Central Districts Apprentice Academy prizewinners
Rebecca Goldsbury and Holly Andrew took out the two major awards at the Central Districts Apprentice Academy prize giving.
Andrew was the leading apprentice in terms of wins and Goldsbury, who is currently riding in Queensland, was named head pupil.
Andrew, 27, is apprenticed to Kevin Gray and has emerged as a rider of real promise, despite suffering more than her share of injuries, both on and off the track. She won 30 races in the 2016-17 season, placing her sixth on the apprentices’ premiership, and has recorded 12 wins in the new season.
Goldsbury, who is apprenticed to her father, David, won 15 races last season but has done all her riding this season in Queensland, where she is based at Toowoomba, with leading provincial trainer Ben Currie.
The Central Districts Academy prize giving was held at Awapuni last weekend and the other award winners were:
Most improved: Sarah MacNab. Most promising: Madan Singh. Attendance and participation: Jordan Bassett and Matt McNelis. Improvement in presentation: Tim Johnson. Improvement in media: Kate Cowan.
Most wins at Awapuni: Holly Andrew. Qualification certificates: Danielle Hirini, Holly Andrew, Madan Singh, Rebecca Goldsbury. Rode first winner in 2017: Kate Cowan, Casey Waddell, Alex Shin.