Canterbury Clash of the Colleges – expanded line up for 2023!

Agri Futures Clash of the Colleges, a dynamic initiative of the New Zealand Rural Games Trust, is set to take centre stage at the New Zealand Agricultural Show on Wednesday, November 15th.

More than 300 students from eleven schools, spanning from Timaru to Hanmer Springs, are gearing up to compete in two rounds of thrilling competition aimed at honing their skills and embracing the excitement of rural sports.

Thanks to our regional partner CRV, the Canterbury Clash of the Colleges promises a thrilling and educational experience for all attendees. The event features a wide array of engaging modules generously sponsored by leading industry players, making it an unforgettable day for students and spectators alike.

Daniel O’Regan, General Manager of Agri Futures, expressed his excitement, “Agri Futures is all about fostering the next generation’s interest in agriculture and primary industries. These modules provide hands-on experiences that showcase the diversity and opportunities across the sector. We are thrilled to be a part of the New Zealand Agricultural Show and deeply grateful to CRV and our module holders for their unwavering support.”

“A big thank you to our volunteers, especially those from the Banks Peninsula and Waimakariri Young Farmers Clubs who will be armed with expertise to aid the next generation.”

This year’s Canterbury Clash of the Colleges includes Intermediate students, opening up new horizons for even younger participants to explore rural careers and sports. The enthusiasm of these budding athletes promises to add an extra layer of excitement to the event.Participating schools: St Andrew’s College, Hanmer Springs School, Burnham School, Craighead Diocesan School, Darfield High School, Ellesmere College, Ashburton College, Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery, Christ’s College, Oxford Area School and Beaconsfield School

Event Details

  • Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2023
  • Location: The Show Grounds
  • Time: 10:00am to 2:45pm


  • Tree Identification with NZ Wood Council
  • Mussel Float Tying with Young Fish
  • Primary Industries with Equipment ID
  • Geographic Distribution of NZ with MPI
  • Module TBC by Future Forresters
  • Artificial Insemination with CRV
  • First Response with St John
  • Wool Classing by PGG Wrightsons
  • Handpiece Set-up with Acto
  • Sheep Body Condition Scoring
  • All Tied Up at the Rake Master Cahallenge by NZ Arboricultural Association
  • Gumboot Toss with NZ Boot Throw Association
  • Fencing Tie Off with Fencing Contractors New Zealand
  • Wool Fadge Race
  • Ear tagging
  • Quad Bike Tyre Change with Telford & Southern Institute of Technology


  • 10:20am: Intermediate Clash begins
  • 12pm: Intermediate Prize Giving
  • 12:35pm: Secondary School Clash of the Colleges begins
  • 2:25pm: Secondary School Prize Giving

Canterbury Clash of the Colleges – expanded line up for 2023!

  • Karen Adair, Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Primary Industries
  • Stewart Mitchell, Chair of the New Zealand Agricultural Show
  • Tracey Ahern, Chief Executive of the New Zealand Agricultural Show
  • Margaret Kouvelis MNZM, Chair of the New Zealand Rural Games Trust, the overarching body that created and guides Agri Futures

2022 Canterbury Clash of the Colleges results were

  • 1st: Christchurch Boys’ – Blake Booth, Jim Dickson, Matt Hickman, Riley Clisby
  • 2nd: Rangi Ruru Team – Isabella Wyllie, Annabelle Stalker, Lucy Moffatt, Gemma Beckett
  • 3rd: Geraldine High – Jacob Atkinson, Royden Barnett, Charlie Drysdale, Bailey Nicholls
  • Gumboot Throw Winner: Tom Frame from Christchurch Boys’

This marks the third Clash of the Colleges event in 2023, following successful editions in Auckland and Palmerston North. By the end of these events, approximately 600 students will have taken part in 2023.

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