Kiwi wins gold at British Scurry World Champs

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New Zealand's Cherie Stalker on her way to individual gold in the Very Small Pony division at the British Scurry and Trials Driving World Championships.
New Zealand’s Cherie Stalker on her way to individual gold in the Very Small Pony division at the British Scurry and Trials Driving World Championships.

New Zealand scurry driver Cherie Stalker has won individual gold at the British Scurry and Trials Driving World Championships in Sandringham in Britain.

The New Zealand scurry team of, L-R: Jill Stephenson, Joanne Marama, Katie Reid, and Cherie Stalker.
The New Zealand scurry team of, L-R: Jill Stephenson, Joanne Marama, Katie Reid, and Cherie Stalker.

Stalker, of Mandeville in Canterbury, won with a borrowed shetland pony in the Very Small Pony division (10.3hh and under), and was also part of the Kiwi squad which narrowly missed out on the bronze team medal with a borrowed team of ponies at the weekend competition.

The Kiwis had only a couple of days to get to know their ponies before the competition.

The team, also comprising Jill Stephenson and Joanne Marama, along with adopted British junior Katie Reid, finished fourth behind two English teams, and the bronze-medal winning Danish team.

The Kiwis adopted British resident Katie Reid for the week, as New Zealand’s own juniors are not yet experienced enough to drive at this level.

Stalker is well known in the horse show world for her business, Finishing Touch Equestrian.

Scurry driving involves ponies pulling a lightweight, four-wheeler carriage around a course of cones just wider than the carriages. Each set of cones has balls balanced on the top and any balls knocked off incur penalties. The winner on the day is the turnout with the fastest time after adding penalties for any fallen balls.

Cherie Stalker on the podium, with bronze medalist Henriette Bendorff of Denmark.
Cherie Stalker on the podium, with bronze medalist Henriette Bendorff of Denmark.

 

Results

Junior
Gold Laura Priestley – Australia
Silver – Emily Curnock – Wales
Bronze – Cerys Gilbert – England

Single
Gold – Sue Denney – England
Silver – Alison Dascombe – Wales
Bronze – Cerys Gilbert – England

Very Small Pony
Gold – Cherie Stalker – New Zealand
Silver – Rachel Reilly – England
Bronze – Henriette Bendorff – Denmark

Pony Pair
Gold – Lucy Scott – England
Silver – Kevin Morton – Scotland
Bronze – Kime Bacon Scott – Denmark

Team
Gold – White Team England (Sue Denney, Lucy Scott, Rachel Reilly, Cerys Gilbert)
Silver – Red Team England (Ellis Shelton, Philippa Scott, Nigel Sycamore)
Bronze – Denmark (Henriette Bendorff, Kime Bacon Scott, Alysha Lane, Chloe Manger)

Overall Individual
Gold – Sue Denney. England
Silver – Lucy Scott. England
Bronze – Alison Dascombe. Wales

One thought on “Kiwi wins gold at British Scurry World Champs

  • October 2, 2014 at 7:19 pm
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    Just saw the news report on TV3 about your win at the world champs – well done!
    We have been wanting to get into scurrying for a while, we have two miniature ponies that we cart, and they would just love this! We live in North Canterbury, does anyone know of any contact details for a club, or if Cherie herself is reading this, we would love it if you could send us an email – troy32@gmail.com

    Cheers

    Erica

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