THE PHILIP SMITH MEMORIAL
EQUITATION CHAMPIONSHIP 2014 The management of the Kyalami Park Club very graciously allowed the co-organisers of The Philip Smith Memorial Equitation Championship 2014 to host this esteemed event in conjunction with the Knowles Hussain Lindsay Inc FEI WCQ Festival Show. A Show which is fast becoming an important fixture on all the top show jumping and dressage riders list of events to enter Hayley Preen
By Yvonne Bolton / Photos by T&B Images
he Flatwork of the Philip Smith Memorial Equitation championship took place on Friday 16th May in the May Foxcroft Arena. The competitors who qualified this year, namely Michaela Machine from Gauteng, Olivia Victoria Myrtle from the Western Cape, Lauren Parker from the Eastern Cape and Hayley Preen from the Western Cape were to be judged by the well-known and illustrious Judges – Anne-Marie Esslinger, Gregory Goss and Barbie Gertenbach. After the completion of the Flatwork, Gregory Goss had this to say: Having judged this prestigious championship on three occasions now, I am always reminded of the great value that this event carries. What a huge incentive it is for our talented Open Junior Equitation competitors to aspire to qualifying for this renowned championship, where the top 4 finalists from the South African National Championships are invited to compete. This year two riders stood out from the flatwork point of view, both achieving excellent tests from all the horses – these two riders, incidentally, finished in the top two spots. However, generally there was a high standard of riding displayed by all four of the competitors. A massive thank you must go to Mrs. Mary Slack for her ongoing sponsorship of this extraordinary and valuable event. What an incredible opportunity for the winner and their coach then to be able to attend a world championship – the prize awarded for 1st place.
Issue 19 SPORTING HORSE
Published on Jul 15, 2014