Hilmar Meyer 1st leg
Erin dos Santos and Whisperer
As Tracey Triggol reported – C Ultra was new to the 1.50m’s having only competed in three classes of this height prior to the President’s Cup. Govett had also just recently entered into the partnership with Callaho Stud and was naturally delighted with the result on his first time out on behalf of the Stud. With his partnership with Callaho, we can expect to see exciting progeny from C Ultra, Electra and Govett’s other mares on the Callaho Stud Auction in the years to come. Spectators were also treated to the start of the Turnierstal Hilmar Meyer Young Rider’s Series, which will take place over three competitions. This 1st Leg was won by A.J. Radermacher on Ebb & Flow Alzu Ovation, who was fortunate to share the sizeable R20,000 prize money with his co-prize winners. In the Junior classes, Jessica Jane Price on Cassian Way, having won the first two competitions and finished a very creditable 58
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2nd in the Championship, not surprisingly, walked away with overall President’s Cup title. It was Jessica’s first national show on Cassian Way in the 1.30m’s, however, he was on top form and took the big tracks in his stride doing incredible turns and massive jumps. Mandy Prince, Jessica’s mother, says he was affectionately named ‘the Grasshopper’ after his amazing performance there. The PR Martin Collin’s President’s Cup produced the usual exciting and nail-biting rounds in these classes with only 4 riders carrying no penalties into the final jump off. On the first day of the show, Rogan Asken, Erin Dos Santos’s coach advised her to ‘stay calm, go clear and wait for the right moment to turn up the pace’. This proved to be excellent advice and resulted in Erin going clear in the final jump off and claiming the coveted PR President’s Cup and The Whisperer Trophy. A win which was even more special, said Debbie Dos Santos, as Whisperer will be retiring in July after the South African PR championships.