Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 

Kiwis Strong for International Comp

Kiwis Strong for International Comp

New Zealand riders are expected to make quite a debut at the 10th World University Equestrian Championships in Aachen, Germany, this week.
Rachael Bentall, Chloe Akers and Helen Bruce will be the first ever Kiwi representatives at the biennial German event, but trainer John Cottle is picking they will do well.

“It’s a new competition for us, but these girls are all great team members, good riders and will be excellent ambassadors for the country,” he said.
The competition calls for skills in both dressage and showjumping, and that’s in the favour of the Kiwi trio.

“All have jumped to a high level so I am not at all concerned about that,” says Cottle. “The dressage will be the bigger test for our riders, but they all also competed in that before too.”

All have ridden for New Zealand before – 23-year-old Bruce (Feilding) in both eventing and showjumping at young rider level, with both 22-year-old Akers (Opiki) and 21-year-old Bentall (Auckland/Hawke’s Bay) in equitation and young rider showjumping.

Bruce has just graduated from Massey University with a degree in applied science majoring in agriculture, and is a regular competitor in both eventing and showjumping.

Akers, a trainee primary school teacher who won the inaugural New Zealand Universities Championship, is an award-winning showjumper, but has previously competed in dressage.

Bentall, who is in her third year of medicine at Auckland University, says making the Aachen team is the most exciting to date for her too, despite having ridden for the nation in Australia, Korea and South Africa.

The championships will run from August 22 through to 26 and are held in the same stunning grounds as the 2006 World Equestrian Games. The competition is run in a knock-out format with tests in both disciplines getting progressively tougher – dressage to Prix St George level and showjumping to 1.4m.

The champs have attracted a record number of entries, with more than 200 riders from 22-plus countries expected.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 


Howard Davis: Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman'


The Guardian needed not one, but three reviews to do justice to Fennell's unsettling approach, which indicates exactly how ambiguous and controversial its message really is. More>>


Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which won the Non Fiction Award at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2009, and has now been republished by Te Papa press. More>>

Howard Davis: The Back of the Painting

Painting conservators are the forensic pathologists of the art world. While they cannot bring their subjects back to life, they do provide fascinating insights into the precise circumstances of a painting's creation, its material authenticity, and constructive methodology. More>>


Howard Davis: Black Panthers on the Prowl

A passionate and gripping political drama from Shaka King, this is an informative and instructive tale of human frailty that centers around the charismatic Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, who was murdered at the age of twenty-one during a police raid. More>>

Howard Davis: Controlling the High Ground

Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>


Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland