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Letter from the Editor Advertisers Cover story: The ninth annual Callaho Auction: 3 June 2017 Brigid Thompson Rider Profile: Laurence Mowatt Yvonne Bolton Horse Profile: Tack ‘n Togs Hillview Paddy Yvonne Bolton

LIFESTYLE 22 66 80

Equestrian Essentials Fashion File - Tack ‘n Togs Lifestyle Essentials

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Nissan Easter Festival: Something special Caroline Malan It’s all systems go for the 15th Erreplus President’s Cup 2017! Sharlene Venter Horse of the Year Warmblood Classes Frances Cheboub Horse of the Year Friesian Classes Marlise Botes Horse of the Year Irish Classes Louise Oliver Horse of the Year Connemara Classes Sally Young Horse of the Year Boerperd Classes Dr Petro Grove FEI Children’s International Classic Final Joanne van Achterbergh & Yvonne Bolton The importance of a good quality Saddle fit - PART 1 Tamarin Ioakim Curated Cape Town: A taste of the Veuve Clicquot lifestyle Liam Stevens Caroline Malan Artist Profile - R.Robin Kutinyu Roving Reporter

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Johan Blom Editor

Pieter Hugo Managing Director

Marie Chin Advertising Executive

Marguerite le Roux Senior Designer

Gasnat Jaffer Office Manager

Nikki Kellogg USA Sales Executive

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elcome to the 30th edition of Sporting Horse Magazine. 2017 is well underway and what an exciting time of year this always is, when we have the opportunity to step back and see if all the hard work has paid off on a weekly basis. We hope you enjoy what we have put together in this first quarter issue. The recent Horse of the Year Show dominates this edition, with coverage of the Warmblood, Friesian, Irish, Boerperd and Connemara Classes.The competition ran over 7 (rainy) days in February and was once again a hotly contested affair showcasing the finest equine athletes in South Africa.

The Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo (Page 65) was held recently at the magnificent Val De Vie Estate just outside of Paarl.This event has over the years become one of the top fashion and equestrian lifestyle events in South Africa. If you have not attended before, make sure you do so in 2018. Two great competitions on the horizon are the President’s Cup, held annually at the end of March at Maple Ridge Equestrian Farm and The Nissan Easter Festival, 8 - 17 April at Kyalami Park. More on these on page 20 and page 12. We jump a little ahead to one of my personal favourite events of the year, The Callaho Warmblood Sport Horse Auction on the 3rd of June 2017. (Page 6)Truly a world class event, even if you are not looking to buy, this is definitely a pilgrimage you have to include in your annual schedule. As part of our Artist Feature Series on page 74, we spend some time with Hout Bay artist Robin Kutinyu. His ability to capture the essence and movement of equine athletes is something to behold. If you ever visit the Hout Bay market, make a point of stopping in, you will be amazed.

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Confidor ridden by James White

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The ninth annual Callaho Auction: 3 June 2017 The much-anticipated 2017 Callaho Action takes place on the 3rd of June at Callaho Stud, near Christiana. Since the inaugural auction nine years ago, this annual event has become one of the most popular fixtures on the South African sport horse calendar.

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his year’s 41 auction riding horses (21 mares and 20 geldings) are a remarkable group of youngsters representing the very best of international bloodlines.

Callaho’s multi-talented stallion Lissabon is the best represented sire among the auction lots, with eighteen progeny, followed by jumping dynamo Con Coriano with nine progeny and the late For Joy with three progeny on auction. Making up the balance of the auction riding horses are two mares by Stolzenberg, a mare each by Contendro I, Corinth, Granulit, Manaloj, Sandreo,Titanic and Verdi and two geldings sired by Casparon and Valentino respectively. In this article, Sporting Horse takes a closer look at the progeny 8

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of Callaho’s most influential three stallions: For Joy, Con Coriano and Lissabon. For Joy’s progeny debuted at the 2009 auction, with the first son of For Joy sold at auction being For Sure, produced up to Medium level by Ingeborg Sanne. For Sure also has the double honour of being both the first For Joy foal to be born at Callaho, and the very first horse to be auctioned by Callaho Stud (being the first auction lot at the 2009 Auction). The successes of For Joy’s progeny in the show ring since 2009 are too many to mention here, but four up-and-coming stars who immediately spring to mind are: FIORELLA (Sire: For Joy, Dam: Ravella (Raphael/Watzmann), sold at the 2010 Auction, was the winner of the 1.40m Championship


Liberia ridden by Kelly O’Connor

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Con Quito ridden by Jan Kleynhans

Fiona Vella ridden by Claire Martin. Photo credit Nicole Meier Fiorella ridden by Jeanne Korber

at the 2016 Nissan Winter Classic under Ray Korber and has also been competing in the 1.45 – 1.50m classes. FOR RAY (Sire: For Joy, Dam: Kidria (Calato/Masetto), also a 2010 auction lot, has been the winner of numerous 1.20m Championships under Charles Roberts. FIONA VELLA (Sire: For Joy, Dam: Ravella (Raphael/Watzmann), from the 2013 Auction, was the winner of Leg 1 in the Showjumping division for 7 year olds in the 2016 Young Horse Performance Series under Claire Martin. Demonstrating her versatility, at the recent 2017 Horse of the Year show, Fiona Vella and Claire took home three titles, i.e. the SASA Open Working Hunter, the Adult SASA Champion and Show Riding Horse. FOR SCOTTY (Sire: For Joy, Dam: Scottish Lady xx (Crown Collection xx/Big John Taylor xx), sold as a broodmare at the 2014 Auction, has gone on to become a star under saddle with Kelly O’Connor, winning Leg 4 of the Showjumping division for 6 year olds in the 2016 Young Horse Performance Series. Holsteiner stallion Con Coriano is the favourite of a number of the Callaho team, who describe him as oozing personality and having the “wow” factor. Affectionately known as “CC”, his first crop of four geldings were auctioned in 2013, and over the years

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his progeny have proved extremely popular with buyers looking for a top jumping prospect. As they mature, his offspring are now starting to prove their superiority in the show ring. Three lots from the 2013 Auction who are creating a stir in the ring at the moment are: CONFIDOR (Sire: Con Coriano, Dam: Zidria (Padinus/Calato), who is currently placing regularly in the 1.35m classes, and tied for first place in the 6-Bar Competition at the 2016 Nissan Winter Classic with rider James White. CON QUITO (Sire: Con Coriano, Dam: Quitaska (Quidam’s Rubin/Grosso Z), who is winning in the 1.30m classes and competing in 1.35m classes under Jan Kleynhans. CON CARINO (Sire: Con Coriano, Dam: Carina (Capitol II/ Pikoer), winner of two 1.10m Championships with Cailin Fensham. Lissabon arrived at Callaho in 2008 and has since proved himself a pivotal stallion in Callaho Stud’s pedigree base. Unbacked colt Lansink was the first of Lissabon’s offspring to be auctioned (at the 2013 Auction) and at the following year’s auction, ten Lissabon progeny were sold, amidst great demand for this bloodline. Despite being such a recent arrival on the South African sport horse scene, Lissabon has made his mark locally


Lansink ridden by Ray Korber

as a competitor, initially in the Showjumping ring and, since his retirement last year from jumping, in the Showing ring, where he has been making waves (recently winning the 2017 Horse of the Year Show Supreme Breed Champion title). He is also already proving himself as a sire of champions, with many of his progeny making quite a stir in the Young Horse Performance Series last year, such as: LANSINK (Sire: Lissabon, Dam: Piquette (Pilot/Paradox I), ridden by Ray Korber, was the winner of Legs 1 and 3 for 6 year olds in the 2016 Young Horse Performance Series. Lansink also proved his talents by winning the 1.30m Championship at 2016 SA Derby. LAMAZE (Sire: Lissabon, Dam: Piquette (Pilot/Paradox I): this talented gelding, ridden by Christa Alberts, was the overall winner of the Showjumping division for 6 year olds in the 2016 Young Horse Performance Series. LEXINGTON (Sire: Lissabon, Dam: Fiorella (For Joy/Raphael), sold at the 2015 Auction, was the overall winner of the Showjumping division for 5 year olds in the 2016 Young Horse Performance Series. LIBERIA (Sire: Lissabon, Dam: Alaska (Argentinus/Quidam’s Rubin), also auctioned in 2015, won Leg 3 of the Potential Showjumper

division for 5 year olds in the 2016Young Horse Performance Series. LORENZO (Sire: Lissabon, Dam: Ramona (Ramiro Z/AchillLibero H), from the 2015 Auction, was the winner of Leg 2 in the Potential Showjumper division for 5 year olds in the 2016 Young Horse Performance Series. These three sires - Callaho’s foundation stallions - are already becoming legends in their own right, who between them have produced crop after crop of correctly conformed, talented offspring demonstrating exceptional rideability and versatility across the disciplines. We will no doubt again see electrifying bidding for the sons and daughters of these three spectacular sires at this year’s auction. • Try-out dates are from 8 April 2017 to 14 May 2017 (contact Marike on 0834613075). • For auction seating reservations contact Chantelle (082 9247556). • Stay in touch with the latest auction information on the Callaho facebook page (www.facebook.com/CallahoStud/). On the Callaho website the full catalogue is now available with pics, details and freejumping videos of the complete collection.

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By Caroline Malan (The PR Machine)

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NISSAN EASTER FESTIVAL SOMETHING SPECIAL With nearly 5000 spectators expected throughout the 10 day show, 10 active arenas and approximately 160 classes, the 2017 Nissan Easter Festival is expected to be the best yet, and with competitors from countries such as Zimbabwe, Botswana, Swaziland, Zambia and Namibia, it’s imperative that the committee members of Kyalami Equestrian Park deliver a show like no other.

