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CONTENTS april / MAY 2012

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GHS News

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SAEA News

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Dressage News

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Horses in art

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Driving News

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Equitation News

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Eventing News

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Vaulting News

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Nissan Easter Festival See GHS news Pg 4

...Strides ahead

Para dressage Olympic team confirmed See Dressage news Pg 9

APRIL / MAY 2012

Strictly Come Showing See Showing news Pg 26

Cover: Shaun Neill GHS Riders Digest >> Address: PO Box 70460, Bryanston, 2021 >> Fax: 011 702 1680 >> E-mail: ghsinfo@iafrica.com >> Editor: Anne Andrews (GHS) >> Sales contacts: Simoné Kraft (083 959 6541), Tracy Farrell (071 606 7035) Concept and design: Panorama Publications >> Reproduction: United Litho Rider’s Digest is published monthly; 11 issues per annum. All rights reserved. Published on behalf of GHS by Panorama Publications. Reproduction of this magazine in whole or in part is prohibited without prior written permission of Panorama Publications (Pty) Ltd. Copyright © 1997-2012 Panorama Publications (Pty) Ltd. The views expressed in Rider’s Digest are not necessarily those of Panorama Publications and the acceptance and publication of editorial and advertising matter in Rider’s Digest does not imply any endorsement or warranty in respect of goods or services therein described, whether by Rider’s Digest or the publishers. Rider’s Digest will not be held responsible for the safe return of unsolicited editorial contributions. The Editor reserves the right to edit material submitted and in appropriate cases to translate into another language. Rider’s Digest reserves the right to reject any advertising or editorial material, which may not suit the standard of the publication, without reason given.

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GHS NEWS

Editor: Sharlene Venter • Photography: T&B Images

A great win for Shaun Neill at the Nissan Easter Festival 2012!

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AJ Rademacher – SA YR Grand Prix Winner

Sylvia Dixon – PR Grand Prix Winner

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yalami Equestrian Park, Kyalami: The ten-day Nissan Easter Festival came to a brilliant conclusion with the South African Outdoor Grand Prix producing a nail-biting finish. Twenty-five of the country’s top equestrian riders vied for top honours in the gruelling 1.50m class on Easter Monday. The first round only produced three clears – defending SA Outdoor Grand Prix winner Barry Taylor (Nissan Nabab Forever), Ashlee Hausberger (Quinsey) and Paul Hart (Erlenrode Colbart). But there was still a final round to go and the title was still in the balance. Unfortunately none of the riders who cleared the first round managed the same in the second. With Barry Taylor and Ashlee Hausberger both adding four faults to their score, it was Shaun Neill with one time penalty in the first round and a clear in the second who pipped them all to the post and to the top of the winner’s podium on Clyde Z. The 2012 SA Outdoor Grand Prix winner, Neill is currently ranked the number one rider in the country. Tied in second place were Anne-Marie Esslinger (Alzu Oarsman), Paige Shiller (Midgard Glamour), David Wilken (Don’t Touch), Ashlee Hausberger (Quinsey) and last year’s winner, Barry Taylor (Nissan Nabab Forever). Taylor, who rides for Team Nissan, was the recipient of this year’s Victor Ludorum for achieving the most points throughout the competition. Along with the other riders, he now has his sights set on winning the Nissan-sponsored Nissan Juke, which will be awarded to the best rider over six events in three provincial competitions, including the Nissan Easter Festival.


Barry Taylor – Victor Ludorum The event also incorporated the Inter-Africa Cup Competition, with teams attending from as far as Botswana, Namibia, Congo, Swaziland and Mauritius. This Challenge was run in the showjumping, dressage and equitation classes and provided some great action. The South African teams made a clean sweep of the titles, with the South African Adult teams winning the dressage and equitation classes, and the South African Young Riders team winning the showjumping. Another highlight of the Nissan Easter Festival was the Nutriphase Animal Carnival, which showcased the wonderful world of dog sport in South Africa. The event presented agility and dog jumping, dogs doing flyball, dancing dogs, super working dogs, sled dogs and also champion cats. The Nissan Easter Festival will be back next year with a jam-packed programme!

Shaun Neill – Grand Prix winner

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SAEA NEWS

Editor: Marika Kruger: marika@horsesport.org.za • Photography: H2 Photography

2012 London Olympic Games!

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he South African Equestrian Association (a member of SASCOC through the SAEF) is proud to announce that South Africa has two athletes who have qualified for the London Olympic Games in the discipline of Eventing. This will be the first time in 20 years that we will be flying the South African flag in Eventing

– the last person was David Rissik with his horse Schiroubles in 1992 at the Barcelona Games. Our two athletes short-listed by the selectors, Alex Peternell and Paul Hart, have met the FEI qualification requirements and therefore ‘will proceed as part of the SASCOC team to London, Shaun Neill subject to the final

Philippa Johnson

Anthony Dawson

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SASCOC team announcement to be made on 7 June 2012’. Hart, a locally-based rider, has qualified on his Thoroughbred Heartbreak Hill, otherwise known as ‘Harry’. Peternell is currently based in the UK and has qualified on his horse AP Uprising. Eventing is one of the most difficult equestrian disciplines, as it comprises three phases – Dressage, Cross Country and Jumping. This is a

test of the athlete’s (both equine and human) stamina, bravery, fitness, talent and above all big match temperament – something these riders and horses have in abundance! South Africa has also qualified in the Para Dressage team event at the London Paralympic Games. The team is made up of Anthony Dawson, Wendy Moller, Philippa Johnson and Marion Milne.

