issues. For example, the car I’ve just done a warrant on failed on a little cover for the steering, which was only a cheap repair. Had it been allowed to go on, the lady could’ve been up for a full steering rack replacement,” Mr Clapham said. The six-monthly WOFs were particularly important for those driving in and around Christchurch, where mechanics were dealing with a significant number of suspension repairs due to the earthquake-damaged roads. “Customers don’t really appreciate how far they’ve gone until we fix them (suspension) and they go ‘wow, the car’s a completely different car.’ If things are allowed to develop, cars get into such a state that they do become unsafe,” he said. “A lot of the things we get aren’t sudden catastrophic failure of parts, they’re wearing out of parts that cause erratic behaviours within the handling of cars.” The change will come into force mid-2014 or earlier, and it’s high-mileage users whose vehicles will be more prone to damage. The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) said only 2.4 per cent of crashes had some form

Expert eye: Mechanic Nick Clapham is concerned about the law change requiring less frequent Warrant of Fitness checks. Photo: CTV News

of a mechanical defect - the changes saving the country $159 million. “It’s (the changes) going to save New Zealanders quite a lot of money but is not going to impact on the safety,” NZTA South Island director Jim Harland said. The Motor Trade Association (MTA) said it was up to their profession to ensure motorists were safe but the Government had taken that away from them and the public. “I’m disappointed I guess, but it was predictable. What perhaps we struggled to comprehend is the balance of possibly, more road deaths versus saving the consumer potentially $50 a year,” MTA business development manager Russell Lane said. The MTA had been campaigning against the change. The change would mostly affect highmileage users, but even low-mileage users were at risk. “Our customers aren’t particularly high mileage, they’re only 10,000 to 15,000 kilometres a year but even so with that we are picking up faults every six months on some cars,” Mr Clapham said. The NZTA said police would be targeting enforcement around more minor issues on a greater frequency than they had before, but it was up to every car owner to ensure their vehicle was safe on every journey. The MTA said motorists did not have the skills to do that. “Suspension and tyres are a major part of safety and the average Kiwi wouldn’t go looking under their car to see if there’s something worn or broken in today’s environment,” Mr Lane said.

Postal changes worry union NEW Zealand Post’s plans to move to a threeday mail delivery service are being met with friction by the union for postal workers. The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union (EPMU) said international postal services were all suffering from declining mail volumes and had to adapt, and New Zealand Post was no different. EPMU postal industry organiser George Collins said the union recognised the commercial pressures facing NZ Post, but did not believe a three-day service was justified. The union was working with New Zealand Post to find ways to adjust to this decline while protecting postal workers’ jobs and the

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Magical holiday programme at Arthur’s Pass THE Arthur’s Pass National Park summer holiday programme, which ran from December 29 until January 6, had something for everyone - including more than 500mm of rain in three days. Despite a damp start, this year’s holiday programme was one of the best yet, enticing 445 people to experience the magic that is Arthur’s Pass. The theme this year, ‘A day in the life of…’, was reflected not only in the variety of activities but also in the community spirit behind the programme and it is this spirit that makes Arthur’s Pass the magical place that it is. This community spirit took many forms: the photo exhibition put together by the Arthur’s Pass Wildlife Trust (APWT), the willingness of the Wellington Botanical Society (who just happened to be in the area at the time) to transfer their knowledge of plants to us mere

mortals, hosting of events by local businesses the Wobbly Kea and Arthur’s Chalet, and the entertaining talk given by the APWT about their work with the local population of Great Spotted Kiwi. A quiz night about the National Park held at the local watering hole, the Wobbly Kea, tested our knowledge to the limit and resulted in visitors to the pass giving the locals a run for their money. The night was a huge success and raised a significant amount of money for the APWT. All up, the programme included one scavenger hunt, six guided walks (only two of which were cancelled despite the atrocious weather), a quiz night, a photo exhibition and a day devoted entirely to activities from the popular Kiwi Ranger booklet. Other evening entertainment included talks on local history, flora, fauna and the extremes of mountain weather and a visit from the other side by