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Lisa Williams is a firm favourite on her horse Discovery Campbell. Photo courtesy of Sally-Anne Lee

Plenty of exposure is again expected at this year’s NEF. Seen here is Lorette Knowles-Taylor on SABC at the 2015 Nissan development clinic.

The Team Nissan show jumping team will host those less fortunate on 8 April 2017 from 9am at KEP At the annual Nissan development clinic. Everyone is encouraged to come and watch.

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how director, Kate Launder says that putting together an event of this magnitude entails many hours of hard work and dedication from the KEP team which is based at the Kyalami Equestrian Park show grounds; “As show director I will be there to assist and guide the preparation work prior to the event. During the event I will work hand in hand with the rest of the KEP team making sure that all runs smoothly and on time and ensure that those who attend have a wonderful experience. We aim to keep growing the numbers of both competitors and spectators, and with that providing a fun filled 10 days of entertainment for the whole family. There are new events on the cards such as the Nissan Navara Challenge where Showjumping Superstars vs the

Eventers All-stars which takes place on Good Friday, as well as the very popular Nissan Six Bar event on Easter Sunday. There’s also the Nissan celebrity fancy dress which always provides plenty of laughs as well as the rather competitive Nissan Laduma Soccer Challenge. Outside of the arenas there will be numerous stalls including a number of food vendors, a beer tent, a petting zoo, the Nissan Test Drive station showcasing the All New Nissan Narava as well as face-painters and more for the children. With competitors ranging from as young as 3 years and up to 75 years of age, trust me when I say that this show has something for everyone!” It is the responsibility of the riders’ representative Barry Taylor to Issue 30 SPORTING HORSE

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Dominey Alexander of Cellehof Stud riding his own advanced dressage horse Don Natiello. Photo credit Tracy Robertson

liaise between the riders and the KPC organizing committee on any problems related to the riders such as stabling, the rules and any other issues that may arise throughout the show. “My advice to those competing for the first time is to stay and enjoy the show,” Says Barry. “Don’t just compete and go home. Enjoy the vibe, the fun competitions and lovely retail shops. For those who’ll be joining us again, keep in mind that this is probably the biggest show in terms of numbers in Africa, so competition is fierce. Competitors first have to get through the qualifiers and then try win the championship or Grand Prix in your division.”

first time spectators who will watch the dressage, look for the harmony between horse and rider – they should look like they are one, with their movements executed effortlessly.”

Looking to defend her title will be 2016 Nissan SA Outdoor Grand Prix winner Nicola Sime-Riley. She recalls her win on Sunny Park Stables Elpaso;“I found the track extremely technical and the time was tight, but I felt one with my horse: we were steady and even, and he felt absolutely amazing! My preparation heading into last year’s win was much the same to what I normally do in terms of general fitness as well as jumping fitness – I am always mindful of not overdoing the training. I have two horses at the 1.50 level, Echoing Barry in terms of the huge volume of competitors is I need to keep focused – both in terms of the track and how I Nissan Easter Festival dressage secretary – Elena Jankowitz: walk it, as well as the little things I need to remember when riding “The Festival is always well supported and is one of the biggest each horse. Both horses are extremely dear to me: I just love how shows of the year with classes for Pony riders, Children, Juniors they try so hard for me over every jump. As for this year, I haven’t and Adults in all levels including the Young Horse classes. We also done any shows yet and will compete for the first time at The have the Rising Star series - classes for the new young riders Presidents Cup in late March. In terms of my expectations for this aspiring to achieve dressage greatness one day. This year our year’s Festival, I would like the course designer to strive to build Dressage Judges have requested we use this show for the training the best course to get the best result on the day. The crowds love of judges. In order to do this, we have to select the highest test this show as it has a great atmosphere for the whole family – so per grade for the riders to compete in. The season has only just let’s hope that the weather plays along and that it’s not too cold got underway, and we’ve certainly set a high standard for the rest for the crowds but not too hot for the horses. For those first time of the year ahead. In terms of some of the favourites for this year, riders: go out, enjoy yourself and ride the best you can – it is a in our Advanced classes we’ll see Dominey Alexander on Don great privilege that we get to ride these majestic animals.” Natiello as well as Siobhan Records on Sue Cullen’s Wenzel R. If the Adelprag Stud join us, Wium van Huyssteen on Adelprag The stage is set for another incredible event with a whole host of Zuidpool as well as Adelprag Quick Silver and Chere Burger. passionate horse lovers working around the clock to ensure that There are a number of top riders who will be challenging for the those who partake in this year’s Nissan Easter Festival will look titles on offer including Sue Horne, Karen Keller, Andrea Harrison, back on the event as simply something special! Chrismie Venter and Ingeborg Sanne to name just a few ... We have over 400 competitors competing in the 3 arenas over the 10 To keep track of the action, follow us online: days – and my advice to those who will be riding is to never lose Facebook: www.facebook.com/Nissan and Twitter: @NissanZA the essence of why you ride: For the love of the horse. To those www.facebook.com/KPCequestrian 16

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IT’S ALL SYSTEMS GO FOR THE 15TH ERREPLUS PRESIDENTS CUP 2017! By Sharlene Venter | Photo by Jacqui S Photography

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t’s all systems go for the 15th Erreplus Presidents Cup 2017! The riding world is getting ready for the first major event on the 2017 Showjumping calendar, the 2017 Erreplus Presidents Cup! This prestigious event will be once again hosted by Verity Combrink and her team at the impeccable Maple Ridge Equestrian Centre, Kromdraai near Krugersdorp from the 29th of March to the 2nd of April 2017.

March. Kate is known for her passion for course building and her enthusiastic personality at the shows.

This is the 15th Anniversary of the President’s Cup and last year’s winner, Chris van der Merwe will be back to defend his title. The show has a total prizemoney of over R350 000 which makes it one of the biggest shows of the year.

The Turnierstall Hilmar Meyer Young Rider Showjumping Series is sponsored by top quality sport horse dealer in Germany, Hilmar Meyer. The series takes place over three legs and the final leg will be held during the Spring Fair in September at Maple Ridge. The Series is restricted to young riders between the ages 16 and 21 years old and was won by Laurence Mowatt in 2016 on Hillview Paddy. The winner of the series wins an air ticket sponsored by Hilmar Meyer to Bremen, Germany with accommodation for two weeks, two shows, spending money and a trophy.

Well respected FEI Level 3 course builder, Kevin Spratley will be heading up the course building team. Kevin hails from Cape Town and he has an impressive track-record, having built many SA Derby, FEI World Cup Jumping Series, SA Outdoor Grand Prix and other National Title Show courses. Kevin, a rider himself, is also a petrol-head and is a keen Superbike motorcycle track racer. He is assisted by the very experienced and popular FEI Level 2 course builder, Kate Launder. This may be Kate’s first FEI Level 3 debut as she has been accepted to attend the FEI Level 3 Course Seminar in Bulgaria in the second week of

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There are a few titles up for grabs during this show, these being The Erreplus Presidents Cup, The Sharp Colt Trophy for the Adult Overall Winner, the first leg of theTurnierstall Competition sponsored by Hilmar Meyer, the P.R. 1.10 “Whisperer” Trophy Presidents Cup and “The Webber” Junior Presidents Cup.

It is a fun day for any equestrian enthusiast and there are always stalls and good food on offer. As usual there is a VIP marquis tent for the final day of the President’s Cup with fabulous catering by The Spur. Pre-bookings can be made by e-mailing Verity at mapleridge@telkomsa.net. Tables of 10 are R3600 and single booking are R380 per person.


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HORSE OF THE YEAR

2017 HOY

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HORSE OF THE YEAR 2017 Dageraad Giselle (Numero Uno KWPN/Ozmium KWPN) – Reserve Grand Champion Warmblood In Hand. Photo credit Jaco Wiid

SA WARMBLOOD CLASSES By Frances Cheboub - Breed Manager SAWHS

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his was the wettest HOY we could remember and we were really anxious on Thursday afternoon when the heavens poured down yet again; but Friday turned out to be only cloudy and cool. It was a lovely day for both competitors and horses. Our judges were Dominey Alexander and Sue Dittmann formerly of Brandenburg Stud.

Supremes on the Sunday where he took the ultimate title of HOY Supreme Gelding Champion 2017 for his delighted owner Madelie Booysen.

The two of them worked well together to finally elect the eye catching stallion Callaho’s Lissabon as Grand Champion Warmblood In Hand.The Reserve Grand Champion Warmblood in Hand went to the mare, Dageraad Giselle.

Callaho’s Lissabon won the Warmblood stallion Champion In Hand and in Reserve Champion position was Saltash Atlanticoure, Megan Uren’s colt with Namibian blood lines.

Completely new to the ring was Terry Herholdts surprise entry which she bought some years ago, after the dispersal of Dageraad Stud. Dageraad Giselle is by Numero Uno out of an Ozmium sire line. This lovely dark bay mare moved very well with good lift and follow through of the hind leg which took her through to win the SA Warmblood Mare In Hand Championship too. The Gelding class was well represented with stiff competition. Rambleholm Free Spirit by Five Star won the automatic Warmblood Gelding Championship. He went onto the 30

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Another Five Star son was Reserve Warmblood Gelding Champion: Compton House Flight Path owned by Karenza Hunter.

On Saturday we had the Warmblood Ridden Classes which were judged by Nicky Wright the International SASA judge and Siobhan Records was the Riding judge. There was a super contingent of horses up from the Eastern Cape which were beautifully presented and ridden amongst our local horses.The final Championship selection which came through was made up of 3 Callaho horses. They were: Callaho’s Lissabon (rider Claire Marcus Maloney); Callaho Sharif (owner Helen Gilfillan); Callaho Fiona Vella (owner Claire Martin); Rambleholm Free Spirit (Madelie Booysen); Rivendell Patria (owner Susan Hatesohl). The Champion Warmblood Riding horse went to Rambleholm Free Spirit with the Reserve Champion being given to Callaho’s Lissabon.


