Nelson equestrian Tessa Silcock riding Codicea. Photo: Supplied.

Show jumping grand prix coming to town

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A week after Nelson hosted its first All Blacks test, the city is set for its inaugural show jumping grand prix this weekend.

The PGG Wrightson Nelson Bays Spring Show Jumping Festival will take place at the Richmond Race Course this Saturday and Sunday from 8.30 am with the All Things Equestrian 1.10m Pony Championship.

The weekend will culminate with the class 37 Pony 1m competition on Sunday.

Organiser Tessa Silcock says the first-ever Nelson show jumping grand prix will be a fantastic day out for horse lovers and casual observers alike.

“I want to showcase what show jumping is really like to the public and also to local competitors who have not competed outside Nelson.”

Tessa says the show jumping event will see horses and ponies negotiate a set of 10-13 jumps set up in an arena.

“Faults are added every time a rail falls, and if all of the rails stay up then it goes down to time.”

The Grand Prix class is set at a height of 1.40 – 1.45m.

Tessa says there will be riders from across the South Island at the inaugural event.

The Nelson Bays Spring Show Jumping Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 15 and 16, at Richmond Park. Free entry.