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CONTENTS December/Januar y Edition

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Letter from the Editor Advertisers Cover story - Heidemarie Edeling Rider Profile: Dominey Alexander Yvonne Bolton Horse Profile: Discovery Enjoy 68 Yvonne Bolton Subscription Page

LIFESTYLE 12 26 31

Lifestyle Essentials Equestrian Essentials Midfeeds Fashion File

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Heidemarie Edeling & Waterside Tiger’s Eye Images by T&B Images






Girl-power dominates Derby Caroline Malan Nicole Horwood continues to blaze her trail of equestrian excellence HHCU 2014 Maple Ridge World Cup Qualifier Tarryn- Anne Combrink and Yvonne Bolton The Cintron Pink Polo Young Rider National Equitation Championships 2014 Yvonne Bolton Young Rider National Showjumping Championships 2014 Yvonne Bolton American Quarter Horses as Sport Horses Deborah New Buchan 2014 Polo International Horse Trials World Equestrian Games 2014 - Showjumping Mandy Johnstone and Linda Ellerine Kuda Insurance - Who we are Dawn Newman Friesian National Show 2014 Kate Baynes Kerry Cleans Up in George - GRC and WP Eventing Championships Sarah Arnot

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Master eventing coaching clinic with Bill Levett Yvonne Bolton FNB Equestrian League Sharlene Venter Mark White Nissan Equitation Super League Finals Amy Billett and Yvonne Bolton The Stallion Company Mistico Equestrian Centre and Function Venue Spotlight on Siobhan Records Sharlene Venter Youth Olympics Games 2014 Lexi Stais Vaulting WEG Janet Pritchard No it isn’t a Fungal infection or a grass allergy Dr OJ Botha Travel’s Best in Show - Priority Travel

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Welcome to the December edition of Spor ting Horse Magazine. 2014 has come and gone and we at Spor ting Horse Magazine have had a great year, with great moments and memories over the past 12 months. Thanks to all our great suppor ters and loyal readers, we hope to reach even more readers and followers in 2015. One of the 2014 highlights was reaching 400 000 followers on our social media Channel. We are already well on our way to reaching 500 000 and will keep using this platform to enhance the reach of both the brand and exposure for our adver tisers. So if you have not done so already, find us on Facebook as Spor ting Horse Magazine and follow us online. In this issue, we take a look at the Galencia Proper ty South African Derby 2014 on page 16. Two ar ticles on the recent World Equestrian Games, Janet Pritchard takes a look at the Vaulting Competition on page 100 and Mandy Johnstone covers the Show Jumping Finals on page 54. We welcome the American Quar ter Horse to Spor ting Horse and Deborah New Buchan sheds some light on this beautiful breed on page 48. Yvonne Bolton covers a bunch of South African events from the Young Rider National Show Jumping Championships, Young Rider National Equitation Championships , an Eventing Master Coach Clinic, and our regular horse and rider profiles. There is much more to read so I hope you enjoy it as much as we did putting it together. As always we would like to hear from you, so inbox us from Facebook or mail us at with your suggestions or requests. We always love hearing from you.

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t the age of four the majority of children in South Africa keep themselves busy with playing TV games, watching TV or informally playing ball in the garden. Add to this, most of them are not yet able to master the art of riding a bicycle.

Photos by T&B Images and H2 Photography Schools Novice Performance title on the pony, Nick which she described as “my first love”. In 2006, she was crowned the South African Welsh Breed Champion on the horse, Quick Return. At only eight years of age she won the accolade as the best under 12 rider at the Championships.

Not so for one of Bloemfontein’s great young sports stars, Obviously the pressure was on to prove that this was not a flash in Heidemarie Edeling, who found herself on horseback as a Pony the pan performance - she had to defend the mentioned title in 2007. Rider at this tender age. The term “big match temperament” (BMT) is a well-known Her love for horse riding is remarkable and from day one her description in world sports and Heidemarie proved that she passion for the sport was indicative of a world champion in the possesses BMT in bucket loads when she defended her title making. Her upward spiral in her performances in the sport is successfully in the South African Welsh Breed Section. She was already proof of a young lady who will become a threat to all the then still only nine years old (rather, nine years young!) and the best under 12 rider title was hers for the second year in succession. top guns in the sport in the future – senior level included. The only difference in 2007 was that she changed ponies – this Heidemarie’s discipline and work ethics became apparent at a time it was Vaderlandsche Sunburst. very young age when she was in pre-school. It was at this time that she made it clear in no uncertain terms that she wanted The writing was on the wall that Heidemarie was heading for the to compete in the sport. Her parents, Advocate Willem Edeling stars and in the same year, her mom and dad founded their own and Advocate Henli Edeling were in agreement and had decided yard called Bain’s Equestrian Park, a couple of kilometres outside that horse riding would be an excellent measure for developing of Bloemfontein. Heidemarie, both physically and psychologically. The rest, as they say, is history! Then came three more pressure years (2007 to 2009) for Heidemarie where she had to defend her South African Welsh In 2005 at the age of 7,Heidemarie was crowned as South African Breed under 12 title. Once again she proved her BMT and Champion for the first time when she won the South African won the title at the respective ages of nine, ten and eleven



years on the same Vaderlandsche Sunburst. At the 2008 South African National Equestrian Pony Rider Championships Heidemarie proved that she can hold her own as well. She controlled her pony, Only Bonny superbly to bring the national CD show jumping title back to the City of Roses. The mean team of Heidemarie Edeling and Vaderlandsche Sunburst found themselves on the podium twice in 2009 by winning the National Reserve Individual Dressage discipline, as well as being crowned the Reserve Individual Freestyle Division Champion of the Rainbow Nation. Heidemarie turned 12 and was in Grade 6 in 2010 and as if she had not done exceptionally already, go getter Heidemarie had more awards in her sights. She won the Individual and Freestyle Dressage National titles at the South African Pony Rider Championships. She also added the South African Pony Rider Elementary–Medium class to her impressive résumé at the (SANEF) Dressage Competition during the same year. 2010 was testament to the fact that Heidemarie has the potential to be one of the best ever. At the 2010 FEI World Dressage Challenge where no less than five equestrian countries (Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Chile and South Africa) bumped heads, Heidemarie won the Elementary Level Division.

All of the superb performances during 2010 were on her great “partner”, Vaderlandsche Sunburst. This included being ranked the number one Pony Rider in South Africa. This was not the end of awards and titles for Heidemarie in 2010 – She received a prestigious special award from the MEC of the Free State Government for Sports, Arts and Culture, Mr. Dan Khotule as recognition for flaunting the Free State flag sky high with her outstanding accomplishments. Still on the back of Vaderlandsche Sunburst and still in Primary School (Grade 7), Heidemarie completed yet another successful year in 2011. She again wore the crown as South African Pony Rider Individual Dressage Champion and added the national title in the Freestyle Dressage Division, once again. Add to this, she was again named the number one Pony Rider in the country. Heidemarie went to High School in 2012 and joined the prestigious Eunice High School for girls in Bloemfontein. The beginning of her high school career brought with it a change of mount and a new partnership was formed with Waterside Tiger’s Eye. Heidemarie took the changes in her stride on Waterside Tiger’s Eye and she won exactly the same titles as in 2011 and was the number one Pony Rider of the Rainbow Nation, once again. Issue 21 SPORTING HORSE


COVER STORY It is clear that Heidemarie remained coolheaded throughout her young career. 2013 saw her winning the South African title in the Pony Rider Individual Dressage Division again and was named 2013 South African Pony Rider Showing Supreme Champion as well – this all still in partnership with Waterside Tiger’s Eye. It came as no surprise when she was ranked the number one Pony Rider in the country for the umpteenth time in 2013. This year, Heidemarie showed that losing is not a part of her vocabulary and won the National Pony Rider Individual Dressage national title, as well as the Reserve Freestyle Dressage Champion. This was possibly one of her best performances as a good friend, Kate Chaplin asked Heidemarie 12 days before the championships to ride her (Kate’s) pony. Knowing that 12 days was a very short time for winning confidence and getting in sync with a new pony, she however agreed to ride Kate’s pony, Tatooine Downunder. Like a true champion, Heidemarie won the titles with Kate’s pony. This must go down as one of the best performances in the history of South African dressage horse riding as she won the South African National Pony Rider Individual Dressage title for 5 consecutive years. Heidemarie will in the future take part in the Junior Division and although she is still in the pony division until year end, she already took part in the Junior Division at the Nationals last year, and won the Individual Dressage Division as well as the Freestyle title. She will defend her Junior National South 12


African titles in December 2014. It seems like winning is second nature to Heidemarie, but it is not handed to her on the proverbial plate. Yes, she has the God-given talent, but she works hard to explore this talent to the extreme. She trains each day of the week and her trainer, Armin Fritz is a renowned German Dressage trainer. A tribute by Chrismie Venter, the Chef d’ Equipe, of the 2014 Free State Dressage Team after the 2014 SA PR Championships in Gauteng possibly sums up the brilliant career of Heidemarie the best after she hung up her Pony Rider boots recently. Chrismie stated: “As the 2014 South African Pony Rider Dressage Championships drew to a close, so did Heidemarie Edeling’s incredible Pony Rider career. A career in which she won a total of 8 Individual Gold medals and 3 Individual Silver Medals, on three different ponies! This, without doubt, makes Heidemarie the most successful Pony Rider of all time. She won the Inter-Provincial Team Event, DSA Challenge (previously the SANEF Challenge) and the FEI World Challenge, as well. Heidemarie, we salute you and we hope that the Free State Pony Riders will be able to continue your reign.” Heidemarie thanks several people sincerely for her success on Facebook, but perhaps the most striking of all: “The greatest thank you must go to my Heavenly Father for giving me the talent and allowing me to embrace it”.




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The 2014 Galencia Property South African Derby was dominated by the girls with Barry Taylor winning the Victor Ludorum. We caught up with Nicole, Nicola and Lorette to get some more insight as to how these incredible athletes secured their podium finishes.


s one of only a handful of sports whereby men and women compete against each other, show jumping provides an equal platform for both genders to challenge their way into first place. Having jumped the only double clear of the competition it was Nicole Horwood on Mark White Nissan Capital Don Cumarco who claimed her third win in as many years. As the only other jumpoff contestant, Nicola Sime-Riley was delighted with her second and fourth placed finishes, whilst Lorette Knowles-Taylor was understandably over the moon with her third place on 19 year old Team Nissan Nabab Forever. When asked what her winning formula is, Nicole attributes it 18


largely to having a horse that absolutely loves the derby track, “Three years ago was his Derby debut and he proved that Derby jumping was his forte. Even now when we do the Derby training he gets so excited he starts squealing with delight. In addition to his love for work, I think that our 7 year partnership has ensured that I know how he works and exactly the training routine that he is comfortable with leading up to the main class. He felt amazing as we arrived on the final day – I think he could feel the energy building amongst the crowds. As we did the parade I was slightly concerned that he might become too wound up by the atmosphere and band, but instead he seemed energised by it and thrived off it.”