HORSE OF THE YEAR 2017 Callaho’s Lissabon (Lordanos Holst/ Sion KWPN) – Grand Champion Warmblood In Hand

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1 MAXSTAR ONAAN - MEGAN UREN Ordep Silhoutte (Sir Oldenburg/ Olivi KWPN) - Reserve Champion Mare In Hand

CLASS 1210 - SA WARMBLOOD STALLIONS OVER 5 YEARS SPONSORED BY: HOBDAY EQUESTRIAN ENTERPRISES

1 CALLAHO LISSABON - CLARE MARCUS MALONEY CLASS 1214 - CHAMPION WARMBLOOD COLT & STALLION SPONSORED BY: SPORTING HORSE MAGAZINE

CHAMPION: CALLAHO LISSABON RESERVE: SEEIS ATLANTICOUR CLASS 1208 - SA WARMBLOOD GELDING IN HAND SPONSORED BY: EQUIPAGE INSURANCE

1 RAMBLEHOLM FREE SPIRIT - MADELIE BOOYSEN 2 COMPTON H FLIGHT PATH - KARENZA HUNTER 3 AERION DOLCE FRODO - OLIVIA PERFECT GRAND CHAMPION WARMBLOOD IN HAND - CALLAHO’S LISSABON RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION WARMBLOOD IN HAND - DAGERAAD GISELLE

RIDDEN CLASSES CLASS 1216 - SA WARMBLOOD POTENTIAL (SHOW) RIDING HORSE UNDER 16HH 1 RAMBLEHOLM FREE SPIRIT - MADELIE BOOYSEN

Kellow Shere Khan (Sarkozy (Hann) / Eagles Cabanna) - Winner of the 2-3 Year Old Colt Class

CLASS 1217 POOL A - SAWARMBLOOD POTENTIAL (SHOW) RIDING HORSE OVER 16HH SPONSORED BY: ERNST HOLTZ

1 CALLAHO LISSABON - CLARE MARCUS MALONEY 2 CALLAHO SHARIF - HELEN GILFILLAN CLASS 1217 POOL B - SAWARMBLOOD POTENTIAL (SHOW) RIDING HORSE OVER 16HH SPONSORED BY: ERNST HOLTZ

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Pohlands Grimoir & Rambleholm Free Spirit – part of the strong Eastern Cape contingent


EPOL provides excellent and balanced nutrition. Our stud mares are also fed EPOL and the very obvious healthy condition of all our horses can be attributed in part to EPOL.

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SA FRIESIAN CLASSES By Marlise Botes

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IN HAND CLASSES CLASS 402 FRIESIAN STALLIONS OVER 2 YEARS BUT UNDER 3 YEARS - AUTO CHAMP 1 TOM VAN AVELEDA - AVELEDA STUD CLASS 405 AND 406 FRIESIAN MARES OVER 1 YEAR BUT UNDER 3 YEARS - AUTO CHAMP Tom van Aveleda 1 TESSA VAN AVELEDA - AVELEDA STUD CLASS 408 AND 409 FRIESIAN MARES 3 YEARS BUT UNDER 5 YEARS 1 SJOKE FAN BOKKUM - MARLISE BOTES 2 QUANITA VAN AVELEDA - AVELEDA STUD 3 MERIKE VAN AVELEDA - AVELEDA STUD 4 SAFFIRA VAN QUANTUM - QUANTUM STUD 5 LORIMA YENSKE - AVELEDA STUD CLASS 410 FRIESIAN STAR MARES UNDER 5 YEARS 2 MONIETA VAN AVELEDA - AVELEDA STUD 2 NATALI VAN DOORNDRAAI - MARLISE BOTES 3 NINA VAN DOORNDRAAI - MARLISE BOTES 4 RUBIE VAN QUANTUM - QUANTUM STUD CLASS 411 Tessa van Aveleda FRIESIAN STAR MARES OVER 5 YEARS 1 TSJALDA F - AVELEDA STUD 2 JOLANDA VAN DOORNDRAAI - MARLISE BOTES CLASS 412A FRIESIAN CROWN MARES 1 HIELKJE FAN DE VISSCHERWEI - MARLISE BOTES CLASS 413 SENIOR CHAMPION MARE INHAND 1 MONIETA VAN AVELEDA - AVELEDA STUD 2 HIELKJE FAN DE VISSCHERWEI - STEYN DU PLESSIS CLASS 421 AND 422 FRIESIAN GELDINGS - AUTO CHAMP 1 GREGORY VAN DOORNDRAAI - ALIDA DE JAGER 2 MOOIKLOOF JASPER - BLACK ONYX FRESIAN STUD 3 HINDRIK VAN QUANTUM - QUANTUM STUD 4 WESTER VAN KRETERENHOF - QUANTUM STUD CLASS 414 FRIESIAN STALLIONS OVER 3 YEARS BUT UNDER 5 YEARS 1 SPARTACUS VAN QUANTUM - QUANTUM STUD 2 SAM VAN AVELEDA - AVELEDA STUD CLASS 415 AND 416 FRIESIAN STALLIONS 1 NERO VAN STAL KLEIN HEIDE - AVELEDA STUD 2 JONKER VAN MOOIKLOOF - STEYN DU PLESSIS CLASS 420 SENIOR CHAMPION STALLION INHAND 1 NERO VAN STALL KLEIN HEIDE - AVELEDA STUD 2 JONKER VAN MOOIKLOOF - STEYN DU PLESSIS

Hielkje Fan Devisscherwei Nero van Stal Klein Heide

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SHOW RIDING CLASSES CLASS 448 GELDINGS SHOW RIDING 1 GREGORY VAN DOORNDRAAI - ALIDA DE JAGER 2 HINDRIK VAN QUANTUM - QUANTUM STUD 3 WESTER VAN KRETERENHOF - QUANTUM STUD 4 GERBRANT VAN MOOIKLOOF - ALIDA DE JAGER 5 GEYERSPAN FREEK - G DIEDERICKS CLASS 445 FRIESIAN STAR MARES SHOW RIDING 1 MIRANKA C VAN DE WIJDEWORMER - QUANTUM STUD 2 JOLANDA VAN DOORNDRAAI - MARLISE BOTES 3 NATALI VAN DOORNDRAAI - MARLISE BOTES 4 NINA VAN DOORNDRAAI - MARLISE BOTES

Gregory van Doorndraai

CLASS 450 RIDERS UNDER 18 1 MOOIKLOOF JASPER - BLACK ONYX FRIESIAN STUD CLASS 451 RIDERS OVER 40 1 WIKUS - MIKE TRUTER CLASS 446 - FRIESIAN CROWN MARES SHOW RIDING 1 HIELKJE FAN DE VISSCHERWEI - STEYN DU PLESSIS CLASS 440 FRIESIAN STALLIONS SHOW RIDING 1 JONKER VAN MOOIKLOOF - STEYN DU PLESSIS CLASS 448 CHAMPION SHOW RIDING FRIESIAN 1 GREGORY VAN DOORNDRAAI - ALIDA DE JAGER 2 HINDRIK VAN QUANTUM - QUANTUM STUD

Miranka C van de Wijdewolmer

FRIESIAN DRIVING CLASSES CLASS 430 FRIESIAN SHOW DRIVING SINGLE HARNESS - STALLIONS 1 NERO VAN STAL KLEIN HEIDE - AVELEDA STUD CLASS 431 FRIESIAN SHOW DRIVING SINGLE HARNESS - MARES 1 MONIETA VAN AVALEDA - AVELEDA STUD 2 MERIKE VAN AVELEDA - AVELEDA STUD 3 MIRANKA C VAN DE WIJDEWORMER - QUANTUM STUD CLASS 433 CHAMPION SINGLE HARNESS FRIESIAN 1 MONIETA VAN AVELEDA STUD - AVELEDA STUD 2 NERO VAN STAL KLEIN HEDE - AVELEDA STUD

Nero van Stal Klein Heide

CLASS 434 FRIESIAN SHOW DRIVING PAIRS - AUTOMATIC CHAMPIONSHIP 1 SUNITA VAN AVELEDA & MONIETA VAN AVELEDA - AVELEDA STUD 2 MERIKE VAN AVELEDA & QUANITA VAN AVELEDA - AVELEDA STUD

WORKING RIDING CLASS 452 WORKING RIDING FRIESIAN (AUTOMATIC CHAMPION) 1 GEYERSPAN FREEK - G DIEDERICKS 2 MIRANKA C VAN DE WIJDEWORMER - QUANTUM STUD 3 GREGORY VAN DOORNDRAAI - ALIDA DE JAGER 4 WESTER VAN KRETERENHOF - QUANTUM STUD

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Elite Stud Auction 27 May 2017 - 12h00 Doorndraai Friesian Stud Pretoria

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HORSE OF THE YEAR 2017 Youngstock Emrys and Carridwen

SA IRISH SPORT HORSES By Louise Oliver Photos by Karien Venter and Jacqui S Photography

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Mare with Foal at foot - Rabbia of Basri (TB mare by Eyeofthetiger) Owned by Raymond Ralph Foal at foot - Arianrhod (ISH) by Myrddin (ISH)out of Rabbia of Basri) Owned by Raymond Ralph

SA Irish Show Riding Horse -1st Rebel (ISH) ) by Glenagyle Rebel out of Oprah by Exodal owned by Paula Lasersohn and ridden by Sabrina HIggins 2nd Morgana le Fay (ISH) by Myrddin (ISH) out of Voyager’s Last (TB) by Bold Voyager owned and ridden by Louise Oliver 3rd Kinvara’s Invincible (Irish Partbred) by Etherow Impasse out of a pony mare, Harlequin owned and ridden by Lynne Smith 4th EC Jafaar Nile(ISH) by Nile Image (TB) out of Epona (ISH) by Silver Pride owned by EC Stud and ridden by Elisha Mokhoanzi

Potential broodmare -1st Kaleidoscope M (ISH) by Uron M out of Blue Moon (ISH) by Etherow Impasse owned by Shaneen Krzyza 2nd Morgana le Fay (ISH) by Myrddin (ISH) out of Voyager’s Last (TB) by Bold Voyager owned by Louise Oliver Youngstock between 2 and 4 years -1st Emrys by Myrddin (ISH) out of Beachaven Abigail (SAW) by Acclaim owned by Louise Oliver 2nd Carridwen by Myrddin (ISH) out of Beachaven Abigail (SAW) by Acclaim owned by Louise Oliver Champion Irish Mare/ Filly - Kaleidoscope M (ISH) by Uron M out of Blue Moon (ISH) by Etherow Impasse owned by Shaneen Krzyza Reserve Champion Irish Mare/ Filly - Arianrhod (ISH) by Myrddin (ISH)out of Rabbia of Basri) Owned by Raymond Ralph Irish Gelding (Automatic Champion) - Rebel (ISH) by Glenagyle Rebel out of Oprah by Exodal owned by Paula Lasersohn SA Irish Progeny Group - Myrddin (ISH) with Arianrhod, Carridwen and Morgana le Fay owned by Raymond Ralph and Louise Oliver 38

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SA Irish Show Hunter -1st EC Celtic Warrior by Glenagyle Rebel out of Belle de Quoi (TB) by Pas de Quoi owned and ridden by Ane’ du Toit 2nd Rebel (ISH) ) by Glenagyle Rebel out of Oprah by Exodal owned by Paula Lasersohn and ridden by Sabrina HIggins 3rd Kinvara’s Invincible (Irish Partbred) by Etherow Impasse out of a pony mare, Harlequin owned and ridden by Lynne Smith 4th EC Jafaar Nile(ISH) by Nile Image (TB) out of Epona (ISH) by Silver Pride owned by EC Stud and ridden by Elisha Mokhoanzi Champion Irish Ridden Horse - Rebel (ISH) ) by Glenagyle Rebel out of Oprah by Exodal owned by Paula Lasersohn and ridden by Sabrina Higgins Reserve Champion Irish Ridden Horse - EC Celtic Warrior by Glenagyle Rebel out of Belle de Quoi (TB) by Pas de Quoi owned and ridden by Ane’ du Toit


HORSE OF THE YEAR 2017 Morgana Le Fey

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HORSE OF THE YEAR 2017 Kaleidoscope M

Invincible - Photo by Jacqui S Photography

Novice Working Riding Horse -1st Kaleidoscope M (ISH) by Uron M out of Blue Moon (ISH) by Etherow Impasse owned and ridden by Shaneen Krzyza 2nd Kinvara’s Invincible (Irish Partbred) by Etherow Impasse out of a pony mare, Harlequin owned and ridden by Lynne Smith Open Working Riding Horse - 1st Morgana le Fay (ISH) by Myrddin (ISH) out of Voyager’s Last (TB) by Bold Voyager owned and ridden by Louise Oliver 2nd EC Celtic Warrior by Glenagyle Rebel out of Belle de Quoi (TB) by Pas de Quoi owned and ridden by Ane’ du Toit Champion Irish Working Riding Horse - Morgana le Fay (ISH) by Myrddin (ISH) out of Voyager’s Last (TB) by Bold Voyager owned and ridden by Louise Oliver Reserve Champion Working Riding Horse - Kaleidoscope M (ISH) by Uron M out of Blue Moon (ISH) by Etherow Impasse owned and ridden by Shaneen Krzyza

Rabbia of Basri

Novice Irish Working Hunter - 1st Kaleidoscope M (ISH) by Uron M out of Blue Moon (ISH) by Etherow Impasse owned and ridden by Shaneen Krzyza 2nd Kinvara’s Invincible (Irish Partbred) by Etherow Impasse out of a pony mare, Harlequin owned and ridden by Lynne Smith 3rd Morgana le Fay (ISH) by Myrddin (ISH) out of Voyager’s Last (TB) by Bold Voyager owned and ridden by Louise Oliver Intermediate to Advanced Irish Working Hunter - 1st Rebel (ISH) ) by Glenagyle Rebel out of Oprah by Exodal owned by Paula Lasersohn and ridden by Sabrina Higgins 2nd EC Celtic Warrior by Glenagyle Rebel out of Belle de Quoi (TB) by Pas de Quoi owned and ridden by Ane’ du Toit

Rebel and judge Mr Jack Cochran from the UK

Champion Irish Working Hunter - 1st Rebel (ISH) ) by Glenagyle Rebel out of Oprah by Exodal owned by Paula Lasersohn and ridden by Sabrina Higgins Reserve Champion Irish Working Hunter - EC Celtic Warrior by Glenagyle Rebel out of Belle de Quoi (TB) by Pas de Quoi owned and ridden by Ane’ du Toit

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HORSE OF THE YEAR 2017 Ashgar Nightingale & Megan Van Schie

CONNEMARA By Sally Young

Normally we are all expiring from the heat, but this year HOY was held in the pouring rain and it was quite a different experience for our riders and Connemaras, they had to deal with conditions that they are not really accustomed with, they rose to the challenge and did a really great job. Our Judge Greg Goss was impressed with the standard of our breed. We held 9 classes in total the judge was Greg Goss. The results were as follows : In Hand Champion: Ashgar Nightingale Reserve Champion: Paisley Blu Belle Show Riding Champion: Ashgar Nightingale Reserve Champion: Ashgar Kai Working Riding (Utility) Champion: Ashgar Nightingale Reserve Champion: Paisley Dakota Moonday Working Hunter Champion: Ashgar Kai Victor Ludorum Champion: Ashgar Nightingale

Ashgar Nightingale and Megan van Schie, Ashgar Kai and Lucy Young and Paisley Dakota Moonday and Lee Schmidt.

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HORSE OF THE YEAR 2017 Carel Hancke Donatello

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By Petro GrovĂŠ

Photos by Jaco Wiid

he SA Boerperd Breed joined Horse of theYear (HOY) for the first time in 1998 under the very capable leadership of Ms. Heleen Pope, who still organises the SA Boerperd Breed classes annually 19 years later. When HOY was moved from NASREC to Kyalami Equestrian Park in 2000, it was a logical decision to keep supporting this wonderful initiative that can be seen as a national show case for all active horse breeds in South Africa. During the last couple of years, the SA Boerperd was one of the best represented horse Breeds at HOY. Exhibitors, owners and studs are passionate about displaying this only fully indigenously developed South African horse breed on this showing platform. The SA Boerperd also competes with great success in General Breed Classes, as well as SASA classes.

As usual the SA BoerperdYouth Action, who automatically include all SA Boerperd riders under 19 years, surprised exhibitors and spectators in and around the arena by sponsoring free chilled water under the SA Boerperd label to quench the thirst on this first sunny day after a week of rain. These young riders are committed to the future of the SA Boerperd breed and make a difference by forming a close knit support team for each other across all the various disciplines in which they compete. They believe wholeheartedly that the SA Boerperd is indeed the ideal sporting and pleasure horse. During 2017, the SA Boerperd Breed Championships for the first time took place in the Stubbs arena, on Saturday, 25th February with Vicky Brooker as judge. Of the SA Boerperd Champions,

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HORSE OF THE YEAR 2017 B3 Koraal

three horses placed among the first 8 in the SUPREME CHAMPIONSHIPS on Sunday, 26th February. These horses are: CHAMPION SHOW DRIVING SINGLE HARNESS HORSE also WINNER OF THE SUPREME CHAMPIONSHIP: B3 Koraal, owned by Kylin SA Boerperd Stud, driven by Linda Meintjes CHAMPION WORKING HUNTER, 80cm, PLACED 3rd IN THE SUPREME CHAMPIONSHIP Goudhoek Willem, owned by Hoefstraal SA Boerperd Stud, ridden by Marnise Lambrechts CHAMPION STALLION also placed under 1st 8 in the SUPREME CHAMPIONSHIP Carel-Hancke Donatello, owned by Kylin SA Boerperd Stud, exhibited by Kyla Meintjes Other SA Boerperd Breed class winners were: CHAMPION MARE Lang-Carel Wimpers, owned by Hoefstraal SA Boerperd Stud, exhibited by Madelyn Appelcryn CHAMPION GELDING ANY AGE Rymaar Avontuur, owned by Choe Robinson, exhibited by Erin Robinson. CHAMPION WORKING RIDING HORSE & CHAMPION SHOW RIDING HORSE Devondale Bubbles, owned by Devondale SA Boerperd Stud, ridden by Surika Struwig. CHAMPION WESTERN PLEASURE HORSE Dvondale Abedan, owned and ridden by Calista Schutte CHAMPION SHOW RIDING HORSE, RIDER UNDER 11 YEARS Calista Loxton, owned by Calista Stud, ridden by D’vida Emslie. 44

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Devondale Bubbles Lang-Carel Wimpers


Goudhoek Willem

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Laurence & Evergreen M at Burlington Cup


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Laurence

M O WAT T By Yvonne Bolton / Photos by T&B Images and H2 Photography

1. Tell us about your younger years – where did you first start riding and whereabouts? My first experience with horses was when I was on holiday in Scotland. I was treated to a riding lesson at the famous Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire. Here I met the biggest mare I had ever seen and to top it off, she had a moustache! My love for horses and riding started at Megan Hayes riding school in Beaulieu, when I was 10. My sister had a pony called Candy Floss and eventually when my parents realised I wanted to persist with my riding, they bought me my first pony, Blackie aka Little Star. We had a super time together at the pony camps and after lots of patience and understanding from Megan we started to compete at the SANESA shows where we had lots of success especially in the dressage and showing classes. 2. I believe your parents supported your interest in equestrian sport – do they also have a background of being involved with horses? Tell us a little about their association with the equine fraternity including your sister, who rides for the Lipizzaners? Yes, both my parents have played a huge part supporting me in my equestrian pursuits. My mum and dad first met way back in the 1970’s, when my mum bought my dad’s show-jumping ponies. My mum went on to compete and represented Scotland in the Pony Club National Show-jumping Championships and my dad in the Pony Club Tetrathlon Team, which involved running, shooting, swimming and riding cross country, dare I say dad was a demon over the country! My mom went on to run her own riding establishment and completed her BHS teaching examinations. During this time she trained with Richard Davidson and William Micklem. If it wasn’t for horses my parents would not have met, got married and moved to South Africa. My mum rode at Lipizzaner’s in 1985 and again in 1991 and my sister Alexis, is now following in her footsteps and is a trainee rider at the centre. 3. Do you have any fond memories of ponies that were special to you during your children’s career? Little Star: (Blackie) was my first pony and the reason for my love of riding. Jump for Jenny: Showed me that with hard work comes reward. She also brought me into the show jumping and equitation arena. Jaclag Bannut Mandarin: (Beano) – for showing me the meaning of success and the effects of gravity! Miss Dynamite (Priscilla) – for being an awesome competitor and everyone’s dream pony.

Miss Chantilly Lace – for challenging me every day and teaching me the art of riding hot thoroughbreds. 4. Who were your first Instructors and how do you think they influenced your early riding years? Apart from Megan Hayes who I mentioned earlier;Tossy Raymor had a huge influence on my early riding career. She established a solid base for me to build on. I remember countless exercises of poles on the ground and counting strides over and over again until it was ingrained. Many of these exercises I still use today with my horses. I have fond memories of little Blackie and me following Tossy’s famous Godfather around the arena trying to copy their every move. If it wasn’t for Tossy’s influence my parents would never have bought me my first “proper pony” Jump for Jenny. After buying Jenny, I moved to the well-known child/junior instructor, Chad Cunningham. With Chad my riding blossomed. From only ever jumping 50 cm with Blackie, Chad managed to get me jumping 1m with Jenny and later 1.10m with my amazing grey pony Miss Dynamite. However, it wasn’t plain sailing; I remember being terrified of 90cm fences and not wanting to go to shows. To add to it all, Jenny was a very careful pony and would stop if you weren’t accurate. I got over my fear of jumping through Chad’s insistence on getting the basics right and by him introducing me to Equitation. The discipline encourages harmony between the horse and rider and concentrating on the correct way of riding, helped me build on my confidence levels and conquer my fear. From this solid grounding, Jenny and I went on to win many Novice Equitation Titles. When my parents built Willowbrook in Beaulieu, I was blessed to have my ponies at home for the first time. Having seen the value of Equitation, I was naturally drawn to Yvonne Bolton teaching methods and I remember feeling very honoured when she agreed to be my trainer in this discipline.With Yvonne, we did the impossible and managed to get my first horse Long Beach, a hot thoroughbred, equitation ready. In Junior’s we won many titles and even made the SA Provincial team in 2011. At the Individual Equitation championship we qualified for a place to compete in the prestigious Philip Smith Memorial Equitation Championship. My jumping instructor at this time was none other than Lorette Knowles Taylor. Lorette helped me in the latter part of my pony career and during my transition into Juniors. I loved my time being part of the Farnham team and countless victories I enjoyed there. It was due to Lorette and Barry that I was able to acquire one of the best horses I have ever ridden, Aquablade. Issue 30 SPORTING HORSE

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Laurence & Lorenzo are jumping at SA Adult Champs in Shongweni

5. Jaclag Bannut Mandarin was a very special pony – give us a little insight into how and when you were fortunate enough to start riding him? Shelby Kleynhans asked me to ride Jaclag Bannut Mandarin(Beano) when she finished her pony career. He had an abundance of character and just shone in everything he did. His quirkiness sometimes led to clashes and I was often left looking up from the grass with a bridle in my hand watching him disappear into the distance! I did, however, record my first big win on Beano; the Pony Riders Grand Prix at the Royal show in 2010. It was a sad day for our family when we handed Beano back to Shelby. 6. Which discipline did you compete in during your younger years and what were the highlights at that time? Did you compete in any Provincial Teams at SA Championships? In the early days my competitive riding was mainly in dressage and showing. Only after I got Jump for Jenny did I become familiar with the showjumping arena. I still have a passion for dressage and believe it is an important base for any showjumping rider. Below is a list of the most memorable wins for me during my pony and early horse career. 2010 SA Pony Rider Outdoor Grand Prix 2010 SA Working Pony Derby 2010 Beano winner of the best child pony in most disciplines. 2010 Priscilla winner of Pretoria Out door Grand Prix 2010 Beano winner HOY Working Hunter Pony 2010 Tilly winner of the Young Riders Extravaganza 1.10 championship 2010 represented the Provincial team in showing. 2009, 2010, 2011, represented the Provincial team in Equitation 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 represented the Provincial team in Showjumping 2011 Aquablade winner of the Junior Indoor Grand Prix 7. Tell us a little about when you won the Philip Smith Memorial Equitation Championship? What were your impressions of the Royal

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Dublin Horse Show that you travelled to as part of your prize for winning this prestigious event? Never have I been so nervous! Three strange horses and competing against 3 top Junior riders, the bar was set high. However, I felt prepared. In the run up to the event I spent my afternoons at Farnham Stables with Lorette jumping a variety of horses. The evenings were spent under floodlight having dressage lessons with my dressage instructress at the time, Gill Taylor. As you can see there was no time for homework! I had two possible Equitation horses at the time, these being, Long Beach or my dad’s big Holsteiner, mare Carla. I had no idea which horse to pick. Only on the eve of the competition was the decision reached – it was to be Carla. As it turned out, the correct decision was made and after much relief and joy, Gill and I set off to the Dublin Horse Show to enjoy my wonderful prize. The Dublin Horse Show, what a laugh! - Amazing people, magnificent horses and a jovial atmosphere. I wish I could go back! One of the highlights was having the privilege of walking the 5 star courses with Con Power, a famous Irish Showjumper. 8. When did you move to Anne-Marie Esslinger as your coach and in what way has she impacted on your career? After winning the Philip Smith in 2012, I moved to Anne-Marie Esslinger, my current instructress. Through her very structured and methodical approach, my riding has gone from strength to strength and I am now competing competently in the open classes. I admire Anna’s competitive nature and the confidence and calming aura she brings to every aspect of the sport. Another thing about Anna is her incredible dance moves that she whips out at many cocktail parties. 9. How did the acquisition of Aquablade influence your Jumping career? Aquablade came into my life in the year 2012.The second I sat on his back I knew he was something special, even though he insisted on going sideways into every jump. The day I tried him I jumped the biggest fences I had ever seen in my life and this seemed to


Laurence & Paddy at the SA Derby 2016

busy schedule? Horse riding has not been my only sports Love affair. I first started dancing Hip Hop and was part of the “Brat Pack” that represented South Africa at the International Dance Festival in Prague, when I was 10 years old. It was a wonderful trip and fantastic to meet dancers from all over the world. Shortly after that I started Latin American dancing at “The Studio” in Chartwell with Sheila Bath and Dave Campbell. I competed with many dance partners and in 2012, I was fortunate enough to dance at the British Open Championships in Blackpool, England.That was an amazing experience and I hope to be able to go back one day. Due to time pressure, I stopped dancing while in matric but since I have been at the University of Pretoria I have put my dancing shoes on once again. I am now part of the TUKS dance team and looking forward to representing TUKS at the next intervarsity dance competition, later this year with my dance partner and girlfriend Katya. 12. Give us some details of the Degree you are following at the Pretoria University at present? I am currently studying a BSc in Real Estate which does not entail selling houses as some of you may think. It involves many different Laurence & Aquablade at the Galencia Derby elements of the property industry which includes investment, be the theme for the rest of our career together. In my first ever valuation and management to name but a few. I really enjoy my 1.30m class, Aqua and I were placed first. He went on to help me studies and hope to follow a career in property one day. It is round my first 1.40 and then my first 1.50 class which was at the SA however, a balancing act due to the amount of horses I ride on a Derby in 2013, when I was 18.To my amazement we qualified for daily basis but I have managed to crawl my way into third year and the Derby on Sunday.That day Aqua shone like the true champion I am excited to see where this path will take me. he was and he helped me round the track while only incurring 8 It wouldn’t be possible to study full time and ride if it wasn’t for penalties.To this day, that Derby has been the most memorable day the amazing team of people behind me. This team includes my life of my riding career. Aquablade was your typical hot thoroughbred, manager, stable manager and general family coordinator, my mother, with a very special personality. I remember the Junior Indoor Grand Margaret. My dad, for his financial backing and support with both Prix in 2011 - it was a night class, which just about drove Aqua into my horses and my studies. My grooms – an essential part of the hysterics. It took three people to tack him up that night, one person team who love and adore my horses and keep them in tip top to hold up a leg, another to hold him and another trying to tack him condition. My show grooms, Petrus and Costa deserve a special up. But he knew his job and went on to win the class.Aqua turns 22 mention due their dedication to our horses and our family. this year and still is as hot as ever.We still work him and occasionally As there are only so many hours in the day - I am lucky to have the pop over the odd cross pole which he loves. I can’t imagine him not most amazing friend and rider, Heidi Joubert who helps keep my working and I don’t think he will ever calm down. Aquablade is one horses fit and schooled when I am unable to do so. She helped me of the best horses I have ever had the privilege to ride and I will with my first pony Blackie... years ago and still helps me today. never forget how much he has done for me. 13. Tell us about your sponsor Tack ‘n Togs and what support they are 10. Having won the Hilmar Mayer Series last year – does this offer providing you with in your show jumping competitions. an opportunity for you to travel to Europe? Have you ridden abroad Sport of any description could not exist without sponsorship and previously and what were your impressions of the trip? show jumping is no exception. I am therefore very appreciative for I have been fortunate enough to have ridden in Germany with the sponsorship of riding clothes and saddlery from Tack n’ Togs. Hilmar Meyer before. I loved the experience and could definitely They always ensure that Paddy and I look our best at the shows see myself riding and working overseas in the future. It’s a with the latest Christian Ahllmann saddle from Erreplus, Animo completely different industry there, with top quality horses and Jacket and numnah and KepItalia helmet. riders everywhere you go. I still keep in contact with many of the people I met in my previous visits and I look forward to seeing 14. Finally, I gather you were very successful in the Young Horse them again. I believe that the South African equestrian industry can Performance Series last year – who were you competing on at the time? learn a lot by growing our relationship with the Europeans. People Callaho Lorenzo is a six year old gelding by Lissabon that I bought like Hilmar are proving to be an invaluable asset when it comes to at the Callaho auction in 2015. Lorenzo (Laurie) and I have built developing the sport here. up a super partnership that resulted in winning not only the five year oldYoung Horse Performance series but also the 1.10m South 11. I believe you have had a successful career in Latin dancing? African Championship in Shongweni last year. Laurie is proving to Have you competed abroad and give us some background to your be a very talented horse and I can’t wait to see what the future has trips overseas? Are you able to include dancing now into your very in store for him.

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Paddy & Laurence at Hilmar Meyer (Maple Ridge) 2016

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1. How did you first hear about him and once you had tried him, what were your first impressions? We first heard about Paddy from our friend and stable manager at the time, Cindy Gaines Burrell. Cindy, like Paddy, was from Zimbabwe and knew him as a young horse. She was also good friends with Debbie Taylor, who was Paddy’s owner at that time. I tried Paddy for the first time in 2012 at Shongweni show grounds and let’s just say it was an experience. The jumping part was not the problem, we knew he had a big jump and was up to any challenge. He was however, a big step up from the little thoroughbreds I was riding at the time. The excitement came when it was time to walk him back to the trailer, which he arrived in. Let’s just say the Lipizzaners airs above the ground had nothing on him. Once Paddy left the relative sanctuary of the arena we exploded into a medley of joyful bucks and jumps while 17 year old Laurence was thrown around on top like a cowboy. Thankfully we made it back to the trailer in one piece with Paddy feeling thoroughly chuffed with his attempt to frighten me off. However, I was not deterred and went back to Shongweni a couple of weeks later to feel that amazing jump again. Later that week Paddy arrived home and the adventure began. 2. Do you have any idea of where he was bred and produced?

Paddy was bred in Zimbabwe and bought by Debbie Taylor when he was a yearling. He came to South Africa with Debbie when she immigrated. She produced Paddy through the grades and competed very successfully in the 1.40 classes. As a youngster he was lazy and in an attempt to invigorate him, Debbie sent him to the race track to train with young race horses. As you can imagine he wasn’t any good as a race horse, but the treatment seems to have worked as he is now very forward and energetic to ride. Paddy did a variety of disciplines in his youth including eventing and the odd dressage test. He was a particular talented eventer due to his bravery. Debbie often said he had the potential to become a four star eventer. 3. Does he come from a bloodline that produced any other successful jumpers? Paddy is by an Irish sport horse called Guinness, out of the Tilden mare, Ashlingh. His sire jumped in the open classes and Tilden is a renowned producer of good jumping horses. 4. You have had Paddy for several years now – give us a little insight into your early relationship with him? When I first got Paddy I was definitely over horsed. His enormous stride and strong personality was a challenge. I remember my first lesson with Lorette on Paddy was Issue 30 SPORTING HORSE

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interesting to say the least. We only jumped small but Paddy didn’t know that. He flew over every fence unseating me and even popped the double combination. He also refused to eat and seemed to go on strike for the first couple of days at Willowbrook. After calling the vet in a state of panic, we found nothing wrong. We came to the conclusion he was home sick and longed for the green grass of Natal. Eventually he settled into his new life with us and just went from strength to strength. After we got the hang of each other there was no stopping us and the rest is history. 5. What sort of personality does he have and what is his reaction to the show environment? Paddy only has two rules: Rule 1, Paddy is the boss. Rule 2, if you think you’re the boss, Paddy will refer you back to Rule 1. But, in saying this, you couldn’t ask for a better boss. He is strict but very rewarding when you get it right. He has a strong personality but also has a kind heart. He loves getting his face and ears rubbed. His joyful, naughty face and love for his work puts a smile on my face every day. At home Paddy is an angel and a pleasure to ride but he knows when it’s show time. At shows there is a little button that activates and he goes into sports mode. He grows in the show arena and you can feel the extra horse power kicking in.This is how this brave little (16, 1”) Zimbabwean horse can fly in the open classes. 6. All top horses have some quirks – what are Paddy’s and what is he like round the yard? He is naughty on out rides but loves to work in the school.You always know when it’s feeding time as you hear him rasping his teeth on the aluminium checker plate of his stable door. 54

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Like any top athlete Paddy, has a very high opinion of himself and knows he is the king pin. On out rides he doesn’t understand the need to walk as he thinks it’s much better to jog everywhere. In saying this, he is also a bit insecure and prefers a friend by his side, whether in lessons or at away shows. 7. Naturally winning the Hilmar Series last year was a tremendous achievement- have there been any other memorable moments with this talented jumper? It was great to win the Hilmar Meyer Series on Paddy as we had been runner up on the two previous occasions. Winning at my last attempt was very rewarding. Another great time for Paddy and I was when we won the Junior Derby and Junior President’s Cup at consecutive shows. The Junior Derby was a particularly fun day as Paddy loves all the Derby fences and the going in the Bob Charter arena seems to suit him. The President’s Cup classes are always a reflection on a horses jumping ability, as consistency is key. Paddy proved his worth and produced a clear round is every class over the 3 days to claim the prize. Paddy and I represented Gauteng at SA Junior Champs and were victorious on several occasions. We have also competed in several WCQ and have notched up some good wins and places in the 140/145 classes. 8. What are your equestrian goals in the future with Paddy? Paddy was originally bought as a junior transition horse and has far exceeded these expectations by getting me into top level competition. I really would love to win a Riders Grand Prix with him this year, as I believe he is more than capable of doing so. Paddy loves to jump and I am sure we will have many more victories in the show arena this year.


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THE FEI CHILDREN’S INTERNATIONAL CLASSICS FINAL By Joanne van Achterbergh & Yvonne Bolton

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he South African Leg of the FEI Children’s International competition was held at Kyalami Equestrian Park in 2016 and after the two classes Simone Nish and her Coach, Joanne van Achterbergh were thrilled to find that she was the winner of this prestigious event. This led to her being invited to the very special FEI Children’s International Classics Final to be held in Guadalajara, Mexico. So it was with great excitement that Simone and Joanne arrived in Guadalajara on the 22nd January ad checked into the Grand Fiesta Americana Hotel. That very evening they attended a Welcome Cocktail Party for all the Riders, Coaches and their families and got to know some of the finalists, who arrived from many countries across the world. The following day they travelled to the magnificent Guadalajara Country Club, where the competition was to take place. A most beautiful venue that catered for many different sports and included the Equestrian Showgrounds, where Simone would be competing for the following week. The next day started with the Vet Inspection of the horses that had been provided for the competitors and it was reassuring to see the quality of the horses available!! Once the Vet Inspection had been concluded, it was time for the much anticipated Draw – a tense time for the Foreign Riders whilst they waited to see who they would ride over the next few days. Simone drew an 18 year old Belguim WB – Vicky van het Geinsteinde – a chestnut mare. The first two Training sessions went well and Simone found that Vicky was sensitive, but very rideable. However, the Warm Up class was a serious learning curve for Simone, who found that Vicky was very different in the ring. She had a huge canter and a tendency to get quite strong around the course.

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Their First Qualifier was preceded by some very exciting 1.30m & 1.45m classes where the standard of riding and horses was exceptionally high. This was followed by a Parade of all the riders and the build-up allowed the competitors to feel really special. Once into the event Simone found the track very technical and the fences substantial, which resulted in her having an unlucky 3 fences down. Vicky was super honest but tended to get extremely strong and in addition spooked at the big TV Screen on the approach to the combination. Joanne commented on the talent among the young riders, which was impressive and she felt she had to continuously remind herself that they were only 12 – 14 years old. After the Second Qualifier, where Simone had two fences down, her Team finished in a very commendable 2nd in the Team Event. What always characterizes these Finals, the competitors enjoy an enormous amount of time socializing and making new International friends while they relax at the pool or are entertained by their hosts. A Tequila Tour on the Friday was much appreciated by the Adults affording them an insight into where the well known Liqueur originates. Finally, their last day of an incomparable trip arrived and it was time to bid farewell to Mexico. A trip that they was so memorable and exceptional that they would look back on for years to come with very fond memories. Simone and Joanne were full of praise for all the equestrians in Mexico who had produced such an outstanding event and made them feel so welcome. Joanne’s final comment “A Great Show – Amazing people and a lovely Country!!”

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THE IMPORTANCE OF A GOOD QUALITY SADDLE FIT - PART 1

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addle fitting is an attempt to prevent long term damage to the horse’s back by alleviating pressure on the reflex points, and to distribute the rider’s weight optimally over its back.

Once you have purchased your horse, the second most expensive investment as a horse owner is, well should be; a good quality saddle. This is because it is the interface between the horse and rider for the rest of the partnership. A good quality saddle should be viewed as an investment, as when properly cared for and maintained it will not only be a saddle for your current horse but will also be available for possible future mounts as well.

By Tamarin Ioakim

The saddle, and a saddle fitter’s work, should never be considered in isolation from the other influences in the horse’s life as these influences are somewhat interdependent. For example, if the horse’s nutrition is altered or your training method is changed, this will directly affect the muscle development in the horse’s back which will change. It then follows logically that because the horse’s back has been altered, the saddle will no longer fit – and the reason is not because the saddle fitter did a bad job.

It is also expected that during a horse’s life, his three dimensional back shape will change many times. It is just like humans – as we grow up, our bodies change; as we exercise or train, our bodies change; and as we age or change our diet, our bodies A horse’s conformation will change over the course of its life change. The same is true for the horse. Obviously, depending due to many influences, the least of which are his level of training on how extreme the change in the horse’s shape has been, it and age. These influences are things like the rider, the trainer, may alter the saddle fit to a lesser or a greater extent. This can the veterinarian, other body workers, nutrition, the farrier, the be annoying for any rider as it will definitely require a saddle fit horse’s age and condition and last but not least, it’s tack including check to make necessary adjustments to now accommodate bits, bridles, girths, saddles, numnahs and pads. wider shoulders, higher withers, or more muscling on the back, etc. So now that you have your gorgeous saddle (which yes, it has cost you three arms and legs but it WILL be worth it), it’s your The logical thought would then be ‘why don’t I just buy a custom job to ensure that it is maintained. This is where your friendly saddle’? One of the problems with buying a “custom” saddle is trusted saddle fitter comes in. that uneducated riders often expect the saddle to fit “as is” for

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the rest of the horse’s life. This seems a bit silly if you consider that even a car needs regular servicing and maintenance - and this is a hunk of steel without the added twist of having to work as an ongoing interface between two living beings, the way a saddle does. Whatever the cause of a change, it is never a good idea to ride your horse in a poorly fitting saddle for any extended period of time. Of all of the pieces that influence the horse throughout its life, the saddle has the potential to inflict the most physiological damage.

because the signals from the rider to the horse are likely to be imprecise and inconsistent. It may also predispose to back pain in the horse and the rider due to asymmetric back muscle activation in the rider, potentially causing spinal instability, and asymmetric pressure applied to the horse’s back. Poor fitting saddles will have a negative impact on horse and rider comfort and back health, and often cause training and behavioural issues.

Factors that need to be assessed with saddle fit are: • Saddle fit • Wither clearance • Channel/Gullet width Full panel contact Correct saddle-fit is vital for optimal function of a horse’s • Billet alignment thoracolumbar region. A saddle that does not fit may impair • Saddle straightness the biomechanical function of the back and its muscular • Saddle length development, which may cause pain or induce muscle atrophy. • Tree angle The saddle should first fit the horse, whose shape is continually • Tree width changing at different gaits, and then the rider, enabling them to • remain in balance at a variety of paces. In order to ensure optimal fit and comfort, saddle fit should be The purpose of fitting the saddle to the rider is to minimize checked a minimum of once a year, ideally every six months crookedness and uncontrolled rider movements that disturb the is best or in some special cases even every three months or balance and synchrony of the horse. Crooked riders sit and move even more frequently – especially if there are a lot of changes asymmetrically .This may result in training misunderstandings, constantly going on in your horse’s life.

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CURATED CAPE TOWN A TASTE OF THE VEUVE CLICQUOT LIFESTYLE

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urated Cape Town is a day never to be repeated; an experience of unforgettable tastes, sights, surprises and personalities. A curated lifestyle journey through some of the best experiences that the Mother City has to offer choreographed by a champagne house that celebrates the art of living and “zeste de folie”at its heart. Stunning from sea to sky and everything in between, Cape Town has become a destination sought out by international globetrotters, epicureans and culture-vultures seeking a city that offers it all, from unparalleled natural beauty to culinary adventures. With a string of high profile awards under its sunny city belt, Cape Town has now firmly asserted its position on the global stage. Indeed, the 2015/2016 Telegraph Travel Awards chose Cape Town as the Best City in the World for the fourth year running, leaving Vancouver and Venice in its wake. And in

Condé Nast’s highly acclaimed Reader’s Choice Awards, the Mother City also took the top honours as the number one food city in the world. Which is exactly why Veuve Clicquot took the decision to curate an unforgettable journey through the city showcasing the best in champagne lifestyle, ending with the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo. Sipped from palaces to polo fields throughout the world ever since the first bottles were produced in the cellars of Epernay Reims in 1772, Veuve Clicquot continues to innovate and push boundaries, making each and every occasion to taste its wines unique. And it was Cape Town’s time to shine. CLICQUOT. CLUB. CHEF. When it comes to inner-city dining, the excitement around the Shortmarket Club since its opening has been palpable. Housed in

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in a beautiful heritage building just off vibey Bree Street, the restaurant is a joint venture between Luke Dale-Roberts of The Test Kitchen fame, and his wife, Sandalene Dale-Roberts, his top chef Wesley Randles and manager Simon Widdison. Randles, who has worked closely with Dale-Roberts since the opening of The Test Kitchen is clearly having fun with this project. His Veuve Clicquot custom oyster was created in homage to the spirit of Veuve Clicquot’s Yellow Label and designed especially for the Curated Cape Town experience.Testament to his playful spirit as a chef and desire to constantly push the boundaries of cuisine, one of the many reasons why a table at Shortmarket Club is one of the most sought after in the city. CLICQUOT. CLOSEUP. CULTURE Cape Town is a place known for its exceptional beaches, vineyards and mountains and is now home to a burgeoning art scene, from niche spaces to established galleries catering to an

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international clientele. Now firmly established on the radar of the art cognoscenti; the city has become a favorite destination of wellknown artists, designers, art buyers and editors. Veuve Clicquot prides itself on its support of the art and design scene globally and a curated journey though Cape Town would not be complete without an experience that celebrated the arts. In recent years the house has collaborated with a number of world-renowned international artists and designers such as Karim Rashid, Andrѐe Putman, Tom Dixon, 5.5 Designers and Front Design. Situated at 56 Church Street, SMITH studio was a natural choice for the experience. Specializing in new works by a broad range of established and emerging artists and, in keeping with it’s unassuming name, SMITH aims to make art ever-more accessible to art lovers and collectors, simultaneously demystifying certain aspects of an often complex art world. SMITH studio’s latest exhibition,Trail, is a collection of ethereal landscapes by visual artist


Gabrielle Raaff. The show is Raaff’s first solo exhibition at SMITH. Raaff’s surprise personal appearance at Curated Cape Town speaks to the power of the personal, of how human connection elevates and gives personality to cultural moments. CLICQUOT. CHOPPER. COASTLINE. Let’s be honest. There are few things better in life than the Cape’s spectacular beaches, mountains and coastline. Except perhaps viewing them from your own private chopper as you gaze wistfully down at them from the air. Which quite frankly is the stuff of legend. Beautiful on the ground, the Cape is simply breathtaking from the air. A unique city where natural beauty, wonders of the world and cultures meet. In fact by exploring the scenic wonders of the Cape Peninsula from the heights of a helicopter it’s easy to understand why the province has earned it title as “The Fairest Cape.”

Atlantic Coast over to False Bay, passing Fish Hoek to Muizenberg, boasts unforgettable views. Greeted with a glass ofVeuve Clicquot, this was a flight to remember – over one of the most picturesque cities on the planet. The surprises the city has to offer only more evident from the air. CLICQUOT. CHOPSTICKS. CASENAVE. LIFE Grand Café opened its doors in December to much acclaim. Housed in a heritage building on the water’s edge of the V&A Waterfront, the restaurant boats stunning views across the harbor, as well as to Table Mountain, Lion’s Head and Signal Hill and the creative menus feature Mediterranean-style cuisine made with fresh, local produce.

Could there be any better end to a perfect Cape Town day than custom designed seafood dishes overlooking an iconic harbour view? Only if you’re greeted with a perfectly chilled glass of Veuve Taking off from the V&A Waterfront, the scenic flight along the Clicquot by the winemaker himself, Pierre Casenave.

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Pierre Casenave joined Champagne Veuve Clicquot in 2008 as a winemaker in the wine communication team lead by Cyril Brun. Having spent time working in the South African winelands, Pierre’s great loves are champagne and Cape Town. His presence is testament to the pull of this great city, the heartbeat of South Africa and the joys that await those who visit. CLICQUOT. COUTURE. CHUKKAS. The final event in an experience curated to showcase the best of Cape Town’s cultural scene, ended fittingly the following afternoon with us attending one of the few prestigious Veuve Clicquot polo events hosted worldwide. First held in 2011, the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo features an international polo lineup, with teams from around the world competing for the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo Cape Town cup. Val de Vie Estate once again played host to this glamorous event. Surrounded by the mountains and vineyards

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of the famous Paarl-Franschhoek valley, Val de Vie is one of the most spectacular polo estates in the world. Their passion for the sport has transformed the estate into an unrivalled polo destination. The talented local and international players captivated the fans as Team Shimmy won the opening match against Team Val de Vie. With a burst of energy in the last minute,Team Shimmy took the match against Team Veuve Clicquot with a score of 5 – 7. Veuve Clicquot President and CEO, Jean-Marc Gallot, enthusiastically threw in the ball at the start of the final game. The Shimmy team took home the coveted cup and Vodacom awarded Honours, owned by Nigerian polo player Adamu Atta, the Best Playing Pony of the day. Tom de Bruin was selected by La Martina as the most valuable player of the match. The perfect day to dress up, watch some world class polo and dance the night away.


