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CONTENTS REGULARS 6 6 8 48 52

Letter from the Editor Advertisers Cover story: Nicole Horwood and Mark White Nissan’s Capital Don Cumarco Yvonne Bolton Rider Profile: Graham Winn Yvonne Bolton Horse Profile: Obi Wan Kinobi Yvonne Bolton

THE TEAM

Johan Blom Editor

Pieter Hugo Managing Director

Marie Chin Advertising Executive

Marguerite le Roux Senior Designer

Gasnat Jaffer Office Manager

Nikki Kellogg USA Sales Executive

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Equestrian Essentials Lifestyle Essentials

THIS ISSUE 12 18 36 51 58 64 70 72 73 79 82 88 91

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The Derby Perspective Dayle Mallinson A Wild Coast Odyssey Barry Armitage The Selleria Equipe SA FEI World Cup Jumping Qualifier Final Sharlene Venter Irish Draught and Irish Sport Horses in South Africa Louise Oliver and Frances Cheboub 2016 Western Cape Adult Jumping Championships Larissa Williams Dancing Horses at the South African Dressage and Para Dressage Champions 2016 Camilla Wilson International Children’s Invitational Championships Bogota, Colombia Chad Cunningham International Group for Equestrian Qualifications Chad Cunningham A Coach’s Insight Sanesa Nationals 2016 Charlotte Houston 2016 FPSSA National Show Altie Clark FEI Eventing Anna Sharpley 2016 FEI World Senior and European Junior Equestrian Vaulting Championships Hannah Eccles

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ABOUT THE COVER

Horse & Rider: Nicole Horwood & Mark White Nissan’s Capital Don Cumarco Owner: Mark White Nissan Cover Photo: Kevin Loney


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elcome to the December 2016 Edition of Sporting Horse Magazine. We hope you had an enjoyable year with many highlights to look back upon. With 2016 rapidly drawing to a close, it is time to slow down, take that well deserved break, get out to the stables a little more frequently or spend those extra hours on your favourite outride trail. Wherever or however you spend your December holidays, we hope you have a fabulous time and if you do travel, return home safely. In this edition, Nicole Horwood and Mark White Nissan’s Capital Don Cumarco win their 4th South African Derby, more on page 8 as this month’s cover story and page 12 where DayleMallinson reports further on the South African Derby. Siobhan Records shares with us “A Coach’s Insight” on page 73. My favourite quote from her article comes from George Morris:“Every second you’re either schooling or un-schooling your horse, there is no in-between.” Man of many adventures, Barry Armitage, takes us along on their 350km journey along the Wild Coast on horseback. 12 Riders from 7 countries compete over this breathtaking stretch of coast. Read all about this life changing adventure on page 18. Chad Cunningham accompanies The South African Invitational Team to Bogota, Colombia where they represented South Africa as part of the International Invitational Children’s Championships on page 70. There is a lot more to get through from SANESA Nationals, Rider and Horse profiles to our regular FEI coverage of European events. From the team at SilverMane Media we thank you for your continued support during 2016 and look forward to bringing you more of your favourite news and stories in 2017.

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COVER STORY

A DOUBLE TRIUMPH

FOR NICOLE HORWOOD AND MARK WHITE NISSAN’S CAPITAL DON CUMARCO By Yvonne Bolton | Photos by T&B Images and Kevin Loney

Following their incredible and popular fourth win of the 2016 South African Derby on Mark White Nissan’s Capital Don Cumarco, Nicole Horwood, impressed the equestrian world once again by achieving another spectacular victory at the Final Leg of the FEI CSI-W Jumping series. The Selleria Equipe WCQ Jumping Final was held at Maple Ridge Equestrian Farm at the end of October 2016.

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icole’s win at the 2016 SA Derby is something etched into the showjumping record books as no other rider has ever managed to win 3 SA Derby titles in consecutive years. Her remarkable achievements on Mark White Nissan’s Capital Don Cumarco in the 2012, 2013 and 2014 SA Derby events will be a hard task to follow for any of our equestrian riders. Due to a minor injury Don Cumarco missed the 2015 SA Derby but returned this year to continue where he had left off! Mark White of Mark White Nissan, Nicole’s sponsor, cannot speak more highly of this modest, loyal and hardworking rider, who continues unswervingly to be such an extraordinary ambassador for his company. Nicole started riding at the age of 6 in Durban and later competed in many Pony Club events spending countless hours having fun with her friends at Kingspark Stables. In 1992 she moved to Johannesburg to take up a position with Gonda Betrix, her longtime inspiration from childhood


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days. As a young rider, she used to go and watch Gonda compete at the Royal and Tongaat Shows. Nicole admits that through Gonda’s guidance (and Gonda being a perfectionist) she was taught that there are no short cuts – commitment, dedication and the will to win are the main ingredients to become a successful showjumper.

are supporting this very magnanimous sponsor. The notable and meaningful patronage of Mark White Nissan and Nissan SA to show jumping is very much appreciated by the entire show jumping fraternity.

The Highveld Horse Care Unit has also benefited from the extraordinarily generous support extended to them by Mark To perfect a winning combination, this mother of two sons, White Nissan. In 2014 they could purchase 3 much needed believes that your mental attitude plays a significant role; new vehicles at an incredible and affordable price. Prior to “Confidence is key and you need to believe in yourself as this their vehicles were on well over 250,000 km and with well as your horse. Both horse and rider must have a good the amount of travelling done with the towing of horses the understanding of and relationship with each other and this vehicles were no longer safe. So, it was with great relief after is most apparent through hard work and many hours in the the purchase of the vehicles from Mark White Nissan that saddle. Obviously, you need a talented horse, with a good the unit could travel safely to all the inspections and clinics. work ethic – where the importance of breeding is evident. It also plays a big part in terms of the horse’s attitude – Finally, the Mark White Nissan sponsorship of the Gauteng they must want to please you and they should love their Equitation Super League Series for the past 3 years has been job. To ensure that they remain stimulated it is important nothing but spectacular. The Series has been hugely popular to ensure variety in their training – keeping them interested amongst the Gauteng Equitation riders and has culminated and focused.” in the Finals being held at Fourways Riding Centre each year. Here Marion Clough and the Fourways Team along with Along with the welcome and well deserved sponsorship James Vella from Mark White Nissan have ensured that the of Nicole and Don Cumarco, Mark White Nissan have also Milton Arena has sparkled with masses of Nissan branding become an integral part of the Nissan Easter Festival displaying and vehicles. The Gauteng Equitation Committee would like their many excellent vehicles above the Bob Charter Arena to express their tremendous appreciation to Mark White along with the Nissan SA Marquee. It is reassuring to learn Nissan for their unequalled support and contribution to the that many of our members of the equestrian community Equitation Discipline.

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THE DERBY PERSPECTIVE

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By Dayle Mallinson | Photos by T&B Images

From my view point up in the box, streaming the 2016 Kawena Derby live for the first time; the Bob Charter arena and its surrounds were buzzing with energy as horse lovers from all over South Africa gathered for the biggest equestrian event on the calendar.

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he Derby is an institution in its own, showcasing the very best horse and rider talent in nearly all the disciplines, and this was the day that everyone equestrian had been waiting for patiently.

All were on their feet in the stands as the Ode to the Horse was read over the sound system and one cannot help but get goosebumps as the grandstand erupted into the South African anthem. An astounding line up of South Africa’s best show jumpers walked the course in front of their fans. Derby newcomers, like young schoolgirl Cayleigh Triggol and eventer- turned showjumper Graham Winn strode across the arena with


Nicole Horwood and Mark White Nissan’s Captial Don Cumarco

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Lisa Williams and Discovery Campbell

Advice from the legend, Gonda Beatrix at the top of the Derby Bank

legends like Barry Taylor and three-time Derby winner Nicole Horwood. They checked each fence and carefully analyzed the going, working on their game plan. Jade Hooke, a twotime winner of this event on her incredible gelding ‘A New Era’ was back this year after a brief hiatus, recently placing 3rd at the famous Hickstead Derby in the UK. Unusually, there was only one Thoroughbred horse in the line-up for the 2016 Derby - Fountain of Love, ridden by Bronwyn Meredith Short who was ready to hold her own amongst the Warmbloods. Top rider, Dominey Alexander, riding Discovery Enjoy 68 was smiling as always, hoping today would be his day to win the Derby for the first time. A double threat - Dominey also coached several of the riders amongst the qualifiers, an accomplishment on its own. The crowd had already chosen their favorite combination and they were gearing up for an afternoon of nail-biting equestrian sport. The vibe was electric.

however, changes in the distances between the fences is allowed at the course builder’s discretion. Top local course designer and rider Ryan Saunders had his Derby building debut this year, and in so doing made the infamous course proud. I was now between the warm-up arena and the Bob Charter, waiting to interview the riders as they exited after their rounds. I felt like a little girl again, standing between my equestrian heroes and their magnificent horses. The tension behind the scenes was palpable. The focus, the dedication and the anticipation was obvious on the faces of the riders. The nerves were apparent on the faces of their support groups; made up of friends, parents and coaches alike. First rider Cayleigh Triggol cantered into the arena on her Callaho mare, Louisa. The crowd was silent and the bell sounded for her to commence her round.

Next in was 15 time eventing champion Graham Winn on The Derby course is traditionally the same every year, Norman Hornby’s striking stallion Maxstar Obi Wan Kinobi.

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Graham Winn on Obi Wan Kinobi

A true gentleman of the sport, Graham hacks around the Derby track like he’s done it a 100 times before, giving us our first clear round of the competition. The crowd went wild, as did Obi’s owner who was waiting to congratulate his team at the gate. The touching scene that followed between horse and owner epitomizes everything that this sport is about as the ecstatic rider experienced the euphoria of the moment.

just pipping Graham and Lisa at the post. Don Cumarco skipped around the Derby jump off and the crowd was on its feet.

We fast forward a few rounds and everyone was on the edge of their seats. Lisa Williams (Discovery Campbell) and crowd favorite Nicole Horwood had risen to the challenge, also having gone clear over the daunting track. So it was a three way jump off providing a thrilling conclusion to this ever popular event.

I could not help but feel like we, as an equestrian community, shared in Nicole’s victory and were part of her limelight, having watched this pair dominate the Derby with such grace, poise, consistency and humility.

As if in a fairy-tale, South Africa watched as Nicole Horwood and the gorgeous little stallion Mark White Nissan’s Capital Don Cumarco go on to make history once again.

A lump of emotion rose in my throat as I watched Don Cumarco’s special groom doing a dance of happiness. Gonda Beatrix, Nicole’s renowned coach and one of South Africa’s true riding legends was beside herself with pride.

It is at moments like these that we remember why we fell in love with this sport in the first place. Moments of glory where we get to cheer the dedication and ambition of the riders. The willingness and talent of the horses they ride.

Another Derby come and gone, and it was one for the books. Having already won this event 3 times, little ‘Mouse’ as he is fondly known and his humble jockey go on to make it a 4th win, The history books to be exact.

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A WILD COAST ODYSSEY By Barry Armitage | Photos by Daniella Zondagh and Barry Armitage

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dyssey: a long journey full of adventures, a series of experiences that give knowledge or understanding to someone, a long wandering or voyage usually marked by many changes of fortune.

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Surreal moments of the positive sort seem to come along all too seldom in life but on the morning of the 22nd of October standing on the beach just south of the Mtamvuna River, on South Africa’s eastern seaboard, watching the small group of riders cross the start line to begin their 350km Wild Coast odyssey was one such moment for me. I realized that the scene I was witnessing had played out in my head in one form or another so often during the 18 months of planning Race the Wild Coast and that what had been a concept for so long, was now a reality. In other words, a dream was coming true. Joe Dawson and I have been riding the Wild Coast regularly for the last 6 years but have never had the opportunity to ride it under the same conditions as the race riders. Joe and I had pondered endlessly about how long riders would take to complete each of the twelve stages of the race, coming up with a list of race scenarios from the four day “amazing winner finish” and “likely winner finish” down to the six day “amazing

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straggler finish”. In the end we had given riders 5 days to complete the race with the dates chosen for favourable tides to facilitate crossing the many rivers along the coast. Riders had drawn their teams of 3 horses out of a hat at the start camp and spent just two days getting their heads around how to swim the Wild Coast rivers with their mounts. Each horse would cover roughly a third of the distance with riders changing horses at Port St Johns and Hole in the Wall on their way to the finish at Kei Mouth. The start wasn’t an explosive burst of thoroughbred sprint racing; riders needed to contain their horse’s energy for efforts later in the 104 kilometers of the first horse stage.The sedate start, with the riders and their mounts bunched together as if for comfort, belied the fast pace and fierce racing that would emerge over the next four days. The weather was cool. The forecast was for more of the same and there had been a lot of rain on the coast in the build up to the race; perfect conditions for a long distance horse race.


For the duration of the race it was my fortunate lot to be shuttled forward, along with Joe and the members of the film crew, by helicopter to monitor the 12 vet checks and critical river crossings. We had dubbed our little Roberson 44 “Rockethorse Air�, complete with a vinyl decal. My first flight, taking me to the Mntentu River crossing, took off soon after the start and when we picked up the riders a few kilometers down the beach it was clear that, given the weather conditions, the pace would be brisk with the field of 12 hailing from 7 countries, already split into two groups.

By the morning of day 3 the racing was getting serious with the leading riders leaving the overnight stop at Hluleka Nature Reserve before first light. A trio had managed to break away from the rest of the field establishing a small lead. Sarah Cuthbertson (Canada), Monde Kanyana (South Africa) and Sam Jones (Australia) had established themselves as the main contenders for line honours. Louise Crosbie (Australia) was struggling to hang onto the back of this leading group and her third horse was eventually vetted out at The Haven vet check 87km from the finish.