Happy hens at Tai Tapu School DOUGAL Frame, enviro-leader at Tai Tapu School, last year decided that he and his project team of Cameron Hilliard and Kate Fleming would like to have chickens in the school. They set about the project enthusiastically and spent many hours researching, planning, measuring, pricing and asking experts. Eventually they were prepared and they put forward a proposal to the Board of Trustees in a presentation at a BOT meeting. They won over the board members with their enthusiasm and planning and got permission to go ahead with the project. Many fundraising opportunities followed until the group had gathered about $700. Dougal contacted Greg Boyle from Chook Manor, a business in Little River, and the negotiations began. Greg gave lots of information and advice, but even more importantly was impressed by the group’s enthusiasm and by the fact that it was a totally student-led project and he came on board with an offer of help. His generous donation meant that the students only paid for materials and Greg and his team built the hen house and run free of charge, at the end of the 2012 school year. Last week he supplied seven fine hens and even included a feeder, water dispenser and enough food for some time. The looks on the faces of Dougal and the team showed their appreciation and gratitude. We recommend Chook Manor to anyone thinking of taking on hens at home. Our hen house and run are pretty luxurious. The team have been very dedicated and are confident handling the hens. The hens appear very contented in their new home and are already laying. The students plan to sell the eggs to pay for any expenses. Some eggs will also be used in a new cooking initiative to be launched this year in classes. We will also use the manure in our garden. Apart from the

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practical side it is just really fun to have them around the school. Dougal has just headed off to Lincoln High School but his brother Fergus has taken over the role of enviro-leader. Dougal intends to keep up his involvement with the school and offer advice and support to the Eco Team. He will be keeping a close eye on those chooks. Tai Tapu is a Selwyn District Council-funded enviro-school and received a bronze award last year. Our group consists of about 20 students between years 4 and 8. We are trying to make our school sustainable. Plans are afoot to aim for a silver award this year. We currently operate a successful school vegetable garden, composting bins, worm farm and native planting. This year we will tackle paper waste and also undertake an involvement with local projects such as Tai Tapu Bush and Lake Ellesmere planting. Our school philosophy is to thread a sustainable education through our curriculum and our young eco-warriors are leading the way.

Times past: John Charles leads a walk around the village discussing some of the local history.

‘King Dick’ (Richard Seddon portrayed by David Verrall), who took us all up to Arthur’s Chalet for a fundraising game. Many thanks in particular to the Arthur’s

Pass Wildlife Trust, the Wobbly Kea, Arthur’s Chalet and the Wellington Botanical Society, whose help and support made this successful programme possible.

Scouts still seeking leaders Jenny Duncan THE Tai Tapu Scouts have started the New Year and, as with many volunteer-run groups, our leadership pool has diminished. At the start of the year both Scouts and Cubs did not have warranted leaders and that would have meant they could not continue but due to the support of our parents in the community we now have a potential pool of warranted leaders for Cubs. Unfortunately, we are still looking for a warranted leader or someone willing to become warranted for Scouts so if you live in the area, enjoy working with, extending and encouraging 10 to 13-year-olds, please contact the Tai Tapu Scouting Group - 027 359 4426. All our groups (Keas, Cubs and Scouts) enjoy getting out and about in the community, trying new skills and going to different places. If there is something out there that you can

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STUDENTS across the Selwyn District have returned to school over the last few weeks. For some it was their first year at primary or high school, while others were just moving up a class. Several local schools sent us their pictures of those first days of learning, play and more learning.

Seeing red: Students from Darfield High School’s Tawera House take part in the mufti day.

I’m new here: Year 9 Lincoln High School student Joe Coleman gets off the bus on his first day.

Green machine: Darfield High School’s first house event of the year was a mufti day where students wore house colours. Money raised goes towards house events throughout the year. Pictured here are students from Waimakariri house.

Settling in: Year 9 Lincoln High School students in one of their peer support sessions, with peer support leader Alice Lyall, standing.

Just swinging by: Harrison, Nathan and Jesse (on the rope swing) enjoy some play time at Prebbleton School.

Beginners: Southbridge School’s Community 7 new entrant’s class, with teacher Jane Baugh. Lifesaving skills: Thanks to the great weather the school swimming pool at Weedons School has been put to good use since school returned. Here year 5 and 6 pupils create waves for Isaac Ward to navigate as he practises wearing a life jacket in choppy water.

Up high: Prebbleton School children in the playground.

Spot the star: Crusaders halfback and former All Black Andy Ellis attended a special ‘goal setting’ assembly on Tai Tapu School’s first day back.