For those riders wondering what the riders and horses get up to on the morning of a main event, Nicole says that for Capital Don Cumarco it’s about getting him settled early on, “I like to get him there around 11am and settled into a stable before all the action and congestion starts. He then goes for a walk with his groom Innocent and grazes to relax and get used to the crowds building as he is a fairly sensitive horse, but has become less so as he’s aged. He gets a good physio treatment from Chantal Holder during the show and a light work out the day before. Qualifying at number 20 I didn’t feel he needed any work before the class as he had jumped three qualifiers already so I didn’t want to warm up too soon. When I started my warm up he felt really soft and supple so I didn’t do too much and wanted to conserve his energy for the ring. Under the careful guidance of Gonda in the warm up we did very little jumping and left the big jumping for in the ring.” Capital Stud owner Henning Pretorious was unable to attend the final day, “Sunday was a very special day because as I was jumping my Derby round Henning was in Mauritius loading Capital Colnardo onto a plane for their journey to Europe. So it was a very significant day for me as well as Capital Stud in more ways than one. It is unfortunate that Henning could not be there to see us win but I know he was there in spirit. He actually gets more nervous than I do and after the class when I managed to speak to him he said he was so nervous he couldn’t think straight. He was getting a running commentary from his children via sms and had been pacing up and down in anticipation. So Sunday marked a very 20


important day for Capital Stud as Capital Don Cumarco made history in South Africa so began Capital Colnardo’s International career.” When asked what her thoughts were when she had to jumpoff against Nicola, Nicole knew that she couldn’t afford to give Nicola even the slightest of chances, “It was very special having Nicola in the jump off against me as we train together with Gonda. We ride very similarly and going first in the jump off I knew I couldn’t leave the door open - I had to give it my best shot and take all the risks. Fortunately riding a careful horse like Capital Don Cumarco I am able to gallop him knowing that he will give 100% effort to clear the fences. Every time I ask a little more from him he delivers true to form – he’s an exceptional talent.” The second and fourth place for Nicola Sime-Riley came as a pleasant surprise even to her; “I was really calm on the day, treating it as just another show. Whilst you always aim for a win, I can’t say that I expected to be placed on both of my horses so I am super chuffed. Nicole is a good friend and I am delighted for her win – she rode amazingly and to win it three years in a row is an incredible achievement. Having had to go last in the jump off, I went in with the attitude of “go big or go home” as Nicole had really put the pressure on me having gone clear. I would’ve loved a win, but couldn’t be happier with both of my horses being placed – with 36 starters and only 24 qualifiers, having two horses on the final day was a feat in itself. As for the Derby atmosphere – it’s amazing every year and it’s

absolutely exhilarating riding around that track!” In terms of maintaining her focus as she rides, Nicola says she doesn’t hear the crowd when she’s jumping; “Occasionally I hear the crowd clapping for a good jump or an “aaaaaaaaaw” when that one pole falls, but to tell you the truth the only person I could ever hear was my coach Gonda. I told her not to shout at me as I go round my track and that I am trying my best! She warned me to keep moving around my corners so as not to get time penalties.” It’s Nicola’s love of the horse that drives her; “I feel blessed to have the most incredibly willing and talented horses – allowing me the opportunity to jump over those massive fences. Like I say to my pupils, “We are privileged to sit on their backs and ask what we do of them whilst they give their 100% and more – they are very special animals!”” Third place was awarded to Lorette Knowles-Taylor riding the horse affectionately known asThe Galloping Grandpa,Team Nissan Nabab Forever. When asked how she felt on the day, Lorette said that the age of her ride was never a factor, “I was strangely very calm on the day and extremely happy (I smiled around the whole course) knowing that I was sitting on a horse capable of giving me a top class clear round or possibly two. In terms of my relationship with “the old man”, I get along really well with him as I allow him the freedom to be the strange person he wants to be! Whether at home or in the practice arena, I allow him to spook and buck and go as fast as he likes (within reason!) to fences – the faster the better for him. He too adores his physio

Chantal Holder, loves girls, hates dogs and loves nothing more than a good cuddle and scratch on his face.” Lorette says of her clear round (but for a time fault), that The Galloping Grandpa absolutely loves jumping for the crowds and she knew he would give of his best on Derby day, “I remember thinking as I walked into the arena to the loud cheers, that I just have to keep the lid on him so he doesn’t run off with me round the track – that was why I entered in walk and was a little slow in parts as I was very aware of letting him get away from me which would result in us not jumping the best round that we could. The most stressful part of the course for me was the bank to the panel. I eased him off the bank really slowly (which is where I most probably incurred the time fault) and held him firmly so that I could kick him that last bit so that he would jump away correctly. In two previous Derby’s with Barry he slipped right to the bottom of the bank and then couldn’t get to the panel and stopped. I remember shrieking in the air over the panel when we cleared it because I knew then that the fantastic old horse would jump a clear!” And so with a 1,2,3 finish going to the ladies, it was ultimately the sport of show jumping and its fans that were the winners as the sun set on Kyalami Equestrian Park on 5 October. Behind the scenes of the fanfare, family atmosphere, smiles and friendship, was countless hours of dedication, sweat and tears and knowing your horse unlike anyone else on earth. It’s clear from our time with these special ladies, that there’s no short cut to winning and that the partnership between horse and rider is ultimately something to be treasured for eternity. Issue 21 SPORTING HORSE


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NICOLE HORWOOD continues to blaze her trail of equestrian excellence in 2014, with the continued support and sponsorship of Mark White Nissan. 2012 Avis Derby 2013 Nissan South African Outdoor Grand Prix 2013 South African Championships 2013 Nissan Winter Classic Riders Grand Prix 2013 Galencia Derby 2013 Port Elizabeth Nissan Riders Grand Prix 2014 Nissan South African Outdoor Grand Prix 2014 Midrand World Cup Qualifier 2014 Nissan Shongweni World Cup Qualifier 2014 Galencia Derby 2014 Highest Ranked Horse and Rider Combination 2014 Showjumper of the Year 2014 RSA FEI World Cup League Winner



Her recent win of the Galencia Derby 2014 makes her the winner of this event for 3 times in a row, and the title of 2014 RSA FEI World Cup League Winner after the last leg held at the 2014 Nissan World Cup Qualifier held in Port Elizabeth, is a prestigious title to add to her achievements. Nicole finishes the league on 46 points - obtained on her 2 Capital Warmblood Stud Horses - Mark White Nissan Capital Don Cumarco and Mark White Nissan’s Capital Colnardo. Says Nicole: ”Thank you to my incredible team for all your support over the past year. The success of a rider is determined by the team behind the scenes that helped put them there, and what a wonderful team I have. Capital Stud - Henning, Helen, Stephan, Kim, Chelsea, you guys are all amazing and so supportive. My coach, Gonda Betrix, you are such a legend and inspiration thank you for sharing your world of knowledge with all your pupils. Mark White Nissan, what a great partnership it has been and thank you for your continued support in our sport. Western Shoppe thank you for making me look so smart, Selleria Equipe, Lara Neill, Chantal Holder, Patrick Western and a big thank you to Kim Hathaway for taking such good care of my special boy in Mauritius.You guys are all the dream team!’

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he turnout of competitors, horses and supporters was fantastic for this the fourth FEI World Cup Qualifier South Africa held at the Maple Ridge Equestrian Farm over the last weekend in October.

The weather cleared up perfectly for the commencement of the event, after Gauteng had enjoyed the first rains of the summer season the day before. This resulted in conditions in the Ecotrack Wax Arena being superb for the start of the Show.

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Surveyors, Gerhard Cronje Brokers, Royal Equestrian Feeds, taking the overall Victor Ludorum. ENGEN Oaktree, Document Warehouse and names not mentioned here that contributed to make this event the Another attractive aspect of the Show were the numerous huge success it was. tack and riding apparel stalls which drew many enthusiastic buyers over the duration of the Show. Blake and Tamara of The World Cup Qualifier Final Class was scheduled for T & B Images were the official photographers and provided Sunday 26th October, when a superb Luncheon was served their well known and efficient service with excellent photo in a Marqee packed with guests. printing on site. The spectators and suppor ters were treated to an exciting finale` with Jodi Pieters on Capital Rafika ‘Dor claiming 1st Place, with Michelle Hobbs on Alzu Shiraz in 2nd spot, followed by Mandy Johnstone on Callaho Lissabon in 3rd, and Michelle Hobbs on Alzu Shiraz 40


Once again the sun set on yet another hugely successful and memorable event at this ever popular venue, where Verity and Tarryn-Anne Combrink and their hard-working Team go the extra mile to provide the very best of service to the competitors and spectators alike.




Ulanova Visser, Executive head of consumer sales & Marketing for Vodacom, along with Liam Paterson from Polo World handing over the prize for Best Playing Pony to Martin Venter

Cintron Pink Polo guests

Pretty pastels and a medley of pink shades were the order of the day,

as local and international guests attended the fifth annual Cintron Pink Polo powered by Vodacom - one of the most anticipated events in the Western Cape’s social and Polo Calendar – at the famed Val de Vie Estate.

The Cintron

PINK POLO Powered By Vodacom



uests of this annual equestrian fundraiser for the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA), fittingly during breast cancer awareness month, enjoyed a glorious afternoon of riveting polo, up to the minute fashion, and mouthwatering Cintron cocktails on the lawns of this country’s only Wine & Polo Estate. Cancer fighter Rachelle Barioli, winner of the Cintron Pink Polo VIP experience competition in association with KFM, enjoyed a VIP experience and was hosted by the Marketing Director of Val de Vie, Ryk Neethling and event organizer Edith Venter. Polo, considered the sport of kings, had all eyes fixed on the game played on the day. The two polo team sponsors, Cintron and Gaggenau, put on a world-class polo match, featuring Springbok players Tom de Bruin and Le Roux Hendriks. During the half time break in the polo match, everyone was invited to stomp the divots and enjoy the



Aston Martin motor show on the field.Team Cintron walked away with the trophy with a riveting 6 -5 score. With notable celebrities and VIPs in attendance such as Melinda Bam, Ayanda Tini, Amy Kleinhans-Kurd, Kia Johnson, Tracy Lange, and Natalie Becker amongst others, guests were treated to an afternoon of stylish décor, perfectly chilled Pongracz MCC, Val de Vie Wines and gourmet canapés. Jenni Button, the official fashion partner for the day showcased their latest ready to wear designs in the official fashion show, on the polo fields. Sisley and GHD kept guests of the event beautified all day long. With touch-up stations and their team of expert makeup artists and hair stylists, guests were treated to a truly prestigious beauty experience. Guests mingled well beyond sunset in what was considered the best Pink Polo event yet.

Edith Venter handing over the Kitchen Aid gift to cancer fighter Rachelle Barioli

Jenni Button fashion show

The winning team – Team Cintron: Sally Jellis, Leroux Hendriks (Captain), Charl du Plessis, Joseph Bronn

Val de Vie Estate Polo pavilion with Cintron Pink Polo event

Victor Edozien, Cintron, head sponsor

Ryk Neethling welcoming guests



The Winning YR Open Equitation Team with Chef d’Equipe, Mirja Horsthemke, Kyla Bruyns, Reserve, Barbie Gertenbach, Judge, Sylvia Dixon, Bianca da Silva, Michelle Zwonnikoff, Alexander Claasens and Claire Webb, Judge.

By Rosemarie Bartlett- National Equitation Chair

Photos by T&B Images




A clear day heralded the start of the 2014 Young Riders Equitation Championships held at Maple Ridge.

he courses built by experienced CD Kate Launder were brilliant. It was worthy of the riding standard of the day, asking lots of questions and rewarding good riding.The spreads were big & square while the lines demanded accuracy and educated riding. Big treble combinations and lots of related distances meant the athletes had to be moving forward and the placement of fences, off the corners, showed the expertise of those riders who balanced well & maintained impulsion throughout.

another Team, whilst Gauteng were able to field a full Team.

Five Provinces took part with KZN and the WC combining to form one Team with Mpumulanga and FS. Joining forces to form

A special mention must be made of the organizational abilities of Yvonne Bolton who was ‘here, there and everywhere’ making



Throughout all the equitation classes, the line up of results consistently showed a true representation of the provinces entered, a testimony to the high standard of riding by the riders with their horses, and the quality of the coaches who have produced these partnerships. Marks of 17, 18 and 19 by our three senior judges, reflected the polish, feel and effectiveness shown by these competitors.

Chad Cunningham and Winner YR Open Equitation Individual Championship Sylvia Dixon with Judges Rosemarie Bartlett and Gregory Goss

EQ 1: YR NOVICE 1st - Nicole Bates - Sea of Siam 2nd - Nicole Jooste - Kouros 2nd - Shannon Kennedy - Delville Wood 4th -Chane Blom - Sparkling Rouge

EQ 1: YR NOVICE TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP 1st - Gauteng 2nd - KZN 3rd – FS


EQ 2: YR INTERMEDIATE INDV CHAMPIONSHIP 1st - Casey Bekker - Callaho For Fun 2nd - Amy Crossley - Dragoman 3rd - Kelsey Whitehouse - Style Frangrance’s Egalite 4th - Shannon Lamb - Lady Special 5th - Jessica Cheminais - Cayenne S 6th - Harriet Matthews - Paul The Great

EQ 3: YR OPEN INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIP 1st - Sylvia Dixon - Waterside Gypsy Jones 2nd - Katherine Gees - Capital Caprivi 3rd - Michelle Zwonnifoff - Trees 4th - Bianca Da Silva - Ginabella v/d Dennehoeve 5th - Lee-Charne Basson - Wylde Oscar 6th - Stuart Hofmeyer - Brandenburg Corelli

EQ 4: YR OPEN TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP 1st - Gauteng 2nd - WC/KZN 3rd - FS/MP

Winner YR Intermediate Equitation Individual championship Casey Bekker

sure everyone’s needs were taken care of, no mean feat at the best of times! To the organizers of the venue all praise must be given. Verity Combrink placed the Open Equitation Individual and Team event in the top-notch Ecotrack wax arena for maximum exposure and to celebrate the accomplishment of our riders as they competed for medals and trophies. She graciously made sure that the judges needs were taken care of and was available at all times to answer any queries. The arenas were raked thoroughly throughout the day and the equipment and staff gave this show the status it enjoys. Well known equestrian and coach, Chad Cunningham and his Equestrian Centre, demonstrated their support and generosity for Equitation by sponsoring the prize money for the Open and Intermediate classes. At the end of my judging day I received the same courteous wave goodbye from the gate staff, as the good morning smile and wave when I arrived at 7am.



