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elcome to our Winter edition of Sporting Horse Magazine. With the cold biting across South Africa I hope we can help you keep warm with some great features.

Having recently made the pilgrimage to Callaho Stud for their annual auction in Christiana on the edge of the Vaal River, I was reminded of how far South Africa has come in terms of breeding stock and current sport horses. Read all about it on page 16. Well done to the Callaho Team for once again putting on a very successful and magnificent smoothly run show, yes I say show, because it is far more than an auction. If you have not made the trip out to Callaho, make sure you do not miss it in 2016. How exciting was it to be able to follow Capital Colnardo as he competed in Miami Beach during the Longines Global Champion Tour, hence our fabulous cover and more in the cover story on page 6. We look forward to more international success from this wonderful team. We take a look at one of the highlights of the equestrian calendar, The Nissan Easter Festival, on page 10 and the Nissan Winter Festival on page 80. Then we have a host of brilliant equine photographers. Diana Bloemendal features some of her favourite subjects during her recent visit to South Africa, page 22. Adam Brennan spent days at the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event in pouring rain to get some of the best Eventing images, in trying conditions on page 56. We will be catching up with Adam in a later edition again, so watch this space. Bettina Niedermayr shares with Sporting Horse Magazine her unique gift, capturing human and equine in splendid fashion, creating warmth and passion in a series of fine art images in our Behind The Lens feature on page 42.


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Sporting Horse Magazine kicks off a series of articles on the Namibian Warmblood Breeders, the first on page 73. These breeders have always played an integral part in the Southern African Warmblood scene, so take a ride with us as we start this journey. There is a lot more to get through, rider and horse profiles, and update from Oliver Lazarus abroad, the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo and more, so I hope you are snuggled up warm, hopefully in front of a fire. As we near the 500 000 follower mark on Sporting Horse Magazine, I remind you of this fabulous online community, our weekly reach is averaging around the 600 000 individual mark. This community is available for Sporting Horse Magazine advertisers, so make use of this incredible reach and if you have not done so, go and take a look and “like” our page. Thanks for reading.

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Capital Colnardo Taking on Miami Capital Colnardo went into quarantine on the 13th of June 2014, where he spent 21 days in South Africa and 3 months in Mauritius. This is where he was introduced to the Coulter family. Meeting with this amazing family started a new career for Capital Colnardo and has created exciting new opportunities for Capital Stud and it’s horses. Capital Colnardo left Mauritius on the 5th of October 2014 and arrived in Belgium 29 hours later. After spending 60 compulsory days in Europe, he went on and ew to America where he did 5 weeks quarantine.





Capital Colnardo and Groom Janni Olin in Miami



hortly before he left South Africa he ended his amazing ShowJumping career in South Africa by winning the Nissan Outdoor Grand Prix.

Whilst in Europe, Capital Colnardo jumped a few classes under Harrie Smolders and then went on and started jumping with his new owner, Audrey Coulter in Florida shortly after he came out of quarantine in America. He was then entered into the first leg of the Global Champions Tour in Miami, where he jumped 3 brilliant classes including the 1.60m Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix in excellent form. He ended up 19th overall. This was followed by another spell in quarantine after which he flew back to Europe on the 18th of May. He competed in the 1.40m classes with Harrie Smolders as a warm up and went on to win the Jaguar Land Rover Masters of Luxemburg on the 12th of June. Audrey Coulter finishes her school career in the 3rd week of June 2015 in America and will then join up with Capital Colnardo in Europe to jump her first 5 star show at Knokke in Belgium. They will then move on to start their campaigning for the Olympics. We wish them the best of luck and hope it all goes well. Capital Colnardo came to South Africa in 2006 as a three year old. He is a Holstiener stallion by Colman out of a Coronado mare. Colman, a son of Carthago out of Lord, Marlon XX, proved himself as an excellent breeder of top showjumpers like : 10


Catwalk IV ( Robert Whitaker ) 5 star level winner at the Nations Cup St Gallen jumping 0/1, 2nd and at Nations Cup Gijon jumped double clear and was the winner of 6 bar class at Calgary. Clouwni (Marlon Zanotelli) at 5 star level was the winner of a 1m60 class and 2nd in another at Barcelona CSIO, double clear at Nations Cup La Baule CSIO and also won the Nations Cup at 3 star Arezzo. Wait and See (MI Hendrix) 1st in 2 star GP at Ebreichsdorf and 3rd in 3 star GP Humlikon in 2012, 2nd in 3 star GP at Geesteren and 3rd in Arnhem. Also came 2nd in Nations Cup at 5 star Dublin in 2013 Cooper (Rene and Maurice Tebbel) winner of the European Individual Junior title in 2012, 5th in 4 star GP Frankfurt in 2011, came 2nd in 2012 and 4th in 5 star 1m50 classes at CSIO Aachen and CSIO St Gallen. Con Dios 111 ( Martin Fuchs) 1st in 3 star GP Munich Riem 2013 Cabras (Inga Rauert Czwalina/Margie Goldstein Engle) 5th in 3 star GP Kiel and 4th in 4 star 1m50 at Braunschwieg in 2012. Capital Colnardo started his showjumping career as a 4 year old in South Africa and developed into an amazing horse with all the qualities that you can only dream of in a showjumper.To own a horse of this caliber only happens once in a lifetime. I would be very lucky to have another horse like him in my life, says Henning Pretorius of Capital stud.

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EQUESTRIAN SPORT THE WINNER Every year at Easter, Kyalami Equestrian Park comes alive with the country’s greatest horsemanship you’ll ever witness. The Nissan Easter Festival is an exceptionally well run event, with the fiercest competition in full swing across all the disciplines, with 2015 being no different.


or hundreds of riders, this is the show to win. The show that determines whether you’re ready to upgrade and whether your hard work has paid off. Perhaps that’s why the show sells out in days and the waiting list extends far beyond what can be accommodated. It must be said then that the sport of equestrian is surely strengthened by the show that see’s 2500 entries and over 10 000 people through the gates:The Nissan Easter Festival. “This show offers everything to the horse lover including working hunter classes, complete horse, dressage and driving – for children, juniors and adults. The standard was most impressive and certainly something that South Africa should be proud of,” Says KEP Chairman Clem Dos Santos. In the build-up to the final championship class on Sunday, it was a Saturday afternoon of witnessing the Nissan 6-Bar competition, where Team Nissan’s Lorette Knowles-Taylor was again the reigning champion on Nissan Titanic, clearing a mammoth 1.95m. When asked what goes through her mind when you start the line knowing the size of the last jump, Lorette explains 12


how technically correct she knew she needed to be, “I knew that I needed to stay in perfect balance aboard Nissan Titanic and be able to give him enough space on take-off to be able to clear the last fence. (As the jumps go up, so the distance between the jumps becomes tighter for the horse – as typically (in theory) you need to be able to take off 1.95m away from 1.95m fence.) The stands were full and the crowd was amazing. It is such a thrill to jump for a bunch of big jumping enthusiasts! There is another 6 Bar in June at the Nissan World Cup Qualifier in Shongweni – providing I have sound horses and everything goes to plan, I will definitely ride.” The climax of the show though is the Nissan Adult SA Outdoor Grand Prix, a two round competition which sees the first round being set over 12 or 13 fences including a water jump, a double and a treble combination. It’s the top 24 riders who competed in this final event, with an ideal of six to eight riders qualifying for the jump off. It was Samantha McIntosh who took the win securing her third clear round of the day in a time of 36.5 seconds.


Lorette Knowles-Taylor riding Nissan Titanic





Samantha McIntosh riding Lets Win


Winner of Pony Rider Nissan SA Outdoor Grand Prix - Cheyenne de Beer (Gauteng)



Winner of Junior Nissan SA Outdoor Grand Prix 2015 - Danielle Lemmer (Limpopo)

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From Left to Right: Sharon Trube, Mike Whitfield, Lorette KnowlesTaylor, Samantha McIntosh, Anne-Marie Esslinger, Chatan Hendriks, Val Beuster, Clam dos Santos, Jean-Michel Turlot


achievement not for only winning the title but also as confirmation of her plans and that her training is paying off, “Winning the Nissan GP is one of my best achievements, competing on one of my own horses in SA and I hope to build on this achievement. An overall top achievement of mine was winning South Africa’s first Olympic medal at the Singapore Youth Olympics in 2010. This international success lit a flame inside me that has driven me to achieve even greater heights. In terms of my pre show preparation, I followed my normal big competition training schedule to ensure my horses were in top physical condition and as always worked very closely Another stand out champion was Chatan Hendriks riding Air with my coach Gonda. I am a firm believer in staying physically Holidays Cowan House who with only 1 down in his first round fit and I continually work on my own personal fitness and strength.” and clear in his second, placed tie third; “As a past Youth Olympic Games participant, Samantha is a great ambassador for South African Show Jumping (SASJ) - an inspiration for all the children and juniors coming through the SASJ graded system. Another special moment for me was the fly over by the SANDF Arrows on the Monday,” recalls Clem who goes on to say that a show of this nature could never take place without the sponsors: “They are a key part of our sport and a special thank you to Nissan for their unwavering support. I would also like to thank Western Shoppe who sponsored prizes and KHL which sponsored the 1m and 1.30 adult jumping championship classes.”

“I’ve only recently moved into the 1.50 level so to finish third was surreal to be honest as it was something I obviously hoped for but didn’t expect on my first attempt. Cowan just got better and better as the show went on, he loves the Bob Charter arena as do I, so in the 2nd Qualifier for Mondays class when I jumped a clear round I knew he was feeling good and looked forward to the Grand Prix.”

Instructor Gonda Beatrix explains her pride in Samantha’s win, “She absolutely deserves her success. She always listens to me 100% and does her homework and training when I am not around. She rode 3 text book rounds in the Grand Prix and everything went according to plan.”

So with another successful show drawing to a close, those involved in the equestrian disciplines can be well pleased with Grand Prix champion Samantha said that the win was a fantastic their efforts in ensuring that the sport continues to flourish. Issue 23 SPORTING HORSE



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A POLISHED PERFORMANCE Sporting Horse attended the 2015 Callaho Auction on Saturday 6 June at Callaho Warmblood Sporthorse Stud near Christiana. The auction got off to a chilly start on Friday evening with a Free Jumping display of all the auction riding horses, which showcased the young horses’ jumping abilities. On Saturday, the early birds among the auction-goers were greeted by a thick layer of frost, but the Callaho Team had been up since well before dawn, busy grooming, plaiting horses and doing final preparations for the big day. By Brigid Thompson


Photos by Tracy Robertson

he Callaho Auction format is unique, as there are no reserve prices, the sale process is completely transparent, and each horse is sold for its true market value, as determined by open auction. The onus rests on the buyer to determine the suitability of the horse beforehand, and every facility is made available to assist in this regard. In the months before the auction radiographs and videos of the horses free jumping and jumping under saddle are available, and ample time is scheduled for try-outs. Prospective buyers also have the opportunity to talk to the riders and the veterinarian, and during the auction buyers have the chance not only to watch the horses perform , but also to watch them in the warm-up arena, visit the horses in the stables, and ask for them to be stood up for inspection. Many auction-goers told us that they appreciated the convenience of having the vetting done beforehand, of having access to wide-ranging information about the horses, and of having such a wide choice of sport horse bloodlines available in one centre.