Wendy Moller

Alex Peternell

Paul Hart

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From the Eventing Technical Committee

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ollowing the recent visit by Jean Philippe Camboulives to hold clinics around the country, the Eventing Technical Committee is pleased to announce the following athletes have been recognised by JPC as a working group he will work closely with towards the World Equestrian 2014 Games to be held in Normandy, France. This list can be amended as and when situations arise. Congratulations to Coreen Barker, Patrick Brown, Lynsay Haresnape, Paul Hart, Mandy Mason, Daniela Muller, Hayley Parker, Alex Peternell, Vicky Scott, Kelly Searle, Martyn Swanepoel, Francois Viljoen, Douglas Welsh, Heidi Wood and Graham Winn. During the remainder of 2012, Jean Philippe has indicated he will be available to work with this

group in early June, before and during the Shongweni event in September and also SA Champs at Inanda Country Base at the end of November. Other South African eventers based in Europe such as Stuart Fitzgerald have indicated their intentions to be competitive for WEG 2014 and their progress will be monitored. Jean Philippe will also be monitoring the following juniors, some of whom participated in the TID programme – Katie Keller, Courtney Patrick, Murray Pote, Paige Van Rensburg and Sarah Wallace. Well done to the athletes, coaches, officials and everyone involved, and best wishes for your future success.

News from Hayley Parker

Hayley and Pigrela had a very good run at the Barroca D’Alva Show from 1 to 4 March. Pigrela is looking magnificent and is in good form. Hayley went over on 25 February to do some pre-training and in turn helped Clayton with schooling his Olympic horses. The Fredericks have a wonderful innovative philosophy and Hayley is very fortunate to be exposed to training and the sport at such a professional level. Clayton is wonderful to Hayley and is a brilliant coach to her. He competed in the same class as Hayley and came 4th and 7th. Team Fredericks now grow their own food for shows and at home and have been getting amazing results. Their unit feeds five horses for shows. Best regards Pat Parker

Farewell to Trish Schlenderlein The SAEA wishes to send condolences to Dieter, Michael and Kerry, on the passing of Trish. She passed away in her sleep after a long battle with cancer. We know that she will be missed in the equestrian community across South Africa.

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Marika Kruger We are really sorry to say goodbye to Marika, who, although she was temporary for a few months, ended up helping for a year. We wish her well with her studies and thank her for all the enthusiasm and hard work she has dedicated to the association.

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DRESSAGE NEWS

Editor: Rebecca Haynes, Sibylle Gussmann • Photography: supplied by editor

Impressive statistics in GGP’s first year!

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row Grand Prix (GGP) turned one in March and in order to establish the progress GGP has made, on 16 March the team and its members attended a membership forum to share past successes and discuss the future. It remains central to the future of GGP that absolute transparency in its efforts and activities is maintained and pursued by all involved. Heather Partner spoke at the forum for the GGP Team, presenting a wealth of information. She began by refocusing members and reminding them of the GGP mission and ultimate goal. The key focus for the foreseeable future is to prepare and qualify a team for the World Equestrian Games in Normandy, 2014 and then the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.

Impressive statistics The major GGP goal for 2012 is to work towards running a 3* CDI qualifying show in South Africa. The past year’s statistics are impressive. Some 103 people have joined Grow Grand Prix, of which 53 are riding members and the others staunch supporters. GGP is truly a South African initiative, with members in Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern and Western Cape and the Free State. Overseas riders are now among the members, including Denise Hallion and Zilla Pearce who are both successfully competing at Grand Prix level. The KZN chapter launched itself at the end of 2011, announcing a three-day boot camp in April/May 2012, and GGP will be launched in the Cape with a three-day boot camp. It is planned that in 2012 other provinces will be getting their own boot camps too. Although the original plan was the running of four boot camps a year, since its inception, GGP has managed to successfully plan and execute double that, with eight boot camps in Gauteng! Around 71 horses have been ridden in these boot camps, with 92% of GGP’s riding members participating regularly on 40 horses

which are more established. Over the year, 42% of the horses have moved up one level in the boot camps. This is certainly a great compliment to both the riders and definitely also to Rien van der Schaft, GGP’s regular trainer. RD asked Mariette Withages at her recent visit, and after her interaction with GGP riders in March, about how she felt about being able to have really good international-level instructors available locally. Her comment was that “one instructor and one system are ideal.” What also became apparent from talking to her is how fortunate GGP is to have secured the input of Rien, as she described it as extremely hard to secure the services of an instructor with his kind of expertise prepared to give up his time to come to another country. With the newly acquired knowledge of, and experience about the needs of the riders, the boot camp format has changed slightly. In 2012 each rider will have three lessons and the last lesson will involve riding through a test.

Bubbling under The top future pool of riders from which can be drawn teams to represent South Africa can only develop and have the required depth if, over the medium- and long-term, the systems to grow the ‘bubbling under’ talent are working well. Bearing this in mind, GGP started its Grow Young Talent (GYT) initiative, and the second boot camp ran in mid-April. GYT is run in exactly the same manner as GGP with the boot camps, but really exciting are the various extras that have been arranged for these young talents. One of these is a competition that will run over a number of major shows, with the overall winner being sent overseas to train with a selected internationally acknowledged trainer. Definitely a wonderful incentive to drive young talent to participate and do well in this programme! Even though GGP has done fantastically well over the past year, it is also time to shape a long-term, sustainable future. With this is mind, GGP has entered into debate with the South

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African Equestrian Association (SAEA) to define cooperation at a mutually beneficial level. Alignment with SAEA will bring yet another level of engagement and access to further development, as well as financial assistance. At the forum, the open floor gave rise to a lively debate about various issues and the GGP

team has promised to look into the topics raised, such as how to assist in training trainers and judges, and how to engage with all top riders. Overall, the forum proved an excellent platform for all to voice their opinions and contribute to the already blossoming future of growing Grand Prix.

2012 Para dressage Olympic team confirmed

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he South African Equestrian Association (a member of SASCOC through the SAEF) has confirmed the Olympic dressage squad to represent South Africa at the London Paralympic Games. They are Anthony Dawson, Wendy Moller, Philippa Johnson and Marion Milne.  On 11 March, Philippa Johnson competed at the CDN Moerzeke against 12 horses in the Prix St Georges, winning her class with 66.64%. While Philippa says that her test did not feel as good as their last time out and that this time it felt “a little more out of control,” she adds: “Chris [Haazen], my trainer, likes it that way. He says that Verdi looks 10cm bigger and has just that much more presence.” What Philippa is most pleased about was there were no big mistakes, although she says there were definitely things that need improvement. This is the combination’s first win on the Belgian national circuit – and hopefully the first of many. Philippa Johnson

Historic advances in local dressage Examinations mean five new international 2* South African judges Saturday 3 March 2012 saw our Grand Prix horses really spooked at the Freestyle Festival! The top end of the arena was surrounded by some of South Africa’s top national and candidate national panel judges and their scribes, all shadow judging the visiting Mariette Withages from Belgium and Mary Seefried from

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Australia, both 5*FEI judges. The specific reason for having both top international judges here was to conduct this seminar, so this class and the Intermediate I Freestyle class on the day were the only two events they judged. The seminar was arranged to examine local judges to potentially become FEI 2* judges. A successful examination pass allows them to


judge up to Prix St Georges and Intermediate I level internationally – which also means that South Africa can hold international competitions and have suitably qualified judges available locally without the expense of having to bring judges in from around the world. The seminar finished after a very busy and exciting three days. Out of twelve applicants accepted by the FEI to take part in the seminar and examination process, five passed the exam. They are Susan Bass, Suzanne Horne, Sylvia Bruckner, Anita Adendorff and Lesley Mawhinney. They will be put onto the FEI list of 2* judges from 1 January 2013. This is the first time that an FEI dressage seminar for examination has been held on the African continent and is the result of seven years of dedication and hard work, pitching and working with the FEI by a number of people, notably Mariette as well as seminar organiser and member of the South African

Making history

This was a most successful and meaningful seminar. All the applicants and observers felt that they learned a huge amount and that their judging will improve immensely thanks to the information they gleaned. History was made in Africa and five more judges now have the opportunity to become part of the international family. This will allow much more interaction between South Africa and the rest of the world. Says Caroline Potts: “We are so grateful to the FEI for allowing us the opportunity to hold this seminar, as well as the Development Department for their financial help, without which it would have been difficult to make the seminar take place. “So many people were involved in making all of this possible,” she continues, “such as Ute Schutz – who hosted both judges, Heather Partner and the GGP team, Johan and Tessa Roodt for the use of their magnificent indoor hall and the amazing sponsors who put up wonderful prize money for the festival – Trudy Marsland, the FEI and the GHS Dressage Committee.

Dressage Technical Committee in charge of dressage judges, Caroline Potts. Says Mariette: “I have been fighting for years for the FEI to recognise and pay more attention to the regions that have little or no Grand Prix, and help and support them so that they will become Grand Prix contenders. This is also the way to achieve the critical mass of riders – which can take decades to realise.” Mary Seefried supports this, making particular mention of the parallels between South Africa and Australia, which are countries that have both faced similar problems with distance from the epicentre of dressage, which really is Europe. It is distance that makes it extremely hard for the talent from both these countries to make an impact on the international circuit, as they are unable to draw from the depth of instruction and attend the right events in order to achieve national and international qualification.

“Mariette and Mary were tireless and gave of their knowledge freely, with such encouragement and enthusiasm. This was a huge undertaking for them, with three very full 12-hour plus days. Their support and assistance has been invaluable and we will definitely be asking for more help from them with our future plans to take dressage forward! “Thanks must also go to Eric Bianchi (SAEA) and Shelly Beckbessinger (GHS) for their support and interest in this dressage project for improving judges in southern Africa. There was also a huge amount of background work, without which the seminar would not have happened. Thanks for this must go to Marika Kruger and Vicky-Eileen Baumann, as well as Riette Oosthuizen, who spent hours setting up the complicated spreadsheet for the exam, and to Suzie and Riette for outstanding and efficient recording during the practical exams.” Certainly this watershed event has taken South African dressage to another level, which would not have been possible without the support of the dressage community in the region.

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Competitors announced for the World Cup Dressage Final The final competitor list for this sell-out event, the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final in April, has been officially announced by the Federation Equestrian International (FEI). In total 18 riders from 12 countries will travel to the Brabanthallen in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands. The Dutch flag will be represented by title defender and European Champion Adelinde Cornelissen and Grand Prix dressage rider Hans Peter Minderhoud. Germany will take three riders to the event,

former World and Olympic Champion Isabell Werth, accompanied by Helen Langehanenberg and Nadine Capellmann. Sweden has two riders in the Final, Patrik Kittel and Tinne VilhelmsonSilfven, and Italy’s honours will be defended by Valentina Truppa. Great Britain will be represented by Richard Davison, and Lone Jörgensen will start for Denmark. The Indoor Brabant is a first class horse show featuring dressage and showjumping classes at top international level.

Tribute to Trish

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talwart and much-sought after judge in the eventing community, Trish Zschenderlein passed away in March. Merri Spratley compiled a tribute to Trish and submitted it to us: “I cannot remember the first time I met Trish – but she made an impact from day one. Trish has been my instructor, mentor and friend for over ten years and I will miss her more than words can describe. To me, Trish was so much more than just an instructor. Our lessons consisted of not only working with my horses but also a good chat/therapy/support/whatever. I loved every single one of my lessons and my last lesson with Trish was on 10 February. I still have the sms she sent to me: ‘Thank you Codi – 2dys lsn best therapy eva.’

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The younger set might not know that much about Trish, but here goes: Trish started riding at about age 12 in Johannesburg, and during school trained at showjumper Georgie Peerman’s yard. After school Trish trained as a veterinary nurse and while working at Sandown Veterinary Hospital was involved in the recovery of the Lipizzaner Stallion, Maestoso Erdem and met his owner George Iwanowski. The impact of this meeting is what led Trish to become involved in dressage. Trish rode with the SA Lipizzaner team and at one stage of her career was their lead rider! Trish rode to Advanced level and competed in two SA Dressage Derby finals. Her riding ultimately led to judging – and what


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an impact Trish had on judging in SA – from Provincial level to National A panel and an International Candidate Dressage judge. That was Trish. Trish judged at 25 South African Adult Dressage Championships, numerous Junior and Pony Rider Championships and also judged with international UK judge, Stephen Clarke – and let’s not forget that she also judged at overseas events. While her CV as a judge is huge, Trish’s best love was teaching. The horses always came first for her. She had so much empathy with the horses and I have yet to meet a horse that Trish taught that did not love her. If you had a break in your lesson for her to explain something to you, the horses would automatically gravitate towards Trish for a pat, stroke or kind words. Let’s also

not forget her instructions when you did an incorrect movement: ‘Don’t mind me – in your test just tell the judge you want to try again!’ Trish, with her husband Dieter, son Mike and daughter Kerry, lived in nearly every province in SA, from Kyalami to KZN, Treesbank and Port Elizabeth, before finally settling in Cape Town in 1988. Trish leaves a huge void in so many lives – but there are those of us who have been so lucky to have had the privilege of calling her a friend, a teacher, a judge, a sister, a mother and a wife. Trish, there is so much more – I can go on for pages. Your impact on so many human and animal lives will be remembered for always. I salute you for the life you led and the way you lived it. To you, Trish!”

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s e s r o in ART

We feature South African equestrian artists Karin Dalta Kruger Karin grew up in the Kruger National Park where her father was a game ranger at one of the most isolated ranger stations called Mahlangeni. Throughout her life a variety of strays and orphans from the animal kingdom were temporary members of her family, most memorable of all a lion cub called Leo. Horses have always been part of their

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family and they learned to ride among the wildlife of the Kruger Park. Her mother, Kobie Kruger, has published two books about their life in the Kruger National Park, titled Mahlangeni and All Things Wild and Wonderful. Karin lives and works in Noordhoek, Cape Town, and can be contacted at: karin@karinkruger.com.


Nicola Hall Nicola’s interest in horses started at the age of 11 when she joined a riding school for six years. When she was 18 she had the opportunity to own her first horse, Shiraz. Although she doesn’t have any qualifications in art, she has much drawing experience and natural talent. Working from photographs, Nicola uses chalk pastels to capture the horse’s identity and expression in fine detail. For more information, contact her at: nicolahall_equineart@yahoo.com.

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DRIVING NEWS

Editor: Natalie Hogg • Photography: Harriett Barrett

Southern Cones – Gauteng Leg

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Sharon Boyce and Mr Watt

he Southern Cones is a cones competition that takes place between South Africa and New Zealand. The competition follows the same principle as the FEI Jumping or SAEA Jumping competition, where the exact same course is built and driven in all the regions of New Zealand and provinces of South Africa. It is also a team competition in the classes of single horse, single pony and pony pairs. Sharon Boyce, Sheelagh Higgerty and Rodney Forster were in the single horse team. Natalie Hogg was in the pony pair team with two of her pairs and Sheelagh Higgerty was single pony reserve with the rest of the team being made up of KZN and WP drivers. The first round driven is a fault class so it is important to have a clear round, while the second round over a slightly changed course is on time with faults converting to time added on your overall time.

Wayne van Niekerk and Capitoa D’Figueieras

Natalie Hogg with Pickering and Griffen

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Sheelagh Higgerty and Equitop Shillelagh’s Shaka’s Day


The winner of the single horse class was Sharon Boyce driving Mr Watt, with a double clear round in a time of 103.84. Second was Wayne van Niekerk driving Capitao D’Figueieras in a time of 109.16. Third place went to Sheelagh Higgerty driving Equitop Shillelagh’s Shaka’s Day in a time of 109.34. The single pony class was won by Enos Mafokate driving Jojo in a time 141.38. The horse pairs was won by David Dew driving Udo and Odyssey with a score of 131.44. In the pony pairs first and second was Natalie Hogg driving Higgins and Biggles on a score of 105.94 and Pickering and Griffin with 110.91. Now we need to wait for all the regions in New Zealand and South Africa to complete the competition to see who will win the individual and team sections of the 2012 Southern Cones competition.

Enos Mafokate and Jojo

David Dew with Udo and Odessey

Natalie Hogg with Higgins and Biggles

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EQUITATION NEWS

Editor: Yvonne Bolton • Photography: T&B Images

Newcomers’ Equitation Clinic

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Newcomers’ Equitation Clinic was held on Monday 27 February at Kyalami Equestrian Park and the committee were absolutely delighted with the turnout of around 60 to 70 competitors and parents.  Presented by Claire Webb in her most professional and enthusiastic manner, it was thoroughly enjoyed by all present and proved to be highly informative, covering Dress for the Rider, Tack for the Pony/Horse and then went on to demonstrate various Equitation movements with the help of some volunteer riders from

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Michelle Dawson’s yard. Planning of Tests and the correct layout were also discussed, along with Walking the Course, which was actively enjoyed by all the spectators.  Our sincere thanks are extended to Claire for giving up her precious time to host this clinic and to GHS for providing all the facilities, not forgetting the catering who provided muchneeded refreshments for all those present, and to Kate Launder for assisting with the building of the gymnastics required for the demonstration.


The 2012 Equitation Festival at KEP Classic and the Fourways Riding Centre Show

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he 1st Leg of the Cosira Group Equitation Super League took place at KEP on 25 and 26 February, and ran very smoothly in conjunction with the KEP Jumping Classic. Good entries and a high standard were recorded in both the PR and Junior Open Classes, and our thanks must once again go to all the officials who assisted with the show in all the various capacities that are required when organising Equitation classes. A special thanks must go to Karen Sutton, Panel A Judge from KZN, who at her own expense came up to assist us over the weekend and spent many hours judging numerous classes, which I am sure gave her valuable experience and will contribute

enormously in her goal to be promoted in the not too distant future. Marion Clough of Fourways Riding Centre also ran a highly successful Equitation Show in conjunction with her Jumping classes over the weekend of 3 and 4 March. The classes were well supported and with the assistance of Sigi Sauter, who doubled up on the PA and on the judging front, everything ran with clockwork precision. Once again both the PR and Junior Open Classes were well supported, and there were some new faces in the PR Open who have recently moved up from the Intermediate level, showing encouraging numbers in this grade. The Adult Intermediate Class was of a particularly high standard and although not huge in entries, all the competitors rode with tremendous expertise and polish and provided the judges with an excellent class to judge.

A big welcome to our new sponsor of our Super League Series – the Cosira Group  A statement from the CEO of the Cosira Group, John da Silva, reads as follows: “With a Pan-African footprint operating predominantly in the mining, power generation, petro-chemical and heavy industrial sectors, the Cosira Group embraces one of its key philosophies of ‘Excelling through Excellence’; our employees are encouraged, nurtured and given full scope and resources to develop their full potential.  This means that our group achieves greatness and enhances growth through actively investing in our staff by providing a well-established platform of external and internal mentors known as the Excellence Network, where our staff can communicate by exchanging ideas freely, thereby creating a synergy that enables continuous improvement

and development throughout our organisation. We believe that by sponsoring the Equitation Super League, we are investing today in tomorrow’s ‘Generation of Leaders’. Through this sponsorship we are encouraging the same ethos of excellence to be developed in each competitor, where the ability of the rider is paramount. We wish you all the best of luck in achieving your goals.” I am sure all those competing in the discipline here in Gauteng will join the Equitation Committee in extending a huge ‘thank you’ to the Cosira Group for their most welcome and generous support of our sport. We are grateful to receive this sponsorship for a series which has become so popular over the years it has been running.

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EVENTING NEWS Note from the editor This newsletter is for March 2012, with two events that took place – one in Springs and the 90cm Championships held at Inanda Country Base. Please contact Joanna Goeller, on goeller. joanna@gmail.com with any input, ideas or comments.

A message to our highergrade riders Michelle Win has asked us to make public the income and expenditure for their last show at President’s Park, to help raise the awareness that shows up to 1m barely break even and if they are to start running ‘star’ shows (CNC, CIC or CCI), they are going to need people to help bring in sponsorship to supplement the entry income.

Springs Results not available at time of going to print.

Riding:  The art of keeping a horse between you and the ground.  ~ Author Unknown

Editor: Joanna Goeller • Photography: Harriet Barrett

Going... Going... SPRINGS Article by Paige Shiller

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alk about a venue living up to its name. When Ash and Pepa (my horses) were talking after the event on Sunday afternoon, they said it felt as if they had springs under their hooves on both the cross country and showjumping tracks at President’s Park. On a more serious note, sincere appreciation to Michelle and Graham and their team for an event well organised and efficiently run. As a showjumper, I have recently been somewhat ‘spoilt’ by the superb, synthetic going available at some venues. This has served to make me even more concerned than I was initially about poor going at cross country events. My worst nightmare was realised at SA Champs at Treverton last year, when we were required to contend with a bigger and tougher 3* track than we had ever encountered in this country, on going that was indescribably appalling. I believe that the poor results achieved by most of the riders in that event was in no small way related to the very poor conditions there. So a huge ‘thank you’ to Springs for your efforts, and I must add that the general condition of President’s Park was impressive as well. It was neat, there was no litter evident, and there were even council officials present on Sunday morning erecting perimeter fencing. So clearly there were also people outside of our fraternity who played a role in making the event a very successful one, and I wish to convey appreciation to them as well.

90cm Championship at Inanda Country Base (24 and 25 March)

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he 90cm Eventing Championships were held at Inanda Country Base (ICB) on the weekend of 24 and 25 March, and what a great weekend it was. The tone was set by very high standards in the dressage phase (for all the classes – 70cm, 80cm and 90cm). For the cross country phase, Tim Payne built his usual exciting courses which challenged both horses and riders. In the 90cm classes, the course took riders over the infamous ‘broken bridge’ – normally a 2* or Open class obstacle. The gap, however, kindly had a jump built over it, so it was not ‘open’. For the 90cm class, time penalties seemed to be the biggest problem in the country. The showjumping proved to be fairly straightforward. The results were as follows:

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Class 1 – Junior Eventing 70cm – Unaffiliated

Class 5 – Pool 2 – Adult Eventing 80cm

Place

Horse

Rider

1st

WOW’s Uxorious

Patrick Brown

1st

B’Korous

Nicole Jooste

2nd

My Shadowfax

Chatan Hendriks

2st

Kensington

Alexandra Munn

3rd

WOW’s Lincoln Park

Jane Brown

Class 2 – Pool 1 – Adult Eventing 70cm – Unaffiliated

4th

Tiny Tony

Graham Winn

1st

Kinvara’s Invincible

Bianca Grossett

5th

WOW’s Barachio

Jane Brown

2nd

Xerxes

Hilary Murphy

Class 6 – Pony Rider Eventing 80cm

3rd

Kinvara’s Into The Light

Louise Oliver

1st

4th

Rathmore Nadal

Francois Viljoen

Class 7 – Junior Eventing 90cm

B’s Buster

Loli Brown

Class 2 – Pool 2 – Adult Eventing 70cm – Unaffiliated

1st

Lightening Shot

Katie Keller

1st

Gold Medallion

Angie Terwin

2nd

Kiss From A Rose

Corbin Joubert

2nd

Blue Ensign

Lauren Bekker

Class 8 – Adult Eventing 90cm

3rd

Light Of Waves

Peta Fischl

1st

Here Be Lions

Martyn Swanepoel

4th

Sternberg

Paige Shiller

2nd

Assegai Sizzle

Coreen Barker

Class 3 – Pony Rider Eventing 70cm – Unaffiliated

3rd

Air Holidays’ Ned

Chatan Hendriks

1st

B’s Fluer

Cheyanne Schashe

4th

WOW’s Cockney Cowboy

Peter Evans

2nd

Dimmock Dublin

Emma Barrow

5th

Night Of The Fox

Paula Grobler

6th

She’s A Rebel

Julie Bennett

7th

The Paddocks’ Cantata

Paul Hart

8th

Jemada Jester

Sarah Butler

Class 4 – Junior Eventing 80cm 1st

Speckled Egg

Sabina Lutterek

Class 5 – Pool 1 – Adult Eventing 80cm 1st

Luca

Ernette Muller

Class 9 – Pony Rider Eventing 90cm

2nd

Al

Michelle Winn

1st

Roxstar

Courtney Davey

3rd

Zoolaker

Shane Rorke

2nd

Castelmore D’artagnan

Paula Duggan

4th

Mukwa

Mikaela Marillier YR

5th

WOW’s This Is My Quest

Louise Zijp

Martyn Swanepoel and Voightkirsch Kardinal, Power Jump winners

Courtney Davey and Roxstar competing in Pony Rider 90cm

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As part of an effort to raise support for eventing, Janine Evans organised a power jump competition sponsored by WOW saddles, which was also held at ICB on Sunday afternoon, before the 90cm showjumping phase. Open (Star) riders were invited to take part on their event horses and wow, was it exciting and nail-biting! The height went to 170cm with two of the ten riders left in the game, namely Graham Winn, our South African riding and eventing legend on Seeis Eiros, and Martyn Swanepoel, on his wonderful horse Voigtskirch Kardinal. Graham and Eiros only just touched the top pole at the final 170cm height, and thus Martyn and Kardinal were the ones to win the power jump at 170cm! Prize money for the power jump was kindly sponsored by WOW saddles, and half the prize money went to Free Me, an animal rehabilitation centre in Paulshof. Martyn also kindly donated his prize money back into bettering the sport of eventing. Many thanks to CMH Midrand, and the dealer principal, Chris Ferreira, who were the overall generous sponsors of the 90cm Championship event at ICB. CMH sell Nissan and Renault and are located on New Road just off the highway.

Martyn Swanepoel and Here Be Lions competing in Adult 90cm

Katie Keller and Lightening competing in Junior 90cm

Martyn and sponsors

Victor Ludorum points The following shows’ results are included here: ICB – New Year January 2012 Le Godimo February 2012 Springs March 2012 Any queries, email ghseventing@pluto.co.za

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Voightskirch Esplenor

Roxanne Masaro

4

Points

WOW’s Lincoln Park

Jane Brown

4

Pony Rider EV 70

Brandenburg Lovestory Too

Jacky Edwards

4

Fiona Hoekstra

4

GHS Eventing – Victor Ludorum 2012 Horse

Rider

B’s Fleur

Cheyanne Sashe

8

Voigtskirch Bachus

Drummore’s Sparkling Manhatten

Loli Brown

3

Pony Rider EV 90cm

Fraser’s Whiplash

Andrea Douglas

3

Wayfillan Pileus

Nadia Lombard

4

Bushbaby

Sarah Dyson

4

Junior EV 70cm Shinny

Ashleigh Handley

4

Onduno Gladiator

Tess Furman

4

Junior EV 90cm

Adult EV 70cm Air Holidays’ Country Fair

Chatan Hendriks

6

Phantom Al

Claudia Cloete

4

Sacred Banner

Brennan Glansbeek

4

Star Alliance

Tamsin Daniels

4

Zareh

Tayla McKinnin

4

Lightning shot

Katie Keller

4

Jemada Jester

Sarah Butler

6

Assegai Sizzle

Coreen Barker

6

Adult EV 90cm

Pony Rider EV 80cm

Junior EV 100cm

Midas Touch

Alexander Davies

4

Drummore’s Sparkling Manhattan

Loli Brown

4

Speckled Egg

Sabina Lutterick

6

Rumour Allegra

Mikaela Nicholau

5

Junior EV 80cm

Forever Maximillian

Chante du Preez

4

Regmajet

Chantel Yonker

2

WOW’s Kankowski

Patrick Brown

12

Scalpelinni

Angie Terwin

6

Adult EV 100cm

Adult EV 80cm

Adult 1*

Seek the Peace

Chelsea Oliver

8

Wow’s War of Angels

Patrick Brown

7

Luca

Ernette Muller

4

Nunthewiser

Francois Viljoen

3

Upcoming shows Date

Venue

***

**

*

100

90

80

70

60

21-22 April

Northern Farms

 

 

 1*

100

90

80

5-6 May

ICB Eventing Classics

 

 

1.1

100

90

80

70

 

12-13 May

Shumba Valley Training Day

 

 

 

 

19-20 May

Le Godimo Eventing Classics

 

 

1.1

100

 

 

 

 

90

80

70

 

2-3 June

Fourways Eventing Classics

 

 

1.1

100

90

80

70

 

16-17 June

Springs Eventing Classics

 

 

30-1 July

Weltmeyer Eventing Classics

 

 

1.1

100

90

80

70

 

1.1

100

90

80

70

 

14-15 July

Northern Farms E C Finals

 

21-22 July

Weltmeyer

 

 

1.1

100

90

80

70

 

 

 

 

90

80

70

60

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SHOWING NEWS

Editor: Nadia Cetinich • Photography: T & B Images

Strictly Come Showing at Horse of the Year Show

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he ‘Strictly Come Showing’ class took place on the Saturday evening at HOY in the indoor arena. The class was 27-entries strong, with a wonderful mix of breeds presenting themselves. Some of the individual shows were quite spectacular, boasting movements particular to the various breeds, coupled with some wonderful choices of musical accompaniment. The spectators and competitors alike enjoyed an entertaining evening. The class was won by Hemmingway, owned and The enthusiastic audience at Strictly Come Showing ridden by Karen Keller, who gave a crowd-pleasing performance. Special thanks to Montecasino for once again putting up our visiting judges in style – a privilege Thank you to our sponsors: Tack and Togsreserved for our prestigious HOY event. And a Midfeeds, Jenna Clifford, Margie Pethrick – Projel note of thanks to Lynda Kirshmann, for again products, and Sandton SaveRite. Thank you to arranging this with Montecasino. Sue Cullen for approaching these sponsors.

General • The Learner Judges exams take place on the following dates: Theory paper 1: 12 May Practical exam: 15 July Theory paper 2: 28 July The examination fee is R300.00 per candidate. The practical exams take place in Gauteng. Anyone interested in being a candidate, please contact Brian Noach. • Sponsorship: Anyone interested in sponsorship of showing shows or classes and the like, please contact Yolande Conlan on 082 445 5875 or Terence Jagers on 082 464 6509. • Pony Riders will be notified in April of invitations to selections of the Gauteng Provincial and Challenge teams. Pony Rider Championships take place in KZN in July.

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• ‘Save the Date’: The Annual Showing Committee Fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday 29 September. • The Showing Committee would like to offer our condolences to Kirsty Rault on the sad passing of her fabulous showjumper, Cruden Bay, and to Kayla Gertenbach on the loss of Bentley Bear. Both of these wonderful horses competed successfully in Junior showing classes – Cruden Bay as a Working Hunter horse, and Bentley Bear as a Show Riding, Show Hunter and Working Riding horse who represented Gauteng on the Provincial Junior showing team in 2010. • Congratulations to Kirsten Loots and Terence Hall on the birth of their new son. Daniel was born on 5 March and weighed a healthy 3.6kg.


Product reviews Equilibrium Tri-Zone Allsports Boots

The HQ team tried and tested various new products now available in South Africa

Tested by Andrea van Rijswijk Test subject Marwick Powder Rock Cost R895 Distributor Riders Original Saddle Fitting Specialists Manufacturer Equilibrium Colours Black, brown, white Size Small, medium, large, extra-large Verdict These boots are extremely lightweight and fully breathable, using an innovative combination of materials called the Airlite triple layer system. The outer layer is ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA), formed into a mesh for lightness. A strip of polycarbonate is inserted in the back of the boot, providing concussion and tendon-strike protection. The fine mesh middle layer allows air in while keeping sand and dirt out. A different form of EVA forms the inner layer and consists of oval holes and shaped, raised areas that support the leg while still allowing air to channel through. Like The boots are extremely lightweight, keeping the legs and tendons dry while still supporting the lower leg structures and dispersing shockwaves. The boots can be used on front and/or hind legs. They will not get waterlogged when riding with them through water. They are easy to clean and they dry quickly. The boots did not slip down or turn during a schooling session. They look smart and are easy to put on.

Trident Shampoo Range

Tested by Andrea van Rijswijk Test subjects Marwick Powder Rock, Shbango Storm, Amadeus Cost Tea tree shampoo for horses: R47.88 Shampoo and conditioner for horses: R49.50 High-shine animal shampoo: R26.79 Distributor HI Merwitz and most tack and feed shops Manufacturer Trident by HI Merwitz Size 1 litre Verdict Trident Saddlery has produced a range of equine and animal shampoos to suit individual animals’ needs. They’re described as PH-balanced, non-toxic, non-allergic and bio-degradable shampoos, that are mild and organically safe for all pets. I tried the tea tree shampoo for horses on Powder, who has sensitive skin; the shampoo and conditioner for horses on Shbango, who had dry skin and coat; and the high-shine animal shampoo on Amadeus, a grey who was looking rather dirty from the winter dust! Like All three shampoos smelled good, lathered well and rinsed off easily, leaving the horses clean, shiny and with smooth coats and soft skin.