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Le Race time IT’S that time of year when cyclists are gearing up for one of Canterbury’s more iconic cycle races - Le Race. This is best illustrated by the mob of Lycra-clad, shaven-legged species grinding their way up Dyers Pass Road through Cashmere, the very first hill in the trek from Christchurch to Akaroa. I start getting excited about this race when my regular Sunday group rides venture out onto the peninsula and reconnoitre the twisty, twirling and somewhat steep (both in ascent and descent) parcours of the Summit Road. If you’ve entered this event before, even if you have every year since its inception (from 1999 it has been run every year despite an unfortunate accident which was the catalyst for a major shake-up to stringent safety traffic management systems in sporting events, and recently the February 2011 earthquake), it still pays to familiarise yourself with the testing part of the course. Every year without fail I am surprised at how hard the journey between Hilltop (the saddle taking you from Little River to Akaroa

On course: Coast to Coast athletes, including eventual winners Baden Currie and Sophie Hart, passed through the Selwyn District last weekend on their way to the finishing line at Sumner Beach. Hart is pictured on the Waimakariri River kayak stage while Currie is seen getting on his bike en route to the city. Currie completed the race in 11 hours, 21 minutes and 32 seconds, while Hart recorded a time of 12 hours, 36 minutes and 19 seconds. The pair upset last year’s winners, husband and wife, Richard and Elina Ussher. Photos: Michael Jacques

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IT’S official - Ellesmere and Rolleston Football Clubs, along with the Football hub at West Melton, have joined forces to create the Selwyn United Football Club (SUFC). For the last five years, the Rolleston and Ellesmere football clubs have been working together under its umbrella organisation, Selwyn Football, with consolidation having been one of the goals. This management identity was formed in 2008 with assistance from Sport Canterbury and support of Mainland Football. The organisation was instrumental in providing juniors residing in Selwyn a pathway to represent their district at annual Junior South Island tournaments and festivals. What used to be impossible but for a select few has now grown to Selwyn Representative fielding more than 10 teams, with three titles to its name in the last three years. A media statement issued by the new club said the district’s explosive population growth was likely to drive a large increase in player numbers. The club would continue to actively support the governing body and New Zealand Football in its implementation of the Whole of Football Plan, with fully compliant programmes and pathways available for players of all ages at West Melton, Rolleston and Ellesmere Football Centres, the statement said.

The First Kicks and Fun Football programme piloted and run by stalwart Jym Findlay would continue for all players registered with SUFC and expand out to the outlying football hubs within the district. The club would also have a new blue and black playing strip. In another new local development, English professional club Burnley announced last week that it was setting up an academy programme in Canterbury in a bid to find players to follow in All White Cameron Howieson’s sprig marks. SUFC is one of four South Island clubs to host the new initiative, which sprang from a meeting between SUFC head of coaching and ex-Burnley coach Graham McMann and Burnley’s Youth Australasia programme chief Paul Wozny, a UEFA A-licence coach. McMann and technical manager Martin Allen will co-ordinate the Canterbury programme, which will be linked to the BFCAA academy run by Wozny in Perth, attended by more than 800 young players aged between six and 16 over the last two years. In a statement, Wozny said the Burnley scheme would be a “comprehensive coach education programme” allowing local players to “remain on home soil while receiving topclass coaching and a total football education from full-time, experienced coaches”.

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Reardon stars for Malvern in thrilling final

Up and over: Maddison Thompson won the junior rider competition at the NZ National Jumping Championships on Saturday. Photo:

On top of things: Katie Meredith won her second national Young Rider Championship. Photo: Pip Hume Photography

DARFIELD teen Maddison Thompson defeated a smart field to win the Commercial Contract Services KiwiSpan Junior Rider aboard her father’s hunter King John at the NZ National Jumping Championships at McLean’s Island last weekend. Sixteen started the competition with just six going through to the jump-off against the clock. Ohoka’s Olivia Robertson and speed demon Tiki Taane were first out going for gold, but unfortunately came home with four faults thanks to a rail down. Next to go, Australian Georgie Sciciliano on Yalambi’s Soltarella also had four faults. Melanie Weal (Te Awamutu) on Cross Your Heart posted the class’s first clear round in a time of 40.86 to go into the lead. With a time to beat, Thompson and King John shaved corners coming home in a smart 38.06. Last to go, Emily Fraser and Kiwi Relic were eliminated in the jump-off for a fall. Later in the day, Katie Meredith of Ohoka stepped up to win the Tru Test South Island Mitavite Young Rider Championship. Meredith is no stranger to success at the championships, but with a star-studded field including Aussie raiders James Arkins on Dreamtime Invader and Kirsty Ansell on Balou, and leading North Islander Logan Massie on Double J Cloud 9 among others,

she knew she had her work cut out. Meredith, 19, was thrilled with the result. “She was awesome. It was a beautiful track. John (Vallance) had done a marvellous job. It wasn’t big but you had to ride it, with lots of related lines.” This was Meredith’s third Young Rider win of the season with Rio Madrid, and her second national Young Rider title having won it in 2011 aboard Streetwise.

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