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"We had over 120 riders for the trek, had a wonderful opening ceremony and party on Saturday evening and on Sunday lots of younger riders entered the gymkhana this year," he said.
Our new facilities are more than just an ablutions block; the new building has showers, toilets and a new social room for all the associated clubs here to use.
"[It] took us two years to put together the funding for it, and we are extremely grateful for all the local contractors and people who helped us in many different ways.
"This year the numbers entering the juniors section of the gymkhana showed us there is a good future for the club," he said.
The gymkhana riders competed in a round-robin series of games and
horse-riding skills activities that included bale racing, sack races, musical chairs, gate jumping and agility events.
Trek trail boss Graham Kenny said this year’s three-day trek was a great ride.
"We started at Tuapeka West riding down to the Clutha River and then back for 35km on Friday,’’ he said.
"It was a great couple of great days with no-one falling off."
"We only missed one year way back, due to the polio outbreak," he said.
"This year our oldest rider was 84 years old and he has come back many times to ride the course, while the youngest was 13, and she has ridden on the annual trek since she was 10."