An Event To Be Proud Of

An Event To Be Proud Of

CAPTION: Kihikihi president Georgie Smith and Mr Clyde competing at Taupo. Photo: www.takethemoment.co.nz


An Event To Be Proud Of

Georgie Smith has always had the Kihikihi International Horse Trial on her radar.
The new president of the organising committee says it is the one event she has always wanted to compete at. But horses being horses, “the one” who was going to help her achieve just that is not yet fully back from injury.
Which is probably just as well, because she’s got an event to run . . . with the help of a pretty amazing bunch of helpers.
Smith was pulled onto the committee in 2013. Long time committee member Sue Broughton told her more help was needed.
“It was time for me to give something back, so I agreed,” says Smith, a sire analyst for CRV Ambreed in Hamilton.
“My first meeting in late 2013 I realised there was the most incredible group of people involved with this event . . . they are all so positive and great to work with. That’s why I agreed to do more than just be a committee member.”
But she hesitated when asked to step up to the president’s chair.
“I felt there were people far more capable than me who had been on the committee longer.”
However, Ohaupo based Smith is now the president. She grew up with horses, and with mum as a Pony Club instructor, it is probably no surprise that her first rally was at two-and-a-half years old.
Dad led her up the hill to the next door farm where the rally was being held, her little legs clinging to the sheepskin on her pony.
“He was chatting away on the way home, and suddenly realised I had fallen asleep sitting up on my pony!”
She’s dabbled in dressage and the odd day at showjumping, but can’t kick that adrenaline rush of eventing.
Her latest horse is Mr Clyde, a 10-year-old Clydie cross dun who was just ready to go pre novice when he injured himself.
“He came off the hills out the back of Matakitaki when he was seven and hadn’t done much before I got him.”
He’s been out for a year and is only just coming back into his second round of rehabilitation, so won’t make Kihikihi this year.
“I have been trying for two years now,” says Smith. “This was going to be the one who would get me there.”
However, she hasn’t dropped it completely from her bucket list, and is instead focusing on the other side of the event this year.
“Kihikihi has such a great feel about it. The riders genuinely love it. The course always looks fantastic. The committee are just amazing people . . . this is one to be proud of.”
Smith is excited to have Equestrian Live on board this year to live stream the event to the world.
“Everything is starting to gain momentum. 2015 is stacking up to be another great one at Kihikihi.”

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Date Added: Monday, 9th March 2015


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