While I was being treated to the incredible views from the left front seat of the chopper, our ten volunteer vet, camp and horse change teams were leap frogging their way down the coast in 4x4 vehicles burdened with trailers laden with gear and camping equipment. Theirs was a different kind of adventure, maybe less frenetic than mine and definitely less so than the riders but an adventure no less.

On the penultimate stage with just 46km to go to the finish line at the mouth of the Kei River, Sarah left the Kob Inn vet check with a 33 minute lead over Monde and Sam who had decided to wait for the farrier to re-shoe their horses having each lost a front shoe. This following duo left the vet check with their horses reshod

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and a grim determination to work together to catch Sarah and in my next hop forward in the chopper I witnessed the defining moment in the race when Monde and Sam caught a distraught Sarah; cameraman Danny Kodesh catching it all on camera hanging precariously from the door of our chopper just meters above the surf line. The trio remained a strung out group for the remaining kilometers with Sam pushing the pace, believing that her horse had the stamina to outrun the others. In the end it was a beach gallop for the line at the mouth of the Great Kei River with Monde taking the honours, Sam a close second and Sarah resigning herself to third after a spirited ride. This trio had ridden like the proverbial wind with all three of their horses passing all twelve vet checks and they had finished in the early afternoon of the fourth day. Some had said that it couldn’t be done inside four days but Joe and my calculations had been correct thanks to the weather, the incredible horses and riders, and we had our amazing winner finish!

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My eventful ride was over too. The scenes of the looming cliffs from my helicopter seat, of Hole in the Wall from the seaward side, of the hundreds of whales and literally thousands of dolphins, and of the lone hammerhead shark looking like a stunted white crucifix set against the dark blue of the sea will stay etched in my mind for some time.You too can see all these scenes when our film documenting Race the Wild Coast 2016 comes out early next year. To make a contribution to our Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign raising funds to complete our film, go to https:// goo.gl/N9UqHO and get a free download or signed copy of the DVD. Make a hefty contribution and you could be sitting in the front left seat of Rockethorse Air during next year’s race. For more information about this annual race, to enter or to join the crew riders or crew for next year got to www. rockethorseracing.co.za


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RIGHT Shari – Navy and white bi colour Spooks shirt

BELOW Imogen – Flower Spooks t-shirt Sequin Spooks belt Ocean sequin Spooks Ricarda breeches Spooks socks Stephanie – Big heart Spooks t-shirt sequin Spooks belt Red sequin Spooks Ricarda breeches Duo Spooks socks Holly – White Camilla long sleeve Spooks shirt Sequin Spooks belt Beige full seat Ricarda flap Spooks breeches De Niro Boots Shari – Navy Camilla long sleeve Spooks shirt Sequin Spooks belt White full seat Ricarda flap Spooks breeches Customised De Niro boots Lexi – White flower Spooks t-shirt Sequin Spooks belt Pink sequin Spooks Ricarda breeches Spooks socks

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Photography by H2 Photography / Clothing supplied by Tack’nTogs / Models: Shari Navra, Holly Pope,Alexis Mowatt, Imogen Hiltermann and Stephanie Hiltermann

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Shari – Navy Camilla long sleeve Spooks shirt Navy/red colour Spooks show jacket KEP cromo polish helmet with flower inserts Holly – White Camilla long sleeve Spooks shirt Navy/ ultramarine colour Spooks show jacket KEP cromo T helmet with polish inserts and polo peak

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BELOW Stephanie – Ocean Spooks cap Navy Big heart Spooks jacket

Lexi – White flower Spooks t-shirt. Sequin Spooks belt. Pink sequin Spooks Ricarda breeches. Spooks socks Stephanie – Big heart Spooks t-shirt. Sequin Spooks belt. Red sequin Spooks Ricarda breeches. Spooks socks Imogen – Flower Spooks t-shirt Sequin Spooks belt. Ocean sequin Spooks Ricarda breeches. Duo Spooks socks Shari – Navy/red colour Spooks show jacket. Navy Camilla long sleeve Spooks shirt. Sequin Spooks belt.White full seat Ricarda flap Spooks breeches. Customised De Niro boots Holly – Navy/ultramarine colour Issue Spooks SPORTING HORSE 29show jacket.White Camilla long sleeve Spooks shirt. Sequin Spooks belt. Beige full seat Ricarda flap Spooks breeches. De Niro Boots 32


ABOVE Imogen – Flower Spooks jacket Ocean sequin Spooks Ricarda breeches Stephanie – Navy Lana Spooks vest Red sequin Spooks Ricarda breeches Lexi – Flower Spooks jacket Pink sequin Spooks Ricarda breeches Yummy – Micklem Competition Bridle Shari – Navy and white bi colour Spooks shirt White full seat Ricarda flap Spooks breeches Sequin Spooks belt Holly – White and red bi colour Spooks shirt Beige full seat Ricarda flap Spooks breeches Sequin Spooks belt

LEFT Shari – Navy and white bi colour Spooks shirt Navy/red colour Spooks show jacket

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LIFESTYLE ESSENTIALS DOM PÉRIGNON AND MICHAEL RIEDEL PRESENT VINTAGE 2006 Dom Pérignon, at its heart, is all about the Power of Creation, art of patience and intriguing transformations.Today Dom Pérignon’s Vintage 2006 has reached its First Plénitude*. A moment in the life span of the wine when Dom Pérignon’s creator – Richard Geoffroy – finally decides the champagne is ready to face the world for the first time. Renowned German artist Michael Riedel is too known for his affinity for transformation and the collaboration with Dom Pérignon sees a dramatic meeting of the minds where the ‘idea of transformation’ is expressed both visually, via Riedel’s distinctive limited edition box and labels, and instinctually through the rich flavor of the wines. Riedel’s collaboration with Dom Pérignon saw him take the D and P in the Maison’s name to create a metaphor for the passage of time by creating a complex layering of the two letters across both the box and the bottle labels.The motif Riedel has created takes inspiration from the posters used as wallpaper during the artist’s spring exhibition at David Zwirner New York, and the text on the posters derives from a website selling fine art supplies. Dom Pérignon Vintage 2006 by Michael Riedel is a limited edition collector’s bottle and limited quantities are available. Guaranteed to spark conversation and the perfect gift for friends and family with a penchant for art and design (and champagne of course!). Available from leading liquor merchants nationwide: R1999,95.

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THE SELLERIA EQUIPE SA FEI WORLD CUP JUMPING QUALIFIER FINAL AT MAPLE RIDGE PRODUCES

A SPECTACULAR FINAL! By Sharlene Venter | Photos by T&B Images and Jaqui S Photography

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Lisa Williams on Discovery Campbell photo by Jaqui S Photography

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aple Ridge Equestrian Farm, in the outskirts of Krugersdorp, provided the perfect platform for the Final Leg of the FEI WCQ Jumping Series in South Africa. With esteemed veteran show host, Verity Combrink at the helm, the Selleria Equipe FEI WCQ Jumping Series Final provided plenty of action from 26 to 30 October 2016. The class was sponsored by Selleria Equipe and Equestrian House who kindly donated a Selleria Equipe saddle worth R60 000 to the winner.

Esslinger, Nicola Sime-Riley, Govett Triggoll, Lisa Williams and Jeanne Engela were all strong contenders with only a few points separating the group of riders.

Sunday morning brought a perfect day and people from the riding fraternity started arriving for a fantastic day of showjumping entertainment! Peter Morrison and the MCSA team did the necessary preparations to get the Ecowax All Weather Surface Main Arena in perfect condition.

The 5 clear rounds plus BarryTaylor on 1 penalty went through to the jump off. Nicola Sime Riley on Fulvic Connoisseur was up first, had 4 penalties securing her a 4th place overall. She was followed by Anya Moller and Alzu Lombard also with 4 penalties and putting her in 5th place. Next up was Nicole Horwood and Mark White Nissan’s Capital Don Cumarco, providing the spectators with the first double clear of the day in a blistering time of 40.28. Unfortunately for Nicole, this was not her nominated FEI World Cup Series horse and therefore she did not score any points towards the series for her efforts. Barry Taylor followed on Catwalk 22 with a clear round, but still carrying the 1 penalty from the first round. This was good enough to place him third for the day.

Popular FEI4* Course Designer, Bernardo Costa Cabral from Portugal, was flown in to build challenging and competitive courses for the riders. He was assisted by our top South African course builders, Kate Launder and Brett Webber. The FEI WCQ Series 2016 title was far from being a done deal going into the final leg. Samantha McIntosh, Anne-Marie

The first round of the Selleria Equipe FEI WCQ produced only 5 clear rounds. Unfortunately, series leader Samantha McIntosh had a disappointing round with 8 penalties, which put her out of contention to take this year’s title, but good enough for second place in the series. This now left the door wide open for Lisa Williams and Anne Marie Esslinger to vie for top honours.

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Results for the 2016 Selleria Equipe SA FEI World Cup Qualifier Final at Maple Ridge 1st Nicole Horwood/Mark White Nissan’s Capital Don Cumarco 2nd Lisa Williams/Discovery Campbell 3rd Barry Taylor/Catwalk 22 4th Nicola Sime Riley/Fulvic Connoisseur 5th Anya Moller/Alzu Lombard 6th Anne Marie Esslinger/Alzu Oregon 7th Ashlee Hausberger/Discovery Corea Fight 8th Nicola Sime Riley/Sunny Park El Paso 9th Lauren Smorenburg/Adawnment’s Ascada II 10th Bronwyn Meredith Short/Fountain of Love

Results for the 2016 SA FEI World Cup Qualifier Jumping Series 1st Lisa Williams/Discovery Campbell 2nd Samantha McIntosh/Lets Win 3rd Anne-Marie Esslinger/Alzu Oregon 4th Nicola Sime Riley/Sunny Park El Paso

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With top contenders Anne-Marie Esslinger and Lisa Williams the last two to go, it made for a nail-biting finish as AnneMarie had to produce the fastest time to make the FEI WCQ Series title hers. With this steep challenge in mind, and taking the tightest of turns, Anne-Marie had a very unfortunate fall at the water tray, eliminating her from the second round, but still giving her a 6th position in the competition and a third in the series. This left the door wide open for Lisa Williams to clinch the title. Lisa Williams and Discovery Campbell delivered a spectacular clear round in 41.37. Nicole Horwood won the Selleria Equipe saddle as well as prizemoney sponsored by Maple Ridge Equestrian. Lisa’s second place was good enough to claim the 2016 South African FEI World Cup Qualifier Jumping Series as well as second place for the day. This event then brought the end of the FEI WCQ Series for 2016. The Maple Ridge FEI WCQ was sponsored by Selleria Equipe, Uretek, Equestrian House, Royal Feeds, Martin Collins South Africa, Engen Oaktree, Septic Tank Cleaners, Dunkeld Equestrian and Spa and Stride Products. Maple Ridge Equestrian Farm sponsored the prize money. Selleria Equipe saddles are available exclusively at Equestrian House in Beaulieu, Natal Saddlery in Shogweni and the Tack Shack in Cape Town. Well done to Verity Combrink and the Maple Ridge team for putting together such an amazing show yet again!


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Graham Winn on Voightskirch Senator Winners of the 2014 SA Eventing Championship


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Graham WINN

By Yvonne Bolton / Photos by T&B Images

Tell us a little about your younger years – where you started riding and who influenced your interest in equestrian sport?

result I took up cycling as a new challenge and raced for 10 years in the Vets category.

I started riding at a riding school in Hilton in KZN when I was 9 years old, where I was taught on riding school ponies by Jean Davies. My mother, Betty Winn, had grown up in the Bulwer area and had horses on the farm. I think she thought riding would interest me, when we lived in Pietermaritzburg.

Give us some of your impressions when staying and competing in France in 2010, whilst training with Jean Phillipe Camboulives?

Eventing has always been a passion for you – when did you start competing? When I was 12 years old I got my first horse, Ripple, who we kept in livery in Hilton and he taught me how to stay on and “vasbyt”.

The trip to France did not come at the ideal time as the horse that I took, Zorba, was a little past his prime and therefore forced to compete a bit out of his league. However, it was a “now or never” situation and as a result I had to make the most of it.

Fortunately Jean Phillipe understood this and was very supportive, remaining positive throughout my build up My biggest influence at that time was from the Hilton Pony in the pre-WEG competitions. In addition he was very Club Branch, which was very active during those years. Many knowledgeable and had tremendous experience in how well known equestrian personalities like Sarah De la Hey, competitors work abroad. Murray Lyn Godbald and Margaret Schreiber, along with the Shepherds and Craibs organized Paper Chases, Mock Hunts Every competitive rider dreams of representing their country – give us some insight into flying the SA flag and competing and Cross Country to entertain their members. in Kentucky? Give us some highlights from your Eventing career – how many times have you won the SA Eventing National title My dream would have been to have had a horse of Maestro’s calibre to compete with at WEG, however, it just didn’t work and which wins have been particularly special? out that way. Nevertheless, it was still an incredible privilege to I have won the SA Eventing Championships 15 times in all. compete at WEG and despite the drawbacks we still managed Seven of these wins were on different horses. However I to complete the event in Kentucky. won the title 7 times on Maestro which naturally made that On returning from WEG I believe you started a group of achievement very memorable. young horses more suited to show jumping – can you tell us After your 7 wins on Maestro at the SA Eventing what was entailed in this latest goal you have set yourself? Championships – how did you get caught up in the new It was mainly my daughter, Kirsten, and friend, Martyn challenge of cycling? Swanepoel who persuaded me to move to the Show Jumping I think deep down I wanted a break and a change of direction, discipline. Nonetheless, all the horses that I am presently as I felt that I couldn’t achieve much more in Eventing. As a jumping started off Eventing, including Obi Wan Kinobi. A few

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of the horses I am jumping could be more talented, however I will never give up trying.

some details on which courses you have felt were particularly interesting, well presented and informative?

