Kate Bellars, Holly Hurst, Becci Roellgen and Lucy Stanford were invited to compete as Australian representatives at the 2019 Horse Pacific Challenge, a week-long event in New Caledonia. This event attracts talented equestrian riders from Australia, New Zealand, Vanuatu, Tahiti and New Caledonia.
In New Caledonia, the horse is king. Used for work, casual riding, competitions and more, horses, both wild and domesticated, are as much a part of the local landscape as the region’s other top attractions.
After arriving, the girls selected a horse to compete within several lead-up competitions. For the teams’ event, the girls had a different horse and like all riders from other countries, were given a limited time to familiarise themselves with their horses before the teams’ competition.
The Australian team placed 4th overall in the major competition with Kate Bellars placing 6th and Holly Hurst placing 7th individually in the 75 - 85cm showjumping event.
“It was such an honour to be invited to the Challenge, meet and compete against students who are just as passionate about their showjumping. We came away from this hotly contested Challenge having learnt so much, with memories we will treasure forever,“ said Glennie student, Kate Bellars.
Kate presented the event organiser, Olaf, with a gift as a token of thanks for inviting Glennie riders to be part of this international event.
Mrs Tracey Kessels
Development Officer - Marketing
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