A. J. Radermacher on Ebb & Flow Alzu Ovation Victor Ludorum Winner 1.35m Classes

By Yvonne Bolton

Photos by T&B Images





2014 S A YR CHAMPS 1st Amy Engelbrecht 2nd AJ Radermacher 3rd Cinzia Pasteris 4th Shari Navra 5th Amy Engelbrecht 6th Shannon Smith 7th Olivia Myrtle 8th Cayleigh Triggol Victor Ludorum

B Lieu Ebb & Flow Alzu Ovation Cleopatra Aristoteles Varsity College Cruise Control Vanya W Roy’s Call Louisa

= AJ Radermacher

Ebb & Flow Alzu Ovation

1.35 TWO PHASE 1st Amy Engelbrecht 2nd Shannon Smith 3rd Laurence Mowatt 4th Shari Navra 5th AJ Radermacher 6th Mikayla McDonald 7th Cayleigh Triggol 8th Cinzia Pasteris

B Lieu Vanya W Hillview Paddy Aristoteles Ebb & Flow Alzu Ovation Shamwari Louisa Cleopatra

1.35 A2 1st Cinzia Pasteris 2nd Shari Navra 3rd Laurence Mowatt 4th AJ Radermacher 5th Shannon Smith 6th Amy Engelbrecht 7th Olivia Myrtle 8th Bradley McHardy

Cleopatra Aristoteles Hillview Paddy Ebb & Flow Alzu Ovation Vanya W Varsity College Cruise Control Roy’s Call Maliza Rouge

1.35 COMPETITION 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th

Olivia Myrtle Tarryn Rault AJ Radermacher Theunis Griessel Amy Engelbrecht AJ Radermacher Laurence Mowatt Amy Engelbrecht

Roy’s Call Assegai Airtime Ebb & Flow Alzu Ovation Schwaike Condor Varsity College Cruise Control Ebb & Flow Callaho Rodrigo Hillview’s Paddy B Lieu

Amy Engelbrecht on B’Lieu Winner of 2014 YR Show Jumping Championship of South Africa 2014 Hilmar Meyer, Sponsor of the Turnierstall Hilmar Meyer Young Rider Series 2014 with Chad Cunningham and Judges.

Laurence Mowatt and Cameron Dawson







CT Gunner. Photo credit: Jeanine Anderson



Photo credit: Courtesy of AQHA

By Deborah Ann New-Buchan

South African equestrians are aware of the American Quarter Horse as the quintessential breed for Western disciplines including Cutting, Ranch Versatility, and the FEI Sport of Reining. These individuals are often surprised to learn that the American Quarter Horse also excels in the FEI Sports of Jumping, Dressage, and Eventing in North America and Europe. “The Celebrated American Quarter Running Horse” was developed in Colonial America and, for a time, pedigree records were maintained with the developing American Thoroughbred. In fact, the English Thoroughbred stallion Janus is credited as being a foundation stallion of the breed. Quarter mile (400 metre) races were a passion for settlers and they developed a horse that could race on Saturday, pull a wagon to Church on Sunday, herd cattle or pull a plow during the week, and that was gentle enough for children or women to ride or drive to school or to town for supplies. After the Civil War, thousands of soldiers who had lost

everything headed West to build new lives. The horses they rode were Morgans, Saddlebreds, Thoroughbreds, and the Quarter Running Horse. The animals that showed the most interest in cattle and survived the hardships of long cattle drives and working in rough country were used to create a specific breed. The King Ranch in Texas is credited with developing the “ideal” animal that was used as an example when the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) was founded in 1940. The King Ranch used mares that were half Thoroughbred as the foundation of its breeding program because working horses needed the size and stamina of the Thoroughbred combined with the disposition and agility of the Quarter Horse for working range cattle. Issue 21 SPORTING HORSE


Photo credit: Courtesy of AQHA

Jesabelle’s Shadow. Photo credit: USEA/Leslie Threlkeld

CT Gunner. Photo credit: Jeanine Anderson

The Thoroughbred influence has remained in the Quarter Horse as it is the only outcross recognized by AQHA. The Thoroughbred/Quarter Horse cross is registered as an Appendix. The Appendix designation is only important when breeding because an Appendix mare or stallion has to be covered by a full Quarter Horse in order for the foal to be eligible for registration. Once registered, Appendix horses can move to the regular registry based upon outstanding performance so the Thoroughbred influence remains strong in the breed. This system has provided the opportunity for riders at the highest levels of any discipline to find a Quarter Horse that meets the physical requirements of that discipline. Reining enthusiasts, for example, can select the 14.2 to 15 hand compact, powerful, athletic animals that can run, stop, roll back, and spin for the Reining patterns. Cutting horses range from 13.3 to 14.3 hands and have the strength and power to carry big riders combined with the agility of a smaller animal. Ranchers tend to use 15 to 15.2 hand horses for the rigorous work of gathering, moving and branding cattle; checking miles of fence; or carrying calves that need assistance. Dressage



and Jumping competitors ride 16 to 17 hand Quarter Horses with the movement and power necessary to win at the highest levels of their disciplines. The Quarter Horse temperament, athletic ability, and work ethic come with every size animal and are the attributes that draw may top competitors as well as every day riders to the breed. The variety of sizes combined with an outstanding disposition and cooperative attitude makes the American Quarter Horse is the most popular breed of riding horse in the world with over 2.9 million living American Quarter Horses. Quarter Horses compete in every discipline and event and excel in racing, ranch work, Reining, Cutting, Dressage, Jumping, Driving and Eventing. In North American and Europe, the breed is popular with English riders who want an animal with a steady disposition and cooperative attitude combined with outstanding athletic ability. Jumpers, for example, appreciate the power, speed, and ability to “turn on a dime� that Quarter Horses demonstrate in jump offs where tenths of seconds can determine a winner. Dressage riders appreciate the intelligence, desire to please,

Copy Cat Rascal

and calm nature of the Quarter Horse that enable horse and rider to work as a team under pressure. Eventing riders appreciate the fact that Quarter Horses pay attention to the footing and seldom get themselves into difficulty at the most complicated obstacles. Even when the rider makes an error, a Quarter Horse can usually power its way up, over, or out of a situation that could overwhelm other breeds. Here in South Africa the Quarter Horse has not been fully recognized for its ability to successfully compete against Thoroughbreds and Warmbloods in the English disciplines. The South African Quarter Horse Association (SAQHA), the AQHA International Affiliate for Southern Africa, is working to promote the Quarter Horse in all disciplines and as the perfect horse for Youth competing in Interschool competitions. SAQHA members Colette Erasmus, President of the SAEF Affiliate Western Performance and Reining, and Laura Lee Farrand, Treasurer of the organization, are supporting the SAQHA by using their imported stallions to demonstrate the versatility of the breed. CT Gunner, a registered American Quarter Horse/

Copy Cat Rascal

American Paint, is the foundation sire at Sundancer Stud. CT is a champion Reining horse that competes and wins in Hunter under Saddle at AQHA/SAQHA shows. Copy Cat Rascal, Colette’s Reining stallion, routinely wins Hunter under Saddle classes and attracts the attention of spectators with his signature victory spins. Both horses perform Reining demonstrations at major events and are outstanding ambassadors for the Quarter Horse breed. SAQHA breeders and members ride their Quarter Horses in Polo Cross, Extreme Equestrian Trail and Obstacle, Showing, Interschool’s, Western Mounted Games, Jumping, Western Dressage, and Reining. These individuals are always willing to talk to people about the Quarter Horse and enjoy introducing newcomers to the breed. The SAQHA web site,, and the Secretary, secretary@saqha. cell number 071 471 3684, provide the public with information about the Quarter Horse and Quarter Horses for sale. If you are looking for a horse that will take you to the top of your preferred discipline or just an outstanding companion and working partner, consider an American Quarter Horse, the breed for all reasons!



Shashi Naidoo

3RD & 5TH OCTOBER 2014

Non-Stop Equestrian Action At The Polo International Horse Trials 2014 The Polo International Horse Trials 2014 was nothing short of exceptional, bringing sports fanatics, fashionistas and philanthropists together to experience the ultimate equestrian event.


aking place between the 3rd and the 5th of October 2014, the Polo International Horse Trials was without a doubt the highlight of the sporting calendar. Kyalami was transformed in order to host a three-day triathlon event in which horsemanship was pitted against endurance, strength, speed and discipline. Throughout the course of the weekend, each of the participating jockeys and their trusty steeds aimed to please in three categories: dressage, cross country and show jumping. This proved to be a worthy challenge for which all were willing to put their best hoof forward. Ultimately, it was previous SA eventing champion Martyn Swanepoel on his horse Voigtskirch Kardinal that claimed first place as the Polo International Horse Trials 2014 FEI2* class winner. Martyn was also fortunate enough to compete in the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky USA, and with this recent International Horse Trials victory, he is definitely one to watch. Other notable victories included Murray Pote on Callaho Carlos Santana in second place, Graham Winn on Voigtskirch Senator in third and Errin Dempsey on Equal Image in fourth. Many other nail-biting victories and close conquests were the order of the day, ensuring plenty of action for spectators throughout the event. After all the on-field drama, the Polo International Horse Trials took a little break from all the adrenaline to give guests a chance to sit-back, relax and see what Polo has to offer in the 2014 range for women and men. The fashion show merged



versatility and luxury, reminding Polo wearers why they fell in love with this iconic brand and giving others a taste of fashion love at first sight. This year’s show infused simplicity with a dash of sophistication, resulting in a range appealing those with a love for beautiful, finely crafted clothing. As for the event’s goal to help spread awareness for the work done by CANSA (Cancer Association of South Africa), Laura Stewart, Marketing Manager of Polo, says, “One of the primary objectives of the Polo International Horse Trials was to build awareness on a subject that is both topical and familiar to many who have lost loved ones - cancer. The Pink Pony 5km Walkathon was specifically aimed at this cause, sending out the message that being diagnosed with cancer is not a dead-end but the beginning of a journey rooted in empowerment, which does not have to be walked alone.” Last year’s initiative raised R100 000, and while this year‘s targets will only be determined towards the end of the year as Pink Pony merchandise sales figures are recorded, the initiative is sure to be even more of a fundraising success. Pink Pony products are available at all Polo outlets, as well as selected Stuttafords stores and independent outlets, with 15% of sales donated to CANSA. The Polo International Horse Trials 2014 saw a turn-out that has doubled from the first Polo International Horse Trials held in 2013, going to show that horizons are becoming broader and the diverse South African market’s interest is growing exponentially. This is truly an event for all to record on their social calendars for next year.

Martyn Swanepoel on Voigtskirch Kardinal. Winner of the PIHT championship

Laura Stewart, Lunga Shabalala, Michelle Reitz

Petra Laranjo, Jen Su, Alan Foley, Krishen Samuel



Holland’s Jeroen Dubbeldam (C) celebrates individual gold in the Jumping final with France’s Patrice Delaveau in silver and USA’s Beezie Madden in bronze at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Caen

By Mandy Johnstone and Linda Ellerine

Photos credit: FEI / Arnd Bronkhorst / Pool Pic

WORLD EQUESTRIAN GAMES 2014 The World Equestrian Games 2014 took place in Normandy, France in the historic town of Caen. The Showjumping, held during the final week of the games, was blessed with superb weather, despite the Eventers having to endure very wet conditions the previous week.


his event takes place every four years and culminates with the top four riders after four qualifying classes going into the final, each riding their own and each of the other three horses. The team event runs con currently and is decided over two rounds during the second and third days of the competition. Day one saw crowds pouring into the imposing Stadium D’Ornano, for what was to be the start of an incredible week of sport. The world’s best horses and riders were ready to contest the team and individual World Championships. Fifty two countries were represented, of which there were 31 teams and 21 individual riders making a total field to start of 153 competitors.