Which Coach are you with at present and in what way has this impacted on your jumping career?

I have been fortunate enough to be part of a global programme and have had the opportunity of doing workshops all over the world with the best cross country course designers. One that stands out was with Mike Etherington Smith at Saumur – mainly because I had personally competed there on Zorba in the build up to WEG.

I have been with Dominey Alexander for some time now and he has had a huge impact on my show jumping. He is a great rider and an extremely knowledgeable Coach. In addition he is an incredible horseman, who has allowed me to ride my horses the way that they go best. It takes a special talent to read and allow every horse to go in its own individual way. When did Winstead Stables originate and tell us a little about your very successful multi-discipline yard? My own equestrian career having been strongly influenced by my years spent as a member of Pony Club was eventually followed by 2 years in Potchefstroom in the Army. During my years in the Army I was under the legendary Commandant Pieter Stark. Hence it was not surprising that when we started Winstead Stables in 1982, we would encourage riders to be excellent all-rounders. Horses schooled correctly on the flat always prepares them best for whatever discipline they then end up competing in. You are a FEI Level 2 Eventing Course Designer – give us 46

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How do you think SA Eventing has benefited from the coaching courses presented by Bill Levitt? Any international coach with the experience that Bill Levitt has is naturally of great benefit to SA riders. Our sincere thanks must go to the SA Eventing Committee for initiating this series of courses. Tell us a little about your busy daily routine and do you still manage to include some coaching into your hectic schedule? My real passion is producing young horses into the sport and my daily routine starts at 5.00am when I do all of the riding, schooling and backing of green horses that have come to the yard for this purpose. Then as most of my pupils are at school, I teach mainly from 3.00 – 5.00pm. However I also have a few Adult pupils who I coach in the mornings.


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MAXSTAR OBI WAN KINOBI Graham Winn interviewed by Yvonne Bolton Photos by T&B Images

Where did Norman Hornby first view Maxstar Obi Wan Kinobi and did he purchase him after that very first occasion? Norman first caught sight of Obi, when he was looking for a smallholding in Benoni and his wife, Denise, found an interesting property which they visited. Unfortunately for the agent, they did not buy the property, but the horse standing on the property which was Obi, who was a two-and-half year old colt at the time. Did Norman then approach you to back and produce the horse? On Norman’s request I reluctantly went to have a look at Obi, as at the time I did not think Norman needed another horse. On viewing Obi and his companion, a filly, I found that their conformation was very correct. Obi certainly had something special that caught my attention. Notwithstanding the fact that Obi failed the vetting due to a respiratory infection, Norman persisted and purchased the horse and he was delivered to Winstead along with the filly.

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Does he come from a bloodline that has produced any other successful jumpers? Obi’s breeding is Carrick, Wendesi, Magnet. Carrick is by the famous Voltaire. The foundation sire – Furioso II – through his sons – Voltaire and For Pleasure – have created a jumping Dynasty. Added to that Carrick’s mother – Najinska – comes from the Thoroughbred Northern Dancer stallion and the grand dam – Tahitienne, who is a full sister to the legendary Almay Z. All of this along with some very good Hanoverian breeding makes Obi an exceedingly interesting bred stallion. What were your impressions when he was being backed and produced? I always felt that he had wonderful natural balance and unlimited scope. However, his jumping technique and his ability to concentrate, required a lot of traditional schooling so it took a little bit more time to prepare him mentally to cope with the pressure in the big classes. You have backed, schooled and produced many horses very successfully – what qualities do you look for when assessing a new horse? The qualities that I look for would be firstly good conformation, then sound temperament and finally rideability. Unfortunately, a lot of the horses I compete on are not always

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chosen but very often ‘inherited’. As a result they often do not possess all the good points I would prefer and possibly lack scope, resulting in my having to do the best I can under the circumstances. How important is temperament over talent in your opinion and what sort of personality does Obi possess? I have always favoured temperament, as I feel horses with a sound mind always try harder, none more than Obi. He loves jumping big jumps and is extremely careful. Like all stallions, I had to learn to ASK him and I definitely cannot tell him what to do. However, he is a friendly horse and always wants to do his job well. All top horses have some quirks – what are Obi’s and what is he like around the yard? He is very noisy and calls to all the horses as he is led to his paddock or into an arena to work. However, once we start schooling his focus is completely on his job at hand. What is your most memorable achievement to date with Obi and what is your equestrian goal going forward? Without a shadow of a doubt the double clear at our first SA Derby – for both of us – and placing 3rd in this most prestigious event on the equestrian calendar in South Africa. My goal going forward would definitely to become more consistent in the higher grades.


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Etherow Impasse. The first Irish Draught to be brought into SA.

By Louise Oliver and Frances Cheboub

Irish Draught and Irish Sport Horses in South Africa The Irish Draught and Irish Sport Horse as a breed, is fairly new to South Africa but its history goes back a very long way. They are known for their kind and loving nature and always willing to do the job asked of them.

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he Irish Draught was the horse for the small farmer in Ireland. His qualities have not changed over the years and those are his strength, his temperament, his intelligence and sound constitution. The Irish farmer needed a working horse but one who was lighter than the traditional Draught horses in England such as the Clydesdale, Shire and the Suffolk Punch. He needed a more adaptable animal that could yoke, drive and be ridden. The horse has an honoured place in Ireland since before the Celts.The centre of Irish racing, the Curragh of Kildare, dates back to before Christian times where they featured horse and chariot races at the summer harvest festival of Lughnasa and the Tailtean Games.There were strict laws governing these races and fines for injuries during these races. The warranty of soundness under the Brehon Laws would be hard to sustain today. “ A big horse, sound, young, noble, high headed, load carrying, lively hearted, broad breasted, haughty, easy bearing, sleek, slender legged, well descended, free from spear thrusts, free from sword cuts, his form well set, tractable to the land, without lumps or flags on his back, not broken backed, not sough stepping, not too low, not too high, not too shy, not starting, not big mounted, not

Myrddin ISH by Etherow Impasse

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ill stepping, not lazy, not lame, not kicking, not dusty haired, not blowing, not droop eared, not shaky, perfectly sound, easy ridden, obedient. If he be not such, he is rejected” Irish horses have always been recognised for their strength and sought after by the English and Europeans to improve their own breeding programs. The first record of Irish horses being sent to Scotland was in 1296 by Irish Soldiers. The archives of Venice and Modena disclose that the Duke of Ferrara in 1497 received permission from Henry VII to buy horses from Ireland. The demand for Irish Horses for the Army goes back to records from the War Office of the British Army Authorities in France in their reports as to the merits of the horses employed at the Front during the 1914-18 war, made famous by the recent Movie and Play “War Horse”.The evidence was not in favour of the heavier Draught as they were slow and delicate and tired easily while requiring a large amount of feeding. Other records from the Artillery were that the horses that came from the south of Ireland were amongst the best! Our demands these days for competition horses has lead us

EC Glenvara Rebel at Derby 2016 (by Glenagyle Rebel out of Ethrow Impasse/ Millhollow Penny Lane mare)

Kinvara’s Rosenburg. 2004. Irish Draught Stallion. Sire: Glenagyle Rebel Dam : Loguestown Sea Rose Dam Sire: Sea Crest


Preserving the Irish Draught - Kinvara’s Rock Star. Irish Draught stallion 2007. Sire: Glenagyle Rebel. Dam: Loguestown Star Rose. Sire of Dam: Annaghdown Star

to breed more Irish Sport horses and certain stallions became known for their jumping abilities. King of Diamonds made his name known on the jumping circuit and is now one of the most popular bloodlines. Sea Crest, son of Knockboy, is another and was the sire of the Olympic Show Jumper Cruising. Cruising, who is an Irish Sport Horse Stallion is also the sire of the well known Show Jumper Flexible. Another famous Irish show jumper was Hopes are High by Flagmount Diamond who was ridden by Nick Skelton. Irish horses have especially made their name in the Eventing world with horses like Murphy Himself ridden by Ginny Leng and then later by Ian Stark. Mr Softee and Word Perfect were both out of the same ID mare, Bessie Ash who had her last foal at the age of 26 and died in her paddock at the age of 29. Mark Todd rode Horton Point and won Badminton Horse Trials in 1994. The list is very long. Read any Eventing book and the author will nearly always choose a horse with some Irish blood as their ideal horse. The Irish Draught is on the list for the endangered breeds as they have been so popular world wide and used to improve or outcross to other breed herds that there are not that many purebred Draughts left, and so it is impor tant to keep breeding the purebred to make sure

that cer tain bloodlines are preserved and not lost forever. The Irish Draught came to South Africa in 2000 when Kate Laird (then Ladeira) of Kinvara Stud imported an Irish Draught stallion, Etherow Impasse by Touch of the Blues to South Africa. Ethrow Impasse did very well here in the show ring and has been extensively used. Many clients put him to thoroughbreds as they were interested in Eventing and Showing. The next important Irish draught to come into South Africa was Glenagyle Rebel who Klaus Balzaar imported to Zimbabwe.This stallion was an International Show Jumper in Ireland. Kate used him to service her own mares before he was sent to Judith Moxon of Mosi oa Tunya Stud in Franschhoek to stand. He was not much used there and before Judith’s death, she organised that he went to Rivervale Stud in the Natal Midlands to stand. In a quirk of fate, Quantum Leap, a son of Glenagyle Rebel had been brought to Rivervale for corrective training and resale. Heidi Woods, the Event rider based in Shongweni, bought Quantum Leap and formed an exceptional relationship with him that led them all the way to represent South Africa at the World Equestian Games in Kentucky. Quantum Leap was by far the most talented of the four horse team (according to Mr Ernst Holtz President of the

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Irish Draught Stallions available in SA that we have on record so far, •

Kinvara’s Rosenburg (Kinvara Stud) by Glenagyle Rebel out of Loguestown Sea Rose by Sea Crest

Kinvara’s Rock Star (Kinvara Stud)by Glenagyle Rebel out of Loughstown Star Rose by Annaghdown Star

Etherow Impasse (frozen semen) (Kinvara Stud)by Touch of the Blues out of Warrenhouse Blackbird by Coleman

Ec Eanans Pride ( EC Stud) by Silver Pride out of Mill Hollow Penny Lane by Uibh Fhaili

Kilshane Naas by Kishane Clover out of a thoroughbred mare Fifty Dollar Babe, eventing with Linda Squair. Photo G Photography

Silver Pride (frozen semen) (EC Stud) by Silver Granite out of Pride of Knockbridge by Pride of Shunlara

Avanti Amorous Archie (imported frozen semen) (Iconic Sires, CT)By Crosstown Dancer out of Avanti Racie Gracie by Snowford Bellman

EC Javarel Impasse (EC Stud) by Etherow Impasse out of EC Cellybell Country Rose by Glenagyle Rebel

EC Glenvara Rebel By Glenagyle Rebel out of EC Bakara Lane By Etherow Impasse

Irish Sport Horse stallions available in SA 50% ID or more Kinvara Into the Light ISH by Ethrow Impasse out of Arwen Even Star ridden by Louse Oliver

Rebel Assault (EC Stud) by Glenagyle Rebel out of Ard Fire Cat by Ard Allez Cat

Myrddin (Killarus Stud) by Etherow Impasse (ID) out of Merry Imp (TB) by Yvonand

EC’s Guiness Pride (EC Stud) By Silver Pride (ID) out of Leprechaun Song (TB) by Capture Him

Reubenstyn (Jenny Ayliff)by Rosenburg (ID) out of Rubies Forever (TB) by Temptation Time

Kilshane Clover (Linda Squair)by Clover Hill out of Shannon Spring by Spring Diamond

Irish Sport Horse stallions available in SA Less than 50% ID •

American boy (Dale Byron Watts) By Sempers Spirit out of Celtic Candy (ISH) by Highland King

• Avanti Amorous Archie . The only frozen semen available of a Registered Irish Draft in SA which is with Iconic Sires (Aileen Papenfus) bringing in a good change of blood to this breed that has had limited access.

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Jambo (Emma Schultz) by Jumbo (ISH) out of Djvelley (TB) by Full Colour


Quantum Leap competing at the World Equestrian Games Kentucky

SAWHS at the time) that represented South Africa in a ground breaking achievement for our country. Kate Laird has continued to lead in breeding Irish horses by initially importing purebred Irish draught mares that widened the breed’s mare base. From the U.K. Mill Hollow Penny Lane, Glenside Beauty (Hornby Premium mare) and Bowry Blue. Later, Kate went back to the U.K. and returned with Loguestown Sea Rose by Sea Crest with a foal at foot, Loguestown Star Rose, by Annaghdown Star, and was also in foal to Grange View who has since passed away so this was believed to be his last foal. Kinvara’s Rose Hill was born in South Africa and has been successfully bred on. These mare lines are now to be found in our present generation of ISH stallions. The other Irish Sport Horse stallion to take note of, that has brought super lines to our breeding is Kilshane Clover. Bea and Ian Hurst from Ireland were avid supporters of the Scarteen Hunt with the Black and Tan foxhounds. They emigrated here and started Kilshane Stud in the Western Cape importing Kilshane Clover by Clover Hill, an eye catching chestnut with a phenomenal jump. The SA National Event rider Linda Squair has now taken over Bea Hurst’s legacy, the Kilshane Stud and is excited to be moving forwards breeding traditional Irish Sport horses and producing Kilshane Cover’s progeny at her property

near George in the Western Cape, Veteran stallion Kilshane Clover continues to stay with the stud’s owners near Stellenbosch. Linda has a number of his off-spring being produced and ridden by pupils and family with the ultimate goal of producing her own future event horses, Kilshane Naas and Kilshane Punchestown. Our other big supporter and breeder of ISH horses is Ethagyle Cassilean (EC) Stud with Michelle Coetzer at its helm. They imported the ID Silver Pride (Silver Granite). They have bred him to Mill Hollow Penny Lane, one of the first ID mares Kate imported and now stand the chestnut EC Eanans Pride at EC Stud in Potchefstroom. They also have a handsome black stallion in EC Guiness Pride, an Irish Sport Horse stallion by Silver Pride out of a thoroughbred mare that has good movement.They have a number of other stallions exciting stallions (please see the list). Kinvara Stud now stands two pure ISH Draught stallions both by the same sire Glenagyle Rebel and dam Loguestown Star Rose. They are Kinvara Rosenburg and 4 years later, Kinvara Rockstar. Kinvara Rosenburg is licensed by the SAWHS and is doing Advanced Dressage but has an excellent jump and loves his Eventing. He already has a son winning in the show ring, Ruebenstyn, and eventing well is Rivervale Rosensplendour. Murray Pote the 3*eventer, won the Shongweni 1m10 Show jumping Derby on Rivervale Rebel’s Destiny and came first at

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1m Eventing competition at Oak Springs and feels this horse has huge talent. Kate bred Kinvara’s Blue Thunder from Glenside Beauty and Etherow Impasse who has also produced a few foals but has since been gelded. Louise Oliver of Kilrus Stud stands the Irish Sport Horse stallion Myrrdihn a son of Etherow Impasse which she has done very well with at HOY In Hand showing classes. She is using frozend semen of Avanti Amorous Archie this season to bring in another line to the breeding herd. Her stud is based near Tarlton in the Magaliesberg. The Irish Draught and Irish Sport Horse family has grown quietly over the last 16 years and we are very excited to announce that it is proposed to form an Irish Draught and Irish Sport Horse Association in South Africa. Up until now the Irish horses bred in South Africa have fallen under the umbrella of the South African Warmblood Horse Society. We propose to have three sections to the Society’s Horse Classification, the Purebred Irish Draught, the Irish Sport Horse with no less than 25% Irish Draught in their breeding line (the traditional crossing of the Irish Draught with Thoroughbred, Arab, Anglo Arab, Warmblood or Connemara) and a Partbred section for those that have a minimum of 25% Irish Draught blood in their breeding line but not with the traditional crossings.The number of breeders is growing in South Africa with some purebred and Sport Horse stallions available. With the on-going availability of imported semen, we will be able to expand our gene pool to bring more genetic diversity into our SA herd to assist with preserving and continued expansion of the breed in South Africa.

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Rivervale Rebel’s Destiny by Kinvara Rosenberg out of Rivervale Destiny (Damiro/ AA)


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2016 WESTERN CAPE

ADULT JUMPING CHAMPIONSHIPS By Larissa Williams | Photos by Carrie Grant

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he 2016 WC adult jumping championship show was held at Glenellen Farm show grounds in the picturesque Hout Bay valley on the 29th and 30th November. Judy Louw and her team do a wonderful job of preparing these grounds and running well organised events. This year’s WC adult jumping show was no exception with wonderful prize money & prizes thanks to generous sponsors, Knight Frank, Bockmann, Erreplus Saddles, Slim Lady Wines, Vadersgawe Farms, Arco, Jessica Roll Photographer, Woolworths, Carrie Grant Photographer, Sports psychologist Tarryn McGowan, Cape a Porter clothing, Kaika Jewellery, Chikondi, Equineonline, Anel equine therapist & Sporting Horse Magazine. Sponsor Cheval Liberte and Flex On Stirrups created a Riders Lounge with complimentary bottles of water and a massage chair to ease away the aches and pains after a long day in the saddle. Although the Western Cape is a small province, I believe we have a lot of quality horses and riders and a field of 22 horses, all Cape Town based, came forward to compete in the WC Adult championship class. Course designer Brendan Silen designed a testing but fair track, 6 horses went through to the 2nd round and Georgina Ratcliffe (Change your Mind) jumped a double clear round, just quicker than Tara Louw (Foreigner) to take the 2016 title. A wonderful result especially as it was thought that Change might never jump again after getting a lung infection from travel sickness.

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Tara Louw on Kuda Insurance Foreigner

Class 1 90cm - Competition in 2 Phases 1st Portofino Keren Muller (AC2) 2nd Apache Maryse Collins (AC2) 3rd Best Act Vusumzi Mdikane (AC2) 4th Cracker Jack Sheri Bosman (AC2) 5th Waranco Claire Melvill (AC2) Class 2 90cm - Jnr/CH Competition in 2 Phases 1st Mega Jet Daniel Moore (U18) 2nd Tchutara Chiara Ella Strangways-dixon (U18) Class 3 1.00m - Competition in 2 Phases 1st Carnival Hall Jules Chevat 2nd Franlaren Louis Nicole Joy Ashton (AC2) 3rd Gcs - Max’s Vanity Faire P Inge Silen (AC2) 4th Sugar Loaf Stacey Morgan (AC2) 5th Brandenburg Llandudno Amy Vergunst (AC2) 6th Winter Legend Shannon Watt (AC2) Class 4 1.00m - Jnr / CH Competition in 2 Phases 1st Africa’s Sharak Maya Osler Kovarsky (U18) 2nd Mr Don Juan Paige De Rooy (U18) Class 5 90cm - Adult A2 Competition 1st Divine Sunset Csaba Borzon (AC2) 2nd Portofino Keren Muller (AC2) 3rd Call Of The Wild Nadine Kritzer (AC2) 4th Cracker Jack Kelly Bosman (AC2) 5th Branic Quidette Tamryn Heydenrych (AC2) Class 6 90cm - Jnr/ CH A2 Competition 1st Eagles Lyric Molly Gregory (U18) 2nd Tchutara Chiara Ella Strangways-dixon (U18) Class 7 1.00m - Adult A2 Competition 1st Pohlands Willowbrook Lexi Spaltman 2nd Manhattan Moment Michelle Jordaan (AC2) 3rd Brandenburg Llandudno Amy Vergunst (AC2) 4th Sugar Loaf Stacey Morgan (AC2) 5th Red monsoon Shannon Wilson 6th Franlaren Louis Nicole Joy Ashton (AC2) Class 8 1.00m - Jnr / CH A2 Competition 1st Brandenburg Socialite Ella Strangways-dixon (U18) 2nd Dageraad Unwa Kimberly Cunningham (U18) 3rd Mr Cum Laude Michaela Stewart (U18) Class 9 1.10/ 1.15m - Adult A2 Competition 1st Clarily Megan Cunningham (AC1) 2nd Jaydee’s Obsession Marianne Berry (AC2) 3rd The Rumour Mill Julie Myrtle Class 10 1.10m - Jnr / CH A2 Competition 1st Generation X Cameron Patrick (U18) Class 11 & 12 - Adult & Jnr 1.20/ 1.25m - A2 Competition 1st Al Bulli Lauren Pick (AC1) 2nd Lochwood Dow Jones Victoria Reuvers (AC1) 3rd Pohlands Magician Mandy Mason (AC2) 4th Cruisa Split The Bill Chelsea Duffield (AC2) 5th Singita Mandy Mason (AC2) Class 13 - Adult & Jnr 1.30/1.35m A2 Competition 1st Voigtskirch Dunmore Hayley Preen (AC1) 2nd Softrak System Chabal’s Destiny Jason Hunter (AC1) 3rd Quantas 18 Tamara Rueda (J/AD LIC) Class 14 1.10/ 1.15m - Adult Competition in 2 Phases 1st The Rumour Mill Julie Myrtle (AC2) 2nd Jaydee’s Obsession Marianne Berry (AC2) 3rd Clarily Megan Cunningham (AC1) Class 15 Jnr 1.10m - Competition in 2 Phases 1st Generation X Cameron Patrick (U18) Class 16 1.20/ 1.25m - Adult & Jnr Competition in 2 Phases 1st Humbaur Horseboxes Molecule P Janine Chanarin (AC2) 2nd Pohlands Magician Mandy Mason (AC2) 3rd Cruisa Split The Bill Chelsea Duffield (AC2) 4th Daybreak Tammy Burton - Moore 5th Callaho Dakar Halley Wyndham- Quin (AC2)

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Daniela Steyn on Phoenix Luna

Amy Vergunst on Brandenburg Llandidno

Class 17 1.30/ 1.35m - Adult & Jnr Competition in 2 Phases 1st Bieralita B Dominique Hau (AC1) 2nd Kuda Insurance Mr President Tara Louw (AC1) 3rd Voigtskirch Dunmore Hayley Preen (AC1) Class 18 1.00m - Adult Accumulator 10 with Joker 1st Razdi Rafael Daniela Smit (AC2) 2nd Manhattan Moment Jules Chevat (AC1) 3rd Brandenburg Llandudno Amy Vergunst (AC2) 4th Carnival Hall Jules Chevat (AC1) 5th Franlaren Louis Nicole Joy Ashton (AC2) 6th Casanova’s Love Chelsea Duffield (AC2) 7th Lord Monteith Tessa Preen (AC2) Class 19 1.10/ 1.15m - Adult Accumulator 10 with joker 1st The Rumour Mill Julie Myrtle (AC2) 2nd Dageraad Else Nina Versfeld (AC2) 3rd Celebrity L Karien Du Toit (AC2) 4th Campus Meghan West (AC2) 5th Victory Dust Lauren Pick (AC1) Class 20 1.20/ 1.25m - ERREPLUS SADDLES Adult Accumulator 1st Singita Mandy Mason (AC2) 2nd Capital Logan Angela Kerkmann (AC2) 3rd Daybreak Tamaryn Burton-moore (AC1) Class 21 1.30/ 1.35m - BOCKMANN TRAILERS Accumulator 1st Roy’s Call Olivia Myrtle (AC1) 2nd Kuda Insurance Foreigner Tara Louw (AC1) 3rd Kuda Insurance Mr President Tara Louw (AC1) Class 22 1.20/ 1.25m - CHEVAL LIBERTE Adult Championship 1st Phoenix Luna Danielle Steyn (AC2) 2nd Nova Zonnestraal Aniko Georgina Ratcliffe (AC1) 3rd Lochwood Dow Jones Victoria Reuvers (AC1) 4th Meerenhof Properties Madame Butterfly Tori Bosomworth (AC1) 5th Daybreak Tamaryn Burton-moore (AC1) Issue 29 SPORTING HORSE

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Class 23 KNIGHT FRANK 2016 WC Adult Jumping Championship 1st Nova Zonnestraal’s Change Your Mind Georgina Ratcliffe (AC1) 2nd Kuda Insurance Foreigner Tara Louw (AC1) 3rd Glam Rock Shannon Wyndham-quin (AC1) 4th Nova Zonnestraal’s Calibro St. L Georgina Ratcliffe (AC1) 5th Voigtskirch Dunmore Hayley Preen (AC1) 6th Kuda Insurance Mr President Tara Louw (AC1) Class 24 1.10/ 1.15m - VADERSGAWE FARMS Adult Championship 1st Grip Of Steel Julie Ward (AC2) 2nd Quality Touch Hannah Erasmus (AC1) 3rd Razdi Rafael Daniela Smit (AC2) 4th Highover Carrick Tor Natalie De Wet Kzn (AC1) 5th Jaydee’s Obsession Marianne Berry (AC2) 6th Clarily Megan Cunningham (AC1) Class 25 1.00m - SLIM LADY WINES Adult Championship 1st Legacy’s Real Liberty Nina De Jager (AC2) 2nd Coltera Katie Williams (AC2) 3rd Brandenburg Llandudno Amy Vergunst (AC2) 4th Font Oblix Alison Smith (AC2) 5th Manhattan Moment Jules Chevat (AC1) 6th Legacy Irish Mist Margaret Westergreen (AC2) Open Victor Ludorum Voigtskirch Dunmore

Hayley Preen (AC1)

1.20/1.25m Victor Ludorum Daybreak

Tammy Burton - Moore

1.10/1.15m Victor Ludorum The Rumour Mill

Julie Myrtle

1.00m Victor Ludorum Brandenburg Llandudno

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Hayley Preen on Voigtskirch Dunmore


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The Western Cape Open Team: Winners of the Interprovincial Team Championships

DANCING HORSES AT THE South African Dressage and Para Dressage Champions 2016

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outh Africa’s finest dressage horses and their riders all gathered together in Stellenbosch for the South African Dressage and Para Dressage Champions 2016. Held at the Stellenbosch District Riding Club on the R44, in the heart of the Cape Winelands, the National Dressage Champs ran from the 2nd to the 6th of November. The five day event was a fusion of fashion, lifestyle and of course the country’s best dressage competitors, all vying for the coveted podium places in the various classes.

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Although the main focus of the show was, of course, the horses and their riders, the Western Cape Dressage Council threw an event that set the bar for future dressage shows. In order to attract spectators from far and wide, there was a market area with various boutique stalls and a selection of delicious food from some of Cape Town’s finest food trucks. The weekend heralded an exciting line up for spectators and riders alike. Saturday was the day for the South African


Carsten Peeters and Compton House Highland Fling

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Nichola Mohr and Sportschu: winners of the Equipage South African Intermediate B Championship

Championships. What a treat to witness excellence at such a high level. This coincided with the L’Ormarins MCC Grande Marquee celebration. The bubbles flowed as visitors grazed on delectable delights from Dish Food & Social while they watched world class quality competition throughout the day. Sunday saw the competition change gears slightly with the South African Freestyle Championship. To many newbies to the sport of dressage, this was what everyone had been waiting for. The much anticipated ballet dancing horses. Set to music, the Freestyle Championships were indeed something to behold. Spectators were entertained in the Blaauwklippen Pony Express Pavilion, where they were delighted by dancing horses while they feasted on a delicious three course meal, once again prepared by Dish Food & Social.

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Shani De Beer and M.O.T. Guilder Para Equestrian Winner of the FEI Grade II Individual Championship Test

Show secretary Tjarla Norton said about the Freestyle Championships:“At each level there are 10 to 15 movements competitors have to do which are set to music and then they get marked on it. It’s always set to music. The rules for that have changed. Traditionally you weren’t allowed any singing or vocals but to make it younger and fresher, this is now permitted. Some people do hip hop, others do Spanish. It’s really cool because you get enveloped in what’s going on in the arena. So what you essentially have to do it find the music with that beat, film yourself riding the test and choreograph to music. Where it gets difficult is, you’ll see the rider putting their hand up for the music to begin. You’re dealing with an animal so as soon as the rider gets nervous the horse picks up on it so it’s important not to get ruffled.” There was some amazing horsemanship on display in


Chere Burger and Adelprag Wybren Van Ass: Winners of the Society Bistro FEI Intermediate I Freestyle

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Nichola Mohr riding Callao Fabricio in the Advanced Freestyle Championship

Stellenbosch during the five days. It really does say a lot about the talent, dedication and commitment of these competitors. While not everyone went home a winner, there were some outstanding performances and some very special moments too. It was a treat to witness such incredible discipline, showmanship and the awe-inspiring synergy between horse and rider. Western Cape rider Nichola Mohr, riding four different horses in competitions ranging from Novice to Intermediate level, won six National Championship titles. One of the horses she won on was Sportschu (affectionately referred to as Takkies). Sportschu is a legend in the dressage arena as he is a former racehorse turned South African Dressage Champion. Another notable performance was that of Chere Burger,

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who riding Adelprag Anders 451 won the SA Individual Grand Prix Freestyle Championship. She is the first SA rider to have competed at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy on a Friesan, the same partner on which she won the Grand Prix Freestyle championship. As if winning was not achievement enough, Chere is also credited with riding seven horses in competition on each day of the show. Her win on Sunday in the Individual Grand Prix Freestyle Championship is even more impressive by the fact that she had ridden every day, several times As the dust settled over the Stellenbosch District Riding Club on Sunday 6th November, dressage in South Africa can be proud of the calibre of show hosted in the Western Cape. Not only were the riders of exceptional quality, but the show itself was a showcase of the sport in this country.


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INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S INVITATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS BOGOTA, COLOMBIA

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received an invitation from Jorge Verswyvel from Colombia to take part in an International Invitational Children’s Championship in September 2016. The event took place at the beautiful Club Campestre, Guaymaral in Bogota Colombia. All the competitors from around the world stayed at the Best Western Plus Hotel and were shuttled to the show venue daily. The age groups for the event included pre-children classes 12 years and younger. Children FEI Classes 12 -14 years old and then a new category for 15 years and older. I had four of my students taking part namely, Kiara Tayne van Jaarsveld, Sanne Klaasens and Puck Klaasens in the 12 - 14 FEI classes and Isa Klaasens took part in the 15 years and older division. These children riders all rode borrowed horses for the competitions. It was a new experience for them travelling abroad to compete, as well as acquainting themselves with the new mounts in a very short time frame. The riders were all a great fit after the draw and first practice. There was a lunch at the main club to welcome all the countries to the competition. This was followed by a Coaches/ Chef d’Equipes briefing to explain and run through the rules, format, draw of horses, draw of riders, vet inspection and rotation of foreign and host nation competition days. It was very interesting as 90% of the meeting was in Spanish. Nevertheless the Americans, Irish and myself managed to clarify and understand everything that was to take place. I was very thankful to all the FEI stewards who were very helpful and accommodating throughout the show and ensured everything ran smoothly. The over 15 year old classes were run Indoor (again another first for our riders), whilst the Children’s FEI classes were run in a magnificent grass Derby arena. Each age group had a training session to get them acquainted with their new mounts for the week ahead. 72

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There were 2 Qualifying classes for the Final with only the top 50% going through to what they call the Final A Championship, whilst the lower 50% rode in the Final B Championship. Before the Championship classes there was a parade of nations and we all proudly did a walk through the main arena where the spectators were. The participating countries included Colombia, Peru, Chile, Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela, Netherlands, USA, Canada, Bolivia and South Africa. Puck Klaasens rode in the Childrens FEI B Final Championship and had a 3rd podium finish. Isa Klaasens qualified for the A Final of the 15 years and older Championship and finished 5th overall. This category had the highest number of entries standing at 75 in the Qualifying classes. Kiara Tayne van Jaarsveld and Sanne Klaasens qualified for the Children’s FEI A Final Championship with Kiara finshing 4th and Sanne 5th. It was a very fast jump off with only 3 International riders, namely one American and two South Africans amongst the locals from Colombia. Sanne Klaasens was also awarded with the most stylish rider of the show. Whilst the riding was great and the competition fierce, the riders representing South Africa received many compliments on their riding, style and ability. In addition they all made great memories and friends that will last them a life time!The hospitality was fantastic! The children had an evening where they went bareback donkey racing at El Portico, which was very entertaining from the sidelines and had huge atmosphere. We also went for dinner at the very unusual, but spectacular restaurant Andres Carne de Res which is certainly one of a kind and visited the breathtaking salt mine of Nemocon. Colombia was an amazingly enjoyable riding tour and we can be very proud of how our young South African riders acquitted themselves and in addition were tremendous ambassadors for the future of our sport.


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INTERNATIONAL GROUP FOR EQUESTRIAN QUALIFICATIONS

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he International Group for Equestrian Qualifications (IGEQ) is a worldwide, independent voluntary organisation of 35 member countries that has compared and harmonised formal equestrian instructor qualifications of member countries, producing an agreed matrix of minimum requirements at 3 international levels. Formed in 1992 it was formerly known as the International Group for Qualifications in Training Horse & Rider. An Equestrian Passport is available for instructors / coaches / teachers / trainers of showjumping, dressage, eventing, driving, vaulting, western, tourism and therapeutic, holding eligible certification. This passport confirms and recognises the holders’ qualifications, enabling recognition and acceptance in IGEQ member countries.

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instructors / coaches / teachers / trainers and examiners Protect the interests of professional instructors / coaches / teachers / trainers and examiners Cooperate positively with other equestrian organisations e.g. the FEI (Federation Equestre Internationale), EEF (European Equestrian Federation), EEN (European Equine Network), FRDI (Federation of Riding for Disabled International), FITE (Federation Internationale Tourism Equestre) to promote equestrian qualifications

The IGEQ has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI). In keeping with international trends, where more and more measures are being introduced world-wide to formalise equestrian education, this Agreement has as its objective cooperation between the two organisations for the betterment of education in the sport of horse riding.The FEI offers a Coach Education programme, not a qualification, through its Olympic Solidarity programme designed for developing countries.

The aims of IGEQ are: • To promote professional training and education of equestrian instructors / coaches / teachers / trainers worldwide • Promote education in horse care and management, which is fundamental to improving horse welfare In 2001 the Group worked closely with the FEI (Federation • All equestrian instructors / coaches / teachers / trainers to Equestre Internationale) to introduce an FEI Accredited Trainers be educated to the minimum standards of the IGEQ matrix List. Accredited Trainers must be Level 3 passport holders. to gain a recognised professional qualification • All instructors / coaches / teachers / trainers to hold an South Africa has been a member of the IGEQ since 1996 and IGEQ passport Di Pieterse (EQASA) is an Executive Committee member • All countries to offer instructors / coaches / teachers / representing region 6. trainers the opportunity to gain a qualification harmonised and recognised by IGEQ and its members. Di Pieterse and Troy Kernick, Directors of EQASA, along with DAY -instructor 21ST ANNUAL CONFERE • 2ND Offer / coach / teacher / trainer and examiner Chad Cunningham, who was invited to join them, have flown to NCE OF THE INTERNATIONAL GROUP FOR EQUESTR IAN QUALIFICATIONS (IGEQ) HELD AT 3Q EQUESTRIAN, KUANG, SELANGOR, MALAYSIA training clinics Ermelo in Holland to attend the AGM of the IGEQ. In addition 19TH OCTOBER 2013 d from left: Mrs Carole Payne (UK) Mr Ulf Wilken IGEQ Chairman(of Sweden) • Keep abreast developments which affect instructors / they will attend the Coaching Workshops to be held by the Dato’ Sri Haji Mahamad Fathil bin Dato Mamood Chairman of MEM (Mal) Ms Di pieterse (South Africa) Dato Malek Jeremiah ow: Ms Ann Catrine Bengtsson, Mrs Klara Fritz & (Mal) Mr Robert Fritz (Sweden) Mr Waclaw Pruchniew icz & Mrs Katarzyna Prunchniewicz (Poland) Mr coaches / teachers / trainers IGEQ and their return will give us a full report on all they Pierre Ollivier (France) Ms Cherylupon w: Mrs Anna Jacobsson & Mr Peter Eiman (Sweden) Victor (Mal) Mr Kari Haimi (Finland) Ms Islay Auty, Ms Sabrina Jones & Mr John Payne (UK) ow: Mr Amir Zulkifle, Tuan Haji •Azizan Encourage continuing development of have observed. Zainol Abidin & Ms Ong Wan Ming (Mal) Ms Mia professional Virata (Philippines) Dr Katerina Rihova Ms Kate Hurst (South Africa) Mr Hunter Doughty (Australia)

Mr Husref Malek (Mal) Ms Lorna Fisher(Aus/Mal)

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A coach’s insight Text: Siobhan Records | Photos: Jax Woods

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dear friend of mine told me a very interesting story of her time in the UK when she was studying for for BHS exams. They all groomed and tacked up their horses then took them into school for the lesson. Once they started the lesson their instructor made them line up, dismount, stand in front of their horses then describe the horses from age to conformation, including foot shape and type of shoes, muscle development, any skeletal and muscular asymmetries, the biomechanics of the horse, tack being used, and bearing that in mind, how they would work the horse to in light of all of this. His premise is, if you don’t know about your horse, how can you have a beneficial and productive training session where your school the horses instead of exercising it? So often as riders we lose sight of the horse as an individual and just work them. As a rider it’s your job to to assess your horse and train him accordingly, this means as rider you need to be aware of the muscular structure and biomechanics of your horse, this will enable you, during your ride to optimise your training. There are two quotes I adhere to diligently in my riding, George Morris’ “ Every second you’re either schooling or un-schooling your horse there is no inbetween” and Thomas Ritters’ “Dressage movements should be regarded as diagnostic and therapeutic tools not as an ends in themselves” Bearing these in mind will help you accomplish your goals by making you aware in your riding and make you ask questions, like “Why does he find this difficult?” The next step is understanding you and your horse’s biomechanics and conformation. In understanding his and your conformation you will know from the outset where there will be strengths and weaknesses.Also by assessing the “conformation” regularity you can see how you’re progressing, this will help develop your “eye”, as by knowing what an “Advanced” horse should look like, you will know where you need to improve, which will lead you to looking for exercises that will improve your horse, also it will lead you to “experts” whose advice and opinion you should adhere to, (as an example with my physio and I, she advises me what work I should stay away from before a show, or what muscles need to develop in order for the horse to become proficient in certain moments that are challenging for them conformationally). One of the best articles I’ve read on assessing you horse and basic biomechanics is “What the Topline says about Horse and Rider” By Manolo Mendez. Understanding the biomechanics, will help develop your “feel” (feel being based on timing and the ability to make early adjustments and

your awareness of your horse) So in understanding biomechanics you first need to understand how a horse moves, then understand how it uses it’s body in the movements you wish perform. By knowing this, you will know the correct timing to give your aids, then in knowing his faults you will know which movements will challenge him, and why, and also what movements will build the muscle he needs.The paces are listed below.The best book to read in terms of understanding the movements, is the FEI Dressage Handbook, this gives a clear idea of what is expected in each movement. The Paces THE WALK - The walk is a marching pace in a regular and well marked four time beat with equal intervals between each beat. (left hind, left fore, right hind, right fore)This regularity combined with full relaxation must be maintained throughout all walk movements. THE TROT - The trot is a two-beat pace of alternate diagonal legs (left fore and right hind leg and vice versa) separated by a moment of suspension. THE CANTER - The canter is a three-beat pace where, in canter to the right, for example, the footfall is as follows: (left hind, left diagonal( simultaneously left fore and right hind), right fore, followed by a moment of suspension with all four feet in the air before the next stride begins. Once you understand the gaits and biomechanics, the next step is to understand the principals of Dressage and the Scales of Training The Principals of Dressage 1. The object of dressage is the development of the horse into a happy athlete through harmonious education. As a result, it makes the horse calm, supple, loose and flexible, but also confident, attentive and keen, thus achieving perfect understanding with the rider. These qualities are revealed by: The freedom and regularity of the paces The harmony, lightness and ease of the movements The lightness of the forehand and the engagement of the hindquarters, originating from a lively impulsion The acceptance of the bit, the submissiveness / throughness (Durchlässigkeit) without any tension or resistance 2. The horse thus gives the impression of doing, of its own accord, what is required. Confident and attentive, submitting generously to the control of the athlete, remaining absolutely straight in any movement on a straight line and bending accordingly when moving on curved lines. 3. The walk is regular, free and unconstrained.The trot is free, supple,

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regular and active. The canter is united, light and balanced. The Looking in more detail at the elements; the following is taken from hindquarters are never inactive or sluggish. The horse responds to “The Principles of Riding”, which is part of the “Official Instruction the slightest indication of the athlete and thereby gives life and spirit Handbook of the German National Equestrian Federation” to all the rest of its body. 4. By virtue of a lively impulsion and the suppleness of the joints, free Relaxation from the paralysing effects of resistance, the horse obeys willingly and Looseness is a prerequisite for all further training and, along with without hesitation and responds to the various aids calmly and with rhythm, is and essential aim of the preliminary training phase. Even precision, displaying a natural and harmonious balance both physically if the rhythm is maintained, the movement cannot be considered and mentally. correct unless the horse is working through its back, and the muscles 5. In all the work, even at the halt, the horse must be “on the bit”. A are free from tension. Only if the horse is physically and mentally horse is said to be “on the bit” when the neck is more or less raised free from tension or constraint can it work with looseness and can and arched according to the stage of training and the extension or it use itself to the full.The horse’s joints should bend and straighten collection of the pace, accepting the bridle with a light and consistent equally on each side of its body and with each step or stride, and soft submissive contact. The head should the horse should convey the impression that remain in a steady position, as a rule slightly in it is putting its whole mind and body into it’s front of the vertical, with a supple poll as the work. Indications of looseness are a swinging Only if the horse highest point of the neck, and no resistance back, snorting, and a closed but not immobile is physically and should be offered to the athlete. mouth. Looseness had been achieved when 6. Cadence is shown in trot and canter and the horse will stretch its head and neck mentally free is the result of the proper harmony that forwards and downwards in all three gaits. a horse shows when it moves with well from tension or marked regularity, impulsion and balance. Rhythm constraint can Cadence must be maintained in all the The term “rhythm” refers to the regularity of different trot or canter exercises and in all the steps or strides in each gait:They should it work with the variations of these paces. cover equal distances and also be of equal 7.The regularity of the paces is fundamental duration. The rhythm should be maintained looseness and to dressage. through transitions and turns as well as on can it use itself straight lines. No exercise or movement can The Scales of Training be good if the rhythm falters; and the training to the full. These are the six building blocks of is incorrect if it results in loss of rhythm. the German Training Scale. They are interdependent and interwoven each stage should be achieved Contact before moving on to the next.They are not, however, a checklist of Contact is the soft, steady connection between the rider’s hand and success. The lower rungs should always be revisited to check that the horse’s mouth. The horse should go rhythmically forward from progress is genuine and that the horse is fulfilling all the preceding the rider’s driving aids and “seek” a contact with the rider’s hand, requirements. thus “going onto” the contact. A correct, steady contact allows the horse to find its balance under the rider and find a rhythm in each Relaxation, Rhythm and Contact are part of the “familiarisation of the gaits.The poll should always be the highest point of the neck, phase” when a horse is encouraged to rediscover his natural balance except when the horse is being ridden forwards and downwards. when carrying a rider. He is encouraged to relax, to find his natural The contact should never be achieved through a backward action of rhythm and to seek an elastic connection to the rider via the rein the hands; it should result from the correctly delivered forward thrust The second phase is the development of the thrust from the of the hind legs.The horse should go forward confidently onto the hindquarters an takes in impulsion and straightness. contact in response to the rider’s driving aids.

The third phase develops the carrying power of the hind legs; collection. Because Balance and Flexion are inextricably linked in dressage, some believe these should be included in the Training Scale. Balance is connected to Rhythm and Straightness and without straightness there is no Relaxation, the horse cannot come into self carriage through accepting the bit evenly -on a Contact- neither can there be any true Impulsion unless the horse moves in a relaxed, straight manner. Flexion is entwined with Straightness as you can’t straighten a horse if you can’t bend him. If, during your ride you think to work on the elements of rhythm, balance and straightness, you should find yourself achieving relaxation, impulsion and collection as a matter of course.

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Impulsion A horse is said to have impulsion when the energy created by the hind legs is being transmitted into the gait and into every aspect of the forward movement. A horse can be said to be working with impulsion when it pushes off energetically from the ground and swings its feet well forward. Impulsion is created by training.The rider makes use of the horse’s natural paces, but “adds” to them looseness, forward thrust (originating in the hindquarters) and suppleness Straightness A horse is said to be straight when its forehand is in line with its hindquarters, that is, when its longitudinal axis is in line with the straight or curved track it is following. Straightness is necessary in order for the weight to be evenly distributed over the two halves of the body. It is developed through systematically training and suppling


Siobhan Records on Fairfax’s Royal Darco. Siobhan is EQASA qualified with international teaching passport. She currently competes at inter 1. She teaches, runs clinics and lectures for EQASA and runs saddle fitting courses.

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Ute Schutz (Judge), Sarah Moore (Sponsor), Susan Human (Judge), Trojan Maphosa

both sides of the body equally. Most horses are crooked. Like right and left-handed people, this crookedness has its origins in the brain and is something the horse is born with. If the horse is straight, the hind legs will push exactly in the direction of the centre of gravity.The restraining aids will then also pass through the horse correctly, via the moth, poll, neck and back to the hindquarters, and they will act on both hind legs equally. Collection The aim of all gymnastic training is to create a horse which is useful and ready and willing to perform. For the horse to meet these conditions, its weight, plus that of its rider, must be distributed as evenly as possible over all four legs.This means reducing the amount of weight on the forelegs, which naturally carry more of the load than the hind legs, and increasing by the same amount the weight on the hind legs, which were originally intended mainly to create the forward movement. By training and developing the relevant muscles, it is possible to increase the carrying capacity of the hindquarters. On the other hand, the forelegs, which support rather than push, can only be strengthened to a very limited degree through training. It is therefore more sensible, and indeed necessary, to transfer some of the weight to the hindquarters.The increased flexion of the hind legs results in the neck being raised.The horse is then in a position, if the carrying capacity of the hindquarters is sufficiently developed, to move in balance and self-carriage in all paces The Practical So once you have all the theoretical information in place it’s time to implement it. For me ideally each horse and rider should have a work routine, that will not only develope them physically but mentally as well. For the rider this involves keeping up your end of the deal, being not only supple but fit, in terms of muscle strength and cardiovascular endurance. For the mental aspect this involves finding a “mental coach” who you can approach for help with certain challenges, it also requires you to be prepared and focused for each ride as well as competition. Each horse will require a different routine to optimise their training,

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in so much as possible this should include strength, gymnastic, suppleness and fitness training.This can include, track work, schooling sessions, lunging/long lining, Cavalletti and Jumping Training, as well as hacking. I personally try not to school my horses more than 3 days a week, and not more than two days in succession. Each week I endeavour to plan the horses training along the above lines,I find planning lends to more productive training, though this planning needs to have some level of flexibility,as there are often unforeseen circumstances. Each schooling session should also have some planning so as to be productive, again this can’t be set in stone, as you never know what you’ll encounter on any given day. For example I on each of my horses, have a “warm up” plan for each of them, I like to start most of them off in the walk doing leg yields, then working in deep in either the trot of the canter, with some there is more of an influence on rhythm, while on others it’s most about suppleness, the best thing to do is be aware of each horses “faults” and work in with those in mind, as well as the training scale, with an emphasis on rhythm, suppleness and contact, for me it’s also important to ensure the horse is in front of the leg. One should always, in a warm up - start as you you mean to go on. Once the warm up is concluded I like to progress straight into training, for each session, I have an idea of what I would like to achieve, and the exercises I’m going to use to achieve my goal. Goals can range from improving the trot, to transitions, to shoulder in, each one is not exclusive from the next however you should have a clear goal, I often also include whatever “challenge” the horse faces, such as rein backs, until the issue is resolved, I also in each session train the following; the centre line and halts, walk pirouettes and corners. In terms of the corners these are possibly the most useful and neglected aspect of training, when a horse learns to wait and engage in each corner, it will give you invaluable time during a test to “reset and refocus”. Once you have a routine in place it will help identify which days you horse will be “optimal” on, this will allow you to then plan which day in the training will be the best “competition” day, therefore allowing you to plan your competition routine.


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Daniella Machine riding for Gauteng in the 1.30m show jumping class

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Kaitlyne Greyling riding Mexico representing the East Cape Team in the High School 1m Eventing Class.

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he SANESA Nationals took place from the 1st October - 8th October at the incredible Misty Meadows Equestrian Centre near Cullinan. The venue is setout in a broad oval shape on a slight incline with the stables on the outer edges and the arenas all in close proximity to each other in the central area. This was the third year that SANESA had held their annual Nationals event at this venue and the work and improvements undertaken by the venue owners has been fantastic culminating in the new King Abashiri 50 x 80m fibresand arena which the eventing High School horses had the pleasure of being the first competiton horses to ever set foot on the arena for their dressage phase. The existing arenas have also benefitted from Peter Morrison’s expertise and had fibre added to their sand which has improved the going dramatically. The grass arenas have also been improved and the ongoing work is appreciated by the competitors. Western Mounted Games started the Nationals off and great fun was had by everyone. The Sanesa athletes broke some records in a couple of the games and the biggest entry

was for the highest level which Jonelle Geldenhuys won who is from Ferrum High School in Northern KZN. The Stadium Eventing took place on the Sunday and Linda Phillo built a very interesting Derby style track which tested a lot of the provincial combinations. This is a great discipline with is gaining traction as it is a fantastic way to introduce young horses and riders to different types of fences and is useful for producing good working hunters, event horses and derby horses. It is also great fun. The quality of the Eventing from around the Provinces was fantastic with some really good dressage scores being posted across the board and then on the Tuesday morning it was cross country time. Linda Phillo had worked really hard with the Misty Meadows team to design 5 interesting cross country tracks that were all testing but fair. It is wonderful to report that the quality of the riding was such on the cross country courses that the ambulance was not required to move once during the whole phase. The atmosphere from the spectators was fabulous with such wonderful friendly rivalry and masses of partisan songs between the provinces. Issue 29 SPORTING HORSE

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Andy Robinson as the TD did his usual fantastic job of keeping everything running smoothly. The show jumping phase went off well in the Silver Star arena and this was followed by the prize giving where it was wonderful to have the Provinces grouped in their teams. The much sought after Eventing Spirit Provincial Team Cup was won this year by KZN in what must have been a very close contest with Eastern Cape – last year’s winners. Gauteng Eventing also had a great team spirit this year which was lovely to see. Daniella Machine Gauteng won the 1m High School class fresh from her fantastic round in the 1.40m South African Derby a few days earlier and Kelly Ervine KZN won the 90cm Primary School class. The Newcomers and Western Riding then took over the showgrounds and all went well. It seemed to be a great idea to move the Newcomers out from the Core League days as the little children were the stars of the day and didnt have bigger children whizzing past them in a rush to get to their events.

Bright and early on the Thursday morning the Provincial Team Parade was held and all the Provinces looked spectacular dressed in this year’s National’s theme Olympics. The Western Cape outdid themselves and deservedly won the Best Dressed Trophy. The Eastern Cape won the Spirit Trophy for Core League and it was fantastic to see their Grooms included as part of their Parade Team . North West need to be commended on doing so well overall at Nationals – For such a small Province to be the runners up as overall prize winners to Gauteng is fantastic and testament to the fantastic teamwork of the North West Committee under the chairmanship of Katie De Chaves. This small group of athletes has achieved so much and in some cases they have huge distances to travel to get to qualifiers.

The Core League classes were huge with two full days of primary school dressage, working hunter going for 11 hours and working riding happening all the time in the prettiest of arenas with such attention to detail by the venue holders. There was also masses of exciting show jumping for all levels as well as Equitation, Extreme Equitation which is a team event and Prix Caprilli classes. 2016 has seen further great co-operation between Equitation South Africa, Showing South Africa Eventing South Africa and Sanesa and the results of this teamwork could really be seen in the quality of the riding in these disciplines at this year’s Nationals.

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Adri Kritzinger on Goudhoek Rommel

Kirsten de Beer on Ebisu Prinzuet

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Kel-c Mclellan on Lady Coco Chanel

Megan Meyer on Little Brother

Ulrich Gericke on Diesel (Special Needs Class Dressage)

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Champion Model Mare Under Saddle Titske fan Kolderveel

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he FPSSA Annual Show that took place the weekend of 14 October at the Parys Show ground was a great success. Will Tijsen was the international judge from the KFPS that presided over events and this year saw a great number of carriage entries from Aveleda Friesain Stud which was a great highlight. The under saddle events were dominated by Adelprag Friesian Stud and the In-Hand classes by Doorndraai Friesian Stud. With good results in the recent Young Horse Dressage Championships and a good turn out at the National Show it is clear that the Friesian Breed is moving in a positive direction and keeping to the very high international standards set out by the KFPS. The next Friesian Show will be at the Horse of the Year 20 - 26 February and we hope to see everybody coming out to support this special breed. 84

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FPSSA National Show 2016 Results

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CHAMPION COLT IN HAND 52 Potter van Doorndraai 36 Spartacus van Quantum 26 Pulsar van Henson 17 Tyro S. van Selco 37 Nero van Stal Kleine Heide

Doorndraai Friesian Stud – M Botes Quantum Friesian Stud – Wayne & Michelle van Niekerk Henson Friesian Stud – Henriet & Gawie Stolz Selco Friesian Stud – Selma vd Berg Aveleda Friesian Stud – Wessel Basson

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CHAMPION FILLY IN HAND 51 Raven van Doorndraai 101 Ulma van henson 43 Sunita van Aveleda

Doorndraai Friesian Stud – M Botes Dei Grazia Friesian Stud - S. Janse van Rensburg Aveleda Friesian Stud – Wessel Basson

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JUNIOR SUPREME CHAMPION IN HAND 52 Potter van Doorndraai Doorndraai Friesian Stud – M Botes 51 Raven van Doorndraai Doorndraai Friesian Stud – M Botes 101 Ulma van henson Dei Grazia Friesian Stud - S. Janse van Rensburg 36 Spartacus van Quantum Quantum Friesian Stud – Wayne & Michelle van Niekerk

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CHAMPION MARE IN HAND 56 Jolanda van Doorndraai 4 Aurelia van Ass 60 Ivory van Doorndraai

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CHAMPION STALLION IN HAND 2 Adelprag Orlando van Doorndraai Adelprag Friesian Stud 37 Nero van Stal Kleine Heide Aveleda Friesian Stud – Wessel Basson 55 Jonker van Mooiklooof Steyn Du Plessis – Mooikloof Friesian Stud

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CROWN MARE IN HAND 62 Karien van Doorndraai 61 Hilkje van 'E Visscherwei

Doorndraai Friesian Stud – M Botes Steyn Du Plessis – Mooikloof Friesian Stud

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Doorndraai Friesian Stud – M Botes

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KFPS FB STALLION WITH BREEDING PERMISSION IN HAND 27 Kelvin van Stal Bellefleur Henson Friesian Stud – Henriet & Gawie Stolz 105 Arne van Kadyk Benmar Black Friesian Stud – M Brits

Doorndraai Friesian Stud – M Botes Adelprag Friesian Stud Doorndraai Friesian Stud – M Botes

SUPREME CHAMPION IN HAND Champion 62 Karien van Doorndraai Doorndraai Friesian Stud – M Botes FPSSA National Show 2016 Results Res Champion 2 Adelprag Orlando van Doorndraai Adelprag Friesian Stud FPSSA National Show 2016 Results Third 61 Hilkje van 'E Visscherwei Steyn Du Plessis – Mooikloof Friesian Stud First Second First Third Second Placed Third Placed

CHAMPION MARE UNDER SADDLE 4 Aurelia van Ass CHAMPION MARE UNDER SADDLE 59 Delilah van Milford 4 Aurelia van Ass 56 Jolanda van Doorndraai 59 Delilah van Milford 10 Mieka van Benmar Black 56 Jolanda van Doorndraai

Adelprag Friesian Stud Doorndraai Friesian Stud – M Botes Adelprag Friesian Stud Doorndraai Friesian Stud – M Botes Doorndraai Friesian Stud – M Botes Adelprag Friesian Stud Doorndraai Friesian Stud – M Botes

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10 Mieka van Benmar Black Adelprag Friesian Stud CHAMPION STALLION UNDER SADDLE 6 Reinhoud van E Homar Adelprag Friesian Stud CHAMPION STALLION UNDER SADDLE 9 Alwin van Adelprag Adelprag Friesian Stud 6 Reinhoud van E Homar Adelprag Friesian Stud 1 of 3 2 Adelprag Orlando van Doorndraai Adelprag Friesian Stud 9 Alwin van Adelprag Adelprag Friesian Stud 55 Jonker van Mooiklooof 2 Adelprag Orlando van Doorndraai Steyn Du Plessis – Mooikloof Friesian Stud Adelprag Friesian Stud

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CHAMPION GELDING UNDER SADDLE 33 Wester van Kreterenhof Quantum Friesian Stud – Wayne & Michelle van Niekerk CHAMPION GELDING UNDER SADDLE 58 Gregory van Doorndraai Alida de Jager 33 Wester van Kreterenhof Quantum Friesian Stud – Wayne & Michelle van Niekerk 34 Jasper Markus Botha 58 Gregory van Doorndraai Alida de Jager

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34 Jasper Markus Botha KFPS FB STALLION WITH BREEDING PERMISSION UNDER SADDLE 27 Kelvin van Stal Bellefleur Henson Friesian Stud – Henriet & Gawie Stolz KFPS FB STALLION WITH BREEDING PERMISSION UNDER SADDLE 105 Arne van Kadyk Benmar Black Friesian Stud – M Brits 27 Kelvin van Stal Bellefleur Henson Friesian Stud – Henriet & Gawie Stolz 105 Arne van Kadyk Benmar Black Friesian Stud – M Brits KFPS STUDBOOK STALLION UNDER SADDLE 7 Anders 451 Adelprag Friesian Stud KFPS STUDBOOK STALLION UNDER SADDLE 7 Anders 451 CROWN MARE UNDER SADDLE 62 Karien van Doorndraai CROWN MARE UNDER SADDLE 61 Hilkje van 'E Visscherwei 62 Karien van Doorndraai 61 Hilkje van 'E Visscherwei MODEL MARE UNDER SADDLE 63 Titske van Kolderveen MODEL MARE UNDER SADDLE

Adelprag Friesian Stud Doorndraai Friesian Stud – M Botes Steyn Du Plessis – Mooikloof Friesian Stud Doorndraai Friesian Stud – M Botes Steyn Du Plessis – Mooikloof Friesian Stud Doorndraai Friesian Stud – M Botes

63 Titske van Kolderveen Doorndraai Friesian Stud – M Botes SUPREME CHAMPION UNDER SADDLE 6 Reinhoud van E Homar Adelprag Friesian Stud SUPREME CHAMPION UNDER SADDLE 4 Aurelia van Ass Adelprag Friesian Stud 6 Reinhoud van E Homar Adelprag Friesian Stud

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40 Monieta van Aveleda Aveleda Friesian Stud – Wessel Basson CHAMPION STALLION SINGLE HARNESS 37 Nero van Stal Kleine Heide Aveleda Friesian Stud – Wessel Basson

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Champion Stallion Single Harness Yenske owned by Aveleda Friesian Stud & Wessel Basson

FPSSA National Show 2016 Results

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CHAMPION MARE UNDER SADDLE 4 Aurelia van Ass 59 Delilah van Milford 56 Jolanda van Doorndraai 10 Mieka van Benmar Black

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CHAMPION STALLION UNDER SADDLE 6 Reinhoud van E Homar Adelprag Friesian Stud 9 Alwin van Adelprag Adelprag Friesian Stud 2 Adelprag Orlando van Doorndraai Adelprag Friesian Stud 55 Jonker van Mooiklooof Steyn Du Plessis – Mooikloof Friesian Stud

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CHAMPION GELDING UNDER SADDLE 33 Wester van Kreterenhof Quantum Friesian Stud – Wayne & Michelle van Niekerk 58 Gregory van Doorndraai Alida de Jager 34 Jasper Markus Botha

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KFPS FB STALLION WITH BREEDING PERMISSION UNDER SADDLE 27 Kelvin van Stal Bellefleur Henson Friesian Stud – Henriet & Gawie Stolz 105 Arne van Kadyk Benmar Black Friesian Stud – M Brits

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CROWN MARE UNDER SADDLE 62 Karien van Doorndraai 61 Hilkje van 'E Visscherwei

Doorndraai Friesian Stud – M Botes Steyn Du Plessis – Mooikloof Friesian Stud

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Doorndraai Friesian Stud – M Botes

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SUPREME CHAMPION UNDER SADDLE 6 Reinhoud van E Homar Adelprag Friesian Stud 4 Aurelia van Ass Adelprag Friesian Stud

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CHAMPION MARE SINGLE HARNESS 48 Yenske Aveleda Friesian Stud – Wessel Basson 38 Tsjalda F Aveleda Friesian Stud – Wessel Basson 40 Monieta van Aveleda Aveleda Friesian Stud – Wessel Basson

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CHAMPION STALLION SINGLE HARNESS FPSSA National Show 2016 Results 37 Nero van Stal Kleine Heide Aveleda Friesian Stud – Wessel Basson

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MARE PAIRS IN HARNESS 43 Sunita van Aveleda 40 Monieta van Aveleda 42 Quinita van Aveleda 41 Rita van Aveleda

Aveleda Friesian Stud – Wessel Basson Aveleda Friesian Stud – Wessel Basson 2 of 3 Aveleda Friesian Stud – Wessel Basson Aveleda Friesian Stud – Wessel Basson

KLAWERTJIE DRIE 40 Monieta van Aveleda 41 Rita van Aveleda 42 Quinita van Aveleda 37 Nero van Stal Kleine Heide 40 Monieta van Aveleda 43 Sunita van Aveleda

Aveleda Friesian Stud – Wessel Basson Aveleda Friesian Stud – Wessel Basson Aveleda Friesian Stud – Wessel Basson Aveleda Friesian Stud – Wessel Basson Aveleda Friesian Stud – Wessel Basson Aveleda Friesian Stud – Wessel Basson

CLASS: 79 - TANDEM - AUTOMATIC CHAMPION 39 Merike van Aveleda Aveleda Friesian Stud – Wessel Basson 42 Quinita van Aveleda Aveleda Friesian Stud – Wessel Basson 40 Monieta van Aveleda Aveleda Friesian Stud – Wessel Basson 43 Sunita van Aveleda Aveleda Friesian Stud – Wessel Basson CLASS: 80 - FOUR IN HAND - AUTOMATIC CHAMPION 43 Sunita van Aveleda Aveleda Friesian Stud – Wessel Basson 40 Monieta van Aveleda Aveleda Friesian Stud – Wessel Basson 41 Rita van Aveleda Aveleda Friesian Stud – Wessel Basson 42 Quinita van Aveleda Aveleda Friesian Stud – Wessel Basson

Junior Supreme Champion In Hand Potter van Doorndraai owned by Doorndraai Friesian Stud

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Hazel Shannon

FEI CLASSICS™

JUST ANOTHER DAY AT THE OFFICE FOR CLIFFORD

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hen it came down to the final jumping phase of the FEI Classics™ at the Australian International 3 Day Event in Adelaide (AUS), Hazel Shannon (AUS) had considerable room to move with Clifford, the powerful thoroughbred. They could have knocked down three rails and still won, but the gelding that “always does his job” did just that and added nothing further to his dressage score than 0.4 of a cross country time penalty. Clifford clearly knew where the rails were and, most importantly, kept away from them. 90

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By Anna Sharpley Heart and mind “That’s Clifford to a tee,” explained Shannon. “He is not extravagant in any phase - he just does his job and I can’t ask for more than that. There is a huge amount of training that has gone into Clifford, but his temperament is such that he allows you to train him. It is not just about raw talent, it is the heart and the mind of the horse that matters and this was just another day at the office for Clifford. He keeps trying and trying, and getting better and better.” In the end, Shannon and Clifford cruised home to a popular


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victory 14.50 penalties ahead of their nearest rival. “My aim is to keep getting better,” continued the 24-year-old Shannon from the far north Queensland town of Mutchilda, who when she finished high school went straight to the Ryans Equestrian Centre in Newcastle, in the southeastern state of New South Wales. She has been at the centre, which is managed by husband and wife team Heath and Rozzie Ryan, for the past six and a half years. Wendy Ward, Clifford’s owner, is the Ryans’ next door neighbour. “There is no way I could have done this without Heath (Ryan),” says Shannon. FEI Classics™ in Adelaide – the pinnacle The top three places in the FEI Classics™ jumping phase stayed the same, with Will Enzinger (AUS) holding on to second place despite a disappointing three rails down. He also rode Britannica MVNZ into fourth place with just the addition of a further four penalties.

“He was a bit off, but I am over the moon”, sayd Enzinger of his Wenlock Aquifer. “Some of the more experienced horses are not here because of the Olympic Games, but we are here and all our horses have made great progress. For us, the Adelaide FEI Classics is the pinnacle of the sport and there is nothing like this in the world.” The 24-year-old professional Andrew Cooper (AUS) looked a picture in the final jumping phase, but two rails on the floor added a further eight to his score on Evergem Perfection, placing him third. Nonetheless he represents the new guard of top-level FEI Classics™ eventers along with Shannon and Enzinger. Living the dream Three other combinations jumped clear in this tough final jumping phase. Rohan Luxmoore (AUS), who has declared that he “is living the dream” by competing in the FEI Issue 29 SPORTING HORSE

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Hazel Shannon (AUS) Clifford 52.50 Wilhelm Enzinger (AUS) Wenlock Aquifer 67.00 Andrew Cooper (AUS) Evergem Perfection 67.70 Wilhelm Enzinger (AUS) Britannica MVNZ 71.80 Rohan Luxmoore (AUS) Bells ‘N Whistles 94.80 Stuart Tinney (AUS) War Hawk 95.60 Tegan Lush (AUS) Tempis Fugit 114.30 Emily Gray (AUS) Jocular Vision 116.30 Shane Rose (AUS) Glenorchy South Park 129.10 Andy Daines (NZL) Spring Panorama 144.00.

Stuart Tinney (AUS) looked impressive on War Hawk to take sixth place, with the sixth clear round coming from Tegan Lush and her Jetball Thoroughbred gelding Tempis Fugit who placed seventh.

FEI CLASSICS™ 2016/2017 CALENDAR

The crowds came in their thousands to enjoy the final phase of the FEI Classics™ at the Australian International 3 day Event in Adelaide.

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AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL 3 DAY EVENT (AUS) - 3-6 NOVEMBER 2016 ROLEX KENTUCKY THREE-DAY EVENT (USA) - 27-30 APRIL 2017 MITSUBISHI MOTORS BADMINTON HORSE TRIALS (GBR) - 3-7 MAY 2017 LUHMÜHLEN CCI 4* PRESENTED BY DHL (GER) - 15-18 JUNE 2017 LAND ROVER BURGHLEY HORSE TRIALS (GBR) - 31 AUGUST-3 SEPTEMBER 2017


By Hannah Eccles | Photos By Jürgen Rengel / Daniel Kaiser

2016 FEI WORLD SENIOR AND EUROPEAN JUNIOR EQUESTRIAN VAULTING CHAMPIONSHIPS

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ompetitors from 20 different nations came to Le Mans for the World Senior Vaulting Championships and the Junior European Vaulting Championships. The atmosphere at Boulerie Jump was electric as athletes battled it out for the eight FEI titles on offer. Spectators were treated to a range of different themes from the individuals, Pas de deux and teams all who were hoping for that elusive FEI medal. Senior Female class Coming into the senior female competition the class was wide open with a number of competitiors winning CVIs throughout the season. However it was Pas de deux superstar Jasmin Lindner who stole the show, leading the class from the initial compulsory round and advancing her lead throughout the following freestyle and technical rounds. Jasmin amazed audiences with her range of moves especially a difficult combination of a backwards handstand on the handles through to an inside bounce.

Individual Junior Male: Gold - Konstantin Naser GER

freestyle to take the all important gold medal. Last to go she performed effortlessly and as she dismounted it was clear she would now be FEI Individual Female World Champion™ her gold medal adding to her collection of gold World medals in Pas de deux and her previous world team medals. Scoring a total of 8,212 Jasmin commented after the event “It’s a great feeling because it is really surprising for me that I have won individual. I thought that I could make the top five. But I never thought I could win this championship.” It was a tough contest for silver and bronze with many of the women making costly errors in the initial freestyle and technical test rounds. Kristina Boe who has been amazing audiences all year with her zombie themed freestyle unfortunately got a costly time penalty in her first freestyle which resulted in her not getting her last risk move or dismount counted and occurring a one point deduction off her artistic score.

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Lisa Wild on Robin, Lunged by Nina Rossin

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Individual Junior Female: Gold – Mara Xander (GER)

Individual Senior Female: Gold – Jasmin Lindner

last to perform with his team horse Quiece d’aunis and lunger Sandra Tronchet. The young 19 year old who made a name for himself at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ in 2014 and won the Longines Rising Star Award the same year was able to show his unique strength and flexibility within his routine to score 8,593 in the final freestyle and thus with a score of 8.135 went on to win the first ever gold Equestrian Vaulting medal for Mauritius. World Champion Lambert enthused, “I am relieved. It has been really a lot of work and I am really happy that we did it. We had the most fun in the final round. It felt easy today.” Senior Pas de deux Senior Male The men’s competition climaxed in a gripping final. The top Jasmin Lindner and Luckas Wacha treated the audience to a Pas two competitors after first round Clement Taillez and Lambert de deux masterclass repeating the feat they managed for the Leclezio both made errors in one of the five important technical first time five years ago winning the FEI World Championship in test moves: jump to backwards, which left them both having Pas de deux. Together with Dr Doolittle 5and Klaus Haidacher to fight back in order to try to fill one of the spaces on the they were untouchable. As firm favourites of the class coming podium. Their mistakes left the door open for the three German into the event the pressure was on their shoulders yet they competitors, Jannis Drewell,Thomas Brusewitz and Daniel Kaiser. managed to command the class as spectators watched on in awe Jannis Drewell last year’s FEI European Vaulting Champion™, as they performed two routines to perfection scoring a perfect suffered a fall from the horse in the first round freestyle whilst 10 for artistic from judge Karolina Wickholm on day one. This impersonating the famous Sherlock Holmes. However, after a rounded off a golden day for Jasmin Lindner, Dr Doolittle and solid technical test and final freestyle he scored 8.117 in total Klaus Haidacher who took gold earlier in the female individual thus securing a bronze medal for Germany. Thomas, last year’s class. They were the only Pas de deux to score over a 9 finishing silver medallist, competing on new horse Big Star, unfortunately on a total of 9.084. Second place was closely fought between wasn’t able to capitalise on his first place in technical test and thus Janika Derks and Johannes Kay from Germany, Lucie and Simon had to settle for fifth place. Vincent Haennel stunned the home Chevrel from France and Silvia Stopazzini and Lorenzo Lupacchini crowd with his final freestyle performing it impeccably. Alongside from Italy. The German Pas de deux were the first of the last four his horse Quartz D’Olbiche and lunger Fabrice Holzberger he to go and laid down the gauntlet for the rest of the class.Together scored a total of 8.127 which put the pressure firmly on the in a historic pairing with Alexander Hartl and Holt’s Romeo – as shoulders of the young Mauritian Lambert Leclezio who was the their own horse had a little injury -they scored a total of 8.435. highest scoring final freestyle of 8.559 to score a total of 8.108. Marina Mohar and Nadja Büttiker put in great performances for Switzerland to finish fifth and sixth respectively.While Janika Derks competing on a new horse to the competition circuit, Bella Bientje came back from a fall in the first freestyle round to take fourth place. However, it was the FEI World Equestrian Games™ silver medallist Anna Cavallaro who managed to take the bronze medal for Italy with a smooth performance on her new horse Monaco Franze 4 with lunger Nelson Vidoni at the helm.

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Next to go was the French pair who performed their ‘Adam and Eve’ routine with an impressive stand on stand block to finish. With lunger Elke Nousse and horse Rayo de la Luz they faced an anxious wait as their score of 8.370 put them into second place with two more Pas de deux to compete. Next to go Silvia Stopazzini and Lorenzo Lupacchini proved that they are a pairing to watch out for in the future. However, their score of 8.185 put them behind the German and the French pairs and with the multiple championship winning pair of Lindner and Wacha left to perfom it looked like the result would not be enough to guarantee them the medal. Last to go Lindner and Wacha proved that they are Pas de deux legends in the sport being unbeatable at every World and European Championship since 2012. The audience was electric as they appreciated the spectacle that the Austrian pair had treated them too.

couple of years. Fourth place was occupied by Team Switzerland who managed to put on a fantastic show despite having to make changes due to injury in the past couple of weeks.

Junior Female After a strong Austrian presence in the Junior Female class over the last few years, the German representatives stole the show and largely dominated throughout the competition resulting in them taking home every medal on offer. This was the first time any nation has achieved this feat in the FEI European Vaulting Championship™ Junior Female class since its introduction back in 2008. Mara Xander, her first time in these championships, took gold in emphatic style scoring 8.466 in her final freestyle leading the rest of the field by a whole 0.6 marks. The 15 year old, alongside her horse Luigi 198 and lunger Andrea Blatz, scored a total of 8.147, performing four tight rounds and setting herself Senior Squad above the rest of the field. Her freestyle was perfectly balanced The team competition resulted in a nail biting final. Team between artistic impression and difficulty alike. The silver medal Germany on Lazio lunged by Alexander Hartl led the class after went to last year’s FEI World Junior Championships™ silver the compulsory round by a significant margin. However after medallist Franziska Peitzmeier competing with her medal winning the first round freestyle Team France represented by Team Noroc combination of Anna Brinkhamm on the lunge and 9 year old and featuring 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games Champion gelding Dorian Gray SN. She scored a total of 7.853. Hannah Jacques Ferrari, started closing the gap on their rivals. Partnered Steverding completed the podium for Germany, her bronze with Sandra Tronchet and horse Wizner, their revolutionary style medal being the first of two medals she won this championship, of vaulting – dynamic, creating interesting shapes on the horse with an upbeat freestyle to Doris Days’‘Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps’. whilst interpreting different birds, amazed the crowd in Le Mans. Together with experienced horse Cyrano 147 and Doris Also achieving a perfect 10 from Pavla Kraupse for artistic in Marquart she was able to post a total of 7.707. the final day, they were able to perform two incredible freestyle performances to score 8.343 and take the gold medal ahead of Junior Male the German team who were represented by Team Ingelsberg on This year’s junior male competition was a highly competitive class Lazio 9 lunged by Alexander Hartl. Austria’s ‘Revenge’ themed which saw the leader change almost every round. Going into the freestyle featured a never been done before - handstand on final day the title was there for anyone to take.This year also saw the straight arms of someone standing. Along with their horse a lot of new young faces burst onto the scene. Last to go on the Alessio l’Amabile and lunger Maria Lehmann they were able to first day Philip Clement, who only turned 14 in May, cemented take the bronze medal – one which has availed them the past himself as one to watch in the future by taking 96

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RESULTS Individual Senior Female: Gold – Jasmin Lindner (AUT) 8.212; Silver – Kristina Boe (GER) 8.108; Bronze – Anna Cavallaro (ITA) 7.992. Individual Senior Male: Gold – Lambert Leclezio (MRI) 8.135; Silver – Vincent Haennel (FRA) 8.127; Bronze – Jannis Drewell (GER) 8.117. Senior Pas de deux: Gold – Jasmin Lindner & Lukas Wacha (AUT) 9.084; Silver – Janika Derks & Johannes Kay (GER) 8.435; Bronze – Simon & Lucie Chevrel (FRA) 8.370. Senior Squad: Gold – France (FRA) 8.343; Silver – Germany (GER) 8.260; Bronze – Austria (AUT) 8.159. Individual Junior Male: Gold – Konstantin Näser (GER) 7.479; Silver – Ludo Campïon (FRA) 7.459; Bronze – Leon Hüsgen (GER) 7.443 Individual Junior Female: Gold – Mara Xander (GER) 8.147; Silver – Franziska Peitzmeier (GER) 7.853; Bronze – Hannah Steverding (GER) 7.707. Junior Pas De Deux: Gold – Diana Harwardt & Julian Kögl (GER) 7.989; Silver – Layla Anne Fraser & Lucy Mae Fraser (ESP) 7.239; Bronze – Clara Köpke & Lara Maurer (AUT) 7.143. Junior Squad: Gold - Switzerland (SUI) 7.610; Silver Germany (GER) 7.582; Bronze - Austria (AUT) 7.321. Individual Senior Male: Gold – Lambert Leclezio

the lead in the first compulsory round. He went on to make an impact in the freestyle round with his theme of the ocean showing a mix of flexibility and strength. He just missed out on the podium taking fourth place however is an exciting prospect is for the future. Likewise 15 year old Ludo Campïon who was last to go on the final day partnered with Françoise Sivar and Ipsos d’Ecotay wowed crowds with his freestyle and full twist dismount to take home the silver medal for the host nation France, scoring a total of 7.459. However, it was Konstantin Näser who managed to put in four solid rounds to score a total of 7.479 take the title for Germany and continue the German gold rush that day. He partnered with Cyrano 147 and Doris Marquart who had just taken the bronze medal in the Junior Female class. In this tight final there were a number of vaulters in the running for the bronze medal. However, it went to Leon Hüsgen from the famed club Neuss Grimlenhausen. He fought back hard after a disappointing first compulsory round where he placed eighth to come alive in the second round with a great final compulsory and freestyle set to score 7.443 and secure the third position on the podium. Junior Pas de deux Diana Harwardt and Julian Kögl won the Junior Pas de deux title for the first time for Germany since its inception in 2012. Together with lunger Hendrick Falk and Longinus 4 they performed a graceful, near perfect routine both days to clinch the title with a score of 7.989 and win the class by a huge margin of 0.9. With 0.4 separating the rest of the field going into the final day all the remaining Pas de deux were in with a chance. However it was Spain’s Lucy Mae and Layla Anne Fraser who made history by taking home the silver medal for Spain performing their space routine to score 7.239 overall. They were aided by their mother Diane on the lunge and horse Simbal to come through from sixth place on the first day. This is Spain’s first ever medal in Equestrian Vaulting and the Fraser sisters who had a tense wait in kiss and 98

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cry could not contain their excitement as they found out they had become European medallists. The bronze medal was hard fought and eventually went to Austria’s Clara Köpke and Lara Maurer partnering with their horse Louis Bonheur and longer Lena Kalcher-Prein to score a total of 7.143. Junior Squads The junior team competition culminated in a duel between Germany – represented by Mainz Ebersheim - and Switzerland – represented by Montmirail - with the latter coming through to win the competition by a narrow 0.028 margin in the final round. After finishing compulsories in third place, Switzerland aided by their horse Livanto CHA CH lunged by Mirjam Degiorgi, fought back round by round putting in two energetic performances of their dynamic freestyle to score 7.610 to take home gold for Switzerland. This is the first time Switzerland has ever won the title of FEI Junior European™ team champions. Germany lunged by Alexandra Dietrich on Celebration 38 had to settle for the silver medal performing two enjoyable rounds of their Japanese inspired freestyle. They fell just short of taking the title scoring 7.582 overall. Third place was occupied by the current FEI Junior World Champions™ Austria represented by the successful Club 43 competing on Darwin 5 lunged by Karen Asmera. After a shaky first freestyle they pulled out a great final performance of their circus freestyle to score 7.321 and take the bronze medal. The Czech Republic showed great potential for the future finishing fourth with 6.999 with Italy also delighting audiences with their Mary Poppins theme finishing fifth on a total of 6.964. German National Trainer Ulla Ramage commented on the success of the Germans in the Junior Championship after taking three of the four titles on offer “I expected success but now we got more than I was expecting, we gave them more support and we had a master plan for this. This was the reason for the success.”


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