Kiwi horse champ Jefferis to train local riders

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A former world champion Kiwi horseman is coming to Queenstown to train local riders. 

Vaughn Jefferis – who won individual and team world eventing titles in the 1990s – is taking Wakatipu Riding and Pony Club riders, and others from Central Otago, on October 8 and 9. 

Jefferis, 50, also won an Olympic bronze medal. 

He retired from competitive riding in 2000 but is on the comeback trail for next year’s Olympic Games. 

Currently he’s also in demand as a horse trainer and travels the world coaching riders. 

Wakatipu Riding Club member Kelly Black, who used to work for Jefferis at his Cambridge base in the Waikato, invited him down to pass on some knowledge. 

“We’re just really fortunate in Central Otago to be able to have someone of his calibre down here. 

“He’s got fantastic skills and training techniques to pass on to riders of all levels.” 

Black says he’ll concentrate mainly on jumping skills. 

At this stage she expects Jefferis will train about 16 to 18 riders at the Wakatipu Pony Club grounds on Hunter Road. 

Meanwhile, the Wakatipu Pony Club won’t compete at the prestigious South Island Springston Trophy competition in Kaikoura next month, due to a lack of numbers. 

The club has had top-five placings for the past four years including firsts in 2007 and 2010.