The 6th annual Hororata Highland Games were held on Saturday 5th November and attracted a record crowd of well over 10,000 people, as well as a record number of competitors. Once again we were fortunate to experience a fine spring day.
The Hororata Highland Games were established as the main fundraising focus of the Hororata Community Trust which was formed after the September 2010 earthquake to help rebuild and promote the wider Hororata community.
ChieftaIn for the day, piper Kyle Warren, commended the organisers on how successfully they engage young people in the event. He said this was evident right through from the competitions to the ‘Have a Go’ events.
Each year the organisers work to refresh the games so as to attract a wider audience. As an example, this year a new event, the Gough CAT Vehicle Pull was introduced.
Tom McDonald, our North Island Commissioner and Lynnette McDonald, Vice President Clan Donald Auckland, joined the Clan Donald Canterbury members attending the Clan Donald tent and assisted throughout the day. We had a steady stream of visitors and were successful in signing up 5 new members.
Clan Lane which is hosted by the Canterbury Scottish Heritage Council.
Clan Donald Canterbury President, Christine Martin pictured in the Clan Donald tent.
Alan MacDonald, High Commissioner, with Lynnette McDonald, Vice President
Clan Donald Auckland, and Tom McDonald, North Island Commissioner.
Contestants in the popular ‘Kilted Mile’ race.
Massed Pipe bands performing in the closing ceremony.