The first class is a speed competition, and a formula is applied to convert times to penalties, with the winner of this class on 00.00 penalties. These penalties are carried forward throughout the qualifying procedure together with the faults incurred from the following classes. So the pressure is on from the start, and it was a tough battle as riders needed to ensure a good ranking on day one in order to be in contention. The youngest rider in the field, Bertram Allen, the 18 year old from Ireland, riding the diminutive grey mare Molly Malone V emerged victorious taking the more experienced riders by surprise and carried zero penalties through to day two. Patrice Delaveau, of France, on Orient Express HDC, placed

France’s Penelope Leprevost and Flora de Maripoa on their way to gold in the team Jumping Final



Poland’s Jaroslaw Skrzyczynski and Crazy Quick in action during the Jumping competition

second and carried through 0.08 penalties. They were followed by American, Beezie Madden, riding Cortez C and Gregory Wathelet from Belgium, riding Conrad de Hus, both carrying forward penalties of 0.16. South African rider Oliver Lazarus on Pour le Poussage, delivered a very credible round with only one pole down to see him going forward on 3.77 penalties. Jade Hook and A New Era was our next best carrying 12.22 penalties, followed by Neriska Prinsloo and Effect van den Bisschop on 22.52, while our fourth rider Cara Frew on Leopold Pierreville, was eliminated and emerged with 47.31 penalties.

After two very full days of jumping the field was narrowed down for the second round of the team competition and third qualifier for the individual final on day three. Only the top ten teams and 19 individual riders qualified for this round with a total of 59 competitors. Although South Africa did not qualify for the 2nd round, Oliver Lazarus qualified as an individual and once again flew the flag high for South Africa delivering a superb clear round, booking himself a spot in the final qualifier.

There was an electric atmosphere in the Stadium with the top four closely contested teams battling it out for the medals Day two saw the start of the team competition and the and was nailbiting to the end. The cheering of the French second qualifier for the individual final. Frederic Cottier’s supporters was deafening as the host nation finished this beautifully designed course was more challenging than the round with 4 faults which took them from fourth to secure previous days speed test. At the close of day the top four the Silver Medal, with just 14.08 penalties. The USA came in countries were very narrowly separated. Netherlands were with 8 faults dropping them from second to take the Bronze in the lead on 4.83 penalties, followed by the USA (8.72), medal with a total of 16.72 penalties. The Netherlands also Germany (8.82) and France (10.02). The individual standings posted 8 faults on the board ending with a final total of 12.83 left the top spot to Patrice Delaveau (0.08), followed by Beezie penalties, therefore retaining top spot and clinching the Gold Madden (0.16). Rolf Goren Bengtsson on Casall Ask (0.34) Medal. moved into third spot and Daniel Deusser of Germany riding the impressive Cornet D’Amour, (0.70) filled the coveted The individual standings after this round saw Beezie Madden fourth spot. Once again Oliver Lazarus impressed with only in top spot retaining 0.16 penalties having produced another clear, Rolf Goran Bengtsson in second position on 0.34 4 faults, carrying forward a total of 7.7 penalties.



Holland’s Gerco Schroeder and Glock’s London on their way to team Jumping gold

penalties, Soren Pedersen moving up the order to third spot with 3.49 penalties and Patrice Delaveau fourth on 4.08 penalties. The pressure would be enormous on these four riders going into the final qualifier with not a pole in hand. After a well deserved rest day on the Friday, thirty five horses qualified to compete on day five of the competition, of which 6 elected not to participate. It was interesting to note that there has been some contention concerning Christian Ahlaman’s decision to pull out as he was on a total of 5.32 penalties, putting him in tenth position and actually still in contention. The final qualifier was held over two rounds and saw some real ups and downs with some of the top qualifiers falling by the wayside. Penelope Leprevost, lying seventh, had a fall at the water and was therefore eliminated. Soren Pederson of Denmark, riding Tailormade Esperanza de Rebel lying third on 3.49 penalties, incurred 17 penalties over the two rounds pushing him way down the order. Rodrigo Pessoa and Status were lying fifth but 5 penalties in the first round and 12 in the second saw him retiring. However, Jeroen Dubbeldam and Zenith SFN, went into the first round in 13th position, on 6.25 penalties and delivered one of only three double clears, to secure him a spot in the final. Beezie Madden



and Rolf Goran Bengtsson both incurred four faults over the two rounds, but were still able to retain their qualification for the final day. Patrice Delaveau rode two superb clears to put himself in pole position going into the final four.

from Gold. Patrice incurred a very unfortunate time penalty on Casall Ask and Jeroen rode yet another superb clear on Beezie’s mount, Cortes C putting him into the lead by 1 fault going into round 4.

The final day had arrived with much anticipation with the riders all starting on a clean slate of zero penalties. The track was by no means a give away pitched at 1.55m over a course of 8 jumps including a treble combination which caused the majority of the faults. Each rider is required to ride their own horse first and at the end of this round, Jeroen, Beezie and Patrice were clear, with Rolf- Goran having one pole in the treble combination.

The pressure was really on the top two riders going into the final round. Amazingly this final round produced the most clears. Beezie on Orient Express was the only rider to fault in this round, leaving her on a final score of 12 penalties. The three clears being delivered by Jeroen on Casall Ask, Patrice on Zenith SFN and Rolf Goran on Cortes C.

The second round saw Rolf-Goran riding Zenith SFN incurring 6 penalties (again a pole in the treble), Beezie Madden on Casall Ask, 4 penalties in the treble, Patrice on Cortes C and Jeroen on Orient Express each posting 0 penalties. So the standings going into the third round were - Jeroen and Patrice both with 0 penalties, Beezie on 4 and Rolf-Goran on 10. It was still pretty much anyone’s game. Beezie on Zenith SFN and Rolf-Goran on Orient Express both had 4 penalties in this round pushing them a little further away



Therefore Jeroen Dubbeldam, displaying superb riding, took the Gold Medal and World Champion title, with four impeccable clear rounds. Silver went to Patrice Delaveau with one heartbreaking time penalty, bronze to Beezie Madden on 12 penalties and Rolf-Goran finished out of the medals on 14 penalties. It was interesting to note that the winners’ horse, Zenith SFN, incurred the most penalties with the other riders, and Beezie’s horse Cortes C was the best horse finishing on four clear rounds. The Showjumping at this Equestrian Games was riveting to watch and we all look forward to the games of 2018 to be held in Bromont, Canada.

FLORIMON Falsterbo x Defacto x Walt Disney I

FLORIMON (imp Hann) keeps on impressing in the arena and in his offspring. He Florimon’s offspring all have the same characteristics....beautiful heads and expresis placed at every outing, and has consistently scored high marks up to the highest sion, easy going temperaments, springs in their feet, correct limbs and good top novice tests. He has tremendous presence, athletic paces, superb rideability and lines and muscle tone. the sky is the limit. Dutch trainer Rien van Der Schaft rates him as a potential top international dressage horse....he is made to dance. | Photography & Design by


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By Yvonne Bolton / Photos by T&B Images Tell us a little about your younger years in Zimbabwe,where your mother ran a Riding School? My mother had a riding school in Borrowdale, called Welsley Stables, it was owned by Marion Benze. Do you have any fond memories of special ponies you rode when taught by Debbie Visser (nee` Paver)? My first pony was a Shetland pony called Fury (aptly named), he used to leave me hanging on a fence pole, having galloped under it. After that I had a wonderful pony called Super Star, he was a well named pony, winning everything from showing to eventing and jumping at a top level. I thank him for making me into an accurate rider,because if you were not in the perfect spot he would stop. I had 4 ponies in total. When you moved onto horses and rode with Elsa van Heerden did you compete in many shows in Zimbabwe and did you ever travel to South Africa? I was very fortunate to be given some young horses to jump which belonged to other people. Ian Hodgson gave me a horse called Peters First, that I produced to about 120m, then moved to South Africa where Stuart Walker then jumped him to the top. In those days there were no made horses, we had to make all our own horses. I think that is where our sport has changed, now you can buy made horses. In 1984 you moved to South Africa – give us a little insight into your time spent training racehorses at Newmarket, Alberton? When I moved to South Africa, I went to work for a man in racing at Newmarket Alberton called Des Renou.There I trained about 30 horses,all his own. I enjoyed the racing and funnily I trained a horse called Lonely Warrior, that was sold to Grant Bacon, who jumped him to the top level and should have kept him. You tell us, however, that you missed the show jumping and through your association with Gonda Betrix you secured a position with Tony Lewis – tell us about your time spent with Tony? My true passion was the jumping horses, and I decided to ask

my friend and idol, Gonda Betrix to help me find a job riding for someone. Enter Tony Lewis. I started working for Tony in 1986 and continued with him right up to 1991.I loved working for Tony, he was kind and always fair to me. I worked and rode all his horses every day, went to shows, and learnt so much about horsemanship. Tony was a truly natural rider. When you first met Karen, now your wife of 20 years, she had already been running Cellehof Stud for a few years. How did this event impact on your life and career? It was through Tony that I met my wife Karen Phillips, not that we knew it then, that we would married 14yrs later. Karen had 2 imported horses, Gallium and Pikola, stabled down the road in Sunninghill. After 3 back surgeries, Karen stopped competing, and the birth of Cellehof Stud emerged in 1987. Karen’s Dad, Noel, bought the grounds that we still live on now - having not been able to compete, Karen turned to breeding dressage horses. Cellehof was well established and running when Karen asked me to come and compete Thaddeaus, her breeding Stallion and our relationship just evolved from then. How did the importing of the stallion, Thaddeus, affect the progeny of Cellehof Stud? Karen wanted a stallion to breed good looking horses with good temperaments for the average lady rider to be able to compete on and that is exactly what she had in Thaddeaus. We now have Thaddaeus mares that we are breeding from as his great temperaments keep coming through. You have had enormous success in the dressage discipline as well – how do you manage to find time to coach pupils, train your own horses and compete at such a high level in two major disciplines? As a stud that breeds primarily dressage horses, I learnt to ride dressage - now I love it and compete at a top level on a horse I backed. I am the only person to have ridden Don Natiello and it does help that I have the best trainer in the world, Marianne Conlyn - if it wasn’t for her I wouldn’t be at the top. I always work my jumping horses first thing in the morning, so by 11am I change Issue 21 SPORTING HORSE



over to dressage, at the moment I have 5 open jumping horses and 4 dressage horses. What have been your most memorable achievements in dressage and what made them so special? I think my most memorable moment in dressage was at the Derby when I came to halt at x in the advanced class, on Highness STV. As I saluted, a carriage with 4 in hand galloped over the bridge next to the arena. Highness spun and ran out of the arena,ending my show before it started. Winning is always nice, and I am fortunate to have very good horses that win a lot, but my favourite dressage horse must be my Don Natiello. He is just such an amazing character - winning with him is special because it has all been my own training from the beginning. You have ridden and competed in Europe and have many influential connections there – do you find this keeps you abreast of International trends? I was fortunate to have been the rider at the World Cup Showjumping final in Milan, it was the most unbelievable experience ever, competing with all my heroes was just literally mind blowing. The horse I rented was teriffic - brave and very scopy, his name was Flashlight and was by the famous stallion For Pleasure. I finished in the top 20 horses on the last day, which was 66


just a dream! My next dream would be the Olympics. It is very important to keep going to Europe and having trained with great coaches like Rob Hoekstra, one realizes that being far away, one can easily slip behind. Having said that, I do believe we have great coaches in South Africa. To keep fit do you have a fitness programme and do you work out at a gym? Being an energiser bunny, I do a lot of sport off the horse. I love Triathlon,doing all disciplines is fun. I have a weight trainer twice a week, Jono Cloete who helps me stay strong and a Biokinetist, Justin Jeffreys, also twice a week to make my body balanced and my core stability very strong, I believe to perform like an athlete, you have to train like one, strong mind, strong body. With such a hectic schedule – do you and Karen ever get time to have a break away from the Yard with your sons? I am so lucky to have a wife, friend and partner like Karen, she shares my passion for horses, but we do take time out to just be together, and our favouite holiday is Italy. Being a father is a very special part of my life and Jason and Tom keep me firmly attached to the ground. Exams, bad days at school, horrible teachers, are all different to my somewhat crazy, hectic life, but every Monday I take my boys to school and it is the best day of the week.

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Tell us a little about your association with Rainer Schmerglatt and what brought about the purchase of Discovery Enjoy 68 as partners?

Does he come from a bloodline that has produced any other good jumpers?

A few years ago, I was visiting my close friend, Rainer Schmerglatt, in Germany, when we went to look at a young horse which I rode and liked the feel of him. Rainer took a video to send to Michael Benjamin, who was looking for a young horse and I didn’t think about him again. I returned to South Africa and gave the video to Michael and that was that. Then a few weeks later Rainer called to say that Michael thought the horse was too small and suggested that I buy him, leave him in Germany and he would train him and later sell him. After some consideration, I went for it and that horse was Enjoy.

Enjoy is by the Hanoverian Stallion, Escudo, out of a Bold Indian (Thoroughbred) mare. Govett Triggol has a fantastic mare called Elektra, who is by the same Stallion. How long did he remain with Rainer in Europe and give us a little insight into his progress at the time? Rainer rode him and competed him up to 1.45m classes and then gave him to his son Lennert to ride in the young rider classes.




When did you decide to purchase Rainer’s half-share and when did Discovery Enjoy 68 come to South Africa?

qualities do you look for in a prospective top level show jumper?

Tell us a little about his competing here in South Africa with yourself ?

How important is temperament over talent in your opinion and what sort of personality does Discovery Enjoy 68 have?

I believe it takes 1 year for them to acclimatize, so I only started competing him in 2013 in the 1.35m classes and I jumped my first World Cup in Port Elizabeth in November 2013.

Of course temperament, temperament, temperament is the most important quality that I look for in a potentially top horse. Desire to do the job will exceed talent and brain every time.

Then in 2014, my boy was ready to jump in the big classes – he was 2nd in the Out Door Grand Prix of South Africa and 2nd in the Riders Grand Prix in Natal.

All top horses have some quirks – what are Discovery Enjoy 68’s and what is he like around the yard?

Nowadays, I think you need a careful, fast horse to be At that time I was running low on top horse power, so we successful – the poles are lighter, cups shallower and the came to an agreement on price and I bought Rainer out. times faster. So you need a horse that can gallop and jump Enjoy was imported into SA in October 2012. big fences carefully, which is not easy to find.

With him getting used to the bigger jumps, he then went on to win 3 Grand Prix’s in a row – KZN, Maple Ridge and Port Elizabeth. Now the season has come to an end, he will be resting and I am looking forward to the World Cup series for 2015. You have successfully produced many horses yourself – what



Enjoy is quite hot and sensitive – not what I am used to and it has taken some adjustment for me to get used to sitting so still. When I bought Enjoy, Rainer warned me never to go in the Arena early, because he gets too hot and excited and also not to take him into the Prize Giving, as he gets crazy. Not believing his advice, I, of course, did both of the “not to’s” and will never do it again. So I stand at the gate and canter straight in to jump – no hanging around!!



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uda Holdings (Pty) Ltd was incorporated in 2008 as a private company specialising in bloodstock insurance in the South African market. Niche insurance markets have become our specialty, and we now have what we believe are unique offerings in the Racehorse, Sport Horse and Game Insurance industries. We do not only sell insurance, but underwriting, claims management and general risk management is also delegated to us by the insurer, Infiniti Insurance Ltd, also a South African company. This enables us to be more flexible in product design, thus being able to meet the specific needs of breeders, trainers, owners, etc. We are also able to be more flexible in pricing, to the extent that we can price more aggressively for “bluechip� risks.

Infiniti is extremely well capitalised, writing almost a billion Rand in annual insurance premiums, and has been awarded an A- credit rating by the rating agencies. When choosing an insurer, it is important to know who is actually carrying the risk. We also utilise various syndicates in Lloyds of London for reinsurance thus further improving security to our clients. We believe we have the best of both worlds in that we have local insurers, with an excellent credit rating, and also further security through Lloyds of London. At the same time we strive to maintain the highest degrees of professionalism and service excellence. Wehann Smith is the Managing Director of the Kuda Group of companies and his qualification as Actuary (AFA) gives him the tools to run the business in line with the above principles.



Dawn Newman Dawn is the Managing Director of Kuda Sport Horse (Pty) Ltd. As such she is very involved in all aspects of the business from marketing to the administration of the various sport horse products. Dawn has been a part of the Kuda team since the inception of the company and her financial background together with a keen interest in equestrian sport has made this an ideal fit. She has been involved in riding from a very young age, and has been working in Financial Management and Accounts for much of her professional life. She is currently a National Riding Showing Judge as well as a Provincial Dressage judge and has officiated at various South African National Showing events. She currently competes in dressage on her two Hanoverian geldings, Callaho Fidelio and Callaho Rinaldo and has represented WP on both the dressage and showing teams many times over the past decade. Lara Neill Lara is one of the two agents that represents Kuda in the Gauteng area. Lara grew up in the Cape and has been riding horses from a young age. She represented Western Proving for Show-jumping as a Child, Junior and Adult on many occasions. She has won the WP Adult Showjumping Championships, the 1.35m Mini Prix series, the Pretoria 1.50m Grand Prix and the Midrand World Cup Qualifier to name a but a few of her achievements. In 2009 she made the move to Johannesburg, where she now lives with her husband, Gareth, son Matthew and daughter, Emily. Lara is also the proud owner of Equestrian Affair, a boutique equestrian shop in both Cape Town and Kyalami. She currently competes 3 horses on the national circuit, Delmon Mining & Civils Opium du Sauge, Delmon Mining & Civils Graffiti and Alzu Opportunity.

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Kerry Byerley Kerry is the second of the Kuda agents in Gauteng and is an integral part of the team with her vast sport horse insurance knowledge and experience. Kerry works and lives in Glenferness, riding and teaching from her private livery yard where dressage is her passion. Currently competing on her home bred 6 year old, Kuda’s Habanera at Elementary level, she has also produced and ridden her, now retired, Shillelagh Cool Customer to Prix St George. With IMM and IISA qualifications, she has over 20 years’ worth of experience in the insurance industry. Having spent many years in the corporate world, Kerry is now concentrating on her equestrian passions of which marketing the Kuda product plays a very big and important part.

Sandy Glover Sandy lives in Port Elizabeth with her husband, Mike and is the Kuda representative for the Eastern Cape. Sandy has a Marketing and Sales Management Degree and worked in Marketing and Advertising for many years. She has been involved with horses most of her life. She presently has 3 horses at home and a few babies on the way. Sandy teaches a number of people in Port Elizabeth from Pony Riders to Adults. She runs clinics in East London and St Francis Bay and loves seeing the progress of all these riders and building lasting friendships and relationships with them. Horses are a huge part of her life and always will be. She is energetic and passionate about what she does and this translates well into her involvement with Kuda insurance.

Michele Wing Michele has recently joined the Kuda team as the agent in KZN and has made a huge impact on the business in a relatively short space of time. Michele has a BA Honours in Industrial Psychology from the University of Cape Town and has worked both in industry and business, consulting in the fields of organisational change and leadership development. A desire to see other countries and experience different cultures, saw her temporarily leave mainstream and travel around the world. However, a love for Africa saw her return and involve herself in the thoroughbred racing/breeding industries; both in television broadcasting for Supersport, SABC and Tellytrack; and as a writer for Parade Magazine, International Racehorse, HQ and HQ Pony. Michele has a passion for ponies and recently started breeding warmblood sport ponies for those children who wish to compete at high level.

Sandra Davids Lives in White River, Mpumalanga, where she is developing a small, private equestrian estate. Sandra is the Kuda agent for the Mpumalanga and Limpopo regions. Her passion is to work with young horses and she has backed and produced many youngsters for dressage, show jumping, eventing and endurance. She competes mostly in dressage and her current competition horse is a 6yo Lusitano X Warmblood mare, called Legacy’s Soraya. Her dad was a game ranger in the Kruger National Park, and that is where she grew up, and luckily enough with horses too! Her goal is to grow every aspect of equestrian sport and horsemanship in Mpumalanga, and working with Kuda Insurance, serving on the Lowveld Equestrian Club Committee and working with horses and riders on a daily basis will certainly help her to reach this goal.



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Cheyenne Gibbons and Africa’s Shark, winners of the WP Pony Riders Eventing Championship 2014

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erry Durston swept the board at the George Riding Club (GRC) Spring Festival which culminated in the Western Province Eventing Championship, winning in every discipline that she entered. She took first place in the Elementary pure dressage on Moonfire, the 1.20M showjumping championship with Finola and the 1M showjumping championship with Moonfire. Kerry and Moonfire then put up a faultless performance to beat Nikki Thurgood and her lovely mare Bacardi into second place in the 1M class at the WP Eventing Championships. Many standing around the arena watching Kerry’s composed and stylish riding remembered her starting out as a 12 year old on ponies, showing a lot of talent but not much style! Those days are long gone and Kerry’s elegant, confident riding is a testament to her hard work as well as to great coaching. The GRC Spring Festival had something for everyone and amusing sights abounded: Jen Preen taking her young horse straight from the working hunter to the jumping arena, still dressed in a show jacket and tie; plenty of riders with their 80


dressage saddles by the jumping arena or vice-versa and ponies galloping from one area to another as they juggled more than one discipline on the day. George Riding Club commented that they have benefited from the SAEF restructuring and their inclusion in the Western Cape Equestrian Federation; it was good to hear some positive feedback about these changes. Plenty of Cape Town and Winelands riders made the trip for show jumping, showing, dressage and eventing. The Club made a huge effort and visitors felt welcome and well looked after. Stabling was nicely organised with a fodder and shavings truck on site every day which was convenient. The club organised popular and well attended social evenings. During the day the catering was supplemented by a coffee stand serving cappuccinos and healthy snacks, the height of luxury! Thanks to fantastic sponsorship from Landrover, GRC completely rebuilt the cross country water complex. The new water rode beautifully and should last for a long time

Kerry Durston with Finola in the CNC* WP Eventing Championship



Tessa Preen rides Lord Monteith into second place in the 2014 WP Junior Eventing Championships

Katherine Gees on Restless Spirit, winners of the 2014 WP Junior Eventing Championship receiving her prizes from Sarah Arnot, Chairman of WP Eventing and sponsor Kirsty Richardson from Equibox

which really does help put George back on the map as a premier eventing venue. The tracks were designed by Jacki Peskens and built by the GRC team. What a terrific job they did! The CNC* track was strong and required intelligent bold forward riding – all hallmarks of Jacki’s course designing style. Unfortunately several of the riders misread the flags at the double corners in the main arena and were eliminated. When the ground jury inspected the flagging after the class was run there was really no excuse for this and riders must be more careful at fences with options, especially as the route was clearly explained at the briefing. The other “bogey” fence was an open ditch and hedge at the foot of quite a steep bank. Quite a few horses didn’t like the look of it and once a horse stopped here he wasn’t going to jump it. This fence caught out several of the younger horses who were new to the level, but the more experienced horses flew over it with no problems. The Western Province Eventing Championship was won by Kelly Searle, riding Equifeeds Strictly Cash, now a remarkable 19 years old. This comes only two weeks after Kelly and Equifeeds Ultra Montani Ganesh won the 1.35M Derby; Kelly is on a roll! Second was promising young rider Megan Cunningham on her brilliant mare Pohland’s Watchword. Megan and Watchword also won the CIC* class at the Polo International so the adults need to watch out for this promising combination. The 1M track was also strong with bold riding required which



Kelly Searle, winner of the 2014 Adult WP Eventing Championship on Equifeeds Strictly Cash with sponsors Kirsty Richardson from Equibox and Nicole Wolman from Hitair/Chikondi

was no problem for the winners of the WP Junior Championship, Catherine Gees and her cross country machine, Restless Spirit. Lovely dressage and clear showjumping gave them the victory. Catherine and Spirit have grown in confidence throughout this year and it was a well-deserved victory from a great Junior combination. In second place was Catherine’s cousin, Tessa Preen on Lord Monteith. The WP Pony Eventing Championships was won by Cheyenne Gibbons and Africa’s Shark and it was thrilling to see this fast, bold rider finally take her place in WP Pony Championship history. Cheyenne and Africa’s Shark had a frustrating start to their 90 cms career and this result over a demanding track that asked all the right questions was a reward for perseverance and consistent riding. Sadly Africa’s Shark has now been sold as Cheyenne moves into Juniors but we expect to see more great results from this talented young rider in her Junior career. None of this could happen without our sponsors! As well as renovating the water jump, GRC built a completely new 1* track that lays the foundation for next year’s Horse Trails at the club. It takes the generous support of many sponsors to build new cross country tracks and we would like to thank all of you, listed at the end of this article. It was a busy week and the team at GRC and the officials deserve a huge thank you especially Kathy Jolliffe who was

Megan Cunningham and Pohland’s Watchword following their win at Polo International with 2nd place at the 2014 WP Eventing Championships

the overall convenor. Show jumping Course Designer Wayne Thurgood never stopped smiling as he built lovely tracks from Wednesday to Sunday. Mike Greeff judged the show jumping and was TD for eventing, ably assisted by Cross Country judge Jen Preen. Jacki Peskens designed the six eventing tracks and her stamp was felt on every one of them, from 60 cms to CNC1*. She was assisted by Jenny Pott and Piet Dirk with the building. Dressage judges Pat Pohl, Francis Dorer and Debbie Marshall worked long days from Wednesday to Saturday and Pat Pohl also judged the equitation. Meanwhile showing judges Di Pieterse and Sue Dittman did a terrific job with showing on Wednesday. The unsung heroes at shows like these are the scorers, the timekeepers, the starters and the many cross country jump judges. Thank you all so very much. Finally the incredible GRC team, especially Kathy Jolliffe and Mark De Villiers. Thank you; what a great show you ran. Sponsors Landrover; Tiletoria; Sunrise Productions; Tavcor Motor Group; Hitair/ Tipperary SA; Chikcondi: Fith Generation; Tack & Tuck; Southwood Financial Planning; Equibox; Barkley Oates; Trac Mac Online; Riaan De Wit Attorneys; ER 24; Husqvarna; G Photography; Equifeeds; Protea Hotel Outeniqua; Budget Car; Flora Farm; Venture Active; Ziggy’s Yamaha Issue 21 SPORTING HORSE


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COACHING CLINIC WITH BILL LEVETT In April 2014, Eventing SA undertook an initiative to uplift the skills and competencies of Eventing Coaches in South Africa. By Claire Webb and Kim Hughes


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he first step was to put together a National Eventing Database of Coaches to establish who is coaching eventing in the country. All Eventing Coaches were asked to complete their CV’s and submit to the Eventing committee. Coaches were to provide details of their Qualifications, their Riding achievements as well as details of their Coaching experiences and success of pupils. Eventing SA are working towards providing a listing of “accredited coaches” who have completed an EQASA Level One coaching qualification, carry a current First Aid qualification and are members of the CEEPSA professional body. Then, to develop the skills of our coaches, a “Master Coach” was tendered for and we were very lucky to find Bill Levett, Australian Four Star Event rider and British Eventing accredited coach who agreed to come to South Africa. Bill made the Australian event team for WEG 2014, so we had to reschedule Bill’s visit to 8th to 13th November 2014. From the Coaching CV’s submitted, Ten South African Event



Coaches were selected, three from Kwazulu Natal, one from Western Province and six from Gauteng. The coaches were: Maud Aarts, Patrick Brown, Heidi Caine, Carl Boonzaaier, Marion Clough, Paul Hart, Jane Sheppard, Linda Squair, Douglas Welsh and Graham Winn. The course was held at Marion Clough’s Fourways Riding Centre. It was an ideal venue, good going with lots of equipment and space. Starting on Saturday 8th November, Bill gave lessons for the first three days. These were very well received by students and Fourways Riding Centre gave two lessons away in a prize and the lucky winner, was young rider Nicole Jooste. Then started the Coaching Clinic on Tuesday 11th November. The first morning was a lecture on the care of a 4* event horse, fitness programmes and competition schedules. A huge crowd came to watch and learn. That afternoon the coaches, each with a student worked on flatwork. As is usual for Eventers, a festive party joined Bill for a happy meal at Jonny’s restaurant that evening.

Coaches (From Left to right): Maud Aarts, Pat Sheppard, Paul Hart, Bill Levett, Linda Squair, Heidi Caine, Douglas Welsh, Graham Winn, Marion Clough, Patrick Brown and Carl Boonzaaier(not pictured).

Wednesday was devoted to gymnastics and showjumping and there was a great feeling of camaraderie amongst the group of coaches building the show jumping tracks to be used during the afternoon. In spite of the rain the coaches were completely focussed and actively involved. Thursday was devoted to cross country training, each coach with a student. Every coach on the course as well as spectators were so impressed with Bill’s vast knowledge and his helpful attitude. What a coup for EventingSA to have someone of Bill’s calibre helping us. As the course was registered with CEEPSA (Council of Equine and Equestrian Professionals South Africa) the attendance sheets will be submitted and those registered coaches will receive Continuing Professional Development points. Huge thanks to Claire Webb, Marion Clough, Kim Hughes, Andy Robinson (Gauteng Eventing Chairperson) and all other contributors, especially EventingSA for bringing out

Bill to assist with Coaching Development. Graham Winn gave us some of his thoughts on the clinic “Keep it simple, balance and then speed. Achieve it with feel. So important hearing this from someone as experienced as Bill Levett”. Bill Levett’s comments “Was nice to come out and see coaches with really solid basic knowledge. It was more about lots of coaches sharing ideas and moving forward rather than me just telling them what to do. If the coaches go away at the end of the three days picking up one new thing each day, I feel it was beneficial and I do think we have achieved this. It was a really positive experience. I really would like to thank everyone for their hospitality, they made me feel very welcome.” As this clinic was to be the start of a long-term coaching development programme, Claire together with Eventing SA is already looking for a suitable date for Bill’s return visit where the focus will be on those coaches who did not attend this course. Also, we would like to offer Bill’s expertise to eventers in the other provinces.





By Sharlene Venter / Photo by T&B Images


FNB Equestrian League Ready for 2015!

The FNB Equestrian League is a new and exciting Equestrian league for ordinary riders which is ready to take the South African horse riding world by storm!

riding school, stable yard, horse owner, groom, the stud, the breed and breeder and eventually region and province!

The concept of a fun series of equestrian events pitting riders, clubs and regions against each other has received overwhelming support from riders and equestrian event organisers alike. Says Jan Kleynhans, CEO of FNB Consumer Banking, “FNB is proud to be associated with such an exciting, innovative new initiative and we look forward to successfully developing this league to becoming an integral part of the South African Equestrian scene.”

Any rider, of any age group, is welcome to participate on any horse or pony! This League is for all!

What is the FNB Equestrian League? The FNB Equestrian League is an Eaton Farm initiative under the auspices of Sun Hills Equestrian Club created to provide an affordable, fun, equestrian league competition for all while embracing the changes required by SASCOC and the South African Equestrian Federation and at the same time growing the sport by catering for ordinary riders who wish to compete. It is a multi-disciplined recreational Equestrian Competition League which will initially offer Show Jumping classes from 0.60m to 1.10m and Dressage from Preliminary to Elementary-Medium kicking off in Gauteng in January 2015 and then taking the concept into the other provinces. But it’s not just an individual competition - it is many competitions in one! Every entry accumulates scores for the individual competitor as well as for his or her club, instructor,

Who can participate in the FNB Equestrian League?

All one need to participate in the FNB Equestrian League is to be a member of any Equestrian Club and one’s horse or pony needs to have a valid passport or a valid breed or travel document. Sun Hills Equestrian Club, SHEC, has made its membership free of charge to facilitate easy access into the sport. Where will the shows be held? The first shows of the FNB Equestrian League will be based in Gauteng but they will expand into the other provinces to eventually facilitate an inter-club, inter-regional and interprovincial friendly competition. The founding venues in Gauteng are Eaton Farm, Canterbrooke, Sunlands, Maple Ridge, Misty Meadows, Fourways and Penbritte with the Inaugural FNB Equestrian League Show kicking off on the 24 & 25 January 2015 at Eaton Farm. How does one become part of the FNB Equestrian League? It is so easy for anyone to ride in the Equestrian League! All you need to do, is go to the website, and register.






my Billett, who calculated all the Victor Ludorum points for the Final of the Mark White Nissan Equitation Super League Finals had this to say about the Show:

“The Equitation Super League Finals and the Gauteng Equitation Provincial Championships took place on Sunday 9th November 2014 at the Fourways Riding Centre. The competitions took place in the fairly new Milton International Arena, which has superb going and the bright jumps completed the scene beautifully. The athletes taking part were treated to the professional tracks of Kate Launder, whose courses were excellent, asking the right questions for the grades competing. The highlights of the day included Sylvia Dixon winning



Photos by Fine Photography both the Gauteng Pony Rider Open Championship and the Gauteng Young Rider Open Championship. Sylvia really showed off her determination and talent to win these classes after both her pony and horse were uncharacteristically badly behaved in the first classes of the day. Sylvia also took home the Victor Ludorum in both the Pony Rider and Young Rider Open sections of the Equitation Super League. The Pony Rider Open Victor Ludorum was hotly contested with the South African Showjumping Champion, Charlotte Stuart, only one point behind Sylvia in the standings. In the Adult Intermediate classes, the experienced Cornelia Stark won the Equitation Super League Victor Ludorum and the Provincial Championship. The athletes were privileged to be judged by some of our highest ranked Equitation Judges including Elaine de Verneuil,

Chad Cunningham and Mirja Horsthemke. It was gratifying to note how many competitors in the Equitation Super League have improved through the year and how Equitation is the key contributor to the constant development of quality in our riders. There was a wonderful atmosphere of support and encouragement, which ran through the day and Marion Clough and her Team ran a very time efficient and well organized event which was enjoyed by all who participated. Equitation is truly indebted to the many volunteers – parents, officials and helpers – who put in hours of work for little or no recognition.” The Equitation classes were halted briefly at 12.30, when the Gauteng Equitation Committee hosted an excellent

Luncheon for their Super League Sponsor, Mark White of Mark White Nissan, his wife and Nicole Horwood. Competitors were thrilled to have the opportunity to be photographed with Nicole, their equestrian idol, who also autographed copies of the Sporting Horse Issue that showcased her on the cover on Mark White Nissan Capital Don Cumarco. A Presentation of a Framed Collage was then made to Mark White, followed by Elaine de Verneuil expressing the gratitude of the Gauteng Equitation Committee for his generous support and the interest he and his Company have taken in not only individuals but the sport in general. The magnanimous sponsorship from Mark White Nissan has without a doubt made a significant difference to the Series.



Parco (Darco x Attack Z), competing at the Athens Olympics



he Stallion Company, as its name suggests, is a company that owns and represents stallions.The man behind the company is Ken Rehill, whose passion for stallions and breeding has been the cornerstone of the company’s huge success. When asked what his goal is, Ken replies:“To always provide my breeders with the best stallions I can afford, with the best conditions, the best price and the best quality semen. We have invested heavily in the best extenders for freezing semen, because our markets have really opened up in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Brazil, and I want first cycle pregnancies for the breeders and my stallions.” Now based in France, after having spent some time in England, the company originally started as “French Stallions”, and as an agency for studs was a link between French stallion owners and non-French speaking breeders. At that time, the French team was comprised of four stallions and had just won the WEG team jumping competition, and their success served to highlight the strength of French bloodlines. The change to “The Stallion Company” came in 2009 with the purchase of Ken’s first stallion, Grafenstolz, a German stallion, and so the original name didn’t seem appropriate anymore. Spotting a gap in the UK market for a stallion that could produce event horses, Ken made the decision to move Grafenstolz over 90


the channel. In need of a stallion to produce blooded horses that could not only gallop, but also had movement and jump, UK breeders of event horses welcomed Grafenstolz as a horse who could fulfill that role. He soon dominated the subsequent breeding seasons and quickly accelerated the growth of the company. Four months later Ken bought the phenomenal Kannan, who soon became the company’s flagship stallion. Since his purchase in 2009, Kannan has been bred to over 4000 mares and has since ascended up the stallion rankings to his current position as the number one jumping stallion in the world! The success of Kannan has meant that company growth has been rapid, but Ken remains cognise of the fact that his mighty Kannan “won’t be around forever”. As such, Ken has always reinvested the proceeds from Kannan’s stud fees back into new stallions, as well as improving the service and facilities of the business. The next stallion purchase was Royaldik, who’s dam, being the full sister to Heraldik xx made him very enticing to UK breeders and he has subsequently sold a lot of breedings over the last five years. Then came the indomitable Parco who on name, reputation, pedigree and performance history was a huge acquisition and great addition to The Stallion Company catalogue. Rubicell and the super thoroughbred stallion Esteban followed, both rated in the top 100 stallions for eventing. Sadly Ken lost Esteban in 2013 to colic, a tragedy he still mourns, saying “He was a wonderful

Leprince des Bois (Yarlands Summersong x Quandy du Mayne), competing at Badminton Horse Trials



