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elcome to our mid-year edition for 2017, the 31st issue of Sporting Horse Magazine. With cold temperatures setting in around the country bringing much needed rain to drought stricken Western Cape, I hope you and your equine friends are keeping warm. We have a jam-packed issue for you, so just a short note from me on some of the many highlights featured in the issue. We set off with our cover story, spending some time with Celeste Steyn of Pela Graca Friesian Stud and finding out how they remain absolutely passionate about breeding these magnificent animals on page 6.

Brigid Thompson wraps up the Callaho Auction 2017 on page 10. This must visit event has grown in stature every year since its inception 9 year ago. More than 600 equine enthusiasts made their way to Christiana to bid on some of the best stock in South Africa. Three of the five legs of the Young Horse Performance Series have already been completed. With competition heating up we look at the first three legs on page 66. From Nissan Easter Festival, Presidents Cup to horse and rider profiles, I hope you have fun reading. See you around the arena.

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Amondi M with Floriske van Pela Graca

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rom the total offspring, numbering 2 328 of Dries 421 all over the world, 17 foals were born in the last four years at the Pela Graca Stud farm by this KFPS Friesian Breeding Stallion. The KFPS makes use of the ABFP results gathered over the years which also include information about the offspring, thus authenticating the claim that Dries 421 is still THE BEST BREEDING STALLION of all the breeding stallions up to and including 2016 on these results. Added to the reputation of Dries 421, his offspring produced two KFPS Stud Book approved Breeding Stallions (Uldrik 457 and Siert 499), 6 Crown Mares, 62 Star Mares, 36 Star Foal Book Stallions, 13 Star Geldings and 8 of his offspring achieved the Sport Predicate (like Aurelia Fan Ass owned by Adelprag Friesian Stud and Mees van Rijnwoude winner of the 2015/2016 Friesian Talent Cup). The breeding value of the mares also represents an important selection tool and is the best indication of genetic aptitude according to the KFPS. Despite the fact that the Friesian Horse has become taller, among other changes, the Modern 8


Friesian with a sport aptitude still clearly resembles exterior characteristics, which are typical of the breed. At Pela Graca Friesian Stud, their aim as Friesian Breeders is to stay focussed on selecting their breeding for these Friesian characteristics: reliability, willingness to work, level-headedness, good manners, keenness, inquisitiveness, sensitivity, responsiveness and good stamina. The priority is for these character traits to be passed on to the offspring. The linear score form for characteristics is being used by the KFPS for ABFP testing, bringing us back to the remark made above that this information is used to indicate the Stallion whose offspring shows the best characteristics for the Friesian Breed. Among the breeding mares, Pela Graca has one Stud Book Model Sport Mare, Annichje fan Bokkum, the first and still only Friesian mare to ride at Grand Prix Level. She was schooled by Marc-Peter Spahn. Annichje is the proud holder of the 2011 KFPS Horse of the Year title and in South Africa, she was Champion Model Mare in Hand, and Reserve Supreme Champion Snr mare under saddle, at the 2013 Parys Horse and

Zjors van Visser




Eva van de Dompstede with rider Phillip Jacobs

Zinke-Karin van Pela Graca

Wine Festival.They have one offspring out of Annichje, a 2 year old mare Veronichje van Pela Graca who will be a good prospect to keep in the Pela Graca Friesian Stud breeding programme considering her breeding lines. She was also Champion Junior Mare in hand at the 2017 Horse and Wine Festival. Pela Graca Friesian Stud has two Crown Mares, Amerens van Top en Twel and Zjors van Visser. Out of Amerens van Top en Twel they bred a 3 year old stallion, Reitsen van Pela Graca (2nd premium foal), a 2 year old mare, Ymke van Pela Graca and a yearling colt, Arjan van Pela Graca (2nd premium foal). Two offspring out of their top mare Zjors van Visser were sold in 2016 to Mr and Mrs Jan and Ansie Du Preez from the Jansie Friesian Stud, they are Palcher van Pela Graca, a 4 year old stallion and Zjordan van Pela Graca (2nd premium foal). Palcher is the 2017 SA Friesian Breed National Junior Stallion in Hand Champion and Zjordan was pronounced the Reserve Champion in this class. Also born out of Zjors van Visser they have a 3 month old filly, the feisty Femke van Pela Graca. Zjors van Visser received the award of Best Overall Mare In Hand at the 2017 Horse and Wine Festival. She had the highest score of 140 mares and the second highest score among all horses, the stallions and geldings included!

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Hand class at the 2017 Horse and Wine Festival) and Winette van Pela Graca: two yearling fillies, Citske van Pela Graca and Amondries van Pela Graca: two 3 month old fillies, Diva van Pela Graca and Floriske van Pela Graca. Pela Graca is also the home of the elegant and talented 1 year old colt, Bartell van Pela Graca (2nd premium foal) from Stud Book Model mare, Samara M (owned by Henson Friesian Stud). Their first exportation of Zinke-Karin van Pela Graca to her new owners in Namibia, Nidrieka and Nicolene Nel was a proud moment for Pela Graca Friesian Stud owner, Celeste Steyn. Zinke-Karin was born out of Arnel Anke-Karin, one of their SA bred Friesian BI mares. Lastly they welcomed to their offspring family, a 2 year old mare Wytske van Pela Graca born out of Mooibou Lulu, a SA bred Friesian BII mare.

Pela Graca is the new home for the two Studbook Model Mares, Titske van Kolderveen and Hielkje fan de Visscherwei, the Foal Book Stallion Potter van Doorndraai and yearling Yvory van Doorndraai. With these new additions to the stud they plan to achieve their breeding goals with even greater success and in a shorter period of time. Adding to their breeding material they have successfully imported frozen semen from the Netherlands and will be expanding their own Breedings from their other two Stud Book Star Mares, Amondi breedings from Dries 421 with the following Approved KFPS M and Eva van de Dompstede, include one 4 year old stallion, Breeding Stallions, Alwin 469, Gerben 479 Std Sport, Hette Peatos van Pela Graca: two 2 year old mares, Wieneke van 481 Std Sport and Jouwe 485 Std. These stallions’ breeding as Pela Graca (Wieneke got a 4th place in the Junior Mares in well as Dries 421 is available to outside breeders. 10




Callaho’s Lugano ridden by Murray Pote, meeting his new owner Meghan West

Text: Brigid Thompson | Photos by Tracy Robertson and Jacqui Wood

Callaho Auction 2017 The 2017 Callaho Auction confirmed its status as a premier event on the SA Sport Horse Calendar, and showed why this stud has made such a name for itself since the inaugural auction nine years ago.


ver 600 horse lovers from all over the country made the journey to Christiana the weekend of 2-3 June for this year’s auction. The weather was glorious and the young horses – the stars of the show – behaved superbly, testimony to their solid training.

Proceedings kicked off on Friday night with a free jumping display of all the riding horses. Most prospective buyers generally make use of this opportunity to assess the horses’ technique, scope and confidence, and the evening was well attended. Saturday morning saw the presentation of each auction horse in a ridden display which included a small course of jumps, and which gave buyers the chance to watch the horse move and jump under saddle.The presentation itself was very slickly choreographed, with a horse being in the arena at all times and the entrance and exit of horses perfectly cued. After the lunch break the breathtaking Callaho stallions were presented under saddle, culminating in the real business of the day: the handing over of the gavel and the auction of this year’s crop of sport horses and broodmares.



From the start it was evident that while there was keen demand for select horses, there were also some very good buys to be had. A total of seven horses fetched prices of R400,000 and above (six geldings and one mare). The top-priced horse this year was the big, scopey Contra Vella. Standing 17hh, every inch the son of Con Coriano, and described by auctioneer Gunther Friemel as “one of the best horses yet on the Callaho Auction”, Contra Vella’s jumping performance simply lit up the auction hall during his ridden display. Excitement was palpable when he returned to be auctioned, with the bidding starting at R300,000 and very quickly reaching the final bid price of R640,000. Out of the Callaho’s Grand-dam Ravella, and half sibling to Fiorella, Fiona Vella and Egalité, Contra Vella was a clear favourite, and was sold to the Quinten Jansen syndicate. Quinten clearly having an eye for a top horse. Bidding was as furious for the second-highest priced horse on auction, the striking Lissabon mare, Latina. Bought for Durbanbased Junior, Katherine Stainton, Latina was eventually knocked down for R480,000. (Also going home with Katherine is the highly talented Concudo, who sold for a very fair R330,000.)

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Rod Stainton, Mandy Prince, Katherine Stainton, Callaho’s Latina, Kenneth (groom), Günter Friemel (auctioneer), Charlotte Beckmann (rider) and Ian Callender Easby

The third-highest priced horse, also in high demand, was Lalieri, (R450,000). Quinten Jansen bought this superb dressage and jumping prospect for his wife Liesl, who was overcome with emotion and relief after a round of fierce bidding. By far the biggest influence on buyers seemed to be a combination of sire and size.The most popular horses were those by Callaho’s most renowned sires, Lissabon and Con Coriano, both representing the very best bloodlines the world has to offer. The progeny of these two stallions are now really beginning to make their mark in South Africa, so it is no surprise that they are in such high demand. Of the twenty top-priced lots were eleven by Lissabon, seven by Con Coriano and one each by For Joy and Stolzenberg. The average price of the Lissabon progeny 16hh and over was R311,000 (compared to a R180,000 average price for Lissabon progeny under 16hh), and the average price for Con Coriano’s progeny 16hh and over was R362,500 (with the only Con Coriano progeny under 16hh, Con Carlos, being sold for R50,000- dubbed “the steal of the show” by auctioneer Rogan Asken.) This meant that there were a number of exceptional horses by top International sires which went for very affordable prices. The exceptional 16.3hh mare Simone, by Stolzenberg and out of G-Cerise sold for the relatively low price of R370,000, and another exceptionally bred Stolzenberg mare, Sheridan sold for an absolute bargain at just R70,000. Bidding was also slow on lots by



sires Valentino, Verdi, Titanic and Manaloj, and it certainly seemed that the biggest demand was for Callaho’s signature sires, Con Coriano and Lissabon. Even Callaho’s now deceased foundation stallion For Joy could not hold his own against these two, with the classy 16hh daughter of For Joy, Fortaska, fetching only R150,000, and the superb 16.3hh Falvio selling for just R270,000 (however much to the delight of Chantelle Swanepoel, whose husband Martyn, having been very impressed by Falvio at try-outs, bought him as a 40th birthday present for Chantelle.) There was generally no clear favour shown by most auction goers towards specific dam lines. The exception was Barry Taylor, who was clearly impressed with Lot No.1, Landino, (whose grand dam is Ryanne, dam of Barry’s top horse Freedom), as well as with Ravella (dam of top priced Contra Vella). Dams such as D-Almgraefin, Wanja, La Lune, Salsa, Quitaska, Welingan, Piquette, Grace and Cortina represent outstanding International jumping lines, but prices seem to indicate that buyers on the whole paid little attention to dam lines. Although the historic price bias in favour of the very big horses was still evident (perhaps due to resale value), an interesting feature of this year’s auction was the demand for medium-sized, more compact horses in the 16hh range. Of the hopeful buyers we spoke to, Liani Morkel, Nicky Wright and Chevonne Powell were all looking for a horse around 16hh with good rideability,

movement and temperament. With many hopeful buyers being women and juniors, many of the horses in the middle price bracket were the more finely-built horses. With such demand for horses in the 16hh range, the hugely popular Levi sold as a Junior horse for R420,000, Lalieri for R450,000, Con Luna for R350,000 and Lucius for R270,000 (Lucius had been no.1 on Tania van Lill’s shortlist and she was over the moon at her husband winning the bid.) There was still an evident price bias against horses under 15.3hh, and the best bargains were generally to be had in that height range. Seven riding horses sold for under R100,000, ten for between R100,000 and R170,000, a further ten fetched prices in the R200,000 price range, and six fetched prices in the R300,000’s. Average price for the riding horses this year was R243,000 (compared to R265,000 in 2016), perhaps a reflection of the current recession and negative political climate in the country. The majority of the broodmares fetched good prices. Toppriced Trijntje was bought for R140,000 by Mandy Prince, who explained her choice as being based on the fact that Trijntje had produced a string of thirteen foals, all of which had matured into exceptional horses, and as Trijntje was also in foal to a really top stallion (Equinox De Chalusse), she was bound to produce a top quality foal.The second-highest priced broodmare, Con Cayenne (R110,000), was also in foal to Equinox De Chalusse, seemingly

indicating that this will be another popular Callaho sire. The remaining broodmares, four in foal to Con Coriano and one to Larison, sold for between R50,000 and R90,000. For the first time since 2014 Callaho also this year auctioned three lots of Lissabon semen, which sold for between R25,000 and R27,000 apiece. Prior to the auction, buyers have access to a full range of information about the auction horses, in the form of X-rays, video footage of the horse working under saddle and jumping, objective assessments of the horse’s utility, temperament and rider compatibility, as well as the opportunity to discuss any aspect of the horse with the veterinarian and the Callaho training staff.Two months before the auction takes place, try-outs are scheduled, which allows potential buyers the opportunity to ride and evaluate each prospect well in advance, with Callaho’s regular trainers on hand to assist and advise. The auction process is completely transparent and buyers know exactly what they are getting when they buy one of the Callaho horses. Perhaps surprisingly, many buyers this year had not attended the try-outs. These buyers judged the auction prospects on conformation, the free jumping and ridden displays, and the auction catalogue information regarding pedigree, rideability, Vet class, temperament, etc. Of those who attended try-outs, many had tried as many as 12 to



Callaho’s Carnaval La Silla & Ivana Callender-Easby

Günter Friemel, Ian Callender-Easby, Quinten Jansen, Callaho’s Contra Vella & Thomas Marumo

14 horses, and all commended the Callaho work riders on their helpful input and advice. Many serious buyers attend try-outs as a group from a particular yard and then compile a short list of horses suitable to each rider’s preference and budget. However, as Graham Winn pointed out, often the horses at the top of your shortlist turn out to be popular across the board and go way over budget, which can mean disappointment. Each annual auction attracts a unique mix of first time auctiongoers, together with a strong core of auction regulars. Among this year’s first-timers were Annaliese and Hennie Maree from George, who were both very impressed with the superb organisation of the auction, the helpfulness of the Callaho staff and the impressive class of the horses. This was also the first auction for Ross and Chris Howe of Johannesburg, who were super-impressed with the venue, the layout and the slick organisation and said they would definitely be back next year. Lillian Moller, also attending the auction for the first time, was very impressed with how professionally the event was run, with the good branding the stud had achieved via the annual auctions, and the good quality of all the horses on offer. She was however disappointed that there were no progeny of Benicio -and few serious dressage prospects – on this year’s auction. Her sentiments were echoed by Anita Perrow, an auction regular, who praised the fact that the quality of the auction horses improved year-on-year, but stated that she would have liked to see more

dressage prospects on offer this year (though Callaho Stud has confirmed that there will certainly be some Benicio progeny in the 2018 line-up!) Lizelle Smit of Desalsmit Stud was, similarly, very impressed with the venue, the organisation and the hospitality, as well as with the impeccable behaviour and sound training of the horses. Kate Miszewski and daughter Courtney, from Cape Town, attend each year’s auction for the experience and the spectacle, and view the auction as a highlight of the year. Kate emphasised how impressed she was, not only with the horses themselves and the transparency and fairness of the no-reserve auction format, but also with the success of the Callaho business model, and the extraordinary success of the auction in branding the stud. Sporting Horse congratulates Callaho Stud on producing the 2017 Auction with such aplomb and style. As commented by many auction goers, each year the horses get better and the presentation is more polished. The success of this year’s auction is testimony both to the tremendous work of the Callaho team over the past year, and to the stud’s purposeful breeding of the past eighteen years.Watching everything fall into place on the day, one cannot help but be impressed by the high levels of expertise and professionalism at all levels. We wish Team Callaho all of the best for the year to come, as they begin work on the next crop of young athletes for next year’s –tenth- annual auction. Please visit www.callaho.com for the full list of auction prices.






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“THE BEST OF THE BEST” Following on from his “Trip of a Lifetime” in 2016, when he was honoured to spend some time with the legendary George Morris in the United States of America, Chad Cunningham was once again privileged to travel to the Wellington Equestrian Festival in February 2017.


his trip encompassed a slightly different scenario in that, through a recommendation from the great man himself, Chad was able to organize for 4 of his pupils and friends to be coached by the well renowned American Coach, Chris Kappler. The logistics of such a visit had taken the best part of a year to coordinate and enabled the riders to be mounted and coached by Chris at his yard rented specifically for the show.

iconic “founding father” of hunt seat equitation, George Morris, I knew that this was an opportunity I couldn’t miss out on.”

These are some of the responses to my questions from three of the riders – Caitlin Moyle from Cape Town and Simon Hendry and Zdenek Muchna from Gauteng:

Simon: “I try not to over-think matters too much – it doesn’t help with the nerves. I did, however, read as much as possible on Chris’s history, his coaching, the area he operates in and the show.”

How did you come to be invited to join this awesome trip to the U.S.A.? Caitlin “For the past 2 years I have attended clinics run by Chad in Cape Town. When I heard that he was taking a team to the U.S.A. to be coached and compete under the Olympic gold and silver medalist, Chris Kappler, I expressed an interest and was invited to take part. Knowing that I would also get to meet and learn from the



Simon: “Chad very kindly approached me regarding joining them on the trip and I didn’t hesitate. I have always had the highest regard for George Morris (not only because of his reputation, but having had lessons with him before) and to ride under his and one of his former student’s (now also a world class trainer) coaching, is phenomenal.” How did you prepare for an experience of this magnitude? Caitlin: “I read as much as I could about George Morris and his training methods. Since Chris was a pupil of George’s, I knew their methods would be similar”

On arrival – what were your impressions of Chris, the property and the facilities? Zdenek: “After a long flight, we arrived in Wellington on Sunday afternoon and went straight to the barn to meet Chris, his team and our rides for the next two weeks. The first thing I noticed was how Chris was dressed. He wore beige breeches and a white, long sleeved show shirt. His

Chris Kappler with Chad Cunningham

clothing was spotless. I would later learn that this was how he dressed every day and that ‘set the tone’ (something Chris said a lot) for the trip. There was meticulous attention to detail in everything, all the time. Rider’s turn out and etiquette, horse’s turn out, stable management and horse management. A big part of Chris’s team’s philosophy is that details matter and that is what makes the difference at the very top. Having a mindset of being fixated with details follows through in your flatwork, body control, jumping,course walk and competition.” What format did the Coaching sessions follow? Simon: “Chris is very structured and always works to a plan. He is very calm and clear in his instruction. You never doubt what he requires from you or the horse you are riding. He adjusts to the needs of the horse rather than requiring the horse to go in a specific, unnatural way. It is all about being soft, kind and as a rider making it as easy for the horse to perform to the best of his ability.” Zdenek: “Simon and I paired up for our lessons. We didn’t jump the horses too much or too big at home, just enough to understand our horse’s length of stride and way of going. Chris also took a lot of time to demonstrate and explain to Simon and I, his way of teaching and how he deals with different situations with his pupils and their horses.”

Caitlin: “The key theme for his coaching sessions was that flat work was essential for a good show jumper. The horses were immaculately turned out for each lesson and as riders we were expected to be perfectly neat and appropriately dressed too. Hairnets were a must for the girls! Chris concentrated on the 2 point rider position as he emphasized the need for riders to be in front of the vertical. He explained that the 2 point position puts you in the correct place to use the aids accurately. In Chris’s yard Tuesday has been declared ‘No stirrups Tuesday’ and we were told to leave our stirrups behind for the lesson. The focus was on developing our seats and increasing communication with the horse considerably, while improving balance. At all times Chris reiterated the need for leg based riding to encourage our horses to work from behind and to use our legs to create roundness in our horses.” Give us a little insight into your reactions to attending and competing at the world famous Wellington Equestrian Festival? Simon: “The magnitude of the show is overwhelming. It runs for 12 weeks, with no less than 5,000 horses competing in 12 different arenas and attracts the best riders and horses in the world.



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The final round is the $500,000 Rolex Grand Prix. It is no surprise that the stands were always full and the show bustling with excitement. I have been fortunate enough to go to quite a few shows in Europe including Olympia and WEG, but this was on a different scale! It is no surprise that it attracts the best in the world.”

you up or down in the riding order to ensure that Chris was available for our warm up.

In the warm up arena a jump was assigned to you alone for your warm up period! Chris was thorough in his approach to walking the course and went over every detail needed to get the clear round. He encouraged us to walk the course a few times so that Zdenek: “On our first day at the show, I was pretty star struck. we knew exactly what was required. The courses are open for a We walked straight to the main warm up ring and the first much longer period than those in South Africa.” three riders we heard being called to the gate were Ben Maher, Meredith Michaels Beerbaum and Kent Farrington. And the list Looking back on this memorable opportunity – what were the of top ranked riders went on and on.We sat at the main ring and highlights and what have you leant from the trip? watched all day. The horse power was amazing and the prize Simon: “So much! Not only has it changed my outlook on coaching and riding, but also horsemanship. I felt like a sponge trying to soak money huge, which was a recipe for some very, very fast riding. up every little piece of information, advice given and knowledge George Morris referred to it as steeplechase over bigger jumps. shared. And this went on all day (and some nights) from Wednesday to Sunday. A lot of riders referred to this 12 week show as ‘Disney I now appreciate the value in having a structure and a plan so much more. It has made a distinct difference and improvement in how I World’ because of the horse power and money at the show.” approach my every day activities. Caitlin: “The facilities for riders, horses and spectators were Thank you to everyone who made it possible for me to go!” exemplary. Most impressive was the speed in which the classes ran. The arenas were raked in minutes and the courses set up and Zdenek: Chad introduced us to George, who would take the time to sit with us at the warm ups and give us the run down on different ready to walk at 7.30am. riders, their horses and their way of doing things, etc. The show organizers allowed flexibility in the riding order and Katie (Chris’s stable manager), could ask the organizer to move We watched him walk courses and train his pupils. He watched



From Left - Right Tatum Olivier, Kaitlin Moyle, Chad Cunningham, Simon Hendry & Zdenek Muchna

Course Walk with Chris Kappler

us compete, but never really gave us much feedback...Little did we know that this was because Chris and Chad had organized for us (Simon and I) to have a lesson with George himself on the last day. Well then we got a lot of feedback. He called our lesson ‘Back to Basics’. His focus was on giving us a system of fundamentals to work on ourselves and how to teach those fundamentals to our pupils. This trip was a great, holistic learning experience. Chris and his team made sure we had every opportunity to learn as much as we could about their system, from the smallest details in the barn, to walking Grand Prix tracks and everything in between.”

Chris discussing the Course with Tatum & Caitlin

Caitlin: I learnt that I plan on returning to the USA and would like to work in a yard there. The experience and knowledge that I gained not only about horse riding, but about horse care was remarkable. Chris really had a lot to share about caring for a horse’s feet, legs and general well being. I came back a much more assertive rider and have seen the difference in my riding and my show results. I feel my confidence has grown and the leg based riding style has improved my riding significantly. I also realized that my riding basics stood me in good stead and Chris was impressed with the level of South African riding. Thanks to my instructors, Larissa and Chad, who prepared me so well for this once in a lifetime experience.”

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1st Nicola Sime-Riley, 2nd Nicole Horwood, 3rd Dominey Alexander. Standing on Dominey’s side is MD of Nissan SA, Mike Whitfield and Chairman of SASJ, Bruce Dewar


Photos by Jacqui S Photography

The recently elected Chairman of Kyalami Park Club, Mr. Jannie Kleynhans, had this to say about the 2017 Nissan Easter Festival : “Kyalami Park Club would like to express their immense appreciation to Nissan South Africa for their invaluable, ongoing sponsorship of this prestigious event. Without their fantastic support this Show could not have reached the pinnacle of success and popularity it has in the past few years”.



Nicole Horwood and MWN Capital Don Cumarco


he annual Nissan Easter Festival was held from the 8th -17th April at Kyalami Equestrian Park and neither the early mornings nor the heavy rains could keep the competitors and spectators from supporting this ever-growing event. Many attended drawn by the exciting competitive jumping classes, others for the fun competitions or to browse the variety of stalls, whilst families found an abundance of entertainment for their children in the Nissan Playground Area. The Nissan Easter Festival has grown every year and 2017 was no exception providing the show holding body, Kyalami Park Club, with the best turn out of competitors ever. The entries were so overwhelming that some classes had to close within the first week of the schedule being posted on the website. The show commenced with the Nissan Grass Roots Development Day hosted by Team Nissan on the 8th April in the warm-up area of the Bob Charter Arena. This very special day saw children from previously disadvantaged backgrounds gather together and experience everything

equestrian. This included the exceptional opportunity of being taught by Barry Taylor himself and other members of his Team Nissan, which included walking a course in the Bob Charter Arena. There is no doubt that a day like that will be etched in the memories of the young aspiring riders forever. The Showing classes which were also held over the first weekend drew a very high standard of entry overall. It was encouraging to see a number of novice combinations in the ring for the first time. All the winners of the Championship classes were most impressed with the Nissan sashes, which added a touch of glamour to the weekend. The Lead Rein and First Pony classes were judged by Lynda Kirchman. Whilst the numbers were small, all the riders had fun and enjoyed the “Gold Medals” which were handed out. For the Working Classes on Monday, Jaap du Rand designed his usual outstanding and creative courses in the David & Charlotte Stubbs’ Arena, so well suited to the Working Hunter competitions. The Equitation classes scheduled for Sunday 9th April, encompassed the 2nd Leg of the Mark White Nissan Equitation Super League and were also held in the Stubbs arena. The branding of Mark White Nissan, thoughtfully



Govett Triggol on Callaho C-Ultra

Fancy dress class. The Nissan princess, Lorette Knowles-Taylor with her groom and her daughter Ashlee

erected early that morning by James Vella, ensured that the whole area sparkled for the competitors, some from as far away as the Western Cape. The entire day ran with faultless precision thanks to the ever-efficient Show Director, Cathryn Rault. Of the many events held at this show, the most popular and much anticipated must without a doubt be the Nissan 6 Bar class and as usual it did not disappoint with everyone on the edge of their seats. The winners emerging as Aisling O’Connor on Top Bet Lord Appendorp along with Govett Triggol on Callaho C Ultra happily sharing the generous prize money. The Show Jumping events concluded with the highly anticipated Nissan SA 1.50m Outdoor Grand Prix. On this occasion, Nicola Sime-Riley, the previous winner in 2016 proceeded to put on an immaculate and polished



Nicola Sime-Riley on Fulvic Connoissieur

performance to once again hold onto the Harry the Horse with a brilliant win on her horse Fulvic Connoisseur. The Jansen’s Easter Egg Hunt was a firm favourite amongst the children with the Easter Bunny circulating in the crowds of youngsters to ensure that everyone got their fair share of easter eggs. Once again a huge tribute to Nissan South Africa for making this show such a triumph of organization and the entire Equestrian Community are indebted to this high profile company for their support. Kyalami Park Club also acknowledges with gratitude all the assistance afforded by the many other sponsors across the various classes. Finally full credit must go to Kate Launder, Show Director, and the entire Kyalami Park Club Team who worked tirelessly to ensure that the show was an unqualified success.

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By Robyn Louw

Photos by Jessica Röll Photography - Chase Liebenberg

’ll be honest. I’m not a fan of awards evenings. Just the terminology conjures up memories of terminally boring school affairs in our town hall with endless streams of dry, dull teachers handing over certificates and book tokens for endless dull, dry achievements. And that’s not me being bitter. I did win one once. For improvement at maths, if you will!

Similarly, the dressage fraternity is not exactly known for its levity or spontaneous entertainment value, so when I was invited to the Fifty Shades of Diva Western Cape Dressage Awards at Kenilworth Racecourse – on Mother’s Day, no less - I accepted with a certain amount of trepidation and if I’m totally honest, mainly because I have an enormous amount of respect for current Chairlady, Linda Mohr. Of course, the thing with Linda is that a great number of people regard her in the same light, so it’s a good thing that my large slice of humble pie comes with zero calories because the day was a riot. Alighting at the top floor, I followed the noise through to the Peninsula Room reception area where a smiling and patient



hostess efficiently located my seating allocation and waved me off to my table. However, getting to the table to join my friends was harder than anticipated as Natalie Ledgerwood’s Equine Online and Gladys Sethole’s Hello Quality had taken over the reception area and filled it to bursting with the most gorgeous selection of tack and riding wear. If there is anything the horsey crowd loves more than their horses, it’s shopping for their horses and the pop up boutiques did brisk trade all afternoon. The dining area was loud and noisy as only a room full of (mainly) women can be and the fashion show – displaying the latest and greatest in riding wear – raised the roof. Well done to all the boys and girls who bravely traded in their riding gear for, well, other riding gear to play equestrian model for the afternoon – you guys stole the show! There was a prize draw with wonderful prizes up for grabs ranging from a bodywork session for your horse to a stunning ‘bling’ bridle for you. Ok, also for your horse, but that’s basically the same thing. If a racecourse full of ‘dressage aunties’ wasn’t enough, the racing crowd was also treated to a musical pas de deux in front of the



Kenilworth winning post, as Dawn Newman on Callaho Rinaldo and Candice Bass-Robinson on her lovely Bach wowed the crowds. And a little later, Nichola Mohr and her Thoroughbred VRA’s Sportschu (known to his friends as ‘Takkies’) had a number of us reaching for our tissues with their solo display. I’d stood in the dappled shade of the parade ring to watch Sportschu warm up, and watching him and Nichola perform tempi changes across the parade ring was a little surreal and entirely breathtaking. He is a shining example that a good Thoroughbred really can turn their hand to anything and excel. Of course the main purpose of the afternoon was the presentation of the awards. Dressage is incredibly demanding and usually, no-one is harder on us than ourselves. As we learn and develop, we develop a desire to improve ourselves and our horses and this leads us to seek instruction. As we start improving, we seek the means to check whether we are on the right track and this leads us to competition. While the essence of competition is to measure our progress and for affirmation that we are on the right track, with all the hours, blood, sweat and tears that go into it, it can feel like a lot more. And with dressage being more an art form than a sport, ‘the right track’ can be subjective, meaning that competition can be a difficult creature as it is a snapshot in time and not an overview of the journey. That also means that it can come with some hard truths, some ‘not enoughs’, some ‘you can do betters’, some ‘not quite there yets’, but as they say, you’re not only working on your horse, you’re working on yourself and so we learn to accept and to smile and to try harder next

Pony Rider Prelim: 1. Ella Murphy - Galaxy Starlight Express 2. Genevieve Gouws – Lipizza Torretta Sahara 3. Gaby Vosloo – Liquorice Allsorts Pony Rider Novice: 1. Daniella Dick - Al Shama 2. William Thomson – Quick Silver 3. Jade Van Schoor – Shangar Pony Rider Elementary 1. Arwen Dumbrill – Dibynn Chit Chat 2. Sophie Robinson - Fynbos Bracken Three Socks 3. Daniella Dick - Al Shama Pony Rider Elementary Medium 1. Arwen Bumbrill – Dibynn Chit Chat 2. Anya Lourens – Rymaar Daarshy 3. Nikayla Burger - Bronwydd Bannut Jupiter Pony Rider Medium 1. Nikayla Burger - Lipizza Bukkenburg 2. Hannah Ledgerwood – Monaco W.E. Children’s Prelim: 1. Kamva Sikali – Rivendell’s Ghandi 2. Gia De Klerk - Huttondon’s Baltimore 3. Mirske McElhone – Rivendell’s Ghandi Children’s Novice 1. Kamva Sikali - Ultra Montani Wellington 2. Kamva Sikali - Rivendell’s Ghandi Junior Prelim 1. Samantha Hardcastle - Callaho Conrado 2. Janli Venter – Mick Dundee 3. Amy Hodgkinson – Kings of War Junior Novice 1. Tanya Gabel – Saratoga Spirit Of The Dance 2. Jenna Von Bulow – Kellow Rising Sun 3. Bianca Adams – Chikara Amaretto Junior Elementary 1. Ines De Ferry – Capital Gazelle 2. Chanelle Fernandes - JDV Sebastian 3. Hannah Ledgerwood – Louis Crusador Junior Advanced/Prix St George 1. Devan Roodman - Serenity Samson Adult Prelim 1. Michaela Mohr - Callaho Aline de Reverdy 2. Penny Knight - Floris 3. Nichola Mohr - Callaho Livana Adult Novice 1. Nichola Mohr – Rivendell Magiro 2. Elsa Hall – Ultra Montani Bravour 3. Kim Bray – Edelman Adult Elementary 1. Nichola Mohr – Vaderlandsche Erasmus 2. Michelle de Villiers-Moreira – Lambada 3. Carmen Colquhourn – Southcross Adwina Adult Elementary Medium 1. Margaret Westergreen – Dominas 2. Monica Henckert – Attikels 3. Sarah Garland - Red Cigar Adult Medium 1. Carsten Peeters – Compton House Highland Fling 2. Nichola Mohr – Callaho Winston 3. Dawn Newman – Kuda Insurance’s Callaho Rinaldo Adult Advanced 1. Missy Morgan – Shakira 2. Armin Fritz – Davenport Pharaoh 3. Helen Marshall – Waldemar S Adult Prix St George 1. Nichola Mohr - Callaho Fabriccio 2. Armin Fritz - Davenport Pharaoh 3. Simone Killian – Davenport Pharaoh Adult Intermediate 1. Nichola Mohr – Vaderladsche Sportschu 2. Tanya Kyle – Eagle’s Wiseguy The best definition of dressage I have found is that when we are doing it right, our horse becomes more beautiful, but as well all know, if you’re riding, you’ve already won.



time. And sometimes even the toughest judge is only half as critical as our fellow riders and competitors. It is perhaps because of this that we learn to savour each and every victory, whether it’s a just that soft canter change we’ve been working on for so long, or that coveted rosette so large it hides your horse’s face. It is also why I have such undying respect for anyone brave enough to subject themselves (and their horses) to competition, because it means despite all the dangers – emotional and financial - they are striving to do better. In a sport where so many are competitive amateurs, hours in the saddle are hard fought and time with our precious horses has to be squeezed in between the office, family commitments and all manner of other demands of every day life. Lessons are scheduled weeks, sometimes months in advance and soldiered through in the blazing hot sun or the freezing rain and often at times when other people are either still sleeping, or already home with friends and family. To borrow from the incomparable turf scribe Brough Scott, nowadays amateur tends to be used in a derogatory sense, as in ‘he is very amateur’. However, I think the determined amateur, who has to fight so hard to make time for their passion, puts the word back to where it should be which at its best is Amo Amas Amat – a person who loves it. It is precisely because we’ve all been there and know the ups and the downs that make awards from our peers all the more special and so it is an incredible privilege to congratulate everyone who went home with an award.




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By Caroline Malan: The PR Machine he’s young. She’s brave. She has style, BMT and grit. She has the world at her fingertips. 16 Year old Cheyenne de Beer is aiming high, and from what the record books are telling us, she absolutely should!

“Everyone has fears, and when it comes to me, my biggest fear is getting injured and can’t continue my riding career,” says Cheyenne. “I also don’t like mimes and clowns, for some reason they just freak me out. I avoid spiders or any creepy crawlies that can jump, but I never kill them. My dad usually comes to the rescue!” The newest addition to the Team Nissan Show Jumping team says she started riding at 4 years of age at Riba Stables, “The pony was named Linda. I went for a few lessons and then when I started jumping crosses my mom got nervous and stopped the riding lessons. I started again when I was 6 at Horse Haven on a pony called Candy Kisses.”



“There’s no doubt that watching Chey compete fills us with pride,” smiles mom Madelein. “Cheyenne has such a love for the sport and for animals in general and competing is not just about winning for her. For me it’s also extremely nerve wracking and I often find myself hiding behind the judges box or closing my eyes... jump-off ’s are especially difficult for me to watch.” But that’s where the talk of fears and nerves end. Spend more time with Chey and you’ll notice her eyes light up when talking all things horses; “The thing I love most about riding is the bond between my horses and I. Being on my horses provides me with the break I need from everyday life. My favourite saying “To infinity and beyond” makes me believe that there are endless possibilities and opportunities in life just waiting to be explored. I have a very supportive family who are always there to guide me when I need it. My dad is always by my

Cheyenne de Beer joins Team Nissan Show Jumping team

side when I’m riding and often walks the courses with me. My mom is at every show and supports me in spirit: she struggles to watch all my rounds as she gets very nervous. They both love horses and being around them. My parents are very open minded and believe that I need to make my own mistakes and learn my own lessons in life. My biggest goal is to compete in an Olympic Games one day, be it the YOG or actual Olympics. I am so grateful to have recently achieved one of my 2017 goals which was to do well in the Philip Smith Memorial Championship (which Cheyenne recently won). My other two short term goals are to qualify for the Youth Olympics and hopefully get my young stallion to the 1.30’s this year. My dream is to be able to travel the world, as travelling is my passion. At the moment I don’t have any specific idols: Everybody has their good and their bad qualities and I try to take the good from people and incorporate it however I can in my life and my riding.”

got her. She decided the second half of the combination was not on her to-do list for the day. I make it a point though to always get back on straight away,” says the gritty brunette.

Under no illusion as to the hard work required, Cheyenne lists those early morning rides as her most challenging, “I must say that I hate getting up early to ride as I am not a morning person! Horse riding is a sport that requires a high level of dedication and although I love every minute of it, I am just human and sometimes I feel like I need a break. That doesn’t happen very often though! I’ve fallen too many times to count and so know all about the hard times. My very first pony, Harry Hotstuff, used to dump me face first in the sand on a daily basis. The worst so far is the scar I got on my back and hip from falling off my pony, Chinoa Firesong, when I first

Having recently moved to Farnham Stables from London Lane Stud with Chad Cunningham and Ian van Schalkwyk, Chey says that although she misses them dearly, Barry and Lorette have both made her feel very welcome from the get go; “They are both brilliant coaches in their own right and run a very tight and well organised ship. They are kind and people orientated and look after their clients very well. I was very excited when my mom told me about the offer to join the Team Nissan Show Jumping team. It is a huge honour to be part of a team that is not only successful, but also gives

Cheyenne has had a fantastic grounding says mom; “She’s been extremely fortunate with having exceptional coaches, right from her early pony years, through to where she is today. We don’t know that much about the riding technicalities itself, but we have often been told that she has natural feel. She is also very dedicated and she rides and competes for the right reasons. She is persistent and will not just give up when things go wrong – she sees the process through, understanding that it takes time to really create a bond with a horse that allows for a higher level of trust and elevated competitive performance. Cheyenne also has Big Match temperament and can really focus when she needs to.”



Photo credit Sonya Wessels from SW Photography

Cheyenne with Oscar Ncube – one of her Team Nissan Show Jumping team mates

back to the community. I recognise the amazing opportunity it is for me and look forward to my future with them all. My first thoughts on the team is that they are a powerful unit - not just because they are successful in their riding, but because of how they give back to the community (equine and non-equine). With regards to my thoughts on the sport of showjumping, I feel that the variety and spookiness of our jumps for our big events could be improved. It would also be amazing if the prize money for big events could be increased: we have some brilliant top level riders and I believe that the prize money should be worthy of their and their horse’s performance.” Refusing to give us a favourite horse, Cheyenne says that PITU 014, her JR Open horse, holds a special place in her heart. “He is my old man, but has quite an attitude and a real zest for life. The horses that I hold under my wing at the moment are: 1. My stallion, Luigi di Cantero. He is a 6 year old Belgian warmblood by Diabeau out of a Contact vd Heffinck mare. Luigi is a quirky character with lots and lots of testosterone. He knows he is gorgeous. 2. Callaho Rambo is an 11 year old SA Warmblood by Rabino out of a Wolfgang mare. Rambo is a sweet boy who doesn’t have a mean bone in his body. I ride both him and Luigi in the JR1.20’s 3. Lady Grace is a 5 year old SA Warmblood mare by Lassiter. She has just done her first 1.10 and has a bright future ahead of her. 4. Seeis Melissa is a 14 year old Namibian Warmblood by



Conti. She is a very sweet horse with a feisty streak when it suits her. 5. Capital Donnie Brasco is a 10 year old SA Warmblood by Don Cumarco. He is an exceptionally sweet and calm horse and very big! 6. Seattle Breeze is a 4 year old Thoroughbred off the track by Mambo in Seattle out of an Al Mufti mare. She is a clever, beautiful girl with lots of potential. I believe that riding is challenging because every horse is so different and they have a mind of their own. Each day can be different from the previous one and just when you think you are getting somewhere, something happens and you are back to where you started. It’s a process that can be challenging and requires patience and determination. My personal biggest challenge is that I tend to bury my hands in my horse’s neck and bend my elbows out. I have to be constantly reminded to correct that while I am riding.” “Someone once said about life: ‘If you get the chance to sit it out or dance, I hope you’ll dance’. That is our wish for her, always try, always join in and always give your best.” Says mom. That makes us smile when seeing Chey’s answer to what is the one thing we don’t know about her: “I do not have a rhythmic bone in my body so cannot dance to save my life. But I’ll dance anyway and I do like to sing whenever I can!” And so she’ll dance, even if she can’t and she’ll sing because she loves it. And she’ll continue to enjoy her life to the fullest and no doubt achieve her goals along the way. Let us sit back and watch the beauty between this young rider and her trusted steeds over the upcoming years.


By Caroline Malan: The PR Machine Photos by Sonya Wessels at SW Photography

The Nissan Easter Festival is full of glitz and glamour: it’s the place to be seen and the show to win. But quietly behind the scenes is the annual Team Nissan Development Day: A day where top riders give of their time and expertise to those less fortunate.


n April 2017, the Team Nissan Show Jumping team replaced their sixth rider with an equestrian development program which they named ‘THANDI’- meaning ‘loved one’ or ‘beloved’ – and also an acronym for The Heritage and Nissan Development Initiative. Comprising at the outset of 6 children from Footprints aged 8 to 13 years to be trained by highly accomplished instructor and rider Tamar Gliksman at Farnham Riding School in Kyalami, with the goal of competing in the SANESA schools league in the future and 2 more experienced riders (ex Kwena Molapo School) to be trained by members of the Nissan Show Jumping Team. This initiative has been many years in the making. “It gives me immense satisfaction to see all these previously disadvantaged children and adults have the opportunity to train with the Team Nissan riders: to mix with them and gain knowledge,” says Barry Taylor. “The quality of riding is generally

very novice but there is definitely talent there and I think if every person present walks away having at least learnt one thing about a horse or riding, then we’re making solid progress. Oscar and Liam do a lot of teaching so it was easy for them to teach on the day with them each having a group to teach and interact with for the day. It was Cheyenne de Beer’s first lesson - she coped superbly with the really young and novice children, mainly on lead reins. The goal of the day would’ve been for those who ride a certain horse regularly to improve their relationship with that horse. In terms of ‘where to’ from here, we need to try and spread the development days to the other provinces so that we can thoroughly scout or identify that one talented rider capable of joining Team Nissan. We also need to get the riding community to embrace the development of our sport should there be a hope of it to survive and thrive in the future.” “The original Heritage Equestrian Development Program was



Facts about the original equestrian program: •

Tshepo Shabangu (with the thumbs up) and Bradley Singo

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started by my husband and I,” says Wendy Gidlow. “We started with a group of teenagers from the Kwena-Molapo Secondary School and at its most successful catered for 24 learners aged 14-18. All of the children are from extremely underprivileged backgrounds and many had never been exposed to horses or riding in any form.The support from Team Nissan Show Jumping allows us to now transport children to lessons, open up new career paths for them, supports the transformation imperatives of the South African society and of course provides a platform for the integration of children of diverse socio-economic backgrounds.The equestrian program continues to cover a wide variety of activities including basic knowledge of and respect for horses; basic horsemanship;horse care and grooming; use of and caring for tack and equipment; competition rules and etiquette and show jumping and flatwork.” “Quite possibly the only true grass roots showjumping development program in South Africa, the Heritage riders have joined us for the last 2 years for the Team Nissan day at the Nissan Easter Festival,” says Lorette Knowles-Taylor. “Their riders have always been beautifully turned out, well-educated and well spoken, and they ride really nicely! Wendy explains Kwena-Molapo Secondary School as being located in a semi-rural community servicing the poorest of the poor communities of Diepsloot, as well as the informal settlements and squatter camps of Video-Store, Thabo Mbeki and Lion Park.Despite operating under extremely compromised



Heritage Equestrian Development Program won the first FEI award for development in the sport. Heritage Equestrian Development program is a registered Section 21 Company and any sponsorship would be directly tax deductible to the sponsor as well as contributing to their BBBEE status. Over 50 riders have been part of and benefitted from the program. Several of the riders have achieved their Regional and Provincial colours, they have also matriculated and gone on to receive bursaries at various universities. Ouida Smit, an award winning South African film maker and her European partners have started making a full length documentary about the program. So far, they have 30 minutes of footage, but are not able to continue until they receive some funding. This documentary could make the program world famous and could be very beneficial to a prospective sponsor.

circumstances due to lack of resources, the principal, staff and learners show tremendous pride for their school and achieve remarkable results. The Head Master, Mr Michael Maligane, has built a school and community that all can be proud of. Some of the children present at the development day included Bradley Singo and Tshepo Shabangu who’ve been riding in the Heritage Equestrian Development Program since 2011.Nkosi (aged 13), Daniel (11), Lebu (8), Jeanette (13),Thalitia (13) and Tebogo (11) were also there and have recently started their riding careers. Wendy smiles as she reflects on the positive impact this programme has made in the children’s lives to date; “The 2 older riders have benefitted from having a lesson with top professional riders and the younger beginners were given an insight into what riding can offer them and where it can take them. In terms of our horses that the children rode at the clinic, there was Mahashi Amadeus ridden by Bradley: he’s a beautiful black Boerperd gelding.Tshepo rides Gigi, a lovely young saddler cross mare. Both horses belong to me. My one wish for these children who ride is that they are able to continue and progress in their riding. Riding teaches these children to love and respect animals; to communicate on a deeper level; sportsmanship; team work; improved self-esteem and keeps teaching them humility. It gives these children an alternative present and future: One that is healthy and wholesome. I would like to give a special THANK YOU to Lorette: Not only for the clinic, but for all you’re doing for the THANDI riders: Lorette you’re a hero.You have made it all possible and THANDI is changing the lives of these children.”

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Tell us about your younger years – when did you start riding and whereabouts? I started riding at the age of 3 at RIBA Stables with Barbie Gertenbach. Growing up in Beaulieu, I was always surrounded by horses from a very young age. Did your parents support your interest in Equestrian sport and have any other members of your family ridden themselves? My parents have always been very supportive right from the beginning. My Mom used to hack around on weekends, my Dad evented and my sister, Eleni, competed very successfully in all Disciplines. We always used to do family camping trips to most of the eventing shows when I was young. Eleni and I were both in the Team that represented South Africa in Vaulting at the World Equestrian Games in 2006 & 2014. Do you have any fond memories of ponies that were special to you when you were a child? My parents bought me my first pony, Diorella, when I was 7 years old. She was a multi-discipline schoolmaster and she taught me all I needed to know. My next pony, Shahar, was a ‘hand-me-down’ from my sister and he helped me jump into the higher pony grades.

with him because he wouldn’t go near water. Larkrise taught me patience. I knew he was a talented pony and once I got him past his fear of water, we were very successful together. Who were your first Instructors and how do you think they influenced your early riding years? The late Eilika Larkins was my first instructor at Riba, who taught me in the bunny ring. Thereafter,Terri Franz corrected my ‘duck feet’ and Nicole de Villiers kept my bum on a 10 rand note! After my parents bought me my first pony, they built an arena at home where I then started riding with Yvonne Bolton who had a tremendous influence on my riding career. Which Disciplines did you compete in during your children’s career and what were the highlights of that time? I was very fortunate to have the privilege to compete in all disciplines. I got my Provincial colours in Showing, Equitation, Eventing, Dressage, Show Jumping & Vaulting. The highlight of my career at that time was winning the SA Leg of the Children’s FEI Jumping Challenge on Larkrise in 2009 and competing at the World Equestrian Games in 2006 in Vaulting.

When you won the SA Leg of the FEI Children’s International Show Jumping Competition and went to compete in Abu Tell us a little about your partnership with Windrush Larkrise Dhabi – what were your impressions of the trip and did you – when you got him, what he had done up to your purchase make any friends from abroad? Our trip to Abu Dhabi was a great experience for me! I met a and what he taught you? We bought Larkrise when I was 10. He had only jumped 80cm lot of people from all around the world who I still have contact and was quite successful in showing. He was a very pretty pony, with today, the main one being Guido Klatte Jnr, who I now but he was also pretty naughty! I struggled for about a year compete against in Europe. Lexi on Jebel Diorella

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Having moved to the Junior ranks – who were your first horse/ horses and as you moved up the Grades did you acquire some others? My first junior horses were Alzu Lamborghini, kindly loaned to me by Kirsty Rault and Winslow’s Cover Girl. Lamborghini qualified me for the Philip Smith Memorial Equitation Championship and Covergirl won it for me. I then bought Magical Emblem, Call Collect and Chessy Cass who originally came from Hilmar.

Our trip to Hickstead was simply unbelievable. We were able to walk the courses and watch some of the best riders in the world. We both learnt a lot and came home with a lot of motivation. Watching Hickstead started fueling my desire to move and compete in Europe.

At which stage did you move to Lorette Knowles Taylor and in what way did she impact on your show jumping career? I moved to Lorette Knowles Taylor when I was 13. Lorette has always been my idol and I had so much to learn from her. Lorette took me up into the higher adult grades where we then started competing against each other – she was always very supportive of me.

Some years ago you were a member of the SA Vaulting team who competed at the WEG – give us some background about your years competing in the Vaulting Discipline? I started Vaulting when I was 5 years old. I competed at the World Equestrian Games in 2006, 2010 and 2014. I also participated in many CVI’s all over Europe in between, as well as World Vaulting Championships and European Championships. Vaulting gave me many life long friendships and I will never forget those great years. Vaulting taught me the value of training and of discipline.

Winning the Philip Smith Memorial Equitation Championship must have been a perfect ‘finale’ to your years of competing in the Equitation Discipline – give us a few impressions of your trip to the Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead with Lorette?

Now that you have been based in Germany for the past 2 years – what do you miss (if anything) about the South African Equestrian scene? I definitely miss the sun, the support and presence of my family and friends (though Facebook helps a lot!) and my Groom, Freeman!








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Where and when did Hilmar Meyer & Sergey Khomaschko purchase Cuba and what level was she at that time? Tjark Nagel had seen her on a clinic in Denmark in the beginning of 2015. He told Hilmar about the mare saying that she had a lot of scope and potential, so Hilmar and Sergey took a road trip to Denmark to try her. Apparently after drinking a bottle of Vodka together, the deal was sealed!

to deciding that you should take over the ride on Cuba? Hilmar competed Cuba from April 2015 – April 2016. He was placed with her, as an 8 year old, in the 1.50m Grand Prix in Isernhagen. He also jumped her in the youngster tour (for 7 and 8 year old horses) at the Hamburg Derby where she was placed in all 3 classes, including the 1.45m youngster final.

Does Hilmar have any idea of where she was bred and You have been riding her since April 2016 – tell us a little produced? about the last year and the partnership you have now forged She was bred in Denmark and ridden by a young Danish girl. with Cuba? My partnership with Cuba has grown from show to show. I Regarding her bloodline have there been any other successful jumped my first big Grand Prix’s here in Germany with her jumpers from her Sire or Dam line? and she was placed in 7 Grand Prix’s in a row last summer. Cuba’s father is Clarimo, who is successfully jumping the big I won my first International 1.45m with her and I was 3rd classes under Rolf-Goran Bengsston. Cuba’s half brother was place in the 1.55m Grand Prix of Elmlohe. We also jumped 2nd in the 2017 Hamburg Derby with Gilbert Thillman. our first Hamburg Derby together recently. I trust her and she trusts me and she always pulls through when it’s most How long did Hilmar compete on her and at what height prior important. 62






What sort of personality does she have and what is her reaction to the show environment? I think the best word to describe Cuba is ‘sassy’. She knows that she is the princess of the stables and she doesn’t let us forget it! She reacts very well to the show environment and can always cope under pressure. All top horses have some quirks – what are Cuba’s and what is she like around the yard? When I tack up Cuba, she loves to stand and blow air out of her nose as if she is spooking at something even though most of the time there is nothing to spook at! She is not an easy ride and she can be a real mare sometimes.



In the last year of competing with Cuba have there been any memorable moments with this talented jumper? My most memorable moment until now is jumping around Hamburg Derby. It was mine and her first Derby and she took me through the finish line. Most riders don’t use their Grand Prix horse for the derby so I was impressed as to how Cuba adjusted from the technical tracks to a derby track. What goals do Hilmar & Sergey have for the future for Cuba and yourself? Hilmar and Sergey’s biggest goal for me and Cuba is for us to qualify for and compete at the World Equestrian Games next year.

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PERFORMANCE SERIES YOUNG HORSE PERFORMANCE SERIES 1st LEG MAPLE RIDGE 11 MARCH 2017 The first leg of the 2017 Young Horse Performance Series was given a ‘leg up’ by Renita de Beer of Royal Feeds, who generously sponsored part of the show.The ROYAL FEEDS jump took centre stage in the arena, courtesy of our talented course designer Brendau Kok, who gently eased the young horses into the Series by building flowing courses with ample space and not too many scary fillers. As has become tradition at the first Leg of the series,Verity and her Maple Ridge team provided an immaculate arena and equipment for these equine ‘stars of the future’ and their proud owners. Equestrian stalwarts, Jose Mendes and Wayne Dale judged the Potential Showjumper section of the competition. They are both knowledgeable and established riders, breeders and trainers who have served the sport in different capacities for many years. Wayne was a top Junior and Adult showjumper, and previous SA Derby winner who is now our premier Equine Dentist. Jose Mendes has also ridden his whole life and was in the Portuguese team in Lorenco Marques competing against the Springboks as a 16 year old in the 60’s. The 4 Year Old Potential Showjumper is judged over a single round, in which the final score comprises the jumping penalties (40%) and the ‘technique, rideability, attitude and scope’ (60%). In the production of young horses, the correct training and the temperament of the horse are two very important aspects in its ultimate success as a showjumper. In this series, our aim is to effect the correct training of the young horses and to reward those with a tractable temperament. After the course walk, we allow the young horses to enter the arena (either ridden or on foot) to familiarise themselves with the jumps and with the layout of the arena, to ensure a good experience in the ring.We want to encourage a relaxed and confident young horse, so that it can concentrate on the job in hand and not be overwhelmed by the occasion. We start the show with a ‘warm up’ class which is 10cm lower than the 4 year old class.This is a prime opportunity for the riders to let the young horses see all the jumps and to build their confidence for the competitive round. The pretty grey SAW mare Her Highness [by Udokes (KWPN) ex Ulior van het Wuitenhof (BWP) mare] owned by HB Zulch and ridden by Daniella Machine were the winners of this class by two points from Rika Kok and her Thoroughbred mare Dubliner [by Visionaire xx ex Tara’s Halls mare]. Third place went to SAW Credo Electra [ by El Bundy(Hann) ex Bambix (SF) mare] owned 68


by Tracy Davids and ridden by Dalene Steynburg with the Pretoria Equestrian Centre’s SAW PEC Rumpus [by Davenport Ramzes 11(SAW) ex Cordoba xx mare] owned by Sue van der Merwe and ridden by Anre Diedricks in fourth. Fifth place went to one of the two ponies in this year’s series, Calvin Kok’s striking grey Nooitgedagt gelding, Daydream Aero Flight [by Daydream Admiral ex Daydream Fabius mare] so well ridden by Calvin. The grey SAW stallion Cognac [by Consuelo(Holst) ex Belmondo(BWP) mare] owned once again by the Pienaardam Resort and expertly ridden by Rika Kok was sixth, with the chestnut SAW gelding PEC Liron [by Lustre(SAW) ex Rex Grannus Z mare] owned by Sue van der Merwe and ridden by Andie Hasewinkel in seventh. Liron is the grandson of Sue van der Merwe’s feisty A Grade mare Winnaling and he is the spitting image of her. The 4 year olds in general coped well with the course, but it was very obvious that those horses that did not do the warm up class were at a severe disadvantage. The 5,6 and 7 Year Old Categories are each divided into two separate sections. Each of these age groups basically have two competitions, with two sets of prizes, for one entry fee. A real win for everyone in these difficult financial times! These two sections are divided into the ‘Showjumper’ section and the ‘Potential Showjumper’ section. The ‘Showjumper’ is run over two rounds, with the total jumping score and the time in the second round deciding the prize winners. The ‘Potential Showjumper’ comprises the total showjumping points over both rounds (40%) and the ‘technique, rideability, attitude and scope’ (60%) judged in the first round. The 5 Year Old Showjumper section was won by theThoroughbred gelding Elaine’s Magic [by Latino Magic xx ex Complete Warrior xx mare], owned and ridden by Angelique Atkins. This pair were the 2016 Four Year Old Potential Showjumper Champions and it would seem that they plan to continue in this vein for the 2017 Series! Second place went to anotherThoroughbred, the glamorous big bay gelding Dollar Time [by Mambo in Seattle xx ex Northern Guest xx mare] owned and beautifully ridden by Carmen Venter. Third place went to the SAW gelding Nova Stud Quixote [by Quartz D’Eclipse(Holst) ex Ulior(BWP) mare] owned by Arnold Botha and ridden by Robyn Shaw with fourth place going to Carl Boonzaier’s SAW Areion Latina [by Luxius(Holst) ex Parco(BWP) mare]. Michelle Hobbs riding the grey SAW mare PEC Roxy [by Davenport Ramzes 11 (SAW) ex Lindenberg (Old)mare] was fifth and the Thoroughbred Marcobomba [by Judpot xx ex Acatenanga xx mare] and Candice Laverge were sixth. It is interesting to see that three out of the six prize winners in the showjumping were Thoroughbreds! The Warmbloods had better pull up their socks!

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The 5 Year Old Potential Showjumper was headed by the same two horses that won the Showjumping section, but with the order reversed! This time Dollar Time was first with Elaine’s Magic second. PEC Roxy was third and Nova Stud Quixote was fourth. Fifth place saw the first of the Callaho horses making their mark this year, with SAW Callaho Lucetto [by Lissabon(Old) ex Cassini I (Holst) mare] owned and ridden by Paige Goetsch in fifth and then the handsome grey stallion Kellow Confession [by Crusador(Holst) ex Clarinius(Holst)mare] owned, ridden and bred by Ryan Andrews following in sixth. The 6 Year Old Showjumper section was an intense and hotly contested competition won by the grey SAW gelding Equifox Casino [by Consuelo(Holst) ex Lindenberg(Old)mare] owned, ridden and bred by Gail Foxcroft and followed very closely, by a mere 0.7 seconds, by Alwin van Breda’s striking looking iron grey Namibian Warmblood gelding Zonjati Conquest [by Consuelo(Holst) ex Glueckscup (Hann) mare]. Third place went to the imported chestnut gelding Lisandro [by Lordanus (Holst) ex Calvin (Holst) mare] owned by Craig and Ursula Wearing and ridden by Gail Foxcroft and fourth to SAW Callaho Luther C [by Lissabon(Old) ex CalandoI(Holst)mare] owned by Karenza Hunter and ridden by Chatan Hendriks. Fifth place was taken by the impressive bay SAW gelding Lord Ad Astra [by Lord Z(Holst) ex Davenport Peter Pan(SAW)mare] owned and ridden by Kirsty Lynch and bred by the Lynch family of GL Stud.The bay SAW gelding HSB Caleb [by Consuelo(Holst) ex Rex Grannus Z mare] owned, ridden and bred by Sonia Kroon took sixth. Caleb is out of the full sister to Romulus, Sonia’s brave and talented 1.50m horse that was third in the SA

Derby in 2015. You may also notice that the Holsteiner stallion Consuelo [by Corofino I(Holst) ex Landgraf I (Holst) mare], who stands in Namibia at Sitta Voigts’ Zonjati Stud, has 3 progeny in the first six placings! The 6 Year Old Potential Showjumper was won by Lord Ad Astra and Kirsty. This horse is the full brother to Lord Jack, currently competing in the 1.30m classes with Zdenek Munchna. Second place went to the flamboyant chestnut SAW gelding Callaho Liberia [by Lissabon(Old) ex Argentinus(Hann) mare] owned by Shawne Goetsch and ridden by her daughter Paige.This family also descend from a long line of riders – Paige is Shirley Green’s granddaughter! Third, fourth and fifth places in this section mirrored the first three prize winners in the showjumping – Equifox Casino, Zonjati Conquest and Lisandro. The 7 Year Old Showjumper section was won by the flashy imported chestnut Zangersheide gelding Ricochet du Rouet [by Balou du Rouet(Old) ex Royal Bravour(KWNP) mare] ridden by Amelia Campbell-Horne. This combination did extremely well in the six year olds last year, so they will definitely be the ones to watch. Second place went to the stylish Nicole Horwood riding the Capital Stud’s very talented imported bay stallion Capital’s Kronos [by Darco(BWP) ex Cash(Holst) mare].This horse is a very exciting prospect for the future for Nicole and Henning Pretorius who also owns the full brother Homerus, currently jumping in 1.40m with Leona van der Merwe. Third place went to the lovely imported grey Italian Warmblood mare Roma by Night [by Clinton(Holst) ex Beaujolais(KWPN) mare] owned by Springbok Eventer ,Martyn



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Swanepoel and beautifully ridden by the ‘master producer of young horses’ Graham Winn. Fourth place went to the bay SAW gelding Carshop Assegai Chant [by Canter Z ex Alzu Walkabout(SAW) mare] owned and ridden by a huge supporter of the Young Horse Series, Steve Atkinson. The 7 Year Old Potential Showjumper saw the same horses in the top four positions – the only change being that in this section Kronos was first and Ricochet du Rouet was second. We need more SA bred horses in the seven year olds to give these imported horses a run for their money. Last year the SA Warmbloods took all the trophies in the 7 year old category, but it looks like things might be different this year!

YHPS – SHOW REPORT – LEG 2 – NISSAN EASTER FESTIVAL The second leg of the Young Horse Performance Series held at Kyalami Park in the Stubbs Arena on the 16th April was once again an outstanding success. Even the huge amount of rain that we had didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits and Grounds Manager Jaap du Randt did an incredible job to ensure that the footing was good so that everyone could jump.The 90 horses entered are a fine testimony to the dedication of our local breeders who are producing quality sport horses. Holding the show in the Stubbs Arena also triggered memories of David and Charlotte Stubbs who were instrumental in the introduction of Warmblood Sport horses to the South African show jumping scene originally through the Coromandel Stud with the importation of the first Swedish Warmbloods into this country.



A very chic Anneli Wucherpfennig, multiple Derby winner and the only rider in the world to have competed at the highest level in Eventing, Dressage and Showjumping, kindly agreed to be one of the Potential Showjumper judges. She has been a wonderful supporter of the Series and is always willing to be involved. 2002 SA Derby winner Lynne Piercy was also a Potential Showjumper judge and was very complimentary about the standard of young horses competing and was particularly impressed with the six year olds. A huge thank you to the announcer, Rogan Asken, whose knowledge of bloodlines, the main premise of the series, made the competition even more interesting. Course designer Brendau Kok carefully designed the tracks to produce good jumping from all. Perhaps a first in the showjumping arena – the whole Kok family was competing at the same show in the same class! Brendau rode the grey SAW stallion Cognac [by Consuelo(Holst) ex Belmondo(BWP) mare], his wife Rika rode the thoroughbred mare Dubliner, and their son Calvin rode the marvellous Nooitgedacht pony Daydream Aero Flight. All three competed in the 4 Year Old class. The 4 Year Old Potential Showjumper was won by the grey SAW gelding EQUIFOX CONVOY [by Consuelo (Holst) ex Lindenberg (Old) mare] owned, ridden and bred by Gail Foxcroft from another homebred – the SAW mare PEC ROO [by Davenport Ramzes II (SAW) ex Military Song xx mare] owned and bred by Sue van der Merwe and ridden by Anre Diedericks.Third place went to the elegant chestnut thoroughbred DUBLINER [by Visionaire xx ex Tara’s Halls xx mare] owned and ridden by Rika Kok, who also had another youngster in 5th place – the impressive bay SAW mare

Capital’s Levubu-6yo Potential Showjumper-Leg 2

CHELSEA [by Consuelo (Holst) ex Alzu Bordeaux (SAW) mare] owned and bred by Gerrie Gerrits of the Pienaardam Resort in Mpumalanga. In fourth place, the pretty grey SAW mare HER HIGHNESS [by Udokes (KWPN) ex Ulior (BWP) mare] was once again beautifully ridden by Daniella Machine’ and owned and bred by HB Zulch. This combination won the first leg of this year’s series at Maple Ridge in March. Sixth place went to Alicia Myburgh’s SAW gelding EAGLE’S LIMMERICK [by Lassiter (Holst) ex Cazarak (SAW) mare] bred by Jenny and Charles Fisher of Eagle Stud, with the piebald SAW gelding LUGAR [by Special Effects (Old) ex TB xx mare] owned and ridden by Michal bands and bred by the Delenitor Stud in 7th. The final placing in the class was taken by the tall and confident chestnut SAW gelding DAVENPORT RED RUM [by Rex Grannus Z ex Sailor Prince xx mare] owned and ridden by Sue van der Merwe and bred by Jonne and Ernie Davenport from the Eastern Cape. The 4Year Olds are a really strong group this year, with only six points separating the first ten horses, so competition is going to be fierce-there were 30 horses in this class, which this year seems to be the best supported age group. Interestingly, there are no imports in this age group, but there are 3 thoroughbreds and 1 Nooitgedacht pony. Six of these young horses in this age group are by Consuelo [by Corofino I(Holst) ex Landgraf I (Holst) mare] , three are by Captain Celano Z [by Celano(Holst) ex Pinkus(Hann) mare] and two are by Davenport Ramzes II [by Rex Grannus Z ex Carthago Z(Holst) mare]. The 5 Year Old Potential Showjumper was won by the SAW gelding CALLAHO LIANTOS [by Lissabon (Old) ex Heartbreaker (BWP) mare] owned and ridden by Tamara Rueda and bred by

the Callaho Stud who also bred the second placed tall and elegant chestnut SAW mare CALLAHO FOR GRACE [by For Joy (Hann) ex Acorado (Holst) mare] owned by Danielle Kleynhans and professionally ridden by Carl Boonzaier. In third place was Robyn Shaw riding the Nova Stud’s SAW gelding QUIXOTTE [by Quartz D’Eclipse (Holst) ex Ulior (BWP) mare] with the next three placings being filled by three of the six thoroughbreds in this age group.The big, rangy bay thoroughbred gelding DOLLAR TIME [by Mambo in Seattle xx ex Northern Guest xx mare] owned and ridden by CarmenVenter was fourth, with Candice Laverge and her thoroughbred MARCOBOMBA [by Judpot xx ex Acatenanga xx mare] in fifth and Angelique Atkins’ chestnut thoroughbred ELAINE’S MAGIC [by Latino Magic xx ex Complete Warrior xx mare] in sixth. Angelique and Elaine’s Magic won the 2016 Champion 4 Year Old Thoroughbred title last year and is clearly going to be aiming to do as well this year! Seventh place went to the bay SAW mare CALLAHO LORENZA [by Lissabon (Old) ex Ramiro (Holst) mare] owned and ridden by Tanya Chelin and bred by Callaho Stud. The 5 Year Old Showjumping Category was dominated by the thoroughbreds – with four of them in the first seven placings! The class was won by DOLLAR TIME and Carmen Venter with the SAW CU CHULLAIN BUSCHKA [by Belmondo (BWP) ex Goldmark xx mare] owned and ridden by Anca Roode and bred by the Kingsland Stud in second. Third place went to CALLAHO LIANTOS again with NOVA STUD QUIXOTTE in fourth. In this age group, there are 3 stallions with 2 progeny each – namely the imported Holstein stallion Con Coriano [by Contender(Holst)



ex Coriano(Holst) mare], the Oldenburg stallion Lissabon [by Lordanus(Holst) ex Sion(NL) mare] – both of whom stand at Callaho Stud – and Etoile du Soir [Beau Veneur(SF) ex Paladin des Ifs (SF) mare] standing at Franlaren Stud. The majority of horses entered in both the 4 and 5 Year Olds are SA Warmbloods. The 6 Year Old Potential Showjumper category was won by a clear margin by the big grey imported Holstein stallion CAPITAL’S LEVUBU [by Cashas (Holst) ex Cassini I (Holst) mare] owned by Henning Pretorius and superbly ridden by Nicole Horwood. Second place went to another import, the chestnut gelding LISANDRO [by Lordanos (Holst) ex Calvin (Holst) mare] owned by Craig and Ursula Wearing and ridden by Gail Foxcroft, with the impressive chestnut SAW gelding BELTIMORE [by Belmondo (BWP) ex Ogano Sitte (SBS) mare] owned, bred and ridden by Angelique Atkins in third. Another import, the grey Belgian Warmblood stallion, LUIGI DE CANTERO [by Diabeau (BWP) ex Contact vd Heffinck (BWP) mare] owned by Nicky Fouche and ridden by Cheyenne de Beer ended in fourth place, with the wonderful strawberry roan Welsh Pony/Warmblood cross EQUIFOX LUCY LINDEN [by Lindenberg (Old) ex Brackenwood Bumble Bee (Welsh) mare] owned and bred by the Glenfox Stud and well ridden by Cindy Faber was fifth. This age group is already lining itself up for a ‘Battle Royale’ because in this class, there were nine horses which had scores within four points of one another! This clearly shows how good the standard of the six year olds is. The 6 Year Old Showjumping category was won in a very good time by LISANDRO, with LUIGI DE CANTERO in second, and a tie for third place between EQUIFOX LUCY LINDEN and the lovely grey Namibian Warmblood mare HANNAH MONTANA [by Consuelo (Holst) ex Cameron (Holst) mare] owned by Sandra Mendes, ridden by her daughter Raquel and bred by Sitta Voigts of the Zonjati Stud in Namibia.There are now two six year olds bred by the Zonjati Stud, both by Consuelo who will be vying for the Namibian Warmblood Trophy at the end of the series. The other one is Zonjati Conquest that did so well in Leg 1 at Maple Ridge with Alwin van Breda. Fifth place went to CAPITAL’S LEVUBU. In this age category, out of the 20 horses that were entered, there were 6 imports, 4 Namibian bred Warmbloods and 1 thoroughbred, with the balance being SA Warmbloods. The 7 Year Old Potential Showjumper category was won by the spectacular imported chestnut gelding RICOCHET DU ROUET [by Balou du Rouet (Old) ex Royal Bravour (KWPN) mare] bred at Zangersheide , owned by Penny Campbell-Horne and ridden by her daughter Amelia. Second place went to the impressive imported bay Holstein stallion CAPITAL’S KRONOS [by Darco (BWP) ex Cash (Holst) mare] owned by Henning Pretorius and ridden once again by Nicole Horwood.The competitive SAW mare CREDO LARISSA [by Lissabon (Old) ex Bambix (SF) mare] owned,ridden and bred by Tracy Davids was third, with two Namibian Warmbloods, both bred by Claus and Mareille Kok of the Locarno Stud in fourth and fifth. Christi-Lyn Davis’ Namibian warmblood LOCARNO CRUZE CAN DO IT [by Locarno Shogun (NAMWB) ex Lindenberg (Old) mare] was fourth and Nora-Jean Freeman’s bay Namibian warmblood mare LOCARNO LET IT BE [by Locarno Shogun (NAMWB) ex Rico (KWPN) mare] expertly ridden by Kevin Wessels was fifth. Both these Locarno horses are by Locarno Shogun [by Saliner(Old) 72


ex Rabino (Holst)mare]. The 7 Year Old Showjumper category was won by CREDO LARISSA , following in the footsteps of her spectacularly successful dam (Alzu Bamboo), also ridden by Tracy Davids during her career. Second place went to LOCARNO LET IT BE, third to RICOCHET DU ROUET, fourth to LOCARNO CRUZ CAN DO IT and fifth to CAPITAL’S KRONOS. Thus far in the 7 year old age group, there have been 4 imports, 6 SA Warmbloods, 4 Namibian Warmbloods, and 1 thoroughbred. This year we are thrilled to welcome all the Namibian Warmbloods that are competing! There are representatives from five different Namibian Studs – namely Martina Sack’s M’Bela Stud, Sitta Voigts Zonjati Stud, Reinhard Voigts Voigtskirch Stud, Claus Kok’s Locarno Stud and Wolfgang Spaeth’s Seeis Stud. All the Namibian warmblood horses are competing for the Namibian Warmblood Society’sTrophy and a cash prize for the Best Namibian Warmblood over the series.The stakes are high and the competition is hot! So far, there is one 5 year old, four six year olds and four seven year olds competing for this coveted trophy, but there is still a long way to go, and maybe more Namibian bred horses will enter the fray? There are also two ponies competing in the Young Horse Performance Series this year and both of them are doing exceptionally well. The strawberry roan Warmblood/Welsh Pony mare EQUIFOX LUCY LINDEN with Cindy Faber in the is currently lying second in the 6 Year Oldstandings, and the grey Nooitgedacht gelding DAYDREAM AERO FLIGHT [by Daydream Admiral (Nooit) ex Daydream Fabius (Nooit) mare] owned and beautifully ridden by the competitive Calvin Kok is lying in third place overall in the 4 Year Old standings. You may well wonder how a pony can be judged against a big strapping warmblood? Technique, Attitude, Rideability and Obedience are the same no matter what type or size of horse. Where the judges have to take note is in the area of ‘Scope’ and ’Potential’ – the ponies are judged on their scope and potential to jump at the highest level that a pony is required to jump at, which is at a level of approximately 1.20m. In this way, the ‘playing field is level’ no matter what breed or size of horse. Remember, whatever breed of horse you have, we would love to have you compete in our series. The only criteria is age and you need to have a 3 generation pedigree for your horse. We hope to see you at the next leg of the series.

YHPS – SHOW REPORT – LEG 3– KPC World Cup Rain in Africa is always welcome and it seems that the Young Horse Performance Series has divine approval. The third leg of the Young Horse Performance Series was held at Kyalami Park in the Bernard McHardy Arena on the 13th May. Brendau Kok again carefully designed the tracks.The regular group of officials huddled together in the judges box to ward off the cold, and kept all things official running smoothly.The warm up arena was all ‘puddled up’, and the young horses coped remarkably well. The camaraderie amongst riders, trainers and owners was evident in the realisation that all playing fields were even. Grant Langley from KZN - a superlative show organiser, popular and competitive open rider, and Warmblood breeder, was one of the

Zonjati Conquest-Alwin van Breda-6 Year Old winner-Leg 3

judges for the Potential Showjumper section of this leg of the series. He was joined by Keith Turner, who has a wealth of experience in competing and producing young horses to top level show jumpin. Both these men are highly respected and their input greatly valued by the YHPS team. The 4 Year Old Potential Showjumper was won by the grey SAW mare HER HIGHNESS [by Udokes (KWPN) ex Ulior (BWP) mare] owned and bred by HB Zulch and this time ridden by Gail Foxcroft as Daniella Machine’ was busy competing in the Phillip Smith Equitation Competition in another arena at the time. This horse has now won two of the 3 legs and is in a commanding position in the series. Second place went to Alicia Myburgh’s SAW gelding EAGLE’S LIMMERICK [by Lassiter (Holst) ex Cazarak (SAW) mare] bred by Jenny and Charles Fisher of Eagle Stud and in third place was the SAW gelding TI CYRUS [by Neuheusis Connoisseur(NAMWB) ex Rex Grannus Z mare] owned and bred by Tjaart and Ina Kruger and beautifully ridden by Carl Boonzaier. This young horse has ‘come on’ hugely over the three legs of the competition so far. Fourth place went to the grey SAW gelding EQUIFOX CONVOY [by Consuelo (Holst) ex Lindenberg (Old) mare] owned, ridden and bred by Gail Foxcroft, with the SAW QUINTESSENTIAL [by Quality Time(Holst) ex Otago Sitte(SBS) mare] owned and bred by Angelique Atkins and ridden by Samantha Buchan in fifth.The tall and handsome iron grey SAW gelding SKYFALL [by Consuelo(Holst) ex Counter Action xx mare] owned and bred by Celia Collins and ridden by Matthew Heinrich was sixth, another horse that has improved over the series. Seventh place went to the bay SAW gelding LET’S DANCE [by Lord Z ex Contender(Holst) mare] owned and ridden by Laurence Mowatt and bred by the Willowbrook Stud. All the youngsters in this age group are becoming more confident each time they appear in the

Ricochet du Rouet-Amelia Campbell-Horne-7Year Old PS-Leg 3

ring. Her Highness currently leads the standings in this age group, followed by Dubliner, Cognac and the gorgeous Nooitgedacht pony Daydream Aero Flight. The 5Year Old Potential Showjumper was a Callaho triumph, with the first three placings being awarded to Callaho bred horses and all three of them mares! The winner was the very impressive and confident bay SAW mare CALLAHO CONSURI [by Con Coriano(Holst) ex Simply(Hann) mare] owned and bred by the Callaho Stud and ridden by Lara Neill.This combination was also fourth in the Showjumping section. Second place went to another lovely bay SAW mare, also bred by Callaho Stud, CALLAHO LORENZA [by Lissabon(Old) ex Ramiro(Holst) mare] owned and ridden byTanya Chelin. This mare was also the winner of the Showjumping section, and looks to be following in the footsteps of her full brother Callaho Lorenzo who was the 5 Year Old Showjumping Champion in 2016. In third place was the elegant chestnut SAW mare CALLAHO FOR GRACE [by For Joy(Hann) ex Acorado(Holst)mare] owned by Danielle Kleynhans and ridden by Carl Boonzaier with newcomer to the series, the Natal bred SAW mare ARDEN’S RUBY ROSE [by Rex Grannus Z ex Esprit(Hann) mare] owned and ridden by Hannah Broad and bred by Colin Ferreira in forth. The only thoroughbred placing in this leg was last year’s 4 Year Old Champion ELAINE’S MAGIC [by Latino Magic xx ex Complete Warrior xx mare] owned by Angelique Atkins and ridden this time by Samantha Buchan. Dollar Time is currently leading in the standings, closely followed by Elaine’s Magic and Callaho For Grace. The 5 Year Old Showjumping Category was won by CALLAHO LORENZA, with second place going to the big, exuberant bay thoroughbred DOLLARTIME [by Mambo in Seattle xx ex Northern Guest xx mare] owned and ridden by Carmen Venter.Third place Issue 31 SPORTING HORSE


Capital Celtis-Clare Allen-7Year Old

Equifox Lucy Linden


went to ARDEN’S RUBY ROSE with CALLAHO CONSURI in fourth and CALLAHO FOR GRACE in fifth. This age group is developing into an extremely competitive section, with the first four horses separated by less than 1 second! The final this year is going to be another nail biting completion, with everything dependant on the final jump off! Dollar Time is currently leading in the standings, closely followed by Nova Stud Quixotte.

five prize winners in the Potential Showjumper section! It was won by ZONJATI CONQUEST with LISANDRO in second, COINTREAU and EQUIFOX LUCY LINDEN in third and fourth, with EQUIFOX CASINO in fifth. In the cumulative standings in the showjumping category, Lisandro is currently in the lead, followed by Equifox Lucy Linden, Equifox Casino and Zonjati Conquest but at this early stage, anything can happen!

The 6 Year Old Potential Showjumper category was won by the handsome grey Namibian Warmblood gelding ZONJATI CONQUEST [by Consuelo(Holst) ex Glueckscup(Hann)mare] owned and ridden by Alwin van Breda and bred by Sitta Voigts of Zonjati Stud, who made it a ‘double’ by also winning the showjumping category! This combination is looking set to be very hard to beat for the 2017 title of 6 Year Old Champion! Second place went to the big chestnut SAW gelding COINTREAU [by Cremant van der Heffinck ex Land Earl(Holst)mare] owned and ridden by Lauren Pretorius and bred by the Millstream Stud. In third place was another grey by the prolific Holstein stallion Consuelo, the SAW gelding EQUIFOX CASINO [by Consuelo(Holst) ex Lindenberg(Old) mare] owned, bred and ridden by Gail Foxcroft. Fourth place went to the SAW pony, EQUIFOX LUCY LINDEN [by Lindenberg (Old) ex Brackenwood Bumble Bee (Welsh) mare] owned and bred by the Glenfox Stud and ridden by Cindy Faber and fifth to the imported chestnut gelding LISANDRO [by Lordanos (Holst) ex Calvin (Holst) mare] owned by Craig and Ursula Wearing and ridden by Gail Foxcroft. The scores of these first five horses were all very close, being separated by a mere 2.5 points. In the standings after 3 legs, Lisandro is in the lead from Equifox Casino and Equifox Lucy Linden, but there are still two qualifying legs to come and only the three best scores of each horse to count, so the field is still wide open.

The 7 Year Old Potential Showjumper category was won by the spectacular imported chestnut gelding RICOCHET DU ROUET [by Balou du Rouet (Old) ex Royal Bravour (KWPN) mare] bred at Zangersheide, owned by Penny Campbell-Horne and ridden by her daughter Amelia. Second place went to the impressive imported bay Holstein stallion CAPITAL’S KRONOS [by Darco (BWP) ex Cash (Holst) mare] owned by Henning Pretorius and ridden once again by Nicole Horwood with third place going to CAPITAL CELTIS [by Conlanc(Holst) ex Rivale D’Or(BWP) mare] owned and ridden by Clare Allan. Ricochet du Rouet currently leads the standings, followed by Capital’s Kronos and Capital Celtis.

The 6 Year Old Showjumping category was a rehash of the same

For all results and current standings, visit the website www.yhps.co.za



The 7 Year Old Showjumping category was won in great style by Clare Allan and her handsome bay SAW gelding CAPITAL CELTIS [by Conlanc(Holst) ex Rivale D’Or (BWP) mare], who was 3 seconds faster that second placed RICOCHET DU ROUET, with CAPITAL’S KRONOS in third. Watch this space, because the competiton is hotting up! The 4th Leg will be held at Eaton Farm on the 24th June and the 5th leg at Fourways on the 29th July. These are the last two qualifiers before the final leg on the 30th September at the 2017 KPC Derby. Remember that each leg is a stand-alone show, but in order to qualify for the exquisite trophies you need to compete at three legs.



Lisa Hoffman and Tumi Dumisane with “Sybren van Doorndraai”.

DOORNDRAAI ELITE STUD AUCTION By Altie Clark | Photos by Alida de Jager

In February 2017 Doorndraai Friesian Stud, owned by Marlise and Danie Botes from Pretoria decided to have their first ever Elite Stud Auction on 27 May 2017. Being one of the biggest Friesian Studs in the world registered with the KFPS in the Netherlands, and being named the Best Breeder in the world by the KFPS in 2014, the quality of horses that would be up for auction was cause for great excitement in the Friesian community.




Conrad Herbst of Wholesome Auctions.

arlise and Danie decided they didn’t want to host a production auction but rather make top quality horses across the board from foals to breeding stallions available for sale to other breeders and Friesian enthusiasts wanting to improve the breed in South Africa. There were also top quality sport horses available.

Back: Tumi Dumisane, Second row: Marlise Botes, Steyn du Plessis, Johannes Basson, Andri du Plessis, Front: Corne du Plessis, auctioneer.

27th of May 2017 turned out to be a big day with Espoir Equestrian having a beautiful stand packed with premium equestrian brands and also sponsoring a bridle for the highest bidder. Wholesome Feeds sponsored the catalogue for the auction, and Farm City was also present, exhibiting their top quality equestrian merchandise for excited shoppers and visitors on the day. Equipage was also on site to insure all horses acquired during the auction could immediately be insured. Pretoria East Veterinary Clinic with Dr Wetsi Moloi and Rayno van Reenen was also there for the day. Long time transport partner of Doorndraai Friesian Stud, Marks Transport, was also present to ensure safe travels of all horses to be transported to locations as far as Douglas, Durban and Zambia.



Steyn du Plessis, Lisa Sue Hoffman, Alida de Jager, Marlise Botes, Celeste and Schalk Steyn with model mare left, Hielkje and right Titske.

Edward Briel en JuanĂŠ van der Merwe, Rayno and Wetsi, Hanro Korb and Lisa Sue Hofman

Conrad Herbst and Corne Du Plessis from Wholesome Auctions presided over events, and with close to three hundred people attending, the auction was a great success. We would like to thank Conrad and his team for helping with the organising of this very memorable day. Horses that were up for auction were 1 Studbook Stallion, 2 Model mares, 1 Crown mare, 1 Young Foal Book Star stallion and various breeding stock and horses under saddle. The highest bid on the day went to Johannes Basson when he bought stunning young stallion, Jonker van Mooikloof. Four horses were also sold to Daan Brink from Livingstone Adventures in Zambia which will be the third time Doorndraai exports horses to Daan in Zambia. The owners of the young and very successful dressage horse Jason van Doorndraai that finished second overall in the 4 year old category of the 2016 Young Horse Dressage championship, Leoni and Mariska Botha bought another two



Doorndraai grooms.

young colts to add to their growing and very successful sport stable based in KZN. Pela Graca Friesian Stud, owned by Schalk and Celeste Steyn were the big post auction buyers when they acquired the two model mares, Titske fan Kolderveen and Hilkje fan ‘e Visscherwei as well as young Foal book Star stallion Potter van Doorndraai (already standing at an impressive 171cm) and young mare Yvory van Doorndraai. Thanks to all the buyers, visitors, spectators and the Doorndraai team, who made the first edition of the Doorndraai Elite Stud Auction a roaring success. We are looking forward to hosting the 2018 event with another set of exceptional horses. The undisputable quality of the Doorndraai horses makes this event a must for breeders looking to improve the Friesian breed in South Africa, dressage enthusiasts and horse lovers alike. Keep an eye on the Doorndraai Website (www.doorndraaistud. co.za) for information on the 2018 event.






have long had an interest in “alternative” healing theories... but being a scientist, I have also a healthy skepticism... Always looking for the scientific proof... So when I came across a non-invasive healing technique that has been around for over 30 years and has a mountain of published scientific research behind it, I sat up and took notice... In fact I researched it and was so sold on its authenticity, I decided to do my Phd on it. Shock wave therapy – or Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) – refers to an audio/mechanical wave that is sent through the body to essentially encourage the body to heal itself. It is a non-invasive treatment that can speed up the healing of many types of orthopedic and soft tissue injuries and conditions. It was first used as a medical therapy called Lithotripsy to break up kidney stones in humans in the 1980’s, and since then has been used in human medicine to treat tennis elbow, plantar fascitis (heel pain), rotator cuff injuries, calcifying tendonitis of the shoulder, femoral head necrosis (hip degeneration), non-union fractures, wounds, burns, osteomyelitis (infection of the bone) with, myofascial pain, periodontal disease, infected wounds, and to speed fracture healing of non-union fractures. Since the late 1990’s, it has been used extensively in veterinary medicine for the treatment of a wide range of soft tissue (tendon /fascia), musculature and bone tissue (stimulation of bone formation or removal of calcifications) and the therapy of chronic/acute pain... It is used in treatments from kissing spine to high suspensory desmitis. Such is the proof that it alleviates pain, that it is not permitted as a treatment within 5 days prior FEI or racing events. So what is it? ESWT is the application of acoustic waves that penetrate living tissue. Basically the shock waves are highly intensive acoustic waves of very short duration... They are characterized by an abrupt pressure increase, an exponential pressure drop and a prolonged flat negative pressure period.



By Stafford Robinson So what do they do? High energy sound waves are sent into the body. They pass quickly through the soft tissue, but when they encounter harder tissue like tendons, ligament and bone, they stop dramatically with a “crash”. This crash releases energy and creates an expansion and contraction at the cellular level. This dramatic expansion and contraction then encourages the body to send body fluid and blood to the area as part of a healing process. But the proof is in the pudding... ESWT works on a variety of physiological processes. Bone For almost 30 years, researchers have been documenting the ability of ESWT to stimulate osteogenesis: the formation and development of new bone tissue. A number of university studies have shown significant positive responses to ESWT among horses with navicular syndrome. Ligaments The shock waves stimulate the fibroblasts - the cells that generate new connective tissue. Many scientific studies have been published with some as much as 90% success rate in showing improvement and over 80% success rate of complete recovery . Nerves ESWT has a significant analgesic (pain killing) effect (which is why it is banned for 5 days prior to FEI and racing events). Capillaries Studies have shown that the application of ESWT to the Achilles tendons of dogs resulted in the development of new blood vessels (neovascularization), which in turn increased circulation in the area. Inflamation ESWT provides a potent anti-inflammatory affect and can help relieve the inflammation of the interspinous ligament and stimulate healing of the surrounding tissues. As such it has proven to be a very useful and non-invasive tool in the treatment of kissing spines. Radial vs Focussed shockwaves There are essentially two types of shockwave systems: Focused and Radial. Focused shockwaves and Radial shockwaves have

The following are clinical cases reported by McClure et al. in 2004 in a paper entitled “Extracorporeal Shock Wave therapy: Clinicial applications and Regulation” published in the scientific journal Elsivier.

Fig 1. Transvers ultrasonographic images 16 cm distal to the accessory carpal bone on the right forelimb of a 2 year old thoroughbred filly before (left) and 78 days after treatment (right) – The injury was treated 3 times at three week intervals. The horse raced successfully 5 months from the time of the initial injury.

East meets West After extensive research I decided that this was the field of equine research that really excited me. Though the system of healing has a mountain of research, a paper by a European doctor piqued my interest and eventually became an angle of practice that has formed a strong philosophy of my business (NIET – Non Invasive Equine Treatment) and what I believe is a significant point of difference to what we offer: the combination of Eastern traditional medicine and Western Science. In 2007, a European Doctor, Everte Heinrich (a traditional Chinese medicine practitioner with specific interest in acupuncture) completed a study on utilizing ESWT on acupressure points. He achieved fantastic results using ESWT instead of needle on the acupuncture/acupressure points. This philosophy has formed the core of my approach to ESWT. Everke believed that the use of ESWT on traditional Chinese meridian points was a winning formula.

“ Fig 2. Dorsolateral-plantaromedial radiographic views of the metatarsal region of an Oldenburg Warmblood mare that suffered an open comminuted fracture of the 4th metatarsal bone as a result of a kick. ESWT treatment was started when the skin wound was closed, 18 days after the injury. There were three treatments at 18, 40 and 60 days. The horse was sound and returned to work after 16 weeks.

often been confused and while they essentially have the same process (of sending sound shockwaves through soft tissue to collide with denser structures), their mechanics of initiation and the parameters of the wave are very different (Mcclure 2016). Focused waves are initiated by way of an electric spark (sounding much like and electric fence), while Radial waves are initiated by the mechanical action of a high velocity “bullet” within a tube.

Everke found that three months after the end of the treatment, 72.8% of the gonarthritis patients reported less pain. The mobility of the knee joint improved by an average of 19.1° and mobility of the hip joint had also improved. Fifteen of 20 patients with coxarthritis were almost without pain after 4 weeks of treatment.

Focused waves are characterized by a small, highly intense area of treatment. As such it is important to limit the effect to the target area (Ching-Jen 2012). Ching-Jen (2012) reports that Focused waves are essential for “surgical’ intervention and are by nature more destructive compared to radial waves that are more therapeutic by nature. Further to this, Chang (2012) in studying the comparative effectiveness of focused shock wave therapy and radial shockwave therapy for treating Planar Fasciitis, suggested that Radial Shockwave had a better effectiveness in clinical practice as they are less invasive by nature, encouraging the body to heal itself. Ching-Jen (2012) reports that in the majority of cases today, Radial extracorporeal technology is used in the majority of soft tissue disorders.



About the author: Stafford Robinson is a qualifed New Zealand racehorse trainer, having had his trainer’s license for over 30 years. He has a number of university degrees including a Masters degree in Equine Agricultural Science from Massey University in New Zealand, an Honours degree in Mammalian Zoology and a Bachelors degree in Genetics. He is currently doing his Doctorate (PhD) in Non Invasive Equine Therapies, with special reference to Audio Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) and its use in meridian lines and acupressure points in the horse. Stafford is also studying Equine Chinese medicine as it relates to Equine bodywork, massage and acupressure points with the Tallgrass institute in Colorado, USA. Stafford and his wife Bathoni own Berghof Sporthorses and have the honour of having bred the first ever African bred Warmblood to have been licensed with a European Breed Society, namely the Hanoverian stallion Berghof Eragon.

The NIET approach – a combination of East and West and the use of ESWT From Everke’s work with using ESWT on meridian acupressure points, a dynamic area of scientific research opens with the combination of Western and Eastern medical practice. This exciting new combination of philosophies forms the basis of my treatment approach to horses. So when confronted with a condition in a horse, we first analyze the Bladder meridian, which in many ways serves as a “Master blueprint” for all the other meridian systems.This often will indicate an area in the horse’s system where his energy is deficient. From a treatment perspective, our first treatment approach is always the use of Laser therapy (using an advanced German MKW Laser system) on various acupressure points to back up and strengthen the effect of the ESWT and also to relax the horses to allow for a more beneficial effect of the ESWT treatment. Points used will range from a variety of points directly related to the injury or clinical condition, to various points specifically related to the well being of the horse and supporting the meridian system affected by the injury or clinical condition. I believe very strongly in a holistic approach to most things and this is very much reflected in Chinese medicine. The body is not simply the sum of its parts, but rather an intrinsic network of systems, both physical, energetic and spiritual that are all inter-related. As such, when assessing a problem in a horse it is important to not simply look at a single treatment approach for a specific problem but rather look at the horse as a large picture… for the problem may not simply be the immediate physical symptoms, but also related to other organs, stress, mental or energetic issues. Holistically, the solution may be a combination of traditional Western medicine, Eastern Medicine, diet, environment, training etc. The horse is a complex being and as much as we try to forever simplify our approach, never underestimate the holistic image. PLEASE NOTE THAT WE RECOMMEND THAT FOR ANY AND ALL TREATMENT PROCESSES, A VETERINARY OPINION BE OBTAINED. CORRECT IDENTIFICATION OF PROBLEMS WITH COMPLIMENTARY SCANS AND/OR X-RAYS SHOULD BE OBTAINED FOR ANY SERIOUS INJURIES INVOLVING BONE OR TENDONS. A QUALIFIED VETERINARY WOULD THEN ADVISE ON THE CORRECT TREATMENT PROCESS TO PROCEED WITH. WE ADVOCATE THAT THE SOUND SHOCKWAVE TREATMENT AND ACUPRESSURE BE A COMPLIMENTARY TREATMENT PROCESS IN LINE WITH THE RECOMMENDED VETERINARY PROCEDURE UNDER THE ADVICE OF A QUALIFIED VETERINARIAN.



Stafford Robinson can be contacted at NIET (Non Invasive Equine Therapy) on 072 172 6941 or stafford@niet.co.za A selection of Scientific studies on ESWT. Meridian lines and acupressure/acupuncture points Acupuncture With Shockwaves: A New Method for the Stimulation of Acupuncture Points Heinrich Everke, PhD 2007 General ESWT Shock wave therapy in equestrian sports. Pferdesport journal 12/2011 Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy in Horses: What We Know McClure 2017 Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy: Clinical Applications and regulations McClure 2003 Bone Effect of Focused and Radial Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy on Equine Bone Microdamage Muir et al 2003 Effects of extracorporeal shockwave therapy and radial pressure wave therapy on elasticity and microstructure of equine cortical bone Frederick et al. 2007 Sathishkumar et al. 2008. Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy Induces Alveolar Bone Regeneration. Journal of dental research. Wang et al. 2008 Extracorporeal shockwave therapy shows regeneration in hip necrosis. Oxford Theumatology. Lai, Jui-Pin et al. 2010. Extracorporeal Shock Wave Accelerates Consolidation in Distraction Osteogenesis of the Rat Mandible. Trauma and acute care surgery. Tendons and ligaments Shock wave and pressure wave therapy
: New hope for the treatment of equine tendon disorders Mark Kaminski 2017 Radial Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy for Chronic Insertion Desmopathy of the
Proximal Suspensory Ligament Boening 2007 The biological effects of extracorporeal shock wave therapy (eswt) on tendon tissue. Notarnicola and Biagio (2012) The effect of focused extracorporeal shock wave therapy on collagen matrix and gene expression in normal tendons and ligaments G. Bosch , m. De Mos, p. R. Van Weeren 2009 The effects of extracorporeal shock-wave therapy on the ultrasonographic and histologic appearance of collagenase-induced equine forelimb suspensory ligament desmitis 2003 Treatment of chronic or recurrent proximal suspensory desmitis using radial pressure wave therapy in the horse O. M. Crowe , s. J. Dyson, J. M. Wright, M. C. Schramme, R. K. W. Smith 2004 Joints Evaluation of the effect of extracorporeal shock wave treatment on experimentally induced osteoarthritis in middle carpal joints of horses David D. Frisbie, DVM, PhD; Christopher E. Kawcak, DVM, PhD; C. Wayne McIlwraith, BVSc, PhD 2009 Nerves Determination of functional and morphologic changes in palmar digital nerves after nonfocused extracorporeal shock wave treatment in horses David M. Bolt, Dr med vet, MS Daniel J. Burba, DVM Jeremy D. Hubert, BVSc, MS
George M. Strain, PhD Giselle L. Hosgood, BVSc, PhD William G. Henk, PhD Doo-Youn Cho, DVM, PhD 2004



From left: Barry Taylor, Dominey Alexander and Lisa Williams



By Sharlene Venter | Photos by Jacqui S Photography

glorious hot summer day welcomed the riders of the 15th Presidents Cup sponsored by Erreplus. After 4 days of competition, it all culminated in this very exciting final event.The main arena at Maple Ridge Equestrian Centre was immaculately raked and bright coloured jumps adorned the arena. Kevin Spratley, the FEI Level 3 course builder made sure the riders had a challenging course to manoeuvre and it was certainly not for the faint hearted!

Taylor were amongst the clear round achievers.

With 17 horses starting this class, the first round saw only six clear rounds including last year’s winner, Chris van der Merwe on Kuda Insurance’s Domino van der Boswinning. The top three qualifiers Dominey Alexander, Lisa Williams and Barry

It was all eyes on Dominey Alexander on Caryn Pappalardo’s Armageddon. And Dominey did not disappoint! A double clear round and the fastest time made him the 2017 Erreplus Presidents Cup Winner!



The second round started off with a host of clears, but it was Anya Moller on Alzu Lombard who delivered the first double clear of the day.Tension was running high as Samantha McIntosh delivered another double clear. Next was Barry Taylor on Counter Attack, getting a double clear and into the lead. He was followed by one of the country’s top female riders Lisa Williams on Discovery Campbell, who managed to get a double clear and the fastest time so far in this round.

Dominey Alexander on Armageddon



All 31 riders in the Erreplus Presidents Cup

Heather Roberston on Chameur winning the 1.40m Champs

The results were: 2017 Erreplus Presidents Cup Gold - Dominey Alexander and Armageddon Silver - Lisa Williams and Discovery Campbell Bronze - Barry Taylor and Counter Attack The 4th place was taken by Chris van der Merwe on Kuda Insurance’s Domino van der Boswinning and the 5th place by Samantha McIntosh on Let’s Win.

Hausberger Financial Services 1.40 Championships 1st Heather Robertson/Charmeur 2nd Mandy Johnstone/Lambus 3rd Danielle Lemmer/Capital Conlanc 4th Mikayla McDonald/Lady Gaga Victor Ludorum: Mandy Johnstone and Lambus





Erin Muller




wo equestrian vaulters, Erin Muller (11) from Pretoria and Asea Pozniakow (11) from Sandton, competed in an International Vaulting Competition - CVI 1*in Moorsele Belgium on 26th and 27th May.

They are coached by Jasyn Gertenbach (SA), assisted in their preparation for Moorsele by Chelsey Gertenbach (SA) and Anna Aubaret (Germany).



By Barbie Gertenbach

The girls train at Riba Stables Vaulting Club in Kyalami, (a club that has already produced several international vaulting teams). Two weeks of training took place in Voltigeiervereins KölnDünnwald, owned by former World Champion Patric Looser, to get to know the horse they were to use for the competition. The girls were welcomed and treated like part of the vaulting ‘family’Top vaulter Torben Jacobs assisted during their training in Cologne.

Asea Pozniakow

The horse, Daviana Z, lunger Ines Nawroth and coach Jasyn Gertenbach travelled with the girls to Belgium to compete against vaulters from Belgium, Great Britain and Germany. After a veterinary check the competition took place at the world class venue ‘Silver Spoor’. At the end of the first day (the compulsory routines) Erin was lying 3rd and Asea 6th: after the free-style routines the following day there was a ’nail-biting’ wait until the results were released... Erin was the winner and Asea was a close 2nd with only fractions separating them. The National anthem honored their success, making this an unforgettable experience for all involved. This is a fantastic result for South African Vaulting. Barbie Gertenbach, the owner of Riba Stables, says. “We couldn’t be prouder of the girls: this is an absolutely amazing achievement!”

Left to Right; Erin Muller, Ines Nawroth (Lunger), Asea Pozniakow, Jasyn Gertenbach (Coach)



Berghof Elvinah Rose



By Frances Cheboub – Breed manager SAWHS | Photos by Kathleen De Villiers and Nicole Meier of Maybe Magic

n the immaculately kept property of Manor D’Or the SAWHS held the Loose Movement competition in their indoor arena. Candice Hobday was our judge and gave wonderful feedback to the competitors. She felt the standard in both movement, type and quality of the limbs were an improvement from last year. The first class was a strong group of 10 foals at foot and weanlings sponsored by Two Way Exhibitions and Events. Kellow Park Stud’s careful breeding program again gave them promising results.The two foals Kellow Suchi by frozen semen import, San Amor HANN (Sandro hit/ Plaisier D’Amour) out of Kellow Japan (Johnson KWPN/ Glenagyle Rebel) was very correct, showed super elasticity and uphill build to take first place; while Kellow Futurama by Furst Nymphenberg HANN



(Florencio/ De Niro) out of Kellow Samba (Sanletto/ Cazarak) a leggy tall type with good elasticity and had an especially good canter, took second place. Berghof Elvinah Rose by Eragon (Edward HANN/ Metternich HANN) out of Compton Kariba Trak (Kaiserkult/ Rubin Royale/Weltmeyer) was eyecatching and very expressive. This filly took third place and is from the first crop of foals by Stafford Robinson’s home bred stallion Eragon. We have to comment on the range of bloodlines that we see being used, that is giving much needed depth to our dressage breeding. For instance in fourth place was Martini Babushka the first of Callaho stud’s Selle Francais / Anglo Arab stallion Bolzano de Quinze that we have seen. In the 1 to under 2 year olds, Qasida by Quantico HANN (Quarterback/ Salieri ) out of Mon Amour II Holst (Concerto/ Capitol I) bred by Sam Davis and shown by Claire Martin went on to take first place, showing a powerful hind quarter action.

Lemax Cosmic – German Sport Pony Stallion winner

Seduction - Winner 3 to under 4 years

Qasida - Winner 1 to under 2 years

Kellow Suchi & Kellow Futurama 1st & 2nd Foal & Weanling class

Eragon - Winner 5 to under 7 years

Kellow Sushi – winner of Under 1 year old class

Adela Quantissima and Kellow Forever Tied 1st place in 2-3 year olds



White Waters O’Lavey Shalih. Photo by Krizelda Carelse

Fun and games with Martini Babushka the first of Callaho’s Bolzano De Quinze progeny in the ring

In the 2 to under 3 year olds, there was a tie for first place with Adela Quantissima by Quantico HANN out of a Rosario/ Donnerhall/ Pik Bube Hannovarian mare and Kellow For Ever by Furst Nymphenberg HANN (Florencio/ De Niro) out of Kellow Samba (Sanletto/ Cazarak). Adela Quantissima is a beautiful horse showing a lot of expression while Kellow For Ever went in an uphill frame and had lovely cadence. The 3 to under 4 year old class had Seduction by Sonnentanzer OLD (Sir Donnerhall/ Noble Roi xx) out of Callaho Wasabi (Wenckstern HANN/ Sabastian KWPN in first place. This powerfully moving mare with good rhythm is bred by Gerhard Pretorius and has done well in the ring at other events too. Federer by Fitch KWPN (Uphill/ Don Primaire) out of Donnara Leda (Lindenburg/ Donnerhall) came second. He is a tall rangy horse who moves in an uphill manner and is bred by Paula Lasersohn. We were also pleased to see a beautiful German Sport horse pony stallion presented by Maxine Roupel called Lemax Cosmic (Cosmopolitan /Casino Royale) another super addition to Warmblood pony breeding in South Africa. In the 4 to under 5 year old class which was sponsored by Midfeeds we had three places.The first place went to jumping bred White Water’s O’Lavey Shalih by Beach Haven On Track



(Ondol V/ Wunderbar/ Lancer xx) out of Brandenburg Love Symphony (Land Earl/ Sebastian). Owned by Kraai Kamffer, this colt was presented by Arnold Botha, he showed great expression and range. Her Highness by Udokes (Corland / Calypso I) out of a Ulior vh Wuitenshof mare, is also clearly jumping bred, came second. Udokes was ridden by Lorette Knowles-Taylor at Open Show jumping level. Her Highness is being produced by Danielle Machiné and is owned by Hermanus Zulch and showed good balance, elasticity and a super canter. In third spot was Fleur de Lys Habanera by imported frozen semen Hotline HANN out of Fleur de Lys Claret (Clarinius/ Royal Flo xx) showing good expression. In our last class of the morning 5 to under 7 years old, the talented young stallion Eragon by Edward HANN out of Mai Girl HANN (Metternich/ Graf Grannus) continued to impress both in type, expression and with good hing leg action. It was lovely to see him and two of his first crop at the competition. This sort of competition is used by breeders and buyers to see what is being produced and what is happening in the breeding scene. It is especially helpful to our smaller breeders as it gives both exposure to studs and training opportunity for their young stock.



Judges, Officials & Competitors of this year’s Philip Smith Memorial Equitation Championship



By Shelly Beckbessinger | Photos by Sonya Wessels

he first day of the 17th annual Philip Smith Memorial Equitation Championship took place in glorious and sunny Highveld conditions at Kyalami Park Club, during the hosting of the World Cup Qualifier.

African Lipizzaners, Marianne Conlyn, herself a top dressage rider and team leader of the SA Lipizzaners, and Natalie Hogg, an all-round equestrian and coach.

After months of preparation, it was time for the four finalists - Kelsey-Rae Whitehouse, Tegan Bruyns, Cheyenne de Beer and Daniella Machine to demonstrate their skills and prove why they are South Africa’s top Equitation Riders and members of a very elite group of the crème de la crème of our young equestriennes.

The flatwork is designed as training movements to prepare both horse and rider to jump, and not performed as a dressage test, although ridden in a dressage arena based on the Rider’s Championship. Each rider first rides their own mount, followed by the riding of the other horses in a formulated Order. This allows the judges to gauge their ability to not only perform on their familiar ride, but to assess and effectively perform the test on unknown horses.

All hailing from Gauteng, the riders CV’s show that they are all dedicated horsewomen at the pinnacle of their junior careers. Riding under the coaching of top qualified instructors such as Chad Cunningham, Simone Howarth, Lorette Knowles Taylor, Karen Keller, Rainer Korber, Lilian Moller and Paul Hart, they were as ready as they could be to ride the testing Flatwork movements prepared by Dominey Alexander, another seasoned and quality coach.

Kelsey Rae, who had drawn number one rode her first test on her own horse World Net Logistics Egalite. She was followed by Cheyenne on Seeis Melissa. Tegan then performed her test on Cordova Gregor, followed by Daniella who had drawn last on Capital Carrera. At the end of this phase, the marks, although not made public, showed that it was very close and that it was clear that everything depended on the Jumping which was to take place the next day.

The Flatwork was judged by Gill Taylor, a protégée of the Spanish Riding School and long time lead rider of the South

Overnight winter arrived with a vengeance.The temperature dropped to 5 degrees, the wind and rain doing nothing to



Lorette Knowles Taylor, proud coach of winner Cheyenne de Beer together with Chad Cunningham coach of Daniella Machine and Elaine de Verneuil.

improve the conditions. The course set up by international Course Designer Marco Hesse looked fairly daunting and would take no prisoners. The three seasoned judges – top showjumper, coach and multiple Derby winner Ronnie Lawrence, recent winner of the Outdoor Grand Prix and coach Nicola Sime-Riley and representative of the Junior Irish Young Rider team Kelly O-Connor (herself a Winner of the Philip Smith Memorial Championship in 2007), walked the course each knowing how difficult the added weather conditions would make this phase of the Championship. Riding in reverse order, Daniella went first, carrying forward 1530.5 for the flatwork. She negotiated the grueling gymnastic ridden with one hand and no stirrups and then jumped the course, finishing with a total score of 3371.50. Tegan who carried forward 1559.50 completed her jumping on a total score of 3601.50. Cheyenne was able to finish on a total score of 3683 after carrying forward 1562.50 from her flatwork making her the winner. Last but not least Kelsey Rae was able to accumulate a total of 3478.5 with 1483.50 from the first phase, showing how close the competition was. After a nail-biting class where all the riders showed amazing

skill and prowess, the final results were; 1st Cheyenne de Beer 2nd Tegan Bruyns 3rd Kelsey Rae Whitehouse 4th Daniella Machine Cheyenne and her coach Lorette Knowles Taylor will soon be jetting off to England as part of their prize. We have no doubt that these four riders will continue to excel and carry on being ambassadors for the amazing discipline of equitation. Thanks must go to all the Riders, parents, coaches and officials including Kyalami Park Club for allowing us to showcase this prestigious event. The co-organisers Yvonne Bolton and Shelly Beckbessinger want to make special mention of Leigh-Anne Scott who, once again, gave of her time to ensure all of the background work was done with her ever smiling face. Last but not least we acknowledge, with much gratitude, our patron and sponsor Mary Slack, without whom this competition would not be possible.



HOW HORSES HEAL OUR HEARTS By Cesaltina da Cunha - Beginner learners instructor and G1-3 facilitator

The deep soul connection between horses and humans has long been celebrated in song and myth.

to cancer which has left him different from who he was before being diagnosed.

I worked with two boys, respectively aged 13 and 16 who benefitted from accepting and appreciating the ‘horse’ more as a teacher than as just a ride. The younger boy showed signs of aggression at first but during lessons became tearful and consumed with fear of falling and getting hurt. I structured the lessons differently and walked beside him as he led the horse in hand. This triggered deep-seated emotions and memories, feelings of sadness, and confusion. As our conversation progressed, buried fears of incompetence, failure and unworthiness surfaced and he broke down sobbing uncontrollably.

A loving little soul who gives without asking for anything in return - horses are his passion. Putting effort into coping with learning disabilities in the classroom, he comes alive when around horses. The day he trotted a dozen times around the lunge arena off lead, and managed to steer the horse on his own, was the day I couldn’t hold back the tears. “Yee haw Cowboy!” I clapped and laughed as I went up to congratulate him. “Way to go.You did great.” His little chest released a huge breath that was quickly followed by a nervous giggle and a smile so bright it was contagious. His smile radiated all the good cheer any heart could hope for. And I thought, if sunshine could skip, it would look like him.

The horse encouraged him to acknowledge his vulnerability and human limitations and gave him courage to admit to his behaviour at home which caused him and his family considerable pain and stress. When I started teaching the 16 year old, he acted depressed. He lacked confidence and energy. He shuffled around and it looked as though he was carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders. Everything about his demeanour suggested he had given up on himself. Lessons started only at a walk getting him to feel the movement of the horse under him and letting go of the tension that was evident in his body language. Feeling emotionally bruised, and in pain, it was difficult for him to believe he could feel any other way. As he continued to voice his feelings, I watched as the horse, without a single word, spoke truth into his life and heart. A love without judgement or terms, a love without strings or conditions. More recently another little boy tugs at my heartstrings like no other. Only 10 years of age, he has already endured much physical, psychological and emotional trauma due



In modern society “stress” seems to be the new buzz word, but the debilitating effects of “stress”are extremely real. When using horses to work with individuals, whether children or adults, we learn three important lessons: First, we learn who we are, NOT who we think we are. Second, we discover what we might be doing that limits or hinders our interactions. Third, we see alternative ways in which we can improve how we relate to the world. Based amidst a tranquil country setting, The IEA Elite offers the best of both worlds, academics and equestrian studies. The tutor centre offers an educational curriculum of the highest standard, which allows learners to progress at their own pace, focusing on honing and nurturing individual skills. The equestrian studies introduces learners to the magical world of horses. The mere interaction with these insightful creatures, affords children the opportunity to grow emotionally, physically and spiritually. Ultimately learning to realise their potential exponentially.





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