Four equestrian riders, Kate Bellars, Holly Hurst, Becci Roellgen and Lucy Standford, from The Glennie School, were invited to compete as Australian representatives at the 2019 Horse Pacific Challenge. This was a week-long event in New Caledonia. The event attracts talented equestrian riders from Australia, New Zealand, Vanuatu, Tahiti and New Caledonia.

The event saw competitors show jumping on borrowed horses, adding a unique challenge to the eventing circuit. Riders were each able to select a horse to compete with within several lead-up competitions. For team events, however, participants were given different horses and limited time to familiarise themselves with their mounts before competing.

“It was such an honour to be invited to the Challenge, meet and compete against students who are just as passionate about their showjumping. We came away from this hotly contested Challenge having learned so much, with memories we will treasure forever,” said Kate Bellars.

This was Australia’s first time competing in the 2019 Horse Pacific Challenge.

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