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By Caroline Malan: The PR Machine | Photos by T&B Images

LIAM STEVENS Quiet, unassuming and easy-going Liam Stevens has a steely determination, a passion for horse breeding and comes from strong equestrian bloodlines. This promising youngster has the girls in a spin, the horses loving him and the show jumping world in awe. Look out, here comes Liam. 23 year old Team Nissan Show jumper Liam Stevens was born in Cape Town and lived in Hout Bay until he matriculated and moved to Johannesburg to pursue a career with horses; “I started riding competitively when I was 13, and before that I played basically anything that involved a ball. I always loved horses, having been around them my whole life, however was never really interested in riding until I watched my father jump the Outdoor Grand Prix at the Easter Festival one year. I think that sparked my competitive nature and I have been very focused on Show Jumping ever since.” “My Father, Damian, is a true horseman. He has a passion and enthusiasm for horses and the industry as a whole that I have always taken motivation from and admire the ‘feel’ that he possesses in both his riding and coaching,” says Liam. Damian Stevens was born in Yorkshire, England, and moved to South Africa in his early years with Liams’ grandparents. He started riding when he was 6 years old with Trevor Lovgren and since then has ridden with some of South Africa’s best, among them Rogan Asken, Phillip Smith and Janie Myburg. He has competed in Europe and rode at Grand Prix level in South Africa; “My parents were also very involved with racing before I was born and continued to be so throughout my childhood. Now 51 years old, my dad lives in Cape Town where he is actively teaching, riding and transporting horses around the country. He has played 72

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a central role in my riding career and I owe a lot of my success to his mentorship.” “I remember us finding Nissan Wanda together. We went to try a School Master type horse, 9 years ago in England. The horse that we were looking at was entered in a show at Hickstead, so we were asked if I could ride Wanda (then a 5 year old) in a class in one of the back arenas. She was outstanding and we fell in love. I stayed on to ride her for the remainder of my school holidays after my father returned home. She was a nightmare and I was petrified of her. My father spent many hours convincing myself and my mother that we couldn’t come home without her. Thank goodness he believed in her from then!” Accomplished showjumper Rogan Asken says that Team Nissan Show Jumper Liam possesses perseverance, patience, sensitivity and passion in abundance; “He is obsessed with horses and the art of training and riding them: he is a wonderful role model for younger riders. It serves him well too that he is the child of two avidly intelligent horse lovers. His attention to his own diet and weight is a good example of his professional commitment and I believe that he has what it takes to go all the way.” Jonathan Clarke echoes Rogan’s thoughts with regards to Liam’s parents;“I think that the support and guidance of both his parents,


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Damien and Sarah Jane has played a large role in his success as a rider. His competitive nature and empathy with his horses would also be contributing factors of his success to date.”

a naturally talented rider and a true horseman;“He involves himself in every facet of the sport of show jumping and is committed to his daily training. Liam does not simply apply a blanket approach to his riding and training, his natural ‘knack’ and wealth of knowledge allows Liam has five horses at the moment with 14 year old Nissan him to interpret each individual horse’s differences and work with Wanda being his top ride;“She’s a Dutch mare (Emillion x Calvados that horse to reach its full potential. His Big Match Temperament at x Ramiro) who’s very spunky and competitive with a heart of a lion. competitions sees him achieving fantastic results and finishing on My goal with her is to do well at the 2017 World Cup Series.Then the podium a large majority of the time.” there’s Calina, a 7 year old Oldenburg mare (Carrico x Acodetto x Cordes Boy). She too is spunky, intelligent and a competitive horse. “2016 was a challenging year for me as I didn’t have any big wins. She jumped a few of the 6 year old classes last year and was 2nd Obviously there were a few classes that stand out including podium in the final leg over the Derby show. She will start in the open finishes in the Equidome and Shongweni Grand Prix’s, 4th at the First grades soon and my goal with her is to win the 7 year old series World Cup and 4th in The SA Championships. My low for the year this year. Next is Locarno Royal Classic, a 10 year old Namibian was a suicidal turn in the jump off of the Polokwane World Cup, I Gelding (Challenger x Dolman x Spanish Doubloon xx). “Spud” is really let Wanda down there as she was really on form.And then not a real character, he is a big jumping and honest horse with a huge being able to jump in the Derby due to a minor injury she sustained a heart. He competed in the 1.30 grade last year, and will continue few weeks leading up to the event was another setback to the year.” his production into the higher grades. We are hoping for big things from him. Esperanto is an 8 year old Dutch Stallion (Cicero x Mr “Some of my greatest results in my career to date include my Blue x Gaspari) who is a sensitive horse, extremely athletic and win at the first World Cup Qualifier I jumped in (which was in has great care and scope. He finished last year in the 1.35m classes PE). My second greatest achievement was winning the Equidome and I will aim him at the top grades at Burlington Cup this year. World Cup Qualifier. My third greatest achievement I believe was Lastly is Galina – 5 year old Dutch Mare (Quality Time x Calvados placing third in the SA Derby, and although I didn’t win it, jumping x Ramiro). Galina is very intelligent, easy going and shows a lot a double clear in front of thousands of people on Derby day is a of promise. She is a half-sister to Wanda, has jumped a few small feeling that I will never forget. Another career highlight was riding in classes and will compete in the 5 year old series this year. Spain last year – what an eye opener that was.Their horse industry is huge with some amazing riders and incredible quality horses.The Team Nissan Show Jumping captain Barry Taylor says that Liam’s equipment is very light and the arenas always had perfect footing.” strongest point is his feeling on the horse; “Liam has a great relationship with the horses he rides – he has empathy and feeling Listing his 2017 goals as wanting to do well in the World Cup Series, – he works ‘with’ the horse. He’s very laid back and never gets The Nissan SA Outdoor Grand Prix and the SA Derby, there’s flustered – allowing him to cope well with pressure. Sometimes absolutely no reason why this determined athlete can’t achieve a he tries too hard – although being over competitive is not always podium finish in them all. And rest assured Liam, that the South a bad thing.” African equestrian world will be watching in admiration as you and your steeds join forces and tackle the tricky tracks on all five of your Investec showjumper Jeanne Engela says that in her opinion Liam is beautiful horses.

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R.R OBIN KUTINYU “ The pursuit of the ultimate expression, to invoke emotion, and to capture the moment of perfection and immortalise it are the key points to what drives and inspires me” R.Robin Kutinyu

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’ve been surrounded by art my entire life. My father was an acclaimed sculptor who specialised in wildlife and painted in oils in Zimbabwe. I first started at the age of five doing rhinos and finishing my father’s pieces. I honed my skills and sold my own first collection of birds and turtles at the tender age of ten. Since then, I have been completely absorbed by animals, the human figure and sculpture, the movement and anatomy of animals and human form. I try to capture the essence of my subject for example an animal, by immortalizing a certain moment, a look and feel of what is happening. My work is about the soul of my subject, not just the outer form worked to perfection. I have made my way from understanding my material and the possibilities it gives me to shaping the intangible of an idea, an image,a concept. There are different ways for me to get inspired.The sculpture might develop from an idea that forms in my mind.Textures create an image. Or I might travel thousands of miles to find an unexplored quarry where I wander around and listen to the stone calling out to me to be worked. Quite often I see in the freshness of nature the complete sculpture in a rock formation. Working in the silence of the desert is like a retreat, where often sculptures start taking shape, getting their first overall expression. 78

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Moving stones that weigh several tonnes is a refreshing exercise to me.The tension between raw material and finished piece keeps me excited all along the process of creation. I consider it a challenge to catch the movement of the human form in its endless variations. Studying the masters like Donatello, Bernini and Rodin taught me a lot about the different forms the human body can be presented in.To choose the right expression and media for an idea is the task that sets my work apart. I use many types of media; alabaster and zebra stone from America, wonderstone from South Africa, semi-precious stone from Zimbabwe, jasper from South Africa, Italy, Namibia and Madagascar. Wood, wax, and even ice sculptures, granite, marble, picture stone, sand stone, metal and cement. My favourite stones are granite, for its multiple texture finishing qualities, marble for its classic association with sculptures, bowenite, potoro leonardo, jasper, sodalite, picture stone for its dazzling colours, spring stone and wonder stone for the contrasting texture between polished and unpolished. I have regular private collectors in USA, Germany, England, Australia, Switzerland and a small but growing number in South Africa, one of the highlights being two life size tigers commissioned by the mother of an international sports figure.


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A collection went to the National Zoo & Aquarium in Weston Creek Australia, and I have held personal exhibitions at the Safari Club International in Reno, Afridesia Gallery, Red Bank, New Jersey, and an art promotional exhibition held by the Spanish ambassador at his Cape Town residence. I have exhibited in the following galleries;

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Australia: Mystical Arts East Burwood,Vic USA: Afridesia Gallery Red Bank New Jersey Spirits in Stone Glen Ellen California Jerol Gallery Boca Raton Florida Safari Club International Reno Bermuda: Crisson & Hind Fine Art Gallery Belgium: Dielaman Gallery Liz Piti South Africa: Art Creations Africa Gallery Africa Hout Bay Gallery Klawervlei Stud’s auction CTICC Cape Yearling Sale The Monty Roberts tour at Mistico Equestrian Centre Kenya: Soul of Africa


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