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Good organization and a really delicious luncheon made it all worthwhile and a pleasure to judge.” On Saturday 17th May the competitors then moved onto the Jumping Phase which took place in the Bob Charter Arena, where the International Course Designer, Rob Jansen, had erected a technical track to challenge the competitors. Here the Judges were Anne-Marie Esslinger, who was accompanied by Chad Cunningham and Claire Webb, who had the following comments to share with us: “It was an even quartet of girls who arrived at Kyalami Park to compete in the annual Philip Smith Memorial Equitation Championship 2014. The jumping was held in the Bob Charter, where the course was technical and well designed and caught out competitors who rode the lines incorrectly. Hayley Preen kept her cool, after having a stop on her own horse in round one, but rode confidently on all the other horses emerging the winner. Hayley rode in the final in 2013 and it always helps to have had the opportunity to have been previously exposed to the pressure encountered at an event of this magnitude. 62


The South African Equitation community are so grateful that Mrs. Mary Slack continues to support this special competition. It is unique and produces so many of our young superstar jumpers.” Finally the mother of the winner, Mrs Jen Preen, had this to say at the end of the day: “It has been a fantastic opportunity for Hayley to have ridden in the Philip Smith for the last 2 years. It has been her aim to do well in it and it was with relief and great joy to have won it this year. It is an experience that matches no other in terms of riding capabilities, as well as pressure on the riders and I think all the competitors are very relieved once it has been completed. The organization of the championship is fantastic and we must thank Yvonne Bolton for all her hard work in putting it together, as well as the fantastic sponsorship from Mrs. Mary Slack. As a winner, Hayley is very excited to be going overseas to watch an International Show of her choice – an opportunity which would not be possible without this sponsorship.”

Sporting Horse Magazine Issue 19  
Sporting Horse Magazine Issue 19  

July 2014 Edition of Sporting Horse Magazine