The variety of horses available at the Callaho Auction is partly what sets the auction format apart from buying a horse privately. Included in the pedigrees in the auction catalogue are a tremendous range of the top European bloodlines. As wellknown eventer Murray Pote noted, the calibre of the horses is truly of an international standard and is unparalleled anywhere else in South Africa. Dressage instructor Jessie Beyers-van Eck of Pretoria, attending her fifth auction, also commended Callaho for the consistent and enduring quality of its auction horses over the years. This year’s crop of auction horses comprised of twenty-one Hannoverians and twenty-two SA Warmbloods. Of these five were broodmares, each in foal to one of the Callaho stallions, and the remainder a striking selection of young riding horses who had received a year of basic classical training and were now ready to move onto new things with new owners. To assist buyers in choosing the most suitable horse, all auction

Auctioneers Rogan Asken and GĂźnther Freimel

riding horses are evaluated by the Callaho training team in terms of their suitability for novice vs. professional riders, and are also awarded a star rating in each of the four main English disciplines. By far the majority showed a versatility of talents across the disciplines. All thirty-seven of the riding horses were rated as capable jumpers, with eighteen being awarded two stars for jumping (i.e. as having a high aptitude and significant potential for competing at the higher levels), and twelve horses being awarded three stars (i.e. demonstrating exceptional natural talent to perform at the highest levels). All but four auction riding horses were rated as having commendable ability and potential for dressage, with fourteen being awarded a two-star and five receiving a three-star ranking (i.e. showing exceptional natural talent for dressage). Astonishingly, the exceptionally talented Benicio mare, Brigitte Bardot, was rated with three stars across all four disciplines. Auction prices on average were very fair, with the majority

of the riding horses (twenty one lots) selling for R190 000 and under. There were some exceptionally good buys in this price range, including Liberty (R95,000), Conjour (R120,000) Blanchet (R160,000), Luther (R160,000), Fabio (R140,000) and Fanfare (R145,000). In the upper price range, six horses fetched figures in the R200,000’s, five in the R300,000’s and five sold for R400,000 and above. The horses which fetched the highest prices were Sancho (Stakkato/Quidam de Revel/Grannus/Goya) who was knocked down for R560,000, Brigitte Bardot (Benicio/Ferro/ Brandenburg Clifton/Simply) and Lisandor (Lissabon/Landor S/ Compliment/Glueckspilz) , who both sold for R420,000. Buyers on the whole were thrilled at the very reasonable auction prices, and noted that with this pool of quality horses available locally at such fair prices there was certainly no longer any need for a South African buyer to travel to Europe in search



Pierre Lepart, Katelyn Lepart, Callaho’s Sancho (Stakkato/Quidam de Revel/Grannus), Mccollings Banda, Ian Callender-Easby, Carl Boonzaaier, Günther Friemel.

of a horse. With such consistent depth in the pedigrees of the horses on offer, buyers were really spoilt for choice. Most serious buyers had made good use of the pre-auction try-outs to help narrow the field, and were also guided by the sire and dam lines. Certain auction lots were clear favourites, but after heated bidding many happy buyers were able to secure the number one horse on their shortlists. These included Katelyn Lepart (Sancho), Jeanne Körber (Lexington), Claudia Cloete (Lisandor) and Nina Swart (Macy Gray), who were all delighted to have secured the horse of their dreams. The 2015 auction was the culmination not only of one year’s backing and training, but of sixteen years of purposeful breeding.This year’s stallion display offered a tantalising preview of what Callaho will have to offer in years to come. On display were some of the new bloodlines recently introduced to complement the qualities of the Lissabon and For Joy mares, which will add further depth to the Callaho gene pool. These included elegant Holsteiner Larison, who combines the Landgraf I and Calypso II lines, Tolano Van’T Riethof, son of top Belgian sire Chin Chin, stallions Carnaval la Silla and Chiletto, both sired by highly sought after Holsteiner stallion Carthago, and the exciting young Sampras, a combination of Stakkato and Calypso II lines, whose agility was aptly described by German auctioneer Günther Freimel as having “a few joints more than a normal horse”. Besides the raw quality of the horses themselves, the success of the Callaho Auction lies in the ethos of what is fondly



Laurence Mowatt and his mom, Margaret

Callaho Lisandor (Lissabon/Landor S/Compliment)

Barry Taylor and Lorette Knowles Taylor

referred to as “Team Callaho”. As noted by Maud Aarts, who came on board as trainer earlier this year, each annual auction is the culmination of many years of teamwork from a dedicated team of specialists who work together as a large extended family with an extraordinary bond. The remarkable professional management of the event, as well as the integrity of the actual auction process are a reflection of the way the stud is run at every level, and it is this professionalism and integrity which most impresses Callaho’s clients and draws them back each year. As the winter chill settled back in after the auction, contented bidders, buyers and spectators joined the Callaho Team around warm bonfires to enjoy the traditional post-auction braai and discuss the highlights of the day. Meanwhile, in the stables, the horses were prepared for the journeys to their new homes and we certainly look forward to following these talented youngsters as they realise their competitive potential in the years to come! AUCTION STATS: Highest price (Riding Horse): R560,000 Lowest price (Riding Horse): R95,000 Average price (Riding Horses): R213,000 Highest price (Broodmare): R135,000 Lowest price (Broodmare): R75,000 Average price (Broodmares): R93,000

Larison (Larimar/Calido I/Calypso II)

OBITUARY TO GERT SWIEGERS. MAINTENANCE MANAGER OF CALLAHO WARMBLOOD STUD. After having such a successful auction team Callaho is humbled and saddened at the loss of our dear colleague and great friend Gert Swiegers. After having fought such a long battle, he was lost to us on the 11 June. Having worked at Callaho for years, he was part of Callaho from the start. We are all at a loss for words as life is so uncertain and shows us that we must cherish every second. Our thoughts go out to his wife, son, and daughter as well as his parents, brother, friends and family in this time of need. We know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love. In time, it will be the small, everyday occurrences that you’ll remember most: the laughs, the stories, the smiles. Although it might seem like the pain will never go away, it is these very memories that will help push the sorrow away and bring back happier feelings, in time. May you rest in peace, Gert, and know that you will forever be part of the team and will remain in all of our hearts.

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Dam: Yvonne van Doorndraai Bb1 Stb Sire: Tjalf 443 ‘Sport’ DOB: 24/10/2011 Lennerd was recently gelded and is being put under saddle. He is already 17Hh and shows a lot of dressage potential. (Photo top)

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Dam: Rita v Geyerspan Bb1 Stb Star Pref *5 Sire: Tjalf 443 ‘Sport’ DOB: 12/11/2014 Thorben is a very big colt and received a first premie at the Feb ‘15 Inspections. His dam Rita van Geyerspan became Preferent when two of his siblings (Gordon & Juliet van Doorndraai) became star inFebruary ‘15. (Photo left) For more information go to our website or contact us for an apointment. Issue 23 SPORTING HORSE 23

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FRIESIAN Photo Fever

By Kate Baynes and Diana Bloemendal / Photos by Diana Bloemendal

The Friesian horse is a spectacular subject for any artist, be it a photographer or painter. The poetic beauty of this breed as it gallops or merely just stands is breathtaking. To be able to capture the true essence of this magnificent animal requires much time, persistence and determination.





ften our time spent with our horses is practical, their basic care, but it is the days when we can stand back for a moment and look at what we have that allows us to see just how lucky we are to own such a beautiful

It is these times when the day to day “stuff ” is forgotten and we put 20 galloping mares into a paddock or watch as the horses play in the water. It’s just stopping and looking in and seeing their natural beauty, their funny quirks, naughty personalities and grace that creates special moments that we are able to capture forever in a photo or painting. Diana Bloemendal, photographer, gives her insight into the joys of photographing horses.

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Why do I enjoy photographing Friesians so much? I enjoy photographing all horses, no question about that, but somehow I keep running into these gracious black pearls quite often. In the home country of the Friesian which also happens to be mine, the Netherlands, I photograph them graciously galloping through tulip fields, in apple blossom orchards, on the beaches, in my horse studio, in the theatre, everywhere. Friesians are gentle, calm and extremely photogenic with that stunning mane.

The last couple of years I have been so fortunate to have been invited by two South African top breeders of Friesians to photograph their horses. I was received with kind hospitality and since horse people are the same all over the world, we got on quite well right away. Marlise Botes of Doorndraai Friesian Stud in Pretoria, awarded breeder of the year in Leeuwarden this January , has a beautiful property and a great crew and many Friesian horses (and quite an amount of dogs too).



Tjalf 443 ‘Sport’ of Doorndraai

It was not difficult at all to take some stunning photos of her top stallions Friso and Tjalf. We could even take Tjalf out on the dirt road where I took one of my favourite photos with him and stable hand Lisa-Sue running beside him. Big boss Friso took a sip of the fountain water when we had him pose next to it. I love water (yes, I am Dutch) in my photographs and the sprays of the fountain worked very well in these photos.

to see the ladies take a bath in the dam, although some of them were less than ladylike while at it. The beautiful sport stallion Rein and his talented rider at the time, Calet the Vos, gave me another beautiful photo that is another favourite of mine. After work she took Rein for a canter around the dam, and oh my, can he canter! This year’s photo that I like best of Rein is when he is ‘communicating’ with his groom Dumi out on the dam.

Next stop was at Millford Friesian Stud near Pietermaritzburg. It was good to see my friends Tim and Kate Baynes again at their beautiful property in the Dargle. I had been there before and took one of my all time favourite photos there when the mares were standing on the dam with their reflection in the water of the dam. It was also quite a treat

These are only a few of my favourite images of Friesians but there simply is no space available for all photos in this magazine. Sporting Horse would be twice the size. I really enjoyed visiting South Africa again and I am happy to say that I will be back because I have been invited to a few more studs, owners and riders. Love my job!





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n a magnificent Cape Town summers day, guests of the fifth annual Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo donned their Polo best and stepped into a picture perfect world showcasing the best of Polo lifestyle. Val de Vie Estate, in the Paarl- Franschhoek valley provided an impressive setting for a day filled with couture, beautiful guests, exhilarating polo and perfectly chilled Veuve Clicquot Champagne. This year’s event décor theme, designed to reflectVeuve Clicquot’s latest international ‘mail campaign’ which was inspired by the days when Madame Clicquot used to communicate with her suppliers, agents and acquaintances via traditional mail. Even in today’s fastmoving electronic world, there’s still nothing quite like getting a letter or package in the mail, and the event décor brought this theme beautifully to life, in a setting that felt more like a magical wonderland than an events space. The afternoon provided a welcome pause in our guests busy lives, to stop and connect in a beautiful setting with a glass of Veuve Clicquot.

For the first time in the history of the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo, polo fans were treated to a high-goal 12-goal polo tournament. Shimmy’s Beach Club won the opening match against Team Nigus, while team Julius Bär won the riveting main game against team Veuve Clicquot. Both games featured talented South African and international players. Bentley was there to not only throw in the ball at the start of the finale game, but also entertained guests with their magnificent vehicles on the field during the traditional divit stomping at half time. The Official Fashion Partners at the 2015 event –Jenni Button and Hilton Weiner - showcased their latest couture collection and quintessential looks on the catwalk, with some surprising and evocative pieces. Renowned creative director Warrick Gautier’s designs were inspired by iconic fashion photographers of the 70’s, where couture met the dark sultry streets of Paris. Hilton Weiner’s collection of custom made suits was inspired by the typical reckless rebel who “danced the night away” during the jazz age, with monochromatic, graphic lines and strong, powerful



silhouettes making a statement.The thought provoking show also showcased some of the finest international models by the events, Model Agency, 3D. Moroccanoil, the Official Hair Sponsor of the event, reflected the latest international hair trends on the runway, with their two of their top international runway stylists flown out specially for the event. There is perhaps no other sport that carries the prestige and class that the Game of Kings does. The opulent affair, co-owned by VIVIDLUXURY and Val de Vie Events, has grown beyond expectations over the years attracting both the cream of the crop of both local and international guests. This year’s VIP guest list included international actors Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Hannah New, Clara Paget, the Royal Warrant of Appointment for the Royal House of Belgium & renowned couture designer Fabienne Delvigne and some of South Africa’s finest celebrities such as LeeAnn and Nicky van der Walt, Jeannie D, Tarina Patel, Jen Su, Maps Maponyane, Siv Ngesi, and many more.



The Bentley car display has become a tradition at this glamourous daytime event. It provides a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the spectators who desire some serious torque. Associate Sponsor and Official Vehicle Partner, Bentley revealed their brand new Continental GT V8 for the first time in South Africa, making it to our shores only days before the big event.The luxury performance automobile manufacturer also chauffeur drove guests who arrived via helicopter from the Val de Vie Estate landing strip to the chic clubhouse. Other vehicles on display included the Bentley Flying Spur V8, the Mulsanne and the Continental GT,. The MC for the day, Maps Maponyane, entertained and captivated guests with his style, charm and wit, while the Polo Commentator for the day, the illustrious Matthew Pohl, kept guests glued to their seat, not a difficult task with the most riviting polo played on the Val de Vie fields to date. Veuve Clicquot believes in ‘letting life surprise you’, and VIP guests,



celebrities and media were treated to perfectly chilled Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label throughout the afternoon, before being surprised by an impromptu ‘Rosé toast’, where everyone toasted to Madame Clicquot, the pioneering force behind the house of Veuve Clicquot. Using a fun rose tinted megaphone to announce the occasion, Veuve Clicquot rosé champagne was paired with pink macaroons – the perfect afternoon ‘high-tea’ while the sun was setting behind the exquisite Simonsberg mountains in the background. The Best Dressed competition for the day, judged by Elle magazine - the 2015 event’s Official Media Partner, event founder and CEO of VIVIDLUXURY, Anina Malherbe-Lan, and Warrick Gautier, Creative Director of Jenni Button, were another highlight in the action-packed programme of events. Best Dressed Female of the day award went to acclaimed international actress and producer, Tarina Patel. Best Dressed Couple went to wine power couple Olive and Anthony Hamilton-Russell, while Best Dressed Male, went to to the ever-stylish Siv Ngesi – a difficult choice given the



high level of style and sophistication displayed at this year’s event. As the day drew to a close and the sun set behind the magical pink mountains, guests strolled over to the after party, hosted by Shimmy Beach Club, where they danced the night away. Rikki’s taxis made sure that the guests of the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo in Association with Bentley arrived at their homes safe and sound – the perfect ending to an incredible day. Veuve Clicquot founded the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo in 2011 in Cape Town at the magnificent Val de Vie Polo estate, supporting the growing love for the sport in the city. Drawing inspiration from polo’s global presence, with its rich culture and heritage, Veuve Clicquot continues to bolster this sport in South Africa and around the world. Spectators gather to enjoy polo matches and take part in elaborate and glamorous afternoons celebrating the game. More than any other sport, polo is best savored live, steeped in tradition and perpetuated by Veuve Clicquot. #VCMastersPolo








Sporting Horse Magazine spends some time with Photographer Bettina Niedermayr and find out where she started and what defines her work.


ettina Niedermayr was born in 1973 in Bavaria, Germany. She has an unrivalled passion for horses and has made photographing them her life’s work. Her photo shoots capture passion and produce some of the most amazing results. For her the most important thing as a photographer is to “see it and feel it, then to hold onto it.” No education can replace passion and instinct. She has been working as an autodidact photographer for 6 years and has established herself as a recognized name. She is always on a quest for new ideas and special locations, around the globe and in all seasons. 44






When did you first pick up a camera? In 2009 I started to take pictures of horses and their owners. Why did you choose to work with horses? Working with horses has been my passion ever since I can remember. Horses have always fascinated me - they are wonderful creatures who accompany me in my life, and their eyes are my mirrors. Through their eyes I see everything. Before I started photographing horses I worked as a riding instructor for children (also for disabled children) where I taught them how to treat horses respectfully and helped the kids to work with confidence, consistency and body language, which helps to build a deep connection to horses. Photography, for me, is not a profession but a vocation. It is the only thing I want to do. It satisfies me and helps me to experience what moves horses and people.

What makes your work unique? As photography is a vocation for me and deeply fulfils me with love, I am able to open up in every situation. This helps to develop unique situations that no one would have expected. Not even the horse or the owner. Very often owners of horses are surprised about the performances of their horses and themselves - what they are able to accomplish all of a sudden, or how they are unexpectedly able to open up themselves and let go of their fears. As I am an extremely flexible person - I see myself as something of a chameleon - there is no situation I shun. I try to overcome limitations in myself and go as far as I never would have dreamed. This is what helps people, horses and myself to find complete expression of the inward. This is what can be seen in my photos and what makes them unique.



What do you think are the two most important aspects of a great image? I don’t believe there are two aspects to a great image. The key is to get rid of all expectation and to follow your intuition. I often dream of the ‘perfect’ image days before a shoot is going to take place. However, you should always be open to what comes - this is when the most beautiful pictures come about. Working with horses is not always easy and you cannot always make them do what you plan, how do you ensure a successful shoot? Again, get rid of the expectations. Not only my own, but the ones owners of horses often have too. I have shoots we plan months in advance. Perfect location, perfect outfits, perfect light conditions. But horses are still animals. They have their own mind and maybe also their own idea of perfection. So,



if something you’d maybe set out to do for months doesn’t work, you shouldn’t hold onto it, but let things take their course and see what comes - which, most of the time, is better than anything you had planned. As a photographer I take my own sweet time and this is what horse owners also should try, to bring out the best in their horses. A perfect image in one’s mind can never be forced from a horse. You always take what a horse offers as this, in the majority of cases, is the best anyway. All the photographers that we have featured before have a favourite memory or funny story about a particular photo shoot, do you have such a favourite and why? Actually, there is no such favourite. For me, every shoot is so unique and moving; therefore incomparable. All I can say is I’ve done hundreds of shootsand still every horse and breed keep surprising me.

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McINTOSH By Yvonne Bolton / Photos by T&B Images & H2 Photography Tell us a little about your younger years – when you started riding and whereabouts? I started riding in Nelspruit when I was 6yrs old purely because I loved horses. Did your parents support and influence your interest in equestrian sport? My parents are not from an equestrian background but come from a strong sporting environment in the aquatic field.They are positive parents who have always supported me. Do you have any fond memories of special ponies you rode in the children’s classes? Penny (Saddler) was my first pony from Nelspruit who initiated my progress into equestrian sport and Miracle (Boerperd) was my first competitive pony. Give us some insight into the highlights of these early years – did you compete in the SA PR Championships and any other memorable shows? At 11yrs old I came second in my first SA PR Champs on Bronwyd Bannut Chenille, which was a huge motivator for me. I then went on to win the South African Pony Rider Championships and South African Pony Rider Derby on Arabesque Abu (Arab). I was selected for the South African Children’s team and competed in a Tri-Nations. Which horses did you progress onto when you moved into the Junior ranks? Alzu Bushwacker and Alzu Oakley were my junior horses and both of them still stay with us today. Bushy is retired and Oakley is still competing in the open classes. Alzu Oakley was always competitive and placed well, she won the SA Young Rider Grand Prix and her good performances allowed me to be selected for the SA Junior team who competed in the Nations Cup in Istanbul, Turkey where SA came second beating Germany. I was also later selected for the South African Young rider team to compete in a Tri-Nations. When were you selected to represent South Africa at the Youth Olympic Games - give us some impressions of this remarkable trip and where it was held?

The Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Singapore was a lifechanging event for me. Not only was it the first ever Youth Olympic games but I was blessed to win the first Olympic medal for South Africa. I drew a difficult horse, which was not rated as a top rated contender but Little Miss Sunshine and I connected well. We only had one pole down during the entire Olympics, achieving a 3rd and 4th place respectively. I also won the prize for Best Horsemanship at the Olympics. YOG exposed me to the Olympic movement, its values and to Team SA. I was nominated by the team to meet the IOC president and asked to deliver a speech on behalf of Team SA at the celebratory dinner held after the Games in Singapore. This was a huge honour for me as an Equestrian athlete. Which Coaches do you think have contributed enormously to your progress in your Show Jumping career? Chad Cunningham taught me to ride technically and to pay attention to the finer details on both horse and rider. He also accompanied and supported me at the YOG . Gonda Betrix, my current coach has had a significant impact on my riding and I value her guidance, training and commitment to my career. She is remarkable. Since having attended the YOG have you been involved in any other projects or festive occasions as a representative of SASCOC? SASCOC has been a fantastic support structure for me. After winning an Olympic medal they placed me on their Operational Excellence programme and have continued to expose me to the Olympic movement. Here are some of the activities I have had the honour of representing SASCOC at: • I was one of three YOG athletes asked to address the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on “Youth and Sport”. • Represented SASCOC at the IOC vote for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. • Attended the Olympic Academy in Olympia, Greece with many other nominated athletes and administrators throughout the world. I developed such good relations within the Olympic movement during this two weeklong course and was a participant in the Nemea Ancient Games. • I carried the Queens Baton in a relay for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Issue 23 SPORTING HORSE



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Represented SASCOC at the Triple Crown horse race. I was proud to represent Equestrian sport at the Freedom day celebrations at the Union Buildings by carrying the cake onto the stage for the President alongside Olympic Gold medalists and Lucas Radebe. I was selected as a volunteer for the first winterYOG in Innsbruck 2012 and looked after Team Brazil. This was unique, as I have now attended both the first summer and first winter Youth Olympic Games.

At present you are at University – tell us about the degree you are pursuing and how you combine your studies with your busy equestrian schedule? I have completed my BComm. Accounting Sciences Honours (CTA) at the University of Pretoria and passed my first Chartered Accountant Board Exam. I am currently completing my articles and was selected to do Academic Articles at the University of Pretoria as a junior lecturer in the field of Auditing allowing me to also assist on the Thuthuka programme.The University of Pretoria is very supportive of me and assists in balancing my sport and my studies. It has however required me to study in the car with a flash light and fly back and forth across the country to write exams and compete in the World Cup qualifiers at the same time. Where do you stable your horses at present and touch briefly on how the move to Gonda Betrix has impacted on your show jumping? I am very fortunate to have my string of horses based at home



allowing me to do all the training and work myself. My move to Gonda was a defining moment in my career. Being exposed to many other Olympic sports, I have observed what a critical and essential role a coach plays in sport and an athlete’s career.They fill a role as a mentor, motivator, confidant, planner and friend. Gonda fulfills all these roles for me and her attention to detail has taken my riding to a new level. After winning the Nissan Adult SA Outdoor Grand Prix – a major achievement for any rider – what are your plans for the immediate future? My goal is to perform at the World Cup series and SA Adult Champs. Let’s Win is a true Grand Prix horse therefore I don’t compete with him in any Derby classes. On the lighter side – when you have time off – what other hobbies or pursuits do you enjoy? My life is full, healthy and I am a firm believer in a balanced life style. Since an early age I have developed good time management skills. I enjoy most sports and am a fitness fanatic. I take delight in road running, which I do daily and enjoy Park runs on weekends. I am soon to do my first half marathon. Physical fitness assists my riding and I get a real kick out of pushing myself to achieve higher goals. Giving back to the youth with the website is another passion of mine. It is an exciting initiative, which connects my Olympic network of athletes, giving back to the youth at the same time. This initiative allows me to live up to the slogan of Dream.Believe.Win!







By Yvonne Bolton / Photos by T&B Images

Whereabouts did you travel in Europe and did you try many horses before finding Let’s Win? I was on an overseas trip looking at horses in Belgium, the Nederland’s and Germany after trying more than 50 horses we found Let’s Win. He was the last horse I tried. You mentioned that you eventually viewed him through a Coach you met whilst competing in the German Friendship Games. Let’s Win was sourced from a friend in Germany. I met him while participating in the German Friendship Games. He was the coach of my riding partner. He knows my riding style and had a good idea of what I was looking for. Does he come from a bloodline that has produced any other successful jumpers? His sire is Lifestyle and his half brother is Lennox ridden by Luciana Diniaz, from Portugal who is jumping and winning in the big Grand Prix’s in Europe. Once you had viewed him – what made him special and why did you decide to purchase him? I went over to Europe with the idea of sourcing talent rather than an experienced top-level show jumper. I prefer a youngster with talent that I can train and produce into a top show jumper. I liked his movement and temperament and he was quick off the ground. Where was Let’s Win bred and produced and what height was he jumping at the time? Let’s Win is an Oldenburger gelding. He came from a farm in Germany where he was their only horse. A young girl was jumping him in the local junior 1.20m classes. Lets Win had limited experience and no exposure to major top level competitions.

After his arrival in SA, when you were competing in his first 1.30m jumping competition – tell us a little about the incident that makes his recent success so remarkable? Let’s Win had just finished competing in his first 1.30m competition in South Africa and was standing at the side of the arena in the shade of a tree when some horses galloped past. He reared up, hitting his head on a branch of the tree. This resulted in a severe head injury with Let’s Win lying on the floor having seizures, unresponsive and still, with blood trickling from his nose and ears. According to the veterinarians’ who assisted and treated him, his chances of survival were less than one percent. I was told to say my “good byes” as they thought he wouldn’t survive. Winnie had numerous seizures and the swelling caused by the trauma to his head had made him temporarily blind. It appeared that he would have a lengthily period of hospitalization and his outlook was grave. Let’s Win’s natural survival instinct and fight kicked in and together with his naturally strong and athletic physique assisted him on his road to recovery. Give us some insight into the regime of rehabilitation that had to be followed after he returned home from the Veterinary Clinic, how long this took and when was he able to recommence proper work again? He came home after only three days to the comfort of his stable and familiar surroundings. We started rehabilitation immediately beginning with short walks on a regular basis progressing to longer walks and then over trotting poles. We also did circular work, as he was very imbalanced especially to one side. The swelling on his head slowly subsided over




the next few weeks and he responded favourably to my voice, especially because he couldn’t see. A deep bond of trust developed between us and he improved steadily. He progressed to road and hill work and it was remarkable that within 6 months he was back in the ring again. Tell us a little about the website you have set up with your sister, Tess, to inspire the youth? My sister and I conceived We felt that many of our youth are in a similar position as Let’s Win was in the time of his accident, with many challenges to deal with. We decided to share his story as inspiration to the youth and the slogan, DREAM, BELIEVE, WIN was born. We approached international sports personalities that we had met through our sport and travels and asked if they would become ambassadors for Lets Win. They agreed to give quotes and a photo so that when someone joins the website they receive motivational quotes from Let’s Win and can share their dreams with him. We have Olympic gold medal winners as ambassadors and the site covers areas from Australia to the Bahamas and many sports are involved from triathlon to equestrian. Our lives have been blessed through sport and we have met some amazing inspirational people. Let’s Win provided us



with an opportunity to give something back to others. This has always been our aspiration- to give back to the youth of today! What sort of personality does Let’s Win have and as all top horses have some quirks, what is he like around the Yard? He is a powerful, strong willed and stubborn horse who selects the people he will allow around and near him. However he is very relaxed in his own environment and is like a big teddy bear that loves kisses, treats and carrots. He has a great fondness for affection. Winnie enjoys putting his grass into his water bucket and adores his food. What have been your most memorable achievements with Let’s Win to date? Let’s Win came to me as a youngster and we had to learn and gain experience in all the major competitions. He has matured and gained confidence with all the exposure and training that he has acquired. He is a very consistent and careful horse who places in most classes. Winnie won the top Young Rider Grand Prix in 2013 as well as the GP at the WCQ at KP in 2013. He has been ranked 6th in SA in 2014 and we were ranked 5th in the horse rider combinations as well. His most recent win was the Adult SA Outdoor Grand Prix in 2015.




Event By Kate Green / Pictures by Adam Brennan


Sporting Horse Magazine had the pleasure of being represented at the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event by Adam Brennan. Adam brings a fresh look at the world of equestrian sport as is evident in the following pages. We hope you enjoy these images as much as we enjoyed selecting some of the best. Visit his website for these and more fabulous works:









he phenomenal Michael Jung (GER) can now add victory at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event (USA), third leg of the FEI Classics™ 2014/2015, to his ever growing list of major accolades. Riding the courageous little mare FisherRocana FST, he was the only rider to finish on his Dressage score. The competition went right to the wire in front of a packed crowd enjoying some welcome sunshine in the Kentucky Horse Park. Although Jung hit two fences on La Biosthetique Sam FBW, his Cross Country runner-up, his earlier clear round on Rocana, third at that stage, left overnight leader Tim Price (NZL) on Wesko no leeway for error. Wesko, a horse Price found in a Jumping yard, looked superb, but the Dutch-bred gelding just caught the upright at fence 10 and so Price had to settle for second place behind Jung and Rocana in a reversal of their placings at Luhmühlen (GER) last year. Jung also finished third on Sam, ahead of last year’s winners William Fox-Pitt (GBR) and Bay My Hero, fourth, who jumped clear to rousing applause.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: PICTURESBYAB.COM Adam Brennan has a fascination with history and people. His curiosity with people and their past gives him the ability to see people in a deeper context. Adam’s approach is natural and real. His goal is to provide his customers with photographs with a soul and a story to tell about their journey. His passion for photography goes back over 20 years when he first purchased a Kodak 110 camera. As a teen he bought his first 35mm Minolta film camera. Adam didn’t know the technical aspect of the camera as a young teen, but knew he had a tool that would allow him to express what he sees.To further his knowledge, he enrolled in art and photography courses in school. His style is influenced by many hours browsing through National Geographic magazines as a child and personal experiences being adopted. He remembers viewing the photographs and without reading a word, he understood the message.The emotions of the images he saw were incredible and have been a strong influence in his work. Currently Adam Brennan operates out of the Louisville Lexington KY area. Adam is available for travel to other locations in the United States. If you have are interested in with working with Adam, please reach out on the contact page for a consultation. “My goal is to deliver on quality and natural emotion.” ~ Adam Brennan




Phillip Dutton (USA) had to withdraw Mighty Nice, seventh after Cross Country, but a clear on Fernhill Cubalawn elevated him four places to fifth. Dutton was also ninth on Fernhill Fugitive. His former pupil Boyd Martin (USA) was seventh on Master Frisky, having dropped a place with eight faults, and Britain’s Nicola Wilson on the Irish-bred mare Annie Clover moved up three places to eighth with a penalty-free round. The sole Australian in the field, Bill Levett, slipped five places to 10th on Improvise with an unfortunate 12 faults. There were nine clear rounds from the 40 finishers. Jung received a great reception from the American audience who clearly realised they had seen a great horseman at work. “I have nice memories of Kentucky from 2010 [when he won the world title]. The people are very friendly and I’m happy that there are so many spectators. Thank you for everything!”



ABOUT THE WINNER Michael Jung (GER), 32, was the first rider in history to hold Olympic, World and European titles simultaneously and the first to win four championship titles consecutively. He first came to prominence in 2009, when he won the Luhmühlen CCI4*, the FEI World Cup™ Eventing final in Strzegom (POL) and an individual European bronze medal in Fontainebleau (FRA), all on La Biosthetique Sam FBW. The pair went on to win the world title in Kentucky (USA) in 2010, double European gold in Luhmühlen in 2011 and double Olympic gold in London (GBR) in 2012 and, in 2013, they were second at Badminton CCI4*. Jung won a second European title, at Malmö (SWE) in 2013 on Halunke, and last year finished second at Luhmühlen and won world team gold and individual silver medals on FisherRocana FST, a 10-year-old mare by Ituango XX owned by Jung’s parents, Joachim and Bridgitte. He lives in Horb, Germany, where his family owns a riding establishment.

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WORLD CUP QUALIFIER SERIES By Anne-Marie Esslinger Photos by T&B Images

Sponsored by Knowles, Husain, Lindsay Inc. Attorneys The FEI World Cup series comprises between five and seven events all over our country between May and November each year. The standard of competition these days is strong, and the jumping is always testing.


here are certain minimum standards to be adhered to, so as to ensure that the winner of the series is competent to enter the finals. Riders do not have to qualify at each show in order to participate in the qualifiers, but should a rider have more than 1 horse in each competition, he must nominate which horse is to be his “World Cup” horse for that leg, and compete that horse first, so as not to disadvantage the other competitors. Riders’ best 3 scores from the series decide who emerges as the eventual winner of the series, which is contested in April the following year. In the rest of the world this is an Indoor series and the finals are always hosted Indoors, making it a significant challenge for any South African rider to compete…. the 2014 final was held in Las Vegas April 2015, and won by Switzerland’s Steve Guerdat! Traditionally Kyalami Park Club hosts the 1st leg of the series. For the past couple of years the Pieter Minne arena, with its Clopf fibre surface, has been the arena of choice, though it has lacked some atmosphere. This year, thanks to the installation of a magnificent double decker marquee, the arena had all the grandeur of a top European venue. The surface was well 64


prepared, though a little hard – the physiotherapists treating horses at the show commented on how horses were generally sore in their shoulders, and tight in their necks, a condition associated with jumping on firm “going”. Fence material was brightly painted, but the SA poles are still much heavier than their European counterparts – with South Africa’s lower rainfall and slower growing trees, it is always difficult to secure jump poles of the appropriate diameter, and the desired weight of 12 – 14 kg per pole. Most of the poles at KPC are noticeably heavier than that….but the visiting course designer from Iran, Hossein Shafiee, or Ramin, as he is known, used the construction and location of fences cleverly to combat the problem of too heavy equipment. He often situated fences close to the perimeter, at angles which took the horses into spooky areas – something Indoor experts would be used to, but we are not…at the beginning of the show the fences were more ‘filled” , but the construction became more flimsy as the show progressed, as did the width and squareness of the oxers. Most of the times measured were tight, adding to the difficulty level for riders. The early 7.30am morning starts each day made for additional shadows for the horses in the 1,30m or 1,35m division each day,

Anne-Marie riding Alzu Oregon to victory in the 1st qualifier of the SA World Cup series

enjoyed by the competitors, the sponsors and the spectators! Competitors demand the best footing available for their horses, because the equine athletes are continually more expensive to purchase, produce and maintain. They also require a user friendly timetable, because most riders are trying to earn a living as well as participate in their sport. Friendly staff from the show All horses in the Open division were inspected for soundness organisers is always welcomed, as are pleasant catering facilities. the first day of the show, and the horses competing in the 1,50m Sponsors naturally want to see a return on their expenditure, division were then health checked and secured in supervised whilst spectators anticipate exciting competition with thrilling stabling for the remainder of the event.This is a tedious process, finishes! and if the organisers do not allocate a timetable, it necessitates competitors queuing for a long time, as these days there are In order to pay for the high running costs associated with top more than 200 Open horses at all major events! Stewarding level competition, the show holding body needs to attract around the clock at top events is also time consuming and an considerable sponsorship. Often the responsibility of securing expensive burden for competitors.The bigger the facility running sponsorship falls on the show organisers, who usually have a the show, the harder stewarding becomes, especially without lot of other duties and time constraints. Our sport really needs designated “lanes” for horses to walk in. At this show several dedicated marketing to appropriate niche businesses which see horses and many riders were dope tested too – all this takes the value in marketing their product to a high LSM group. Show careful organisation and some time, but fortunately this cost is jumping competitors are either high income bracket earners, or individuals who are dedicated to earning their living by working not a burden to the organisers! in the sport to fund their passion. Prize money has become What a challenge it is these days to put on a show that will be more important to competitors at the top level as the costs but did mostly ensure that the show was completed by 3pm in the afternoon. In the shorter daylight months it’s often kinder to start later, but show organisers fear diminishing light in the afternoons. Certainly the afternoon light posed some challenges in the main competition.



of maintaining and competing rise all the time. In order for a titled show to run smoothly and offer decent prize money, a budget of anything between R350 000.00 and R 1 500 000.00 is required, and this is not always easy to attain in tough financial times. Officials and prize monies comprise a big portion of the spend. There is usually good coverage on show jumping events when televised, and the cost of making a 26 minute programme that meets Supersport’s requirements is usually part of the show organiser’s budget. These days supplementary sponsors are often necessary to help venues to achieve their targeted budget, whilst still delivering the sponsor’s requirements.

Clem dos Santos, chairman of Kyalami Park, with sponsors from Knowles, Hussein, Lindsay Inc Attorneys

This 1st leg of the WCQ series was generously sponsored by Knowles, Husain, Lindsay Inc. Attorneys, who have supported our discipline at past events too. The riders were thrilled with lovely rosettes and blankets and sashes to the winners. Competition was exceptionally strong in all the Open classes with the 1,30m and 1,35m divisions having upwards of 60 entries per competition. The 1,40m and 1,50m competitions had about 40 horses per class. Ramin, the friendly and capable course designer, set his standard from the beginning of the show, with smartly measured times allowed and good options for turns or gallops in the jump off. Even so, there were often quite a lot of clear rounds, with SA riders and horses rising to the standards set by our visiting course designer, and delivering really competitive finales to every class! There were a number of really consistent performers in the 1,30m category. Winners here were Davenport Rampant Native ridden by Ronnie Healy, from Thymine de Cascatelle with Angelique Atkins, and Zuperstar piloted by Samantha Wright in the 1,30m Welcome Stakes.The A2 one rounder was taken by Shaun Neill’s experienced Bariton P, from Samantha Wright’s consistent performer, Zuperstar. Third in this class was Helen Bean with Capital Stud’s Conlanc, from Michelle Hobbs on Alzu Santiago, an extremely careful and classical jumper. The championship was ably won by Simon Hendry, on Lynn Francioso’s beautiful little bay, Franlaren Beau des Trois, with Leona van Amstel on her lovely young grey, Capital Cameroon filling 2nd spot. Kayla Gertenbach with Dageraad Christian took 3rd prize from Ronnie Healy again on Davenport Rampant Native. The times in all these classes were within a second for the first few positions – so, strong competition with hotly contested jump offs! Angelique Atkins with the speedy and careful Thymine de Cascatelle beat a difficult to catch round by Johan Lotter and Nova Zonnestraal Azure by a whole 4 seconds in the A2 of the 1,35m division, with Shannon Smith, on her Royal Feeds Catena 96, hot on his heels.The Welcome Stakes was incredibly quick, with Neriske Prinsloo, on her White Spirit, nipping the 1st position from a speedy Lorette Knowles Taylor and Nissan Animous. Rainer Korber riding The Burgh’s Quick Lady was 3rd, all 3 of these horses being within half a second of one another! But in the championship Lorette and Nina Stephanou’s Contest triumphed over Neriske’s White Spirit with a super exciting finish. Capital Angelina, owned and competed by Leona van Amstel, and Callaho Lissabon, ridden by Mandy Johnstone, had beautiful, quick rounds to finish 3rd and 4th respectively. 66


Simon Hendry, accompanied by overseas judge and officials, winner of the 1,30m championship riding Franlaren Beau des Trois

Some of the “big” horses started their show in the 1,40m division, before moving to the 1,50m classes. Lisa Williams and the outstanding Discovery Campbell took honours in the Welcome Stakes from Investec Chanel van de Zeshoek and Jeanne Engela. Carl Boonzaaier and the statuesque Dino were 3rd, whilst Felix van de Mispelaere scooted into 4th spot. In the A2 Gareth Neill and Dolce Vita van De Molendreef beat Burnt Wood and Philippa Baxter, with Jonathan Clarke delivering a consistent 3rd place with the Slade’s horse, Felix van de Mispelaere. In the championship Lorette again showed how fearless and competitive she is, going “balls to the wall” with Nissan Epsom Emma. Stacey Lee Weston and Victory Farriers Frischgewacht Billabong really tried, but finished 400th of a second behind her. Gryphon Rouge ridden by Ronnie Healy, and Capital Look at Me ridden by Nicole Horwood are also great against the clock and were both within another half second of the winners. Few riders nominated for the 1,45m Welcome Stakes, which had just 6 starters, and the sole clear round was delivered by Capital Con Coriano, ably partnered by Rainer Korber. The Grand Prix, however, was another matter. 44 starters made relatively light work of the technical track with several options on striding in the related distances. Whilst 5 riders were just a little slow, incurring a time penalty apiece, another 16 riders completed the course clear, and inside the allowed time. Starting from 1st spot, Anne-Marie Esslinger and Alessio

Lap of honour from Anne-Marie Esslinger and Alzu Oregon, proud winners of the 1st WCQ competition

Lorette Knowles-Taylor took the honours in the 1,35m division on Nina Stephanou’s Contest

Competitors and officials walking the WCQ track before commencement of the competition

rules for this competition call for 25% of the class to go through to the second round, a shorter track against the clock. Where the first course comprised 12 fences including 1 double and 1 treble combination, the second was 10 fences including a new double combination. Riders carried their penalties and rode in The main event of the show was, of course, the Knowles reverse order of merit. Only 1 horse secured a clear round in Husain Lindsay Inc WCQ. Guests and patrons of the sport the second round, and that was Anne-Marie Esslinger’s Alzu enjoyed a lunch upstairs in the gorgeous marquee before the Oregon, her nominated World Cup horse for this competition. class, whilst riders stressed about how tough Ramin was going Ronnie Lawrence, riding the Pappalardo horse, Armageddon to set the tasks ahead, having had such a strong result in the in its first WCQ, had a great time, but an unlucky rail near the Grand Prix. The most obviously tricky parts of the track when end of the course to finish a happy 2nd, whilst Marlene Sinclair riders walked it, were the right turn back to fence 3, followed jumped consistently well with Camaro and finished 3rd. Nicole by a sharp angle left to the treble combination out of a corner, Horwood, on Mark Nissan’s Capital Don Cumarco had an as well as a “S” bending line of combination, right angle turn uncharacteristic refusal in the second round to take 4th prize. on 6 strides to another big oxer, and bending left line to the 1,60m Knowles Husain Lindsay Inc vertical. The last 2 fences, So, congratulations to Anne-Marie and her home produced a wide and square oxer on a flowing 4 strides to the final Alzu Oregon on a well deserved win in the 1st leg of the vertical did not seem too difficult. This line, however, caused WLQ series, kindly sponsored by Knowles Husain Lindsay Inc many a competitor’s horse to sit on the back rail of the oxer Attorneys. Alzu Oregon is a SA Warmblood, bred by Gerry du Toit and by the successful sire, Optimum van de Wellington. and find the 4 strides after it incredibly long! Anna purchased Oregon at just 3 years old, and has done a There was a strong line up of 35 contestants, some of them slow and thorough production of the horse right through the young riders debuting at this level. In the end there were just grades, ably assisted by her coach, Dominey Alexander, who four clears, with another six horses finishing on 4 faults. Jeanne happens to own Oregon’s full sister, Alzu Omission, now very Engela and Chanel van de Zeshoek, usually very economical competitive in the 1,40m division. What a feather in the caps with their time, had 5 penalties, and then there were 8 horses of SA breeders to watch their horses perform so well in the on 8 penalties. The other half of the class fared less well. The company of many imports! eventually took the sash from Nicole Horwood, and Capital Look at Me.The only other double clear belonged to Samantha McIntosh and Let’s Win, with the balance of clear rounders from the initial round making small errors.



Ol & Pour into the semi finals at WEG 2014



Ol & Pour on course over Lexington jump

SPOTLIGHT ON By Penny Lazarus Jones


liver is once again delighted to come home, however brief the trip is and very excited to be running some clinics (14 - 16th July) in Johannesburg, and be there for the Awards night on the 17 July. After this he is Cape Town-bound to catch up with some mates and do a two day clinic at Stellenbosch Riding Club (his old local club) on Monday 20th and Tuesday 21 July 2015. Due to demand he is looking forward to a meet/greet on Monday from 5.30pm at SDRC to catch up with local riders and many who have already attended his clinics in the past, but booking is essential.

was delighted to have had the honour of knowing him and bringing him to such a high level. Sadly, even after qualifying for SA for Rio 2016 together, Pour was very unceremoniously sold (without Oliver even knowing it) while Oliver was away at another event. This of course is soul destroying and one of the main reasons he has decided to take the plunge and go on his own now. Without a sponsorship he intends to own his own horses and therefore not land up putting so much effort into the horses for them to be constantly sold underneath him. So from the beginning of January 2015 (and after a lot of soul searching) he is now OLIVER LAZARUS SPORT HORSES.

It has been another whirlwind year since competing and representing South Africa at WEG in Normandy, France in September 2014. It was a moment never to be forgotten when, after qualifying through to the third round, two double clears behind him and the GREAT POUR LE POUSSAGE, they finally finished 24th in the World - an astonishing accomplishment. Oliver says Pour showed such quality and even without the greatest scope, gave his absolute heart to Oliver on the day. Into his final round Pour had given his all and was running on empty, but even then just kept trying. Oliver

The first few months have seen a terrific change in lifestyle as he was asked to train one of the very horses his boss had sold to a friend in Dubai, and who Oliver had brought up to the very top of the sport, CATAN. Oliver spent a splendid 10 days training Catan and preparing him and his rider for the Champs there, which they won. From there he was invited to the Californian circuit at Therma followed by the Wellington circuit in Florida - wonderful experiences with lots of training and riding. In fact he rode out of Kent Farrington’s yard while there. Then it was off again with an Issue 23 SPORTING HORSE


Ol and Pour over Bayeaux tapestry jump - September 2014 WEG

invite to Sydney, Australia to train their future superstars a trip he thoroughly enjoyed and was given such a warm welcome. In between he is a constant in Sweden running clinics. So yet another learning curve and a chance to make new links in the sport. This year reads like a globe trotter of note, but it has opened up new opportunities and he has just returned from Shanghai where he came 2nd in the 1.50m Grand Prix with Berruby there and off again shortly to Beijing to compete in their Grand Prix. He says the shows there are very organised, slick and so welcoming. At the moment Oliver has a number of horses he is training for others with some promising youngsters, Carlo(7 year old) and Picobello Jasmina (6 year old) being placed or winning nearly all their events over the last two months and at last he is able to give his young horse, WINSLOW HIGH the time he deserves and is also proving a valuable member of the team - placed in nearly all his GP CSI2* classes in the last few weeks. Meanwhile he has a very promising 6 year old in Sweden, ANGEL FIRE, who has qualified with Hilda Lennartsson, who rides him there, for the Youngster Final in Falsterbo in early July - not an easy accomplishment and Oliver is indeed very excited about this prospect for them all. 70


Oliver at WEG 2014

Now Oliver together with his sponsors Equiline, Samshield and CWD fully behind him has made the move to Belgium, quite close to Brugges where a friend is building a very elegant and smart, 24 box yard with both indoor and outdoor arenas and where Oliver will be operating out of. Sharon Schriever, his Dutch groom has joined him permanently and the actual yard should be fully operational just after he returns from his SA trip. Once back from Cape Town he has a gruelling schedule and with another four new horses arriving it will be a busy time but a chance to build up again with new and young horses and prepare for the next championship. He also looks forward to the training and championship day he has been training a number of times over the years, at the German Friendships at the end of July - a wonderful event for prospective children and juniors from all over the world, and where he was first discovered by Ludger Beerbaum. Days as long as ever but when you have the passion and commitment Oliver has, they fly by. His son, Luke is already following in Dad’s footsteps, even after his first fall a number of weeks ago, he is as keen as ever, riding both CASSIANO Z (Oliver’s retired champ) who looks after the 2 and a half year old like gold, FIRE QUEEN and Luke’s very own Victor, who when he feels like not riding him goes in the cart behind him!

