If you have your own horse/pony, and you are keen to enter a range of events, then Equestrian is for you.

You don’t have to have competed before, or be ESNZ registered, there are classes in each event to suit everyone. Students and their horse/pony are required to be registered on equestrian entries prior to event entry. Parents are required to provide transport to and from the events.

A lot of students who compete in Equestrian are affiliated with local Pony Clubs. A web search will provide you with contact details and information regarding these clubs, and when/where they meet.


The SHGC Equestrian team has attended four events at St Peter’s School Cambridge this year.

In March, two riders competed at the Open Interschool Dressage Championships and two at the North Island Interschool Show Jumping Series 1.

North Island Show Jumping Series 1:  Ciara O’Rourke-Nicholson on her horse Westwood Blue Denim was placed 2nd and 4th in the 1.00m-1.05m Show Jumping Pony Ring and also won the Equitation section of her classes. Shelby Carey competed on her horse Red Stag in the Horse Ring, 80-90cm and 1.00m-1.05m.

Open Interschool Dressage: Emma Gott was placed 7th (out of 19 competitors) in the Level 1B pony test with 67.5% and 2nd (out of 25 competitors) in the level 1A pony test with 67.4 % in the Development Championship Preliminary Pony section. Lauren Phillips competed with her horse Dreamtime Voodoo Bling.

Over Queen’s Birthday weekend four riders competed in the North Island Inter-Schools Show Jumping Series 2, and the recent St Peter’s Open Inter-Schools Dressage 2 saw three riders compete.

North Island Show Jumping Series 2: Ciara O’Rourke-Nicholson on her horse Westwood Blue Denim was placed 4th and 6th in the 1.00m-1.05m Pony Class. This was the highest class of the day so she was happy with that.

Jessica-Rose Young was back with her horse Eastdale Gucci. Newcomer to SHGC Amelia Waters (Year 9) and her horse Montello Sweet competed in their first Secondary Schools event. Shelby Carey once again competed with her horse Red Stag.

Open Interschool Dressage: A wet weekend and some changes to the three riders saw Jessica-Rose Young scratch her horse and re-enter with her mum’s horse. Emma Gott unfortunately had to scratch from her event as well. Ciara O’Rourke-Nicholson was still able to ride Westwood Blue Denim for the first time in a dressage competition and was placed 3rd and 4th in both her classes.