HORORATA HIGHLAND GAMES
On the 8th November 2014, the 4th Hororata Highland Games were held which was started to help rebuild the community after the 2010 September earthquake.
Over 8000 flocked to it this year to enjoy the dancing, bands, drummers, Oceania Heavyweight Competition, Tug O'War, Archery demonstrations and “have a go”, Sheepshearing/spinning demonstrations to name a few of the activities provided.
From 9.00am till March Past and prize giving at 4pm it was action packed.with 300 competitors. This year the Clan Ally was well attended by children enjoying face painting, and enrollments for the best dressed Lad and Lassie under and over 16 years, were taken at Clan MacAulay table by Ruth Cooper NZ Clan Commissioner. This was the first year the Scottish heritage Council had offered this, and the Chieftan for the day's wife Lady Parker, asked each of the competitors about their tartan and their history which made it interesting. One man had come from Scotland this year to work on the rebuild of Christchurch. Other Clans of the Scottish hearitage Council had excellent displays and they also organised a genealogist to be on hand to help answer any questions.
I was delighted two Macaulay young women gave me their names and shared their family background and asked for information about the Clan.
A lineup of some of the southern hemispere's best heavy athletes took part. Australia's Scott Martin won with Kiwi Jono McFarlane second and Morgan Westmorland and Jeremy Hogg, both of Australia, tied for third.Watching them lift the stones onto barrels is always inspiring as is the Kilted Mile race and the Hororata Pie Eating Competition.
The children love the Tug O' War, pony rides, Ice cream race and the highland dancing
Competition. Many Food stalls and craft dispays kept people happy.
All this is made possible through the efforts of hundreds of volunteers and sponsors. We were also blessed with a beautiful day.
NZ Clan Commissioner