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Time out . . . Kirsten Wright, of Rangiora, waits while her gypsy vanner three-year-old gelding Frosty takes time out for a roll in the sunshine during the Cowboy Challenge held at the Gracebrook Equestrian Training Centre at Amberley last Sunday. PHOTO: SHELLEY TOPP

By SHELLEY TOPP

Cowboys and their mounts turned out in force at the Gracebrook Equestrian Training Centre in Amberley last Sunday.

Organiser of the Cowboy Challenge event, Kim Demmocks, from Amberley, said 50 horses and riders, from around the South Island, including Nelson, Rakaia, Westport, Christchurch and North Canterbury, took part in the challenge.

The event was just “training on obstacles”, she said.

There were about 30 obstacles on the Gracebrook course and the idea was to teach horses and their riders to be braver, she said.

“Once you do that it makes training them easier.

“Cross training really helps horses and riders.

“My little four-year-old grandson Riley took part and his pony Tilly was probably the bravest pony there.

The Amberley event is one of many being held regularly around New Zealand,” she said.

“The next Cowboy Challenge at Gracebrook will be held on Sunday November 19.”