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By ZARYD WILSON
Manawatu and Rangitikei school pupils are
helping to save the planet twice over.
Schools who sign up for the Paper4trees pro-
gramme receive a native tree for every two cubic
metres of paper and cardboard they recycle.
Over 3420 schools around the country have
signed up for the scheme, which is run by the
Environmental Education for Resource
Sustainability Trust (EERST) and is supported
by the Manawatu District Council.
North Street School in Feilding is
participating and so far has received more than
20 native plants, some of them planted in their
Timothy O'Donnell memorial garden.
EERST provides the schools with green bins
which the pupils use to collect the paper.
Pupils are then encouraged to actively take
part in the collection and recycling of paper.
North Street School recycling co-ordinator
Larissa Hogan said it was a great way to teach
children about looking after the environment.
The school has been participating for more
than two years and are now recycling more than
they are sending to the dump.
It's a great little organisation,'' she said.
We were already recycling but certainly the
provided green bins and the incentive to have a
wide selection of native trees delivered for our
children to plant make this a worthwhile pro-
gramme that more schools should take advan-
EERST estimate that every tonne of paper
recycled saves 17 trees, 318 litres of oil, 26,500
litres of water and 4100kW of energy.
Feilding horses scoop prizes
Little beauty: Kerry Keeys with her yearling horse Achnacarry Samis Easy Does It, which was
judged the best in its category at the Horse of the Year in Hastings.
By SANDRA CROSBIE
win top titles
in NZ shows
Local miniature horse breeder, Kerry Keeys
is overwhelmed by her recent success in
She won a top award in the miniature
classes at The Horse of the Year (HOY) in
Hastings recently. Her yearling horse
Achnacarry Samis Easy Does It, which she
bred, was judged the best. The same filly
won the Supreme Champion Category B
Halter Horse award with three New Zea-
Kerry's other filly, Achnacarry Samis
Beyond Belief won the Champion Mare Cat
A, Champion Colour Horse and was second
in the Junior Horse of 2 years and under.
The two fillies are sisters.
Following the Horse of the Year, the
Miniature Horse National Show was held in
Christchurch. One of the three American
judges said her winning colt was
breathtakingly stunning'' and said her
horses would be up with the top winning
horses in the shows in the United States.
It is very prestigious and a great honour
to win the top prizes there,'' said Kerry.
There were six of our bred horses down
there, but they were ones we had recently
sold. One of them was the filly which took
out the Supreme Champion at HOY.
Kerry and her mother flew down to watch
the event which made a nice change for
them from showing.
It was more relaxing but still quite
stressful when our horses were in the ring
You have to hope the three judges like
your horses to get the high points.''
Kerry's colt foal Achnacarry Samis Look-
ing Good, sold to Summerlea Stud of Otaki
won the New Zealand Supreme Champion
Halter Horse Category A award.
We were so thrilled. It was the colt's first
show and he was only 4 months old. He has
full American breeding -- both of his parents
are imported from the US. He looked stun-
ning, the Summerlea stud had done a great
job training and clipping him.''
The filly that won at HOY (Achnacarry
Samis Easy Does It) won the NZ Supreme
Champion Halter Horse Category B award.
I just couldn't believe winning the two
Supremes with two horses that I had bred
-- I was so excited,'' said Kerry. The judges
couldn't believe we had too.''
Kerry is thankful to her mother Betty
who imported the sire of the two horses.
The Keeys family have a miniature horse
stud, Achnacarry, and have been breeding
miniature horses since 1995.
I have sold about 90 horses over the
years as pets, for breeding and show horses.
Recently my horse numbers got up to about
40 horses on the property but we managed
to sell quite a few, now we are down to 18
which is a bit more manageable.
They make great pets and there is still a
demand for the ones that are show quality
especially at the moment with ours doing so
well in the show ring -- we even have a
waiting list on foals for next season.''
The stud recently sold their first minia-
ture colt to Australia. They have have
imported three stallions and three mares
from the US.
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