Kannan (Voltaire x Nimmerdor), the world number 1 jumping sire

horse, intelligent, super type, built uphill and so easy to work with. I still have semen from him, but it’s only for my personal projects now. I have reserved the mother of Mighty Magic for two years for him, we pray for a colt.” Clinton II and Odermus R strengthen the jumping catalogue, with Odermus as a top 100 stallion who was also the KWPN stallion champion. “2014 has seen the biggest growth of all, with me addingTriomphe de Muze, Frazes the Anglo Arab, Bentley van de Heffinck, and the Olympic gold medalist sire Namelus R (also top 100). In September I also bought the 4* eventing stallion Leprince des Bois (Yarlands Summersong), and my most recent purchase is Quintero la Silla (Quantum), who I have bought from the Holsteiners. I think the catalogue is complete for 2015!” Thanks to the partnership between The Stallion Company and its agent Iconic Sires, set up in 2013 by Aileen Papenfus, most of these stallions are now available to South African breeders. Ken and Aileen met in the UK when Ken was still an agent himself, storing frozen semen at the stallion centre that Aileen managed. Grafenstolz spent two breeding seasons, whilst Kannan spent one season at the centre under Aileen’s care. When Aileen moved back to her native South Africa it was a logical progression that she become the Stallion Company’s South African agent. Aileen’s vision is similar to Ken’s in that she wants to make the best possible international stallions available to South African breeders. “It’s not an easy task importing semen, due to SA’s strict health requirements,” Aileen explains, “but I feel breeders here deserve to be able to use the top bloodlines that the rest of the world has to offer, and Ken gave me the opportunity to make that happen. We’re a long way behind, but we’re catching up.The South Africa Warmblood has improved so much in recent years, and breeders are more educated now. It will be good to see South African horses being recognized by the rest of the world.” Unfortunately, due to South Africa’s necessary health requirements for importation of frozen semen, some of the horses on the Stallion Company catalogue are unavailable to South African clients, but in an attempt to try and fill these gaps in the SA market, as well as expand on bloodlines already seen in South Africa, Ken and Aileen are offering breeders a wide selection of world class stallions at a range of prices to suit everyone. All stallions on offer have either proven themselves in competition, as sires, or both in most cases. The Stallion Company stallions all come with live foal guarantee terms, which means that breeders need not be concerned that they only get limited opportunities to get their mares in foal, but instead are able to get as much semen as they need. Ken finishes: “Ultimately, I’d like to have a network of stallions throughout the breeding world. I’m not too interested in being the biggest, that just brings problems, but to be respected by the breeders for what we offer and how we offer it. Distribution is the key, and a good network of professional agents makes a huge difference, but the product must be good; good stallions, good semen.” For more information on the stallions available in South Africa visit or





Michale Wall- Owner and Developer

Taco Oudewortel- Resident Trainer from Germany

Chris Nessling

Ricky Talbot




ux and Takkies or Cocktail dress and Crocs was the order of the day at the Gala Evening held at Mistico Equestrian Centre and Function Venue in the indoor arena. Guests included members of the committees of all disciplines in the Western Cape, top judges of all disciplines, SAEF, SASCOC, Show holding bodies, Breeders and Sponsors of the sport. The entertainment for the evening opened with the addresses of guest speakers Sylvia Bruckner, President of Western Cape Equestrian Federation and Chris Nessling, Chairman of Western Cape Show Jumping. Then came the top 20. Jumpers in the Western Cape followed by a Vaulting display by Bongani Mvumvu and Eleni Stais, both of whom attended WEG 2014 in Normandy. Over desert Dawn Newman entertained the crowd with a Musical Kur, which was followed by the addresses of guest speakers Sylvia Bruckner, President of Western Cape Equestrian Federation and Chris Nessling, Chairman of Western Cape Show Jumping. The gala evening was a showcase of the venue as a ‘first of its kind’ show facility in South Africa. Although Mistico is still a work in progress, completed to date are two full sized indoor arenas of 67x39 meters floors space and seating for 950 people in each indoor. In addition to this,



there are two outdoor dressage arenas, an outdoor jumping arena and numerous lunge arenas. The four barns consisting of 30 stables each with their own tack rooms and soon to be installed solariums are complete and will be opened for livery clients in January. There is a rider’s lounge and a soon to be opened tack shop, both of which are complete as well as a walker. In addition, Mistico has a function venue for 300 people and a weekend bistro. Still in the process of being built are 90 self-catering units, and additional 80 x 50 indoor arena with its own kitchens. The grandstands provide seating for 4500 people and 3000 people seated on the floor, hence it will be one of the largest function venues in South Africa.This will be surrounded by outdoor derby arenas, 200 temporary stables, a farrier’s block and an in-house veterinary clinic. The expected completion date of the additional facilities is July 2015. Mistico has approved resident German Dressage trainers Taco Oudewortel and Carsten Peeters, as well as an approved top jumping trainer Damian Stevens and its intention is to become one of the top privately owned competitive yards in South Africa.

Sally Ferguson, Siobhan Wall, Damian Stevens and Susan Turner

SAEF and Western Cape Sports and Recreation



By Sharlene Venter

Spotlight on


2014 SA Dressage Mini Derby winner, 2014 FEI Dressage World Challenge Advanced winner and budding Pole Dancer

iobhan Records is very fortunate to have been born into a “horsey” family. With mom, Lynda having successfully competed in Open Showing, Eventing and Showjumping, whilst her dad being a whipper in for the Rand Hunt Club as well as doing Carriage Driving, it was obvious that Siobhan would be growing up riding horses. Mom Lynda often jokes that Siobhan was born to do dressage, as her water broke when she was lunging a horse in a dressage arena! Siobhan started riding at the tender age of two and a half, and already started competing in Lead Rein classes at the age of three, on a Shetland pony called Tokolosh, who strived to live up to his name. Her first special horse was Glanwyn Harmony, who Natalie Hobday found for her in 1989. Her close relationship with Harmony was worth her weight in gold and provided Siobhan with so much confidence and happiness.The combination competed in all the disciplines, from showing, jumping, eventing, dressage to even mounted games with the Rand Hunt Pony Club. Siobhan feels blessed and grateful for having fantastic instructors Delia Gardener, Leigh Lippert, Claire Webb and Natalie Hobday, who were willing to share their knowledge and instill the fundamental basics of what it is to be an “Equestrian”. She’ll never forget a specific dressage lesson she had with Natalie when she was about five and a half and she had forgotten her girth.There was no passing the buck onto anyone else, and as Natalie said “your pony, your responsibility”. Needless to say, she had her lesson bareback! Through the years to come, Siobhan competed in dressage on Zemaituka, and was chosen for the Children’s Provincial Team for 4 consecutive years from 1996 to 1999. She then rode Sensation, a fantastic thoroughbred mare in Juniors, which took her from Novice to Medium, and into the Junior team from 1999 to 2002.At this time there were more and more Warmbloods coming into the sport, Sensation proved with corrected and dedicated training, that any horse can successfully compete.



Zemaituka and Sensation instilled her love for the Dressage Derby Style of competition, where the top three riders qualify and swop horses; it’s a competition that really reflects rider ability. Claudia Privato’s horse El Encanto Tercio has been a truly special horse to Siobhan. She started competing him in 2012, in Novice, and has collected a host of titles such as the Gauteng Novice Champs, SA Novice Champs, the Elementary Victor Laudorum at Gauteng Champs, the Mini Dressage Derby, and the South African leg of the FEI Advanced WDC. He is now graded Advanced and they will do their first Prix St George’s in 2015. This year’s Galencia Property SA Derby in October was very special to her, as she was defending her 2013 Mini Derby title on her own horse, Rathmor Caprice.The show being Caprice’s first Elementary Medium show. Besides Caprice, she also had Tercio and Royal Darco in the “big” Derby Qualifiers. It was El Encanto Tercio’s first Advanced. The Derby format is an interesting one, each rider rides their own horse and then the riders swop and rider their opponents’ horses, with the horses running order remaining the same. It’s truly a test of each rider, as you only have 3 minutes on each new horse before you ride your test. At the end of round one after competitors rode their own horses, Sue Horne on Cellehof Trademark was on 460.5, I was on 488.5 and Catherine Berning on Ciroc R was on 521.5 points, giving Catherine a 33 point lead. Round two had Catherine on Trademark with 469, Siobhan on Ciroc R with 484.5 and Sue on Caprice with 438. This meant that at the end of the second round Catherine was in the lead by 17.5 on 990.5 points, Siobhan on 973 and Sue on 898.5. This made for great excitement in the last round. Siobhan was first up on Trademark who gave her an amazing ride, to score 494.5, next up was Sue on Ciroc scoring 426, then Catherine on Caprice scoring 469.5.The final scores were Siobhan on 1467.5, Catherine on 1460, and Sue on 1324.5, and the winning Horse being the beautiful Ciroc R.

Only 4 days after Derby came the very competitive FEI World Dressage Challenge.With great support in place, the horses having Spa treatments at Manor D’Or, then physio from the amazing Kerryn Sinovich (née Legg), she was all set to go. Siobhan does a lot of cross training with her horses to try and keep their fitness levels up.This includes working on a gallop track, jumping and a long hack every week. Nutrititional care, shoeing (by Tobie and Joe van der Merwe) and veterinary support (from Lauren Morrison at Northrand) keep the horses in tip-top shape. To be successful a rider needs a good support system, especially with having 3 Major shows in a 4 week period! The FEI World Dressage Challenge is a fabulous initiative, allowing riders from different countries to compete against each other without the expense of travelling. South Africa fall under Zone 1, which means they compete alongside Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and Uruguay. This year’s international judges were Mrs Maria Schwennesen from Australia and Mr Peter Engel from Germany. Sadly due to unfortunate travel related circumstances (an airline strike) Peter was unable to judge in Chile, so only Maria’s marks were counted. In South Africa, unlike the other countries that compete, we run our qualifier and the competition at the same show, which is very taxing on the horses. In total only 40 horses are eligible to compete in front of the FEI judges, so qualifying is a task in itself, horses also have to qualify with a combined percentage of over 58% in the PSG and 60% in the Advanced, Medium. Elementary and Preliminary Classes. At this show she had Mrs Cheryl Kempin’s homebred Equinox Padover in the Elementary, her own Rathmor Caprice in the Medium, and Mrs Claudia Privato’s El Encanto Tercio in the Advanced and Mrs Lynda Weinstein’s (Siobhan’s mum) Saddle Fitting Specialists’ Royal Darco in the PSG. All the horses qualified to ride, however due to FEI rules Siobhan could only take two horses through. Her selection was Caprice and Tercio. Caprice put

in a beautiful test to come second to Megan Berning’s Zo Special. With these horses retaining their first and second places in the Zone 1 results, Tercio gave it his all to win the Advanced Class and come second in Zone 1 to one of Argentina’s top riders, Fiorella Mengani. Not only is Siobhan a formidable rider, she is also excelling in one of South Africa’s most exciting new sports, Pole Dancing. She has been doing Pole Dancing for almost a year, training with Venessa Lack at LAF Studios, and she finds this incredible workout very complimentary to her riding, as it requires a lot of core control and muscle isolation.This year she qualified for the Intermediate Division of Miss Pole SA. Sadly the competition was on the same weekend as Gauteng Dressage Championships, which took priority. She trains three times a week, for two hours on a Monday and Wednesday evening, (an hour of fitness and an hour of pole) and then an hour in private. Between her hectic riding and dancing schedule, there is not much time for anything else. Siobhan is a voracious reader and adores her Kindle, especially since she is partial to fantasy fiction which isn’t always the easiest to obtain here in SA. Her favourite authors are Anne Bishop, Patricia Briggs,Trudi Canavan and Jacqueline Carey. Siobhan has just returned from England where she was training with Pammy Hutton at Talland Equestrian Centre. It is a wonderful experience, not only for the incredible knowledge, training tips and wisdom Pammy has to share but also for the opportunity to ride Grand Prix horses, and train the various movements. On her trip to England, she was also fortunate to spend two weeks at the Saddlery Training Centre with Mark Romaine MBE, working on saddlery refurbishment, including striping and reef locking of panels. Siobhan is one of our exceptional dressage riders who has her eyes set on the next World Equestrian Games in Canada. Her talent is undoubtable, her passion immense and her pure determination and commitment will make her a strong contender for 2018!






n the 10th of August 2014, Lorette KnowlesTaylor and I embarked on the most incredible journey I have ever experienced. After two nights in a pre-departure camp near OR Tambo where we met the rest of Team SA, all 54 athletes (representing 14 different sporting codes), 19 code managers, 2 physiotherapists, 3 doctors, our young ambassador and our Chef de Mission were en route to Nanjing, China for the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games. After a 14 hour flight from Johannesburg to Hong Kong, a lengthy wait and then another 2½ hour flight to Nanjing, a very tired, but excited Team SA had arrived. From the moment we hopped off the airplane, hundreds of enthusiastic volunteers (also known as ‘the minions’) were very eager to ensure we knew our way around. Lor and I were supposed to make a technical meeting at the equestrian venue on the day of our arrival, but due to our flight from Hong Kong to Nanjing being delayed, unfortunately we were unable to make it. Nonetheless, we were determined to see the equestrian venue before making our way to the Youth Olympic Village. After seeing the beautiful indoor venue where I would be competing, I couldn’t wait to meet the horses and the rest of the competitors the next day. Lor and I headed to the Olympic



Photos by Wessel Oosthuizen of SASCOC

Village to meet up with the rest of Team SA as well as over 4000 athletes and coaches who were also in the village for the next 3 weeks. Each country had its own building with many apartments inside. In my apartment, there were 3 rooms, with two rooms having 2 beds, and the other (which was my room) having 3 beds. I shared with a golfer and a cyclist and Lor shared with the very mature and experienced, but very sweet, shooting coach. The Olympic Village was specially constructed for YOG and is huge, with several gyms, parks and restaurants including a McCafe as well as many cultural activities. All the buildings had bright neon lighting and advertising banners. It was all colour and sound. I don’t think Lorette and I have ever been so excited! We couldn’t sleep! The next day, the equestrian competitors were off to a very early start with both the vet check and the draw of the horses happening. Due to us not being familiar with the bus schedules and the Nanjing early morning traffic, we made sure we caught an extra early bus (and so that we could grab a free cappuccino from McCafe on our way out of the village!). Our very clever plan helped us because after a very long drive of being stuck in traffic and experiencing the horrendous Chinese drivers (our taxis are well-behaved in comparison), we just managed to arrive on time! We met up with the 29 other riders and coaches and then we all watched the vet check. Seeing as though most of us had never seen or heard of the horses (some were local and others had

been brought in from Germany), Lor and I decided to write down notes about what we thought about the horses. After the vet check, we all met for a meeting where we did the horse draw. My name was the first to be picked out of the box and I drew a local horse called Dominand. He was a chestnut Belgian Warmblood. A very excited Lor and I were extremely curious to see what we had written about him at the vet check. To our disappointment, our notes on Dominand were ‘big, fat and squiggly behind; bit lame’. Nonetheless, I very eagerly ran to his stable to meet him where I immediately fell in love with his extremely loving nature. The following day was our first training session. There were 2 warm up arenas and the main competition arena. We were allowed 15 minutes in each and a total of 6 jumps only. We trained in continents, which also made up the teams for the intercontinental competition. Dominand was a little stiff, as well as ‘squiggly behind’, but I was determined to do the best that I could on him. Lor and I were told by the trainer, Lars, who was from Germany that we should keep Dominand’s work to a minimum as he wasn’t as fit as the other horses. It was after this training that I had ‘misplaced’ my phone and everything that took place the next two days seems to have been a bit of a blur... However, I did manage to steal Lor’s phone and take plenty of pictures – very paranoid that I would lose hers too!

On Saturday the 16th of August 2014, 105 countries, as well as some 60 000 spectators gathered at the Olympic Stadium for the Opening Ceremony of the Youth Olympic Games. I was completely mind-blown for about 2 hours.The 22 000 “minions” that were involved in the whole ceremony (and the games) danced in the pouring rain for about 45 minutes, whilst they were announcing all of the participating countries, without losing their incredible enthusiasm and their excitement that they had for the games that were being held in their country. The Opening Ceremony was an amazing program of colour and costumes, music and dance, acrobatics and aerobics, involving thousands of participants; an unbelievable spectacle! The Sunday after the Opening Ceremony, we were able to have another training session on our horses before the warm up competition took place on the Monday.The training sessions had not gone according to plan because Dominand was very numb in the mouth and I basically had no control around a course. It was at this point where I became very frustrated with myself as I wasn’t able to figure him out. I knew that the course design would require a technical ride. Although he was a very big horse, he didn’t have much of a stride and I knew that if I didn’t see a perfect distance into the first jump of a related distance, I wouldn’t be able to make the correct striding in between. However, having said this, the other half of the time he would grab the bit and end Issue 21 SPORTING HORSE



YOUTHOLYMPICGAMES up running through the distance like a racehorse. This was the part that frightened me a bit! On the Tuesday, we had our first competition day, which was the first round of the intercontinental competition. Before every competition, I would arrive extra early so that I was able to warm Dominand’s back up with a hot towel under the vet’s guidance. He told us that Dominand had been quite sore before the competition and a warm towel would relieve the pain slightly. Team Africa, which consisted of South Africa, Morocco, Egypt, Senegal and Zimbabwe, were competing against Europe, South America, North America, Asia and Australasia. After the first round, which was jumped over 1.20m, Europe was well in the lead sitting on 0 penalties.The following day, we jumped the same course just slightly bigger than the day before; which saw Europe taking the Gold, North America taking the silver, South America taking the bronze. Africa, just missing out on a podium finish, finished fourth. After the intercontinental competition, we had two days off before the individual competition. On the Thursday, Lor and I headed off to the venue to walk Dominand in hand rather than ride him as we decided that it was the best thing to do due to his back being very sore. We were then left to have the rest of the day off to ourselves so Lor and I, and a few of the other competitors decided to hop off the bus at the Olympic Sports Centre and walk across the road to the Pizza Hut. I have never been so relieved to eat ‘normal’ food, and it was just so great to experience something different to what was served in the village. After arriving at the Pizza Hut, we were told that there was a 40 minute waiting queue, but shortly after the waiter had walked away, she came running back telling us that she had a table for 12 all of a sudden. This was when we realised that we were celebrities in this beautiful city, and no matter where we went, as long as we had our accreditation on, we were offered very special treatment! Once we were back in the village, I would always meet up with the other competitors, especially Emily Fraser from New Zealand, whom I knew well from before YOG when we had competed against each other in South Africa and New Zealand. There was plenty to do in the village and we had to participate in the cultural activities that were set up around the village and get them signed off on our YOGGER to earn points. The YOGGER was a little USB device that we carried around with us all of the time. Before arriving at the games, we all had to go online and set up a profile for our YOGGER and once we arrived in the village, they were registered. The YOGGER was an unbelievably clever idea because every time you met a new person, you would touch your YOGGER with theirs and after a green light would glow, they would have your information and you would have theirs. For those of you who don’t know, on the 20th of August, my dad, whilst having lunch, saved a lady who fell into a river. Shortly after he had sat down for lunch with my mom and Emily’s parents, he had seen someone fall over the bridge about 60 meters away from him. He immediately jumped up and ran across a very busy road, whilst my mom was screaming how mad he was and that he must come back immediately! My dad, being a male, obviously didn’t listen to her and continued to run to the river leaving a trail 100


of socks, shoes and belt behind him. Once he had rescued the girl and saw that she was going to be okay, he left quickly without making a scene. The next morning, there were pictures in all of the newspapers of my dad saving this lady and the police were looking for him to commend him with a Good Samaritan award. He had to attend a press conference at his hotel where about 30 different reporters filmed and interviewed my dad, mom and myself. They were very interested in me as I was competing in the games, and especially because they weren’t too aware of what equestrian actually is. My dad was seen as the local hero! The next day, being Friday, we were once again off to a very early start for the second vet check, which took place before the individual competition. This time, the competitors had to do the trot up with their horses. Once again we had to make sure that Dominand was warm enough before the vetting as if he had failed that vet check, there was no way for me to pull a reserve horse. Luckily, everything went well and all of the horses were considered fit enough to compete the following day. Shortly after the vet check, we had the draw for the individual competition where I drew number 11. This was a better number for me because I had been number 2 and 1 to go in the team competition! We all headed back to the village again and off to bed early. After a good night’s rest, we were ready to tackle what the day had in store for us. The lay-off had done Dominand well and he was feeling the best he had felt all week and I was really confident going into the first round of the individual competition. Unfortunately I had four poles down, putting me on 16 penalties, which were



carried through to the second round of the competition. After I finished my round, I had to get off of my horse and walk to the press area where I was interviewed.The questions would usually start off with one or two of them being about myself and how I felt about my round, and the other 10 would be about my dad! I would have reporters following me around so that they could get a photo of my dad and I together. On the day of the finals, I was rooting for my very good friends, Emily, from New Zealand and Jake Hunter from Australia who were both sitting on 0 penalties going into the final round. I had 8 penalties on the Sunday, which was a personal best for Dominand and I.There were several scratchings and eliminations on the day and besides the fact that there were only 8 jumps as opposed to 12 on the previous day, Dominand and I managed to end the competition off on good terms. Thank goodness there weren’t more jumps! I was extremely ecstatic when Emily jumped a fast clear round in a four-way jump off to give her the well-deserved gold medal. Another friend, Australia’s Jake had an unfortunate four penalties in the jump off to take home the bronze medal. Going into the final round of the individual competition, I couldn’t stop thinking about how blessed I was to have experienced the most incredible few weeks. Although I didn’t have the most talented horse, he taught me many things that a ‘jump on and go horse’ wouldn’t have. He taught me that winning isn’t everything, and that being chosen to represent my country at the Youth Olympic Games is an achievement that no one can ever take away from me.

Once the adrenalin had died down a day later, we had time to go and complete our cultural activities in the village as well as the ones that were planned for us outside of the village. We were also able to watch the Team SA hockey boys play in the semifinals against Australia and explore Nanjing. On the 28th of August 2014, the almost-fantasy world that I was living in had come to an end. Once again, 105 countries, as well as spectators gathered at the Olympic Stadium for the Closing Ceremony of the Youth Olympic Games. After being able to swop clothing with athletes from many different countries and after quickly grabbing our last Frappuccino from McCafe, Lor and I headed back to South Africa. I cannot even begin to thank everyone who has supported me and helped me to achieve my biggest dream and goal in my life.You all have shown me that anything really is possible. To my parents, my sister, Lorette and Barry Taylor, my sponsors – Nissan SA, Jin Stirrup and Tony Pappalardo, and Greg Wharram from Equestrian House - for always believing in me and supporting me in what I love doing. A further thanks to Yvonne Bolton and Karen Keller who have both stood by and guided me since I was 8 years old. When I was younger, I always remember people asking me what moment in my life I would want to go back and relive. Well, if someone had to ask me that now, I would say that I would like to go back to the 16th to the 28th of August 2014 and relive all of those moments and memories that I keep experiencing over and over again. Issue 21 SPORTING HORSE


Squad and Lars with Elegante

By Janet Pitchford

Photos by Bernd Thierolf and Janet Pitchford

VAULTING In May 2012 a group of enthusiastic vaulters came together to form the All Stars mixed vaulting squad with the goal of being selected for Equestrian TeamSA to compete for South Africa at the 2014 Alltech World Equestrian Games scheduled to be held in Caen, Normandy Although a squad did compete at WEG 2010 in Kentucky, this was a new squad with a new coach Lars Hansen, a totally new experience for all with the exception of Melanie HarcourtCooke who was a flyer in the 2010 squad, and Bongani Mvumvu who competed as an individual in 2010. A strict training regime was adopted from the word go, including body conditioning with Specialist Floyd Lebatie. The first few months focused on land and barrel training, mastering a routine which allowed the squad to work well together, developing a relationship of trust, dependency and reliability, which is an important part of squad formation. Horse work was intensified from January 2014. The team horse, unrelenting Mr Watt and



his reserve, Michaelmas day (Mich) from Shumbashaba were star players together with their human counterparts.These were Bongani Mvumvu, Julia Pitchford (also competed as an individual), Melanie Harcourt-Cooke, James Turner, Karabo Mafokate and reserve Paballo Mashilo, as well as Montana and Jordan Wright, unfortunately the latter two withdrew from the squad early March 2014.Thankfully Eleni Stais had completed her Expression of Interest to be a squad member and was able to join the squad to fill the gap. The All Stars squad together with their coach, Lars Hansen left South Africa in early August to train for three weeks in Munich, Germany in preparation for the event.Training began immediately

Alexa Stais Freestyle



Alexa Stais

with their rented horses, