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CONTENTS juLY / AUGUST 2012

4 GHS News

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10 SAEA News

13 Reading the hooves

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17 Dressage News

23 Driving News

24 Eventing News

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30 Showing News

31 Vaulting News

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...Strides ahead

JULY / AUGUST 2012

Pony Rider Derby winners

Reading the Hooves

FEI Africa Cup results

See GHS news Pg 4

Pg 13

See Vaulting news Pg 31

Cover: 2012 SA Champion Show Pony – Waterside Sergeant Pepper & Sylvia Dixon (Photography: T & B images) 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: Anne Andrews • Photography: T&B Images

Pony Rider Derby Dressage Pony Riders Elementary 2 1st – Foresyte Gazelle and Caylan Wood GHS 2nd – Bobby Valentine and Savannah Thomson GHS

Bobby Valentine & Savannah Thomson Foresyte Gazelle and Caylan Wood GHS Pony Riders Elementary 4 1st – Mr Baggins and Alexandra Munn GHS 2nd – Foresyte Gazelle and Caylan Wood GHS

Pony Riders Elementary-Medium 3 1st – Waterside Welsh Luanna and Sylvia Dixon GHS 3rd – Waterside Twickers and Shannon Dawson GHS

Mr Baggins & Alexandra Munn

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Waterside Welsh Luanna and Sylvia Dixon

Eventing

Foresyte Gazelle & Caylan Wood

80cm Alexandra Munn and Samurai Jack, Shayna Atherstone and Red Barron, Shaina Brown and Cheyanne, and Stephanie Niewenhuizen and Perseverance Chase

GHS – 3rd

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GHS winner Inter-Provincial Team Competition

Waterside Twickers and Shannon Dawson GHS 90cm Alexandra Munn and B’s Buster, Tegan Bruyns and Buffy Avante, Nicole Brown and Drummore Sparkling Mountain, and Kyla Bruyns and Ya-El Labibi

Winner GHS

Showing Challenge Lia Wheeler and Dimmock Diamonds R Forever, Sylvia Dixon and Waterside Sergeant Pepper, Shannon Dawson and Waterside Twickers, Caitlin Wheeler and Waterside Elmo’s

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Winner GHS


Flame, and Nina Holloway and Cruisa Hakuna Matata Chef d’Equipe – Lynda Kirchmann

Equitation Novice Alexander Hultzer and Lady Tempo, Charlotte Stuart and Leckerli, Erin Boon and Frangelica’s Dream, and Luka Copperthwaite and Asak Jack Sparrow Chef d’Equipe – Fiona Butcher

Showjumping PR0.90cm Competition 1st – Telly and Kyle Lambie GHS 80cm Competition 1st – Two Tone and Erin dos Santos GHS

Telly & Kyle Lambie GHS

PR1.00m Team Championship

Two Tone & Erin dos Santos GHS

PR1.00m Team Championship 1st – GHS – Bacardi Surprise and Courtney Vogt, My Fudge Pop and Travis Dawson, Waterside Nile Monarch and Kyle Maartens, and Indiana Sandgirl and Alexander Nel

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GHS and Shumbashaba in Diepsloot

By Amy Mudzamiri

Vaulting on Vuka

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onday morning 2 July at Muzomuhle Primary School in Diepsloot Extension 2 was not just any other chilly winter morning as crowds consisting of youth, school children and instructors gathered for a programme that has all people at heart. By 10am the school was already bustling with activity. Shumbashaba has been working hand in hand with the Gauteng Horse Society to empower Diepsloot with knowledge and skills on horses. Kim Jeffrey, Enos Mafokate and Patrick Kay also have been working tirelessly in these awareness campaigns that help to grow among others, the Diepsloot community. While the event was televised by SABC 2, Patrick Kay graced the event with a demonstration of his horsemanship abilities and Polo, Kim Jeffery and her riders did a riding display. Enos and his Soweto vaulters delighted the children with their vaulting display, which was followed by ‘try-outs’ on trusty Vuka by some children. It was heartwarming to see how the little ones would touch and caress the horses, in excitement and awe.

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Farrier Demo GHS also took the opportunity to discover unemployed youth who could work or help at shows in order to make an income and expose them to other employment opportunities in the equestrian industry. The response was overwhelming and as GHS continues to collaborate with Shumbashaba and Community development representatives, it is hoped a much more detailed structure will be put in place to benefit this group long-term with life skills and development. GHS is also appealing to show holding bodies to step up and help with training skills for grooming and farriers, which are also skills that were demonstrated that day. Diepsloot, a township in the north of Johannesburg, is well known for grooming and sheltering some of Joburg’s toughest hooligans. In a place where drug and alcohol abuse, poverty and first degree crimes flourish, we are hoping to strive and make a difference in the lives of many. Through the small things we know we can make a huge difference.


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SAEA NEWS

Editor: Kate Horne – natad@horsesport.org.za • Photography: T&B Images

Bongani Mvumvu

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ongani Mvumvu is 23 years old and has been selected to represent South Africa in the 2012 Vaulting World Championships in La Mans France. (Team of four individuals and two reserves.) Equestrian vaulting, or simply vaulting, is most often described as gymnastics and dance on horseback and, like these disciplines, it can be practised as a non-competitive art/performance or as a competitive sport. Vaulting has been an equestrian act at the circus from its early days. It is open to both males and females.  Bongani was born in Transkei and moved to Cape Town with his family when he was three years old. He was then taken into foster care at the age of 10. Bongani’s foster family introduced him to horse riding and he then took a keen interest in this as a replacement sport for high school competitive rugby due to his knee injury. Bongani developed an aptitude and passion for riding, but in particular

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vaulting, which demanded strength, stamina, flexibility and courage. Bongani works very hard at training, as he has an ambition to take sport very professionally. He has attended the Junior World Championships and achieved South African Senior Vaulting Status. He continues to work and train in High Performance Center. It is Bongani’s goal to be in the top three in

the World Equestrian Games in 2014. He would also like to develop a Vaulting Academy in South Africa that will attract vaulters worldwide, and work towards establishing vaulting as an Olympic event. Full Name: Bongani Mvumvu Date of Birth: 17 March 1989 Nationality: South African Languages: English, Xhosa, Zulu, Afrikaans

2012 Nissan Riders Series

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haun Neill is currently leading with a total of 102 points. Jade Hooke with 97.5 points and Michelle Hobbs with 95 points are currently in second and third.

RIDER

2012 NISSAN RIDERS SERIES

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Easter

Shongweni

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3rd Q Shaun Neill Jade Hooke Michelle Hobbs Barry Taylor Jodi Pieters Lorette Knowles Taylor Ashlee Hausberger David Wilkin Dion Boardman Paige Shiller Kayla Gertenbach Tracy Davids Paul Hart Anthea Erasmus Robyn Gerber Emma Garson Anne Marie Esslinger Nicole Horwood Lynne Piercy Tamar Bernstein Lara Neill Rainer Korber Lauren Smorenburg Bruce Dewar Dominique Hau A J Radermacher Tara Louw Grant Langley George Phillipedes Leona van Amstel Tossy Raynor Rogan Asken Mandy Johnstone Brendan McNiven

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S A OGP R G Prix W Cup Q 37.5 21 31.5 25.5 25 27 16.5 23 34.5 34.5 22.5 19 37.5 9 17 19.5 34.5 4 34.5 12 24 34.5 22.5 8 10.5 9 20 9 24 16 30 13 28.5 10.5 21 34.5 11 25.5 16.5 22.5 12 18 22.5 6 16.5 18 10 15 4.5 18 6 12 6 16.5 15 7.5 14 13.5 9 7

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102 97.5 95 82 75.5 58.5 55.5 52.5 50 49.5 48 48 47 46 41.5 37.5 37.5 36.5 32.5 31.5 30 28.5 27.5 26 25 24.5 23 22.5 22.5 14 13.5 9 7 4

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SA EQUESTRIAN part of TEAM SA at the London Olympics and Paralympics

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ASCOC have formally announced that Equestrian will be represented at the London Olympics in the London Paralympics by a Para Dressage Team. We would like to congratulate all the athletes and support team members. SAEA would like to take this opportunity to thank SASCOC, SAEF and the NLDTF for all their support and assistance. We would also like to give a huge thank you to SASCOC who have very generously made available R100,000 to

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NEW 2012 SA Pony Riders Presidents Cup Champion Congratulations

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Reading the hooves

What do your horse’s hooves tell you about the rest of his body?

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he horse spends a large amount of time on the move. For this reason it is imperative that he is moving on balanced hooves that will not cause him discomfort. Uncomfortable feet will very quickly cause problems in the rest of the body, and vice versa. There is much to be said about a horse by looking at his feet. One can determine if the horse is left- or right-handed, if he moves straight, how good his diet is, and even if he is suffering from any musculoskeletal problems. Here are some examples:

Medial flare

Hind hoof flare Lateral flare Persistent lateral flare that recurs despite a consistent, balanced trim and good diet/ lifestyle, needs to be examined more deeply. Photographed here is a left hind hoof after its first trim following shoe removal. Note the minor flare to the medial aspect of the hoof. Upon further examination of this horse’s movement, it was noticed that she would ‘twist’ her hooves during movement, drawing them to her midline. This was most easily noticed at the walk and more on the left than the right. She would also resist having her hind legs picked up. Palpating her groin muscles revealed tightness and discomfort, possibly caused by doing the ‘splits’ or overstrain during exercise. Once again, with therapy and strengthening exercises, this has improved in the course of eight months, but is something that needs constant monitoring.

A horse whose hind feet flare outwards consistently as seen above, usually indicates some sort of hindquarter/hip issue. Whether or not it was caused by an injury, or by chronic unbalanced feet, is not always so easy to determine. In this particular case, regular massage, chiropractic treatment and balanced trimming ensured that this hoof maintained a normal shape. However, it did have a tendency to flare, which was not surprising as the horse showed signs of musculoskeletal injury to the hindquarters.

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When a horse’s toes are left to grow this long, it very often causes tightness in the pectoral muscles of the chest

Toe flare Photographed here is a horse whose toes are too long. This hoof is also lacking wall strength and therefore concavity. His heels are under-run and painful as they have been lowered excessively, possibly in an attempt to control the under-run heels. This horse was diagnosed with


pedal-oestitis and displays navicular-like symptoms which include very short strides and toe-first landings. His shoes had just been removed when these pictures were taken, with the exception of the side-shot which was taken three weeks after the initial trim.

When a horse’s toes are left to grow this long, it very often causes tightness in the pectoral muscles of the chest. This can clearly be seen in the next photo (full body shot) of this same horse. Note how he stands under himself with his front limbs to avoid putting weight on his painful heels. This photo was taken before his shoes were removed.

Toe out A horse that toes out will land on the lateral aspect of the hoof before the medial aspect. Because of this way of moving, one will often find that if the hoof is bisected with an imaginary line, there is more hoof on the lateral half of the

hoof. The goal of trimming these hooves is to gain improved symmetry between the medial and lateral aspects of the hoof. It would be unfair to expect perfect symmetry on hooves of this type. This article first appeared in HQ. Phone 011 468 2090 to subscribe.

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The horse suffered an injury to her pelvis which caused compensatory imbalances to her hind feet

Consistent trimming produced better symmetry between the medial and lateral aspect of this hoof In the next photo one can clearly see the flare on the lateral aspect of the hoof. This is a particularly severe case as the hooves had not been trimmed for some time. Shearing and contraction of the heels occurred due to inconsistent trimming.

BEFORE

Pain in the hindquarters In the next photo, the horse suffered an injury to her pelvis which caused compensatory imbalances to her hind feet. She would struggle terribly to hold her back legs up and would often ‘slam down a toe’. In the course of ten weeks of lifestyle change, regular hoof trimming and therapy as previously mentioned, an entire adjustment to her hindquarters occurred, as did the handling of her back feet.

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AFTER

Your questions answered Should you have any questions regarding your horses’ feet, please email them to us (preferably with photos) and Christine will answer them on these pages – johann@panorama.co.za.


DRESSAGE NEWS

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

Finale in sight

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or all the members eligible for the Stal van Decraen Series, the second leg took place with the SAEA Dressage Challenge. The results for the second leg were as follows. In first place, with 62.83%, were Western Province’s Nichola Mohr and Equifeeds Vaderlandsche Sportschu. Securing second place with 60.92% (Gauteng) were Shelby Kleynhans and Loth Lorian. In third place with 60.20% (Gauteng) were Anthea Michaletos and Ulivia STV, and in fourth place on

59.34% was Chatan Hendricks with Bentley 19 (Gauteng). It is the best two scores to count, so at this stage it is possible for any rider to win the series. Whoever competes in all three legs will discard their lowest score and some of the riders have only competed in one leg this far, so can also do well in the final. The wonderful prize for the overall winner is R10,000 plus a trip to Stal van Decraen in Belgium, all expenses paid! The exciting finale will take place at the SA AVIS Derby.

The unconfirmed rankings after the two legs are: Name Leg 1 (Easter) Leg 2 (SAEA Challenge) Total Megan Berning 12 6 18 Chatan Hendriks 9 8 17 Nichola Mohr - 15 15 Anthea Michaletos 5 10 15 Shelby Kleynhans 3 12 15 Kirsten Wing 7 2 9 Emma Jane Brown - 7 7 Jaques Jacobs - 5 5 Chiara Myburgh - 4 4 Rialet Nel 4 - 4 Natalya Michalakis 1 3 4 Ashlyn Webber 2 - 2

Seen at Riverleigh!

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iverleigh International Equestrian Centre hosted a great combined training and graded dressage show on 8 July 2012. Preliminary up to elementary-medium level classes were held, with the standards of both horses and riders very good. Winners of the AEM3 test were Kwazulu Natal’s Midnight Oil and Keith Toucher, with Michell van Niekerk and Klaes de Sceppere runners-up. Elena Bosman and Seeis Sopron won

Winners of the junior preliminary two test, Pink Champagne and Kirsty Reid

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Anastasia and Courtney Smith salute the judge with a lovely square halt! the AEM4 test, with Michelle and Klaes de Sceppere again in second place. Millennium Rouge and Tracey Schutte won both elementary tests 3 and 4. Michelle van Niekerk and Angolane won the adult novice 2 class, with Walking Base and Ina Kruger and Miranka C vd Widjeworme and Claire Steele tied in second place. Rathmor Caprice and Siobhan Records won the novice 4 class, with Angolane and Michelle second. Siobhan aboard El Encanto Encantada took third place. Highborne Roxy Rouge and Ruth-Anne Holiday won both the training 2 and 4 tests. Jethro and Bridgett McMillan won both the graded junior novice 2 and 4 tests, and Danzest

Growing dressage

There has been a little confusion lately about the role some of the great initiatives have in growing our sport. We are so fortunate to have so much going on in this region, which is rippling through to the other provinces too. We have the Adult Amateur Series, Grow Grand Prix, Dressage Anywhere, GHS committee-driven seminars, Stal van Decraen Series and so much more, with some superb international trainers being hosted at some of our leading yards. However, these initiatives are to grow the sport and improve riding levels. They should not be confused with our national holding body, SAEA, which represents us at international level and is

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and Michelle van Staden won the training junior novice 2 and 4. The pony rider novice 3 was won by My Cuppachino and Amoré Marais with Grand National and Nicole Brown in second place. In the pony riders test 4, the places were the other way around, with Nicole in first place and Amoré second. The graded adult preliminary 2 class was won by Bold Heart and Danielle Zijp, with Lily of the Valley and Sara Bouelle in second. Davenport Greystoke and Lauren Routledge took third place and close behind them in fourth were Carel Hancke Yster and Vanessa Bunn. Featherfoot Henry and Elmarie Pretorius took top honours in the adult preliminary 4 test and there was a tied second place between Lily of the Valley and Sara and Davenport Greystoke and Lauren. Bold Heart and Danielle took fourth place. Latin Groove and Marcel Steyn secured first place in the training adult preliminary 2 and 4 tests, sharing first place for test 4 with Midgard Sir Skilful and Louise Sanders. Louise took second place in the adult preliminary 2 test. Pink Champagne and Kirsty Reid took first place in the junior preliminary 2 test and Anastasia and Courtney Smith won the junior preliminary 4 class. B’s Pride and Jessica-Jane Hunter won both the pony riders preliminary 3 and 4 tests.

responsible for managing selections and the development of international riders overseas. They should also not be confused with our regional associations, like GHS, which represent us as riders and interface with SAEA. If you have an initiative that you are holding and would like to share it with us, please send the details – and preferably some decent resolution photos – to our Rider’s Digest dressage editor at chevalier9@gmail.com or Rebecca@wordflow.co. za. We would love to know what you are doing! While we’re asking, if you have anything around what SAEA and the committees do that you would like us to cover in this newsletter, such as the selection process, please email us.


Art, passion, energy

John working with Weibert of Mooikloof Friesan Stud

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superb demonstration about using piaffe and passage to improve levels of training was given at the Lipizzaner Hall on 23 June 2012, by international advanced dressage instructor and trainer, John Smith. John describes piaffe and passage as not restricted to a specific training level and age, and the way of training should not prohibit training the horse in these movements. The horses John used for the demonstration were Weibert of Mooikloof Friesan Stud, a 12-year-old, elementary-level stallion; Devondale Yankee of Devondale SA Boerperd Stud, a six-year-old, elementary-level stallion; Dimar of Mookloof Friesan Stud, a 10-year-old non-competitive gelding; and Junior, an 18-year-old Boerperd. Junior underlined that even at his age and level of training, an old horse can learn new tricks. “Teaching an older horse these movements keeps their muscles strong and helps to maintain fitness,” John emphasised. “We train these movements to improve what nature has given the horse. Any good trainer should be able to improve, rather than enhance. These

John working with Devondale Yankee of Devondale SA Boereperd Stud movements can be introduced from around the age of six. “Piaffe and passage are conditional upon the energy created by the horse and they develop into other movements. They are great exercises to strengthen the loin and the gaskin and to get the stifle to loosen up. The horse must be willing to go forward on his own. The first ingredient required to start the training process is attentiveness. The horse needs to be reactive to the whip and respond correctly.”

Warm up first! John stresses that the use of the whip is not to de-sensitise the horse to it but more to sensitise correctly – let the horse understand what the whip means, when and where. He does not use the crop on the legs, but on the croup area. “This is the engine, not the leg, and it is important to keep the bum active.” He also says not to start the exercises when the horse is cold, but to lunge the horse a little to warm up the shoulder and the hindquarter. Canter warm-up is the best. He also uses the rein-back as he says ten good paces in rein-back is equivalent

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to three good paces in the passage, and to use rein-back to get suppleness and lightness. There is no special equipment required. A lunge roller, snaffle bridle or, if the horse is very strong, a Kimblewick (to prevent what John describes as ‘arena skiing’), long reins and very importantly, bribery! Carrots work just fine. As the horse progresses, less bribery is required. John says that long-reining sorts out a lot of basic things and teaches both these movements initially on the ground. Piaffe, he says, requires most use of the back end and to ask for it out of a shoulder-in, ask on the horse’s better side and stick to the better side until the horse is strong and balanced enough to go onto the other rein. It also prevents confusion. “There will also come a time when the horse can cope with the movement away from the wall for support. At this point, the horse is performing the movements on both reins anyway.” He also interjected about how important the use of voice is, describing it as a handbrake. However, John says it is essential to allow forward travel and that this is an outlet for excess energy. “Increase activity by getting more rhythm. Keep the connection of the diagonal but do not block too much, otherwise the true diagonal of the trot disappears.”

Passage Once you have mastered basic piaffe, move on to passage, but do not put too much time between teaching the two. Unless it really is essential in terms of the horse’s capabilities, teach piaffe first. John says to get a very slow rhythm out of the trot as you have to restrict, rather than create energy to get the legs to become more expressive. It is essential, he says, for the horse to find his own rhythm – otherwise you will get a staccato or sticky passage. Getting passage, John says, changes everything. “Passage teaches elevation and cadence to go into a full true extended trot, which generally comes when the passage is established.” The most important message, John leaves with, is that the horse really teaches you when he is ready. He says that as soon as piaffe is established under saddle, go on to passage.

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Multi-talented John has backed well over 100 horses and ponies across a plethora of breeds, the majority of them being completely wild and untouched horses, as well as rehabilitating numerous ‘problem horses’ including aggressive or abused horses of many different breeds. He has also personally trained over 50 horses to medium and six to grand prix levels of schooling and produced many successful competitive dressage riders of all ages. “I presently have four Friesians and two Boerperds on the way to grand prix and am currently competing at FEI Intermediate I on Gabriel Trevor, the first locally-bred Friesian ever to reach this level in South Africa,” says John. He also has trained many horses to produce non-competitive movements, but demonstrative movement, such as the Spanish walk, Spanish trot, levade, pesade, ballotade and croupade. (There are four school jumps, the courbette, the croupade, the ballotade and the capriole.) Add to this some trick riding like teaching the horse to bow, sit and lie down! “Doma vaquera is my hobby and has been a great inspiration to go beyond the norms of training the classical horse,” he continues. “I have managed to train one horse to the level of free reining (no hands) and am presently busy with two other horses at different levels of advanced Doma vaquera, including La Garrocha work.” Doma vaquera is the traditional working riding discipline of Spain, from which working riding styles of the Americas and many of those of Europe appear to derive. It is a style of horse riding which enables the rider to carry out daily duties on horseback on a working cattle ranch. It was especially developed out of the use of the horse for handling the fighting bulls of Spain and grew out of decades of daily work with them in the open countryside. The garrocha pole is used in Spain by the vaquero to move cattle around rather than roping. This form or working cattle is from where the term ‘cow poke’ originates. The art of working with the garrocha pole, about 12 feet in length, has been developed into an artistic


skillful performance and exhibitions can be breathtaking to watch. John is not just a master in all forms of ground work – including five different lunging methods, three different long-reining methods and all methods of work in hand, as well as working free – he is also a stunt rider for movies and a wrangler on TV commercials. He has trained and coached across the spectrum of disciplines, including carriage driving, classical and competitive dressage, Doma vaquera, Western

reining, showjumping to JA level and the training of polo and polocrosse horses. He has been extensively published in equestrian magazines, served on dressage and pony club committees and is the vice chair and co-founder of the South African Doma vaquera Association. This event was initiated to raise funds to bring out judge Eddy De Wolff Van Westerodde (NED) for the GHS Championships in August. It was well attended and the feedback was incredibly positive.

Advice from Anita!

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superb seminar for judges, trainers and interested parties took place on 30 June 2012, led by National A panel and FEI 2* judge, Anita Adendorff. The morning theory session was open to judges, specifically Learner, Provincial D and Provincial C judges. The open afternoon session was a practical judging session at the Lipizzaner Hall. Five super horse and rider combinations took part. Amaro and Dominey Alexander and Brendon van Zyl with Pohlands Wendy both rode preliminary 2, Kelly Slater and Dageraad Annick rode novice 3, and Maureen Marler with Beau Lapaz and Lauren Steven aboard Evangelic rode novice 5. Everyone agreed these horses and riders were great test subjects for everyone to benchmark themselves against what Anita was saying, with some of our national panel judges who attended the seminar also giving input. Anita can be described as a breath of fresh air, with practical, sensible advice for attendees. “As judges we really have to be very careful,” Anita stressed. “We must reward, not crucify boldness. We want the brilliance, not riders who play things safe. You also don’t want mediocre landing up in the same placings as talent. We want to encourage quality training, paces, riding and always look for some reason to reward.” One example used was judging a horse at novice level with the rider giving the horse two or three balancing strides before and after a lengthen trot. Anita advised to reward the four to five or more quality strides, rather than

National A panel and FEI 2* judge, Anita Adendorff, addresses a mixed audience of judges, trainers and equine enthusiasts encouraging a scenario where riders allow the horse to run onto the forehand. The one thing Anita emphasised as a really big fault is loss of straightness; so riders, do work on making sure your horse works equally on both sides! She also said the weak link in a lot of horses is in the contact and connection, then the ‘pushing power’. “Horses should seek the contact and the rider must provide the contact. Contact results from the energy of the hind steps,” explained Anita. Following the scales of training is vital and Anita affirms that collection comes as a result of developing all these elements. She reiterated that riders need an appreciation of this scale. “Marks are not related to the breed of the horse, although sometimes there is this misconception,” Anita continues. “Marks directly relate to the horse doing the best it can do and its level of training.”

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Fred’s clinic! According to feedback there was a “fabulous” clinic with Frederick de Wae at the end of May. Double whammy as everyone who attended also supported the Highveld Horse Care Unit (HHCU). Two more three-day dressage clinics with Frederick at Equestria are planned on two weekends, back-to-back. The first is at the end of July and then the first weekend in August. Funds raised from the catering as well as the R75 spectator fees will again be donated to the HHCU’s Thoroughbred Retirement Project. Frederick de Wae started riding at the age of nine and was a jumping rider during high school. Aged 18, Frederick decided to follow his passion and go to Germany to become a professional rider. After a trial period Frederick started his apprenticeship with the international training and sales barn Stall Ramsbrock, where his talent for dressage was discovered by Hella Kuntz, who soon became his mentor. Hella, who trained many years with Johann Hinnemann, taught Frederick the training of young horses up to Grand Prix level using the German programme, Scala der Ausbildung, as a guideline. In 2006 Frederick passed his Bereiter test in the German Riding School in Warendorf, where he achieved the highest possible score in

jumping and dressage. After working another six months as a Bereiter in Stall Ramsbrock, Frederick was asked to go and teach clients of Stall Ramsbrock in Hawaii, Dallas and Melbourne, which he did in 2007. As a result of this he was offered the position of assistant rider to Leslie Morse in Los Angeles. Before he took this position, Frederick made his first teaching clinic visit to South Africa. Frederick spent 2007 combining this job with several clinics at different locations in the United States and Canada. In 2008 Frederick decided that it was time to return to Belgium to start his own business in training horses and riders, and has successfully been doing this ever since. Frederick’s enthusiasm for training is infectious and so much can be learned from his talent, knowledge and experience – all of which he readily shares with horse and rider combinations of all levels and abilities. If you would like to attend the clinic, all levels are welcome and riders may stay and attend as spectators for the remainder of the day at no extra cost. Queries can be directed to Julia van Niekerk on 083 266 5552 (julz@ bundunet.com) or Colleen on 082 894 9346 (equestrian@mweb.co.za).

Best wishes We extend our best wishes to one of our dressage judges, Andrew Bird, who underwent surgery recently. We wish him a very speedy recovery.

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DRIVING NEWS

Editor: Natalie Hogg

SAEA Cones

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he course this year was designed by Elaine Harrison from the Western Province and will be driven in the Western Province and KZHS. After the three provinces have driven their competitions we will have results, much like the FEI jumping competition. The GHS leg of the competition took place at KEP on the South Arena. Tracy Daly built the course on a very cold and windy day, and spent much of the time running from one end of the arena to the other trying to keep the balls on the cones before the horses and carriages got to them. Tracy and the GHS ground staff did a fantastic job. The judges, Trevor Bern and Prof. Joy Shackleton had to be wide awake, and know whether the wind had blown a ball off or if a horse had in fact knocked it off the cone. The course drove very well, but the time was tight. The first round is driven as a fault competition, and the second is on time, with the two scores added together for a final score.

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EVENTING NEWS

Editor: Joanna Goeller • Photography: H2 Photography

Note from the Editor Another two Eventing Classic shows took place this month – the first at Fourways Riding Centre and the second at Springs. The Eventing Classic Final will be held at Northern Farm on 14/15 July. Olympic fever is starting to build up and there has been a wonderful demonstration of support for Paul Hart and Heartbreak Hill (Harry), who are to represent South Africa in Eventing at the Olympics. Two fundraising events have taken place, in order to assist Paul in his exciting journey to the Olympics. Thank you to the eventing community for such amazing support! Please contact Joanna Goeller, on goeller.joanna@gmail.com for any input, ideas or comments.

Eventing Classic at Fourways

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he Fourways Eventing Classic had a good turnout and Marion built a challenging, tricky course once again this year. The results were as follows:

CLASS 1

CLASS 6

ADULT 1.10M

ADULT 90CM

Place

Horse

Rider

Place

Horse

Rider

1

Voigtskirch Kardinal

M Swanepoel

1

Mean Greenies Must Have

S Green

2

Everwood

K Gill

2

Seek the Peace

C Oliver

3

Fairways Electrical Seeis Eiros

G Winn

3

Wow's Yazoo Ranger

J Evans

4

LTG Beatrix Potter

P Fisch

CLASS 2 – No entries

4

La Mont

K Boyle

5

Pound Seat

S McCreedy

CLASS 3

6

Franlaren Beaullah

L Welsh

ADULT 1.00M

7

Prussian Pride

P Shiller

Place

Horse

Rider

8

Zoolander

S Rourke

1

Wow's Kankowski

P Brown

9

Here Be Lions

M Swanepoel

Wow's Uxorious

P Brown

2

Sterling Principle

M Cadle

10

3

Royal General

A Botha

CLASS 7 – No entries

4

Berkley

M Winn

CLASS 8

5

Connington Raja Baba

M Aarts

JUNIOR 80CM

6

Tai Quaid

M Frost

CLASS 4 PONY RIDER 90CM Place

Horse

Rider

1

Samurai Jack

Alexandra Munn

CLASS 5

Horse

Rider

Smart Mover

B Barnard

2

Kensington

A Munn

3

Zorba

S Ramsey

4

Misty View CJ

M Grobler

5

National Part

G Cousins

CLASS 9 – POOL 1

JUNIOR 90CM Place

Horse

Rider

1

Misty View Tar Zan

S Robbertse

24

Place 1

ADULT 80CM Place

Horse

Rider

1

Winslow Cheyenne

M Jarman

2

Neapolite

P Hart

3

Temptation S

N Hogg


4

Wiseman

K Cousins

CLASS 10

5

Misty View Vulcan

C Grub

PONY RIDER 70CM

6

Wing It Girl

C Grub

Place

Horse

Rider

7

Silent Night

S Foster

1

Montana Skies

C Blom

8

Los Casas

K Boyle

2

My Choice

S Terwin

9

Styx

T Marnewick

3

Silver Star

A Munn

10

Gondor Dasher

M Kruger

CLASS 11

11

Secret Serenade

L De Beer

JUNIOR 70CM

12

Capital Natasha

R Van Wyk

Place

Horse

Rider

13

Forest Fairy

C Jooster

1

Paddy

S Flynn

14

Appollo D'Or

N Hogg

CLASS 12

15

Rathmor Nadal

F Viljoen

ADULT 70CM

CLASS 9 – POOL 2

Place

Horse

Rider

ADULT 80CM

1

Follow the Flame

C Baltensperger

Place

Horse

Rider

2

Pennie

J Van Der Schyf

1

Phantom Al

C Cloete

3

Lorelock Bongani

N Henry

2

Madam Gallanet

M Webber

4

Gondor Dreamcatcher

N Henry

3

Woodlands

A Terwin

5

Chandon

M Blaauw

4

Oakhill Applause

A Billett

6

On Option

M Sweeney

5

Accord

H Van Dyk

7

Untunja

K Koetsier

6

Prince of Persia

S O'Neill

8

Red Ammo

S Esterhuizen

9

Wise Son

N Esterhuizen

Eventing Classic at Springs A great Eventing Classic Show was held at Winstead in Springs on the weekend of 16 and 17 June 2012. The results were as follows. CLASS 1

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ADULT 1.10M

CLASS 4 &5 No Entries

Classic Connection

Patrick Brown

Place

Horse

Rider

CLASS 6

1

Wow’s War of Angels

Patrick Brown

ADULT 90CM

2

Monteo

Natlee Ermen

Place

Horse

Rider

3

Fairways Electrical Seeis Eiros

G Winn

1

Exocet

Charles du Satoy

CLASS 2

2

Wow's Uxorious

Patrick Brown

JUNIOR 1.00M

3

Gondor Ube Rouge

Kirsten Winn

Place

Horse

Rider

4

Seek the Peace

Chelsea Oliver

1

Star Alliance

Tamsyn Jurgens

5

Luca

Ernette Muller

CLASS 3

6

Branic Electra

Monique Cadle

ADULT 1.00M

7

Copenhagen

Marjolein Erasmus

Place

Horse

Rider

CLASS 7 PONY RIDER 80CM

1

Sterling Principle

Monique Cadle

2

Voigtskirch Octavian

Kimberley Lotis

Place

Horse

Rider

3

Connington Raja Baba

Maude Aarts

1

Dimmock Dublin

Emma Barrow

4

Lamont

Keelin Boyle

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CLASS 8

2

Prince of Persia

Siobhan O Neill

JUNIOR 80CM

3

Regent Street

Bridget O Neill

Place

Horse

Rider

CLASS 10

1

Little Dot

Daniella Machine

PONY RIDER 70CM

2

Voigtskirch Zorba

Sam Ramsay

Place

Horse

Rider

3

Mungo Gerry

Neill Schaap

1

My Choice

Sanka Terwin

4

Modern Dot

Emma Barrow

CLASS 11

5

Summer Shimes

Kayla Hadiaris

JUNIOR 70CM

CLASS 9 – POOL 1

Place

Horse

Rider

ADULT 80CM

1

Spice Trade

Keshli Linderman

Place

Horse

Rider

CLASS 12

1

Silver Flash

Marjolein Erasmus

ADULT 70CM

2

Albi Daiquire

Maude Aarts

Place

Horse

Rider

3

Heligan

Georgina Courtis

1

Lorelock Bongani

Neill Henry

4

Grandwest Ebony Rose

Mandy Thomas

2

Chandon

Michelle Blaauw

5

Tiny Tony

Justin Winn

3

On Option

Miriam Sweeney

4

Gondor Dreamcatcher

N Henry

CLASS 9 – POOL 2 ADULT 80CM Place

Horse

Rider

1

Gondor Dasher

Marika Kruger

Fundraising for Paul Hart Springs To all of you eventers who supported the fundraising lunch held for Paul at Winstead on Saturday, thank you very much. A total of 81 tickets were sold, so R8,100 will go to Paul as a contribution for his Olympic effort. The big thank you here has to go to the wonderful ladies from Springs. Not only did they prepare and serve a superb lunch of lamb, veggies, salad and delicious desserts, but they also donated it all as well! This was a wonderful gesture, so ladies – THANKS!!!

Kyalami A very successful quiz evening was organised by Chloe Webb and team, at KEP clubhouse. WOW – what an evening this was! There was a huge crowd of people – all there to cheer Paul on his way to the Olympics and to wish him well. It was a bit of a ‘who’s who’ in the equestrian world and a variety of people from all different disciplines were there. Thank you

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showjumpers and dressage people for making the effort to come and support too! What a great atmosphere the evening had. A few highlights:  27 tables 170 people Bar Flies won the quiz with 39 points out of a possible 43. About R74,000 was raised.


SANESA SANESA Q1 – Fourways Riding Centre (Matthew Smith) This weekend (29 May 2012) saw what we all hope to be a major milestone in both GHS Eventing and SANESA’s history: the conclusion of the first SANESA eventing show in Gauteng!! With a field of 60 young athletes (some from as far afield as Hoedspruit), taking on the challenge, many for the first time, the tension was palpable. The dressage phase did not seem to present many problems, but rather saw some excellent performances throughout the grades. With the officials briefed it was cross country time. For the first time that I can remember, there was an oversupply of volunteers, a welcome sight indeed and testimony to the behind the scenes efforts of both SANESA and GHS Eventing. We hope to see you all again at future events. The smiling faces that preceded the dressage phase were quickly exchanged for looks of total concentration as the competitors approached the cross country start box, with many athletes being reminded to continue to breathe by their nervous mums and dads! The concentration seemed to pay off as most starters safely made it to the finish with huge grins and much praising of steeds: thankfully the medics had an exceptionally quiet day. The final show jumping phase saw some nervous competitors battling it out for the top spots, but didn’t seem to cause many problems throughout the afternoon.

The standard of riding, competitive spirit and turnout of horse and riders were exemplary and a credit to their coaches and schools. We must thank Western shoppe for donating no less than eight body protectors, Riders saddler for organising a trade stand with eventing kit at very short notice, Tanneth from Fine photography (check out the website for pictures) and of course Marion for hosting the event at Fourways Riding Centre.

SANESA Q2 – Fourways Riding Centre (Matthew Smith) Over 80 pony riders and juniors took on not only Marion’s cross country tracks, but also the freezing weather to compete at the SANESA Q2 eventing show this weekend at Fourways Equestrian Centre. The weather would have been very familiar to any Scandinavian eventers, but a bit of a shock to the system for horses and riders more accustomed to our normal wonderful weather. Saturday’s course walks and briefings were well attended with athletes receiving a stuffed full goody bag courtesy of Vodacom (caps), Blackberry (sling-bags and water bottles), LG (wallet) and Nokia (towels). Athletes were also treated to a course walk with our eventing Olympian, Paul Hart. Paul’s course walk turned into a walking cross country clinic with the

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athletes hanging on his every word and no doubt going home a lot wiser than when they arrived. Even with the freezing south-wester howling across the dressage arenas, the scores were as strong as ever. What was remarkable was how the poor dressage scribes managed to write anything legible in these freezing conditions! We certainly have some very dedicated dressage judges and scribes supporting eventing these days. With the dressage out of the way, athletes headed off to the cross country phase. I don’t think we have ever seen athletes so well wrapped up heading to the start box. It was interesting to see a number of athletes from Q1 had upgraded from 60cm to 70cm and a strong contingent of first time eventers made up the 60cm class. This combined with the strong tracks and freezing winds took their toll, particularly in the lower grades with very few clear rounds being recorded. The 80cm and 90cm combinations seemed to fare much better displaying the advantage of that little bit more experience. Again, happily, the medics had nothing serious to deal with as all athletes and horses got home in one piece, some slightly shell-shocked but safe none the less. All competitors were allowed to proceed through to the final show jumping phase. Marion’s flowing course looked pretty straight forward but was obviously tougher than it looked as this phase proved highly influential to the final standings.

We could not close off this event without thanking our officials and volunteers, cross country jump judges who sat out in freezing conditions for four and a half hours, again a massive thank you, without you we don’t have a sport. Looking forward to meeting up with everyone at Q3 Weltmeyer event on 29 July. Hopefully the weather will be kinder and we will see even more of our young athletes out enjoying the challenge of eventing.

Eventing Database Please become part of our eventing database if you not already on it – we need your name, contact telephone numbers and email address. Send to ghseventing@pluto.co.za.

Victor Ludorum Points The following shows' results are included here – please note there is no change from last month’s newsletter as no more shows have taken place: ICB – New Year Jan 2012 Le Godimo Feb 2012 Springs March 2012 ICB 90 Champs March 2012 Northern Farm April 2012 Any queries, email ghseventing@pluto.co.za

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Pony Rider EV 70

Rider

Points

Junior EV 90

B's Fleur

Cheyanne Sashe

8

Lightning Shot

Katie Keller

8

Drummores Sparkling Manhatten

Loli Brown

3

Zareh

Tayla McKinnin

6

Fraser's Whiplash

Andrea Douglas

3

Saratoga Dublin Dancer

Nathalie Lugard

6

Adult EV 90

Junior EV 70 4

Assegai Sizzle

Coreen Barker

9

4

Air Holidays Ned

Chatan Hendriks

6

Adult EV 70

Jemada Jester

Sarah Butler

6

Julie Bennett

6

Shinny

Ashleigh Handley

Onduno Gladiator

Tess Furman

Air Holidays Country Fair

Chatan Hendriks

6

She's a Rebel

Phantom Al

Claudia Cloete

4

Junior EV 100

Sacred Banner

Brennan Glansbeek

4

Forever Maximillian

Chante du Preez

7

Pony Rider EV 80

Lightning Shot

Katie Keller

4

B's Buster

Loli Brown

6

Adult EV 100

Telly

Kylie Lambie

5

WOW's Kankowski

Patrick Brown

16

Scalpelinni

Angie Terwin

6

Speckled Egg

Sabina Lutterick

11

Hey Ho Harry

Julie Bennett

6

Rumour Allagra

Mikaela Nicholau

5

Mzuri

Christine Pike

5

Wow's War of Angels

Patrick Brown

11

Ernette Muller

8

Junior EV 80

Adult 1*

Adult EV 80 Luca Seek the Peace

Chelsea Oliver

8

Castlemore D'Artagnan

Paula Duggan

7

Roxstar

Courtney Davey

6

Pony Rider EV 90

Nunthewiser

Francois Viljoen

3

Silver Sapphire

Katie Keller

3

Voigtskirch Senator

Graham Winn

3

Upcoming Shows DATE

VENUE

***

**

*

100

90

80

70

60

21-22 July

Weltmeyer

 

 

 

 

90

80

70

60

4-5 Aug

Fourways & Inter Regionals

 

 

 

 

90

80

70

60

18-19 Aug

Northern Farms CIC1* CIC2* CIC3*GHS Champs

 ***

** 

*

100

90

 

 

 

30-Aug

Shongweni Pony Rider Champs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1-2 Sept

Springs

 

 

 

100

90

80

70

 

8-9 Sept

Shongweni CIC1*, CIC2*, CIC3*

 ***

** 

*

 

 

 

 

 

15-16 Sep

Northern Farms

 

 

 

100

90

80

70

 

29-30 Sept

Sandringham Cape Town CIC*

 

 

 *

 

 

 

 

 

13-14 Oct

Treverton (KZN) CCI1*.CIC2*,CIC3*

 ***

** 

*

 

 

 

 

 

20-21 Oct

Fourways Riding Centre

 

 

 

100

90

80

70

 

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SHOWING NEWS

Editor: Nadia Cetinich • Photography: supplied by editor

Gauteng Pony Rider Showing teams

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ongratulations to the following pony and rider combinations that were selected to represent Gauteng at the SA Pony Rider Championships 2012 in Shongweni, KZN. The teams will be led by Chef d’Equipe, Lynda Kirchmann.

Inter-Provincial Team Waterside Cleodwr and Shannon Dawson Waterside Welsh Luanna and Sylvia Dixon Sherwill Velasquez and Georgina Cross

GENERAL Learner Judges’ Practical exam takes place on 15 July, and Theory paper 2 on 28 July 2012. For more information, please contact Brian Noach. The Showing Annual Fundraiser will take place on Friday 28 September at The Private Room, Kyalami. Details to follow, but please ‘save the date’. It has been confirmed that UK judge, Katie Jerome, will be visiting again towards the end of the year. Details for lesson bookings and seminar to follow.

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Eljero Bon Jovi and Jennifer Abbot Waterside Nile Monarch and Kyle Maartens

Challenge Team Waterside Sergeant Pepper and Sylvia Dixon Waterside Twickers and Shannon Dawson Dimmock Diamonds R Forever and Lia Wheeler Waterside Elmo’s Flame and Caitlin Wheeler Cruisa Hakuna Matata and Nina Holloway Best of luck to our Gauteng representatives in both the team and individual events. 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


VAULTING NEWS

Editor: Janet Pitchford • Photography: T & B Images

International news Back row from left to right: Julia Pitchford (14), Chelsey Gertenbach (16), Alexa Stais (16), Dylan Jones (16), Damien Pretorius (16) and Eugenio Brentot (16) who will be representing South Africa at the Junior European Championships (Anacy Tainton, 15, from WP not available for photo) Front row from left to right: Montana Wright (16) and Bongani Mvumvu (23) who will be representing South Africa at the Senior World Championships

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inally all the hours of sweat and tears in dedicated practice have paid off. Announced at the final selection Vaulting show held 2 and 3 June 2012 at the Indoor arena at Kyalami Equestrian Park, we are very proud of our nine young athletes who have qualified to represent South Africa in two vaulting championships to be held in Europe. Four young females, Julia Pitchford (14), Chelsey Gertenbach (16), Alexa Stais (16) from Gauteng with Anacy Tainton (15) from Western Province as reserve, and three males, Dylan Jones (16), Damien Pretorius (17) and Eugenio Brentot

(16) all from Gauteng will compete at the forthcoming Open Junior European Vaulting Championships to be held in Pezinok, Slovakia on 1 to 5 August 2012. Later in August two other young athletes, Montana Wright (16) and Bongani Mvumvu (23), will represent South Africa at the Senior World Championships to be held in Le Mans France from 15 to 19 August 2012. They will travel to Europe in mid July and the beginning of August respectively to focus on their training in preparation for the competitions. We are confident that each athlete will perform their very best and be a credit to their country.

FEI Africa Cup 16th & 17th June 2012 Eighty-two vaulters from South Africa, Mauritius and Zambia competed at Hollyberry Hall Maple road, Kyalami. Anna Kull from Switzerland was Judge A and Anne Elsen from Germany was the horse judge. Well attended clinics for the vaulters, judges and coaches were held by Anna Kull on the Wednesday and Thursday prior to the show. Team members gave colourful performances at the Nations evening held on the Friday evening at KEP. A very big thank you to all involved in making it a great success. The teams from South Africa, Mauritius and Zambia all showed amazing

team spirit and we had a great time competing as well as getting to know each other. Podium Results: (for full results please see GHS website) E Grade Senior Male: 1st, Future Mashampa (SA) E Grade Senior Female: 1st, Kiara Nathulal; 2nd, Mariette van Vuuren and 3rd Kamogelo Kgosi (All from SA) E Grade Under 14 Male: 1st, Sydney Sibanda; 2nd, Nhanhla Morake and 3rd, Brandon Baker (All from SA) E Grade Under 14 Female: 1st, Emma Lund (SA); 2nd, Michaela Manfron (SA) and 3rd, Eva de

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Loppinot (Mauritius) E Grade Under 10 Male: 1st, Nicolas Howe (SA); 2nd, Willem Ridgard (SA) E Grade Under 10 Female: 1st, Paris Riddel (SA); 2nd, Julia Schurr (SA) and 3rd, Lea Hugnin (Mauritius) E Grade Under 8 Male: 1st, Alex Sartinin (SA); 2nd, Ali Howard (Zambia) E Grade Under 8 Female: 1st, Lenka Brown (SA); 2nd, Ashlee Taylor (SA) and 3rd, Tarryn Allnut (SA) E Grade Individual teams: 1st, South Africa; 2nd, Mauritius and 3rd, Zambia D Grade Senior Male: 1st, Jan Adriaan Barnard (SA); 2nd, Jabu Khumalo (SA) D Grade Senior Female: 1st, Victoria Laing; 2nd, Alycea Thonger and 3rd, Marissa Barnard (All from SA) D Grade Under 14 Male: 1st, Guido Brentot (SA); 2nd, Aiden Jouana-Rene (Mauritius) D Grade Under 14 Female: 1st, Thandi Bobo (SA); 2nd, Alexandra Piat (Mauritius) and 3rd, Maddy Barr (Zambia)

D Grade Under 10 Male: 1st, Sebastian Gutsche (International); 2nd, Thabeng Mafokate (SA) D Grade Under 10 Female: 1st, Bunty Howard (Zambia); 2nd, Nibby Bicknell (Zambia) D Grade Individual teams: 1st, South Africa; 2nd, Zambia and 3rd, Mauritius C Grade Senior Male: 1st, Lovemore Riet (SA); 2nd, Musa Maluleke (SA) C Grade Senior Female: 1st, Melissa Haygarth (SA) C Grade Under 14 Male: 1st, Karabo Mafokate (SA); 2nd, Max Gutsche (International) C Grade Under 14 Female: 1st, Jasmin Lauber (SA); 2nd, Lisa Janse van Rensburg (SA) and 3rd, Blair Lenferna (Mauritius) C Grade Under 10 Female: 1st, Caylin Jooste (SA) C Grade Individual teams: 1st, South Africa; 2nd, Mauritius/International Walk Pairs: 1st, Max and Sebastien Gutsche (Mauritius); 2nd, Bunty Howard and Maddy Bar (Zambia) and 3rd, Caylin Jooste and Lausanne Seyfferdt (SA)

Upcoming shows – Please note and diarise 8/9 September 2012 Higher and Lower Inter regionals, SA Champs selection show, venue KEP Indoor 20/21 October 2012 GHS Champs All Grades show Final SA Champs selection show, venue KEP Indoor 11 December 2012: Vet check and practice 12/15 December 2012 SA Champs All Grades show, venue TBA Please note: There will be no E Grade Individual or individual team classes, walk pairs or E Grade teams. Classes: D Grade U14, Junior and Senior competition C Grade U14, Junior and Senior competition C Grade SA Championships Mixed Team B Grade U14 and Senior competition B Grade Junior SA Championships A Grade Senior SA Championships Canter Pairs SA Championships

GHS website Please be sure to check the GHS website, www.ghsinfo.co.za, on a regular basis for any updated information of importance.

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Riders Digest June/July 2012