PAGE 8 Wednesday February 14 2018 BAY HARBOUR Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi SPARKS Sat 17 February 7.30–10pm North Hagley Park ccc.govt.nz/summertimes Major road works in the central city will be happening the weekend of Sparks. Please plan ahead and allow yourself extra time to get to and from Sparks. Use tfc.govt.nz to plan your journey.
Wednesday February 14 2018 News Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Teen to ride in US horse competition SALLY MCPHERSON loves all things equine. Now the 17-year-old from Akaroa has been named in the New Zealand Team for the American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup in Bryan, Texas. But don’t get it confused with rodeo. Think dressage with a western twist, that’s american quarter horse, Sally said. “It’s not rodeo. “It’s very precise and technical. But it’s also very colourful and sparkly unlike the more demure dressage,” she said. Sally said there’s a fair bit of bling involved in the outfits which are quite heavy from all the rhinestones. “Some jackets and tops can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Many are specially made for the competitor and the horses are also bedazzled,” she said. Sally and her team will head to the United States in June to compete for medals in cutting, reining, horsemanship, ranch riding, trail, western riding, hunt seat equitation, hunter under saddle and showmanship. She will have a horse provided by the organisers. She’s the only Christchurch member of the youth team and Sally said it’s the realisation of a goal she set herself many years ago. “I have been working towards this for a long time,” she said. “My aim is to learn as much as I can and be proud of my achievements. It’ll be the best experience and biggest opportunity yet, to meet others and compete on the international stage.” Sally grew up in a family who all love horses. Her parents, Ian and Lindsey are president and secretary of the Christchurch Western Riding Association in Mandeville. Mr McPherson said he and his wife have supported Sally every step of the way in what’s been a huge commitment over the years. “She puts in a massive amount of work, attending national competitions in the North Island and the New Zealand Youth Development Squad camps four RANGER: Sally and her horse Archie in the horsemanship class at the New Year show. PHOTO: DP PHOTOGRAPHY times a year for two years,” he said. Mr McPherson said he is excited and proud to see Sally have the opportunity to compete in the United States competition, representing New Zealand alongside 19 other countries. Sally will leave for Texas on June 22. The opening ceremony for the event will take place at the Brazos County Expo Complex on June 29. BAY HARBOUR Local News Now PAGE 9 Consent for pathway on hold • By Sarla Donovan Fire rages, homes at risk THE CONSENT application for the next section of the Christchurch Coastal Pathway is on hold. It was lodged in December last year but ECan has given the city council until Friday to provide additional information about the potential effects on coastal processes, coastal water quality and ecology, natural character and landscapes. They have also asked for further information on the potential effects of dewatering and potential reclamation as a result of the proposal. ECan will then decide whether any parts of the consent application will be publically notified. The 760m section from Shag Rock to the Sumner Surf Life Saving Club is jointly funded by the city council and the Coastal Pathway Group and is expected to take 12 months to build. The expected start date is April this year, however, council manager planning and delivery transport Lynette Ellis has said the start date would be conditional on any “additional requirements” identified during the consenting process. 2018 River Cruises Book with YOU Travel Ferrymead fly fREE to Europe or Asia * *Special Conditions Apply: Fly free promotion finishes 28 February 2018. Subject to availability of flights. 15 Day Tour The Magnificent Europe 13 Day Tour Vietnam & Cambodia Highlight ferrymead 960 Ferry Road email@example.com 03 384 2700