Crowds flock to see NZ’s Olympic eventers

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New Zealand’s bronze medal winning Olympic eventing team thrilled fans with a whistle-stop visit to Canterbury on Friday.

The equestrians were part of an official New Zealand Team Welcome tour at Pioneer Stadium in Spreydon.

Excitement: A young fan with the start of an equestrian autograph collection.
Excitement: A young fan with the start of an equestrian autograph collection. © Jane Thompson

Andrew Nicholson and Jonathan (Jock) Paget took three short lessons at the National Equestrian Centre at McLeans Island with NZ squad members Emily Cammock and Annabel Wigley, and leading local young rider Katie Rankin.

Following the official welcome, Paget and Nicholson returned to McLeans Island with fellow Olympians Mark Todd, Jonelle Richards and Caroline Powell for a panel discussion, question time and open afternoon tea. About 250 people were in attendance.

It was a speedy trip for the riders, who arrived in Christchurch at 7:30am and departed for London at 5pm that night, with most headed to the Burghley Horse Trials, which start on Thursday.

 

Pictures below by Jane Thompson

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