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Nina Holloway-Junior winner

By Rogan Asken

Photos by T&B Images




anor D’or is a premier livery and competition yard situated on 21 acres, boasting superb facilities, including a state of the art indoor arena with Martin Collins Fibre, Solarium, Hydro Spa, Martin Collins Fibre outdoor dressage arenas (with mirrors), jumping arenas, and plentiful paddocks. Ronelle established this yard nearly 9 years ago, and has spared no expense in creating something truly special for horses and riders alike. The top 15 Juniors and the top 30 Adults from the current SA FEI ranking list were invited to Manor’s first Indoor Invitational. Very generous sponsors stepped forward to contribute towards the prizes for the competitors. Western Shoppe were the principle sponsors. Other sponsors were Graham Lynch of G & L Agencies, Chris Van der Merwe and Leona Van Amstel of Blouberg Stables and Manor D’or. Ryan Sander was given the task of building for the show. Not 72


an easy task as indoor courses require a different layout versus outdoor courses, and indoor shows are a rarity in SA! Greg Scott assisted with the course building, and even Anne Marie Rhebok (née Esslinger) enthusiastically stepped in to help, even after a long day of hosting her own show at Burlington Stables. Anne Marie and Ryan very kindly supplemented Manor D’or’s jumping equipment for the evening classes. Peter Morrison of Martin Collins South Africa and his efficient team installed the beautiful fibre surfaces and helped to prepare the indoor and floodlit outdoor warm up arenas to perfection for the Extravaganza.They were also present for the duration of the show, and maintained the indoor surface, ensuring that each rider had an opportunity to ride on level going. This was a great team effort from Ronelle’s friends in the “Valley”! The Junior class boasted a strong group of very talented young riders and included the likes of Gauteng’s Cayleigh Triggol, Bianca Da Silva, Cameron Dawson, Erin Dos Santos, Nina Holloway,

Jeanne Engela on Chanel VD Zeshoek - second in the Adults class

Danielle Lemmer - second in the Juniors.

From Left to Right:Jeanne Engela, Judge Judith Bowyer, Winner Ronnie Healy, Judge Barbara Lovell and third place Shari Navra.

etc. KZN presented Allison Inggs and Shanley Raine Marshall, and Courtney Webber. Polokwane fielded their Junior stars Danielle Lemmer and Rachie van Staden. The new environment, and the challenging course for the evening produced some surprising results. Nina had the only clear in the first round and was joined in the second round by Erin, Rachie and Allison. Danielle dropped an unfortunate pole, leaving Nina Holloway to jump the only double clear, adding to her recent Junior Derby honours. Danielle placed second, and Rachie third. This was a “home” win as Nina is based at Manor D’or.The lucky Winner of the Junior Class took away R7000 in cash, R3000 in gift vouchers, a sash and a beautiful show sheet sponsored by Western Shoppe, and also a portable power bank from Graham Lynch of G & L Agencies. What a deal! Silver and Bronze prizes were generous in their own right. The Adults elected to contest a Jump Off Class. Once again some horses did not settle, but some raised their game in these new surroundings. Callaho’s Foreigner looked marvellous in the

first round with WC rider Tara Louw, as did Leona Van Amstel’s Capital Cameroon with Chris Van Der Merwe. Barry Taylor and Lorette Knowles-Taylor both suffered a departure from form and even had unscheduled dismounts in their rounds! Shari Navra on Aristoteles had an early, quick Clear in the Jump Off. A blistering effort from Ronnie Healey and Arisoft Gryphon Rouge topped this! Ronnie’s round looked unbeatable. Jeanne Engela on Investec Chanel Van De Zeshoek had a good try but couldn’t catch Ronnie, so split Shari and Ronnie on the podium. Ronnie took home R10000 in cash, R5000 in Western Shoppe vouchers, a show sheet, sash and a power bank from G & L Agencies. The Silver and Bronze placings also included cash, show sheets, sashes, vouchers and Power Banks. The evening was a resounding success, ending in many requests for more of these evening Indoor shows.Congratulations to Ronelle Gilbert and her team at Manor D’or. Ronelle Gilbert would like to thank Rogan Asken who took on the role of MC for the evening, creating a festive atmosphere, and as always, delighting the crowd with his charm. He made informative introductions for each horse and rider, and made them feel very welcome.





Photo credit Bianca Lueesse





he Namibian Warmblood Horse Society currently has 33 member studs throughout Namibia. Some 500 Namibian warmblood mares are registered with the Namibian Stud Breeders Association. The breeding guidelines of the NWHS state that the objective is the breeding of a noble, big-framed, correct and performance-orientated Warmblood horse with elastic and balanced movements, as well as a strong aptitude for jumping.The horse should have a good temperament and should be suitable for all recognised international equestrian disciplines.

Duneside Charme’. By Consuelo(Imp)out of Duneside Cala by Menotti( Imp) Photo credit Mq Lifepics Photography

Every year the NWHS hosts the licensing of horses guided by this breeding objective in order to licence young horses in the different studbooks. Many breeders make use of frozen semen imported from Europe to incorporate successful sires in their breeding programs. Well considered breeding combined with natural raising conditions and professional handling are the foundations of Namibian-bred sport horses. Sporting Horse Magazine will be featuring the Namibian Warmblood Studs in a series of articles in coming issues. DUNESIDE STUD Passion, or specifically a passion for horses, was the reason horses were bred in Namibia with definite goals in mind. Passion and an inborn love for horses were also the reason why it was simply the natural thing to do when Duneside Stud acquired their first brood mares from Voigtland Stud in 1974, and the stud remains grateful to Mr Gerhard Voigts and his descendants at Voigtland (which has subsequently stopped horse-breeding), for their contribution to horse-breeding in Namibia. This stud provided broodmares for most other studs that started up about 40 to 50 years ago and Duneside Stud believes in the conviction of the desert Bedouins in attaching great value to the dam line in horse breeding. Along with the other Namibian Warmblood studs, Duneside benefitted from the stallions made available by Celle (Hannoverian Breeders’ Society) to the Warmblood breeders of Namibia and one of the damlines was founded by Graveur out of Grande. Anschluss, a Hannoverian stallion imported by Voigtland, also founded a successful dam line. Other Warmblood stallions used by kind consent of private stallion owners were Attache, Menotti, Pepino, Consuelo, Good Morning Africa out of Wendesi, Bellini and Tanzpartner. Thoroughbred stallions used for refining were Moss Cable and Hold the Hostage. When matters finally came to a head for Namibian horse breeders to start their own Breed Society, Duneside was one of the founder members of the Namibian Warmblood Horse Society. The main aim of Duneside Stud in terms of breeding was to breed “USER-FRIENDLY HORSES FOR HORSEFRIENDLY PEOPLE“ in different riding disciplines. The love of horses was not confined to Warmbloods only however. Purebred Arabians became part of the family and later, when Connemaras raised the interest of the stud owner, Ashgar Kierin was acquired, a Connemara stallion bred by Christine Walwyn of Clarence. Kierin bred great conformation, bone, boldness, jumping ability and savvy. Today he is represented by his son Sundance, a great ambassador for the breed. Both father and son have been used to breed with Warmblood mares in the tradition of the Irish Sport Horse. 76


Duneside Stud today is in the capable hands of MrsYolanda Meyer who continues with the same passion as her predecessors. She happened to be driving past Duneside Stud when she spotted a beautiful colt standing not far off. Stopping to have a better look, she was approached by this colt and it was a matter of ‘love at first sight’. Consequently Mrs Meyer met with the owner, Mr Fonk Genis and the result was that she ended up as the new owner of Duneside Stud. New stables are being put up for the stud on the neighbouring farm and an experienced horseman Riaan Verster has been appointed as stud manager. The vision remains to breed “User-friendly horses for horsefriendly people“ but this time around the vision includes using semen from world-class Warmblood sires in Europe. Duneside was the last stud visited by Mr Bothendorf from Germany during the current year’s mare licencing tour in Namibia and 2 mares, Duneside Nikita and Duneside Charme’ were presented to the inspection panel and will become broodmares, with careful planning going into the selecting of sires. LOCARNO STUD Locarno Stud was founded by Claus Kock in 1990 on the farm Locarno, with the purchase of several thoroughbred mares, mostly off the track. Claus has always had a soft spot for the thoroughbred, seeing them performing well under Gonda Betrix, Anneli Wucherpfennig and Gail Foxcroft.

Magic Moment now jumping 1.40 M under Nicola Sime

At that time one could still get the very good bloodlines of Noble Chieftain, Fair Trial, Jerez, Signification etc. From the start Locarno wanted to breed horses for jumping with the right attitude. Namibian stallions Graveur and Drosselklang were used, as well as Wunderbar, who came to Namibia in his final years. South Africa semen was imported from Lindenberg, Acclaim and Rico.

out of Consuelo mares the stallion Chacoelo, successful at the YHPS and the future stallion Chacco Top), and Catoki.

In the early stages AI was used, from the Holstein stallions Loredo (Lord/Capitano), Athletico(Athlet/Calypso 2), Rabino (Ramiro/Calypso 2) and Indoctro (Capitol/Caletto 2). Claus imported a Holstein mare “Uniform” in 1989 by Lord/Rigoletto. It proved to be a jackpot win, as she was out of the excellent Holstein damline 474a, which produced stallions like Calato, and out of which presently Q Verdi and Bulabu are of the very best horses on the international circuit, winning the team event for the Netherlands at the World Equestrian Games 2014. Two Horses out of the direct damline of Uniform were in the winning team!

Offsprings of Caprivi have won 1.30 and 1.35 M classes in Shongweni, highly placed in the 1.30 and 1.35 M classes at Derby, Burlington etc (Bon Jour, Cosmopolitan, Nikita, Nandi) and the first offspring of Shogun, Magic Moment jumps in the 1.40M class under Nicola Sime-Riley and is highly promising.

Out of this mare the stallion Caprivi was bred by Indoctro, and the mare Loretta by by Rabino. Loretta became the dam of the 2 stallions Shogun (Sandro line) and Challenger (linebred on Contender and Ramiro). Consuelo and these 3 stallions are now mainly used in breeding, together with AI of Quintender(which produced the stallion Quickstep),Chacco Blue ( which produced

SEEIS STUD Waldemar Späth was the founder and owner of Davetsaub Stud and he bred Davetsaub Lombard, once South Africa’s most successful show jumper who competed with Jonathan Clark at the Volvo World Cup in Helsinki and at the World Equestrian Games in Rome.

Locarno horses excel in the sport. They have won the trophy for the best Namibian Bred Horse at the YHPS series for3 years in a row, were declared the most promising performance horse (Cruise Control for 5 year old ones) and placed well.

For Locarno breeding the attitude of the horse is the most important. The horse must be willing to perform, and the combination of the power of the European stallions with the intelligence and quick reactions of the thoroughbred seems to be the magic formula as a breeding concept.



A New Era and Jade Hooke

Dr Wolfgang Späth, his son, had a very bad riding accident in December 1994 with the mare Davetsaub Anuschka, and lost the sight in his right eye and the hearing in his right ear. After recovering from this accident he decided to put Anuschka to the stallion Drosselklang and the foal was named A NEW ERA.The name symbolized the end of his riding days and the beginning of his breeding career. This first foal is the most successful horse his stud produced and one of the most successful horses ever bred in Africa. He won the Avis Derby twice under Jade Hooke, and is still competing successfully in Europe. The mares Dr Späth began his breeding operation with came from the studs Davetsaub and Voigtland, mainly with pedigrees from Dolerit, Graveur and Anschluss. He used the stallions from the Davetsaub Stud – Drosselklang, an imported Hannoverian, and Diavolo, an Imported Westphalian. Being a veterinarian, he began artificial insemination using the stallions Rabino (Holsteiner)C- Indoctro (Holsteiner). Out of these combinations he bred the stallions Seeis Dollar (Dolerit) and Seeis Solid Gold (Rabino). Both stallions competed successfully in South Africa. In 2001 he imported the stallion Conti WS, a Hannoverian out of Contender, who produced excellent horses but unfortunately met an early death from colic. In 2005 Davetsaub Stud was divided between Dr Späth and his brother. Other studs in Namibia imported the stallions Consuelo (Holsteiner out of Corofino) and Saliner (Oldenburger). Dr Späth used both stallions and especially Consuelo had a great 78


impact on improving his horses. Consuelo is at the moment most probably South Africa’s most successful show jumping sire says Dr Spath. He bought the stallion Connoiseur NH from Neu Heusis Stud who is currently proving very successful under Nicola Sime in the South African show jumping arenas. As a veterinarian he helped Henning Pretorius of Capital stud with artificial insemination and had the privilege to get semen from his stallions: Cappricio, Don Cumarco, Chicoletto and Armani as well as the stallion De La Coure (Orlando – Belgium Warmblood) – All these stallions had a great impact on his stud. Currently Seeis Stud use De La Coure and Consuelo as local stallions and for artificial insemination the stallions Catoki, Lordanos, Contendro, C-Indoctro, Contifax, Sampras, Chaco Blue and Quintender, all imported semen from Europe. Seeis Stud has also ventured into breeding dressage horses and for this purpose use imported semen from the following stallions: Foundation, Kaiser Franz, K2 and Callaho Benesio. One of the first De La Coure foals won this year’s Young Performance Horse Series in the 5 year old category with the owner and rider Monique Lelani Cadle. Gantigo (Gallion – Solid Gold) won the dressage with his rider, Morgan Badenhorst. With the use of modern, high performance stallions and robust and natural upbringing we aim to produce healthy, robust modern sport horses hopefully giving the owners plenty of joy and happiness.







Lorette Knowles-Taylor on Nissan Nabab Forever celebrating with the crowd after setting a new South African six bar record.

By Sam Wright Photos by T&B Images

NISSAN WINTER CLASSIC As the winter chill begins to tickle at your cheeks the showjumping fraternity load their horses into trucks and head to Kwazulu Natal, to escape the cold weather and also to compete at the Nissan Winter Classic – the second FEI World Cup Qualifier of the season.


he 2015 Nissan Winter Classic was a jam packed affair. Showjumping classes from 70cm heights up to the crowd pleasing qualifier were jam packed with most bragging anything from 50 to 80 competitors at a time. The Shongweni Club has revamped their clubhouse and now brag more bathrooms for guests, a Pizza oven and a delectable menu for patrons. This meant that once the show kicked off the spectator numbers swelled, with the popular grass bank overseeing the main arena filled with picnic blankets.

spot in both the Nissan Riders’ Grand Prix and the World Cup Qualifier.

Without a doubt, it was Jonathan Clarke and the Slade Family’s show. Jonathan featured in the 1.20, 1.35 and 1.40 line ups on his string regularly during the show. However, it was his showing in the coveted 1.50 classes that really stamped his ownership over the event. Clarke, riding Di and Mark Slade’s Felix van de Mispelaere grabbed prime podium

Watching him fly around the track and clock impressive clear round after clear round, there is no doubt the horse is feeling just that. Di also believes in competing all her horses barefoot. It’s interesting to see the “untraditional” means of horse care now seeping through to the higher competitive levels and garnering success.



I had a chance to chat to Di during the course of the show and she was ecstatic about all the horses’ performances as well as the empathetic way Clarke jockeys his mounts. Interesting to note, Felix actually suffers from EMS and thus Di has spent some considerable time assisting the horse to ensure his energy levels are sufficient for high end competition and to make sure he is feeling good.

Nissan Nabab Forever and Lorette Knowles-Taylor clearing 2.05m in the six bar competition.

The crowd on the bank of the Shongweni Club to watch the Nissan Riders’ Grand Prix

Clarke’s days on Felix may be numbered, Di and Mark Slade’s young son, who is currently competing in the Pony Rider classes made it clear during the course of the show that he has his eyes on Felix and that he wants to jump the Nissan Six Bar! Talking of the six bar, it was definitely one of the night time draw cards of the show. Show organisers chose to run the 1.20 and 1.30 speed classes as well as the crowd pleaser under flood lights in the evenings. While some of the more nervous riders may have balked at the idea the spectators flocked to watch the night time events. It was the Nissan Six Bar that will go down in the history books. This year the event was split into a junior and adults class. The juniors had tie winners after both Sabrina Barbaglia on her plucky little Double Vision and Natal local Ashton Ensor-Smith on Rivervale’s Bold Streak cleared 1.75m.

Nicola Sime-Riley’s son Aidan decided to give her some advice during the World Cup Qualifier course walk

It was then that we got to witness history with the sponsor’s horse, Nissan Nebab Forever and Lorette Knowles-Taylor cleared 2.05m, breaking the South African 6 bar record. The “galloping grandpa” as he is fondly known was rather happy to let the entire crowd submerge on him and shower him in praise. It was an incredible moment in local Showjumping history as a true legend galloped his way into our local history books. The Nissan Winter Classic may have been a celebration of legends but it was also a celebration of some of the incredible young showjumping talent being developed in the sport. Arguably one of the world’s best coaches, Rob Hoekstra, was in attendance and he remarked that he had seen great improvement in Nissan’s Development riders Zoleka Mosiah and Oscar Ncube. Oscar, Zoleka, Vincent Moemise and Liam Stevens all form part of Team Nissan, along with Lorette and



Nissan Riders’ Grand Prix and World Cup Qualifier winners Jonathan Clarke and Felix van de Mispelaere

Zoleka Mosiah on Nissan Winter Fern competing in the 1.30 classes

Jonathan and Felix celebrating with the Slade family and Felix’s fantastic groom.

Barry Taylor. The goal is to develop these young riders to grand prix level.

counting the World Cup Qualifier track). Despite the level of difficulty the Riders’ Grand Prix saw 48 starters while the World Cup Qualifier bragged 35 starters with 10 clears after the first round of competition. We’re seeing an improved level of riding in the local arenas and, according to Hoekstra, far better horses as well.

It was also exciting to see Musa Maluleke competing in the 90cm classes. Musa learnt to ride under Enos Mafokate at the Soweto Riding School. Of his own volition he arrived at Sunny Park Stables, the yard run by 1.50 rider Nicola Sime and asked to be her apprentice. She has now hired him to work ride for her and will be assisting him with his competitive showjumping career. Along with Barry and Nicola other top level riders have also done their bit to assist the development of the sport. Anthea Erasmus sponsored almost all the Pony Rider, Junior and Young Rider classes at the show. Her support was greatly valued and something Hoekstra says we need to continue to promote. Showjumping can only grow if we offer up the support to our young riders. International course designer Michel Ismalun built testing tracks for most of the show which Hoekstra commented, were on a par with any 2 star event internationally (not 84


Long gone are the days where a fast four faults in the jump off might guarantee you a podium finish. We’re now watching speedy jump offs at the highest level and it has definitely upped the ante for the sport. The World Cup Qualifier was hotly contested by Jonathan who was the clear winner with a fast double clear. Second was Discovery Campbell ridden by Lisa Williams, also with a double clear and third went to Samantha McIntosh on Let’s Win – again a double clear. The show organisers out did themselves and Nissan, as well as well as many other sponsors, whose generous involvement insured the riders were competing for good money with a fantastic atmosphere. Barry Taylor summed it up rather well in saying that the Nissan Winter Classic really is one of the best showjumping shows of the year.




Photos by Blake Balcomb



his prestigious event which was hosted at the Durban Shongweni Club by Land Rover Durban and Equestrian Sport Products, was an extravaganza that included showing, equitation, dressage and show jumping and ran over 4 days.

The dressage started on Thursday and included from levels walk trot to advanced. In the other arena both equitation and showing was hosted. The awards ceremony for the day took place unmounted at 5pm in the club house where competitors received beautiful rosettes by Equipage as well as hampers and prizes donated by numerous equestrian companies.

Friday was the second day of dressage, where most of the lower grades completed their championship classes. The awards ceremony once again took place unmounted at 5pm in the club house. Saturday was a family fun day and started with musical Kurs and then continued with the Land Rover Durban Ride n Drive event. The arena entertainment continued to about 5pm with equestrian displays and fun dog events, then it turned into a festival with live music, amazing food, craft and wine stalls which are part of the Shongweni Farmers Market. The entry to the event was free and all Land Rover owners got free valet parking.

Sunday completed the championship classes for the pony riders and higher levels. All of the championship prizes were awarded mounted after each class, and each winner received an amazing rosette from Equipage, a sash from Land Rover Durban, medals from the Keg and flowers from Kuda Insurance. The show jumping that took place as well on Sunday in the Wendy Venniker arena, from levels 50cm to 1m30.Where they received beautiful championship rosettes from the keg, each groom was awarded a grooms pack which was sponsored by Laager and Tetly tea. The entire event was photographed by Blake Balcomb. Issue 23 SPORTING HORSE


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uring April of this year with the Philip Smith Memorial Equitation Championship 2015 fast approaching, the co-organisers decided to speak to a few of the past winners. The purpose was to invite them to share with us what the opportunity of competing in this unique and very special competition had meant to them and how it had impacted on the rest of their lives. The very first winner of this Championship, Casey Rousseau (nee` Lourens) had this to say: “I competed in the Philip Smith Memorial Equitation Championship in 2001 during my matric year and was the first winner of this competition after it replaced the Witwatersrand Agricultural Society’s Supreme Equitation Championship. It was my dream to join this elite group of champions, so when I qualified for this event, I was excited beyond belief, as this was the last chance to achieve this goal. I preferred the format of the PSMEC to WAS, as the quality of the horses was far better than my experience the previous year. This new format also put all the riders on an equal playing field in comparison to a normal equitation class, as we all had to ride the same horses. The amount of hard work that it took, as well as the support and encouragement from my riding coaches, are testament to the 90


fact that dedication, team work and self belief can result in success not just in the sporting arena but in all walks of life. It has stood me in good stead in achieving in other areas of my life ranging from success at university, in my career and in representing my province and South Africa in other sporting codes. The recognition received from having won this renowned competition amongst the riding community, as well as my school peers, reaffirmed what one can achieve with a strong work ethic and a passion for what one loves. My hope is that this competition will be in place for years to come, so that other equitation competitors can enjoy the thrill of being part of a major sporting championship and experience the invaluable lessons and recognition that go hand in hand with it.” Then in 2007 our winner was Kelly O’Connor, who successfully campaigned in Europe for several years and has now returned to South Africa, where she is already making her mark on the local show jumping circuit. Kelly gave us this insight into her opinion as to how her win in the PSMEC impacted on her show jumping career: “I believe the competition was extremely beneficial in making my riding career a success – the qualification to get into the final taught me how to plan for a long term goal with dedication and

complete focus. In the second day of the PSMEC, you are pushed to your limit – not just as a rider, who needs to understand a new horse quickly, but also it determines whether you have big match temperament or not. Whilst competing overseas and work riding for people – a huge part of being successful, was being able to adapt to any horse you are put onto. If I didn’t have the experience of changing horses at a young age, I am not sure I would have had the confidence to cope as well as I did abroad. The Philip Smith is recognized internationally as a prestigious title to have won and I don’t believe I would be where I am today without the experience I received from competing in this extraordinary event.” The winner of the PSMEC in 2004, was Romy Stuhler (nee` Hochveld) and who now hails from Australia, had these comments to make on her experience in competing in this event: “The competition was the culmination of many years of dedication and practice. I had always trained hard – more because I absolutely loved horse riding, rather than I was going after any specific goal. For years I had thought I was ‘at the top of my game’, however when I qualified to compete in the Philip Smith competition,

my horse riding was kicked up a notch. It meant that I received additional coaching- worked hard on the little things and rode many different horses in preparation for the event. It challenged me to be the very best rider I could and it taught me to be more responsive and adaptive. It showed how commitment, passion and hard work helped me to attain what might, otherwise, have been an unattainable goal. Competing and winning the PSMEC was a huge learning curve for me, not only in the sporting arena but in my career in later years.” Finally a few words from our young winner of 2014, Hayley Preen, who previously rode in the PSMEC in 2013 and who travelled from the Western Cape to participate in this prestigious competition on both occasions: “In my first year I was very young and inexperienced, being only 14 years old, however it taught me everything that I needed to know and what to expect in the following year when I won the PSMEC. It was the most nerve-wracking competition that I have ever ridden in, but from what I have learnt, I can now deal with a tremendous amount of pressure, whether it is in a riding event, cycling or running race. Since I started riding in Equitation classes as a pony rider, it had Issue 23 SPORTING HORSE


always been my dream to win this competition and to be able to travel overseas to watch a show of my choice. My mother, who has been one of my primary coaches throughout my life, will be accompanying me to watch the Royal International Show at Hickstead in August of this year and I am very excited. This amazing opportunity would not be possible without this enormously generous sponsorship and I would like to say a very big ‘thank you’ to Mrs. Mary Slack who has magnanimously supported this awesome event for so many years.” The management of the Kyalami Park Club very graciously allowed the co-organisers ofThe Philip Smith Memorial Equitation Championship 2015 to host this esteemed event in conjunction with the Knowles Hussein Lindsay Inc FEI WCQ Show at KEP during May. The Flatwork took place on Friday 15th May and was judged by some of South Africa’s great coaches and top horsemen in their own right – Karen Keller, Gregory Goss and Natalie Hogg. The competitors who qualified to compete this year were Bianca da Silva (Gauteng) Instructed by Anne-Marie Esslinger and Simone Howarth, Sylvia Dixon (Gauteng) Instructed by Kirsty Loots and Gill Taylor, Katherine Gees (Western Cape) Instructed by Larissa Williams and Chad Cunningham and Michelle Zwonnikoff (Gauteng) Instructed by Chad Cunningham. The Show Jumping Phase took place in the Peter Minne Arena on Saturday 16th May and was judged by the well-known and 92


much respected Gonda Betrix and Jonathan Clarke along with Samantha McIntosh, fresh from her magnificent win in the South African Outdoor Grand Prix at the Nissan Easter Festival. The Course Designer from Iran, Hossein Shafiee, provided the competitors with a challenging track commencing with the usual gymnastic ridden with one hand and no stirrups. The scoring for this phase calls for separate marks for each jump and therefore calls for some quick thinking on the part of the three judges. The worthy winner of The Philip Smith Memorial Equitation Championship; 2015, Katherine Gees (incidentally a cousin of our 2014 winner, Hayley Preen) had this to say at the end of the competition: “This was an event that challenged every aspect of my riding and it was a weekend of intense concentration and a lot of hard work that paid off. The experience, as a whole, is one that will remain with me forever and winning it is something I will never forget. The weekend was planned exceptionally well and I would like to say thank you to everyone involved. I enjoyed every aspect of this arduous competition which tested one’s ability to ride not only your own horse, but those of your co-competitors as well.” It was a credit to the team of Officials managing this celebrated event that the entire Jumping Phase ran slickly and timeously with the Presentation carried out with efficiency and enthusiasm. Our sincere thanks must go to Mrs Mary Slack for her ongoing patronage of this Championship and to all the officials who give of their precious time and without whose wonderful assistance it would not be possible to organize this incomparable competition.




FOX-PITT RIDES CHILLI MORNING INTO THE RECORD BOOKS AT BADMINTON William Fox-Pitt (GBR) re-wrote the record books when he became the first rider in history to win a CCI4* on a stallion, jumping a magnificent clear round in the final phase on Christopher Stone’s Chilli Morning to capture the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, fourth leg of the FEI Classics™ 2014/2015.


By Kate Green

he popular German rider Ingrid Klimke finished runnerup by just 1.2 penalties on her new star Horseware Hale Bob, and New Zealander Jock Paget was third on Clifton Lush, a great achievement on a horse coming back after a year’s lay-off for injury.

and the generous Chilli Morning more than rose to the occasion, jumping as if on springs to record a clear and switch the burden onto the shoulders of his New Zealand rival.

Paget, lying fifth after Cross Country, eased the pressure on his rivals when Clifton Lush hit the 11th fence to pick up four faults. Klimke, next into the arena, was immaculately prepared, having been competing her German Thoroughbred gelding in Jumping classes over the winter, and they produced a confident clear.

Fox-Pitt, the first British rider to win Badminton for six years, last triumphed here in 2004 on Tamarillo. “That was a long time ago, and it makes you realise how hard it is,” he said. “It was very easy to think it was all over with a rider like Andrew in front. He doesn’t make many mistakes.”

Next to go were the 2014 runners-up, Oliver Townend (GBR) and Armada, but the Yorkshireman had humorously predicted that he wouldn’t be taking home any trophies as the 16-yearold gelding is notoriously difficult in this phase. Four fences down dropped the pair to 11th.

Chilli Morning will now return to stud duties and will not compete again this year. “He’s a fantastic horse with a brilliant brain and he wants to work.” Fox-Pitt was quick to heap praise on Nick Gauntlett, the rider who produced the stallion up to four-star level.

As the crowd erupted, Nicholson entered on an unsettled Nereo, the 15-year-old chestnut clearly unnerved by the electric The finale could not have been more tense, with three penalties atmosphere, and when he hit the second fence it was all over.Two – less than the cost of a rail down - covering the first five riders, more rails went as well and the pair dropped to sixth place, but and all attention on the great Kiwi rider Andrew Nicholson the New Zealander somehow managed to find a smile.“I’ll live to aiming to win Badminton for the first time in 31 years of trying. fight another day,” he promised.

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Ingrid Klimke said Horseware Hale Bob had given her a great ride in all three phases and she was keen to pay tribute to Chris Bartle,


the German team trainer “because he always had faith in us”.


Jock Paget, who withdrew his 2013 winner Clifton Promise (10th after Cross Country) before Jumping, said he’d had “a good feeling” about Clifton Lush, a ride he took over from fellow Kiwi Joe Meyer. “He did his maximum in every phase,” said Paget. “I knew that even if he jumped clear, I wouldn’t catch the other two.”

William Fox-Pitt, 45, has won 55 CCIs, including a record 14 CCI4*s: Badminton (2004 and 2015), Burghley six times (1994, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2011), Luhmühlen (2008), Kentucky three times (2010, 2012 and 2014) and Pau twice (2011 and 2013). He is the only rider to have won five out of the world’s six CCI4*s. Currently the world number two, he won the FEI Classics™ in 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014.

Kelvin Bywater’s Jumping track proved influential, with clear rounds at a premium. Sir Mark Todd (NZL) rose from ninth to fourth with just one time penalty on the German-bred Leonidas ll and Bettina Hoy (GER) had her best ever Badminton result with fifth place on Designer 10 after incurring only four faults. Nicola Wilson (GBR) rose 11 places to seventh with a clear round on One Two Many; Aoife Clark (IRL) climbed three places to eighth with four faults on Vaguely North and fellow Irishman Michael Ryan shot up from 21st to ninth with a penalty-free round on Ballylynch Adventure. Last year’s winners, Sam Griffiths (AUS) and Paulank Brockagh, were 10th. Klimke’s second place at Badminton added to her win at Pau (FRA) last year propels her into first place on the FEI Classics™ 2014/2015 leaderboard and she has a good ride, Escada JS, for the fifth leg at Luhmühlen (GER). Fox-Pitt, now second in the rankings, following a fourth place in Kentucky (USA) recently, is also planning to compete at Germany’s premier event, so the contest should go right to the wire at Burghley (GBR) in September.

He has represented Britain 18 times in championships, winning Olympic team silver (2004 and 2012) and bronze (2008), world team gold and individual silver on Cool Mountain (2010) plus team silver in 2006, team bronze in 2002 and team silver and individual bronze in 2014 on Chilli Morning. He has six European team gold medals, one team bronze, two individual silvers (1997 and 2005) and an individual bronze in 2013 on Chilli Morning. Fox-Pitt is married to Alice, a television racing commentator. They live near Sturminster Newton, Dorset, and have two sons, Oliver and Thomas, and two daughters Chloe and Emily. Chilli Morning is a 15-year-old German-bred stallion by Phantomic, a thoroughbred, out of a Jumpingbred mare, Koralle. He was bought in Germany as a youngster by Christopher Stone.



Anthea Michaletos and Ulivia STV

Luke West (ZIM) and Iridium

Candice Hobday and Filina

By Michele Wing

Photos by T&B Images



hree international judges presided over the five day show. Bo Ahman is a FEI 4* judge from Sweden who has been judging dressage for no less than 34 years,of which the last 12 have been at Grand Prix level. Kathy Amos-Jacob from France is an International Olympic judge for the International Paralympic Equestrian Sport and judged at the Olympic Games 2004 in Athens, Greece. Lastly,Eugenio Rovida who is a 4* judge who hails from Italy. Ahman, Amos-Jacob and Rovida were not the only ones who travelled long distances to Kyalami Park. A contingent of riders from Zimbabwe under the guidance of coach and previous SA Dressage Champion, Martine Lambert undertook the 3 day road trip with their horses to reach Kyalami Park. “We were welcomed and assisted by so many people, which made our long journey an exciting adventure”, said Luke West. “The international judges were encouraged by our participation and invited us to dinner in Sandton, sharing their wise council, dreams and advice, which we are extremely grateful for “, added West. 96


As an equestrian discipline, dressage continues to grow and strengthen in South Africa, with our country also providing several of our riders with a platform to venture overseas. Chere Burger, Nicole Smith, Catherine Berning and Jean van Deventer are riding and competing in Europe, with Bronwyn Meredith having returned from a stint in the UK, and Kirsten Wing about to leave. With some of them not here for the CDI Show, it was still very heartening to see that at Prix St George and above, 30 horse and rider combinations were entered, with 4 in Grand Prix. Candice Hobday and Filina won the FEI Grand Prix with 62.56%, Adriaan van Wyk won the FEI Intermediate A and B on Hartenberg Attack with 64.86% and 65.07% respectively, Andrea Harrison and Delmon’s Marinier won the FEI Intermediate 11 on 66.14%, Trudy Marsland and Zindane won the FEI Intermediate 1 on 67.45%, Jean van Deventer and Umberto won the FEI Prix St George on 67.36% and Courtney Webber and Lucky Time won the FEI Young Rider Individual Test on 64.64%.

Trudy Marsland and Zidane

“The show was an extremely well run event”, said Trudy Marsland. “From the smooth flowing vet check, friendly and helpful ‘nothing too much trouble’ stewards and officials, to the top class riding surfaces and encouraging international judges. Over the 5 days of competition, there was an overall feeling of camaraderie and support between the riders across the levels. Each person’s results were celebrated equally “, she said. Not to be outdone, the para riders put on an extremely impressive display with credible scores being posted. One of the competitors, Anthea Coullie, said “There was a record number of 18 riders who competed against each other in the five different grades”. The FEI Grade 1V Individual Championship was won by Victoria Ford riding Grith-Mary on 67.81% ,The FEI Grade 111 Individual Championship was won by Sarone Du Toit riding Razdi’s Rough Diamond on 63.71%,The FEI Grade 11 Individual Championship was won by Shani De Beer riding Wow’s Yellowood on 68.71%,

The FEI Grade 1b Individual Championship was won by Tamsin Mbatha-Bouwer riding Adelprag Narco on 72.18% and The FEI Grade 1a Individual Championship was won by Mark Frenzel riding Geneva’s Wintersong on 62.53%. Many of the para horses were generously loaned by members of the Gauteng equestrian community. Anthea went on to say “The entire competition was excellently organised and the venue perfectly prepared to accommodate all disabled riders”. In the spirit of continual upliftment of dressage, a well supported and highly successful National Dressage Seminar was held during the course of the show by retired international judge and chairwoman of the FEI Dressage Committee, Mariette Withages. The second CDI 2* for the year will take place from the 23rd to the 27th of September at Kyalami Equestrian Park and will run concurrently with the 2015 SA Dressage Championships. Lots to look forward to!









Sporting Horse Magazine July 2015  

Sporting Horse Magazine July 2015