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Pessoa Travel Boots Tested by Jodi Moore Test subject Casanova Cost R680 Distributed Supplied by Riders Saddlery Colour Navy blue, black, blue, brown, green, grey and purple Verdict The name Pessoa conveys the highest standard in craftsmanship, quality, performance and style. Their accessory collection is no exception. It brings with it enormous style and functionality. Pessoa continues to utilise technologically advanced, waterproof, breathable fabrics that not only make life easier for the rider, but more importantly, for the horse. The Pessoa travelling boots are made of Ballistic Weave nylon with plaid lining, have a contour shape, hoof protectors and large Velcro closures. The wide Velcro straps ensure an excellent non-slipping fit, which makes this boot very easy to fit around the horse’s leg. The scuff-resistant plates at the bottom provide extra protection. Like What is there not to like! I love the way that it shaped around my horse’s leg and did not slip during travel. Casanova gets a bit worked up while preparing to load, thus making it very hard to put any boots on, but I found that with the large Velcro straps it’s fast and easy.

Metalab air cushion stirrup irons Tested by Andrea van Rijswijk Cost R1,997.28 Distributor Solo Saddlers and available from most tack shops Manufacturer Metalab Size 12cm Verdict: These steel stirrup irons have innovatively covered everything one needs – from excellent shockabsorption via the air-pocketed soles, to flexible sides that ease jarring on joints, and effective grip on the long-lasting metal treads. Like: I like the long-lasting treads and the really cool air-pockets under them (for shock-absorption) which are great for your joints.

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Solo sweat sheet Tested By Andrea van Rijswijk Test Subject Storm Raider Cost R386.69 Distributor Solo Saddlers and available from most tack shops Manufacturer Solo Saddlers Size: All sizes, this one was 145cm Verdict This sweat sheet, which is anatomically-shaped, allows a horse to cool off without getting a chill, which would cramp up muscles. Yet it is cool enough, thanks to the mesh, to use in summer. It is also handy to keep dust off a horse before a show or while travelling. Like It is a quality product, finished well, and I like that it is made to fit the shape of a horse. I also like the New Zealand straps at the back.

Solo travelling boots Tested By Andrea van Rijswijk Test Subject Flying Wonder Cost R167.58 Distributor Solo Saddlers and available from most tack shops Manufacturer: Solo Saddlers Size One size Verdict These regular-length travelling boots are very smart, yet tough and made to last. The inner lining prevents grass and dirt from sticking to the padding. Velcro straps ensure secure attachment. Like I love the colour, and that the padding is also covered on the inside with another great complementary colour! I also like the long Velcro attachment strip which allows the straps to be stuck anywhere along it for a good fit all along the leg.

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VAULTING NEWS

Editor: Janet Pitchford • Photography: supplied by editor

Welcome to the new vaulting horses

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e are so excited to welcome four new horses into the vaulting community and wish them years and years filled with happy hours of vaulting! Risto 6 is an ex dressage horse from Germany. He is by Rotspan (by Rubinstein) and his mother shows a promising maternal line, owned by Alexa Stais. Risto arrived in South Africa early November and came out of quarantine early December. He has settled down well and is slowly building muscle and putting on some weight. He is a very strong, inquisitive horse, with loads of character and spirit! Although he has no vaulting experience, with his sweet nature and beautiful movement, he is showing a lot of promise in the vaulting arena and we hope to have him ready for shows in the second half of the year. Risto Fraulein Fritz (stable name Carla) is a 13-year-old, 1.72m imported Holstein grey mare by Contender, owned by the Mowatt family. Carla has recently started training as a vaulting horse and she is showing a lot of talent for the discipline. She also competes in Elementary dressage and showjumping. She is a very gentle mare who is always willing to please her rider. Her well-balanced and rhythmic canter makes her the ideal vaulting horse.

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Carla


Onduno Glaider (Gladiator/ Gladdie) is an 8-year-old, 17hh Hanoverian bred in Namibia, owned by Montana Wright. From Bela Bela he was previously used for general riding and a little jumping. A loving horse with a gentle, affectionate temperament, he is a very comfortable ride and fairly ‘bomb-proof’, not bothered by the antics of vaulting. He is making steady progress and is already well-loved by his vaulters Montana, Damien and Dylan who are sure to build up a good partnership with this gentle giant! Rebel Hill, an 11-year-old bright bay gelding, is a 17hh Irish Sport horse, owned by Barbie Gertenbach, Riba Stables. Rebel has been in

Gladiator training for vaulting for only two months and has accepted all that we have thrown at him. He has a very sweet, laid back nature, and a great easy canter. He likes to ‘talk’ on the

SANESA vaulting show On Wednesday 21 March 2012, Willows hosted the first Sanesa Vaulting Qualifier show in their indoor arena. This show consisted of barrel classes and horse classes, with most of the entries coming from the barrel classes. It was a one-day show and the newly instituted compulsories were done for the first time without any problems. It was exciting to have the Limpopo vaulters also participating in the schools show. Mazz Vaulting Club and Riba Vaulting Club participated for the first time too. Many people have sighed for the ‘good old days’ and regretted the ‘passing of the horse,’ but today, when only those who like horses own them, it is a far better time for horses.  ~C.W. Anderson

circle once he has been asked to halt. We would like to welcome him to the Riba Stables vaulting family, and look forward to many happy years with him!

Upcoming shows – Please note and diarise 5/6 May 2012 All grades, International Selection, SA Champs Selection show – venue KEP Indoor 2/3 June 2012 (NB, this is no longer a FEI International qualifier show) All Grades, Final International Selection, SA Champs selection show – venue KEP Indoor 8/9 September 2012 Higher and Lower Inter regionals, SA Champs selection show – venue KEP Indoor

GHS website Please be sure to check the GHS website, www. ghsinfo.co.za, on a regular basis for any updated information of importance. Please note – New age groups New compulsories The Judges Criteria that has been posted

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GHS CALENDAR ­– MAY 2012

GHS CALENDAR ­– JUNE 2012

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