We have had some exciting news in from the Wellington–Horowhenua Area Group, on behalf of their Area rep, John Jenkins. They have jumped at the opportunity to be a part of the NZPH sponsored Star Spotters Scholarship and have selected two outstanding recipients.


Amber van Diggele is 13 years old and rides the famous old campaigner, Lion Red 11. John explained that they nominated Amber because in her application; she showed a great attitude, wants to learn and has set herself some achievable goals for the season ahead. “We feel that she has good support and will benefit a lot under the NZPH Star Spotter Scholarship with our guidance.”


The Wellington–Horowhenua Area Group plans to help Amber with her online entries, have a senior rider mentor her show planning, show preparation and during a show ie course walk, warm up and a debrief after. Amber will receive rider membership and equine registration for a year, kindly sponsored by New Zealand Performance Horses.


However, this generous area group have also discovered a second worthy recipient! The group has decided to also encourage 24 year old Holly Wright into their jumping community, with a complimentary membership and registration. Holly rides Destiny’s Duchess and is looking to challenge herself further in Show Hunter.


Congratulations to Amber and Holly on being star spotted and thanks again to the Wellington-Horowhenua, ESNZ and especially NZPH for getting behind this exciting new initiative.