Australasia’s top young eventers will be in action later this month at the South Island FEI Three Day Event as part of the biennial trans-Tasman Challenge, with the Kiwi youngsters looking to secure a hat-trick of wins.
The Trans-Tasman Young Rider Challenge has a long and proud history, having been held biennially since 1996. The competition pits the best of the country’s Olympians of the future against the top young riders in Australia in a CCI2* competition. After winning the first three (1996, 1998 and 2000) the Kiwis then lost the next three (2002, 2004 and 2006). The Aussies will be looking for revenge after losing in Christchurch in 2010.
The Trans-Tasman Young Rider Challenge in being run in conjunction with the annual NZCT South Island FEI Three Day Event, the South Island’s most prestigious eventing contest, which acts as a qualifier for the NZ National Three Day Event at Taupo in May.
As well as the CCI2* competition (incorporating the Trans-Tasman), which is sponsored by Tavern Harewood, the event will also run a CIC3*, CCI1*, Pre Novice, Training, Training 5 to 7-year-olds, and Pre Training classes, as well as the prestigious Saddlery Barn South Island Young Event Horse Championship.
Competitors in the CCI2* will also be vying for the Swarbrick Trophy for the National Young Rider Three Day Event champion, while those in the CC1* will be fighting it out for the Lenamore Trophy for National Junior Rider Three Day Event champion.
Given the event’s prominence on the New Zealand calendar, it is expected to attract riders from throughout the country.
The New Zealand Young Rider Team will be announced next week.