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Four finalists found for Cadet title

  • Wed, 27 Jun 2018
  • NZ Harness News
Olivia Thornley is one of four finalists for Cadet of the Year. Photo: Race Images.

Olivia Thornley is one of four finalists for Cadet of the Year. Photo: Race Images.

The four finalists have been found for this year’s Airpark Canterbury Cadet of the Year competition.

Ben Hope, who was a finalist last year, will represent Canterbury after a convincing regional victory.

Travelling up from Southland to contest the title this year will be Ellie Barron, the southern regional winner.

Likewise, northern regional winner Luke Whittaker will also make the trip down from Auckland.

This year, along with the three regional winners, it was decided that the next highest scorer from all of the competitors would advance through to the final.

Olivia Thornley, also from Canterbury, took these honours and will be joining her three counterparts.

“All four finalists have displayed a comprehensive range of skills in their horsemanship, driving and all-round general knowledge to set the stage for an exciting and competitive final,” said HRNZ’s Education and Training Manager, Natalie Gameson.

The final competition, held on July 25, has been designed to call on not only the contestant’s equine knowledge but to also challenge the finalists in a diverse range of practical, theoretical and technical tasks.

Each phase of the competition will be evaluated and marked and the Cadets will earn points for each task based on performance, accuracy and speed.

The winner will be announced at the 2018 Harness Racing Awards function in Auckland on September 29.

Recent winners of this title were Dylan Stratford (2014), Sean Grayling (2015), Erin Isherwood (2016) and Kieran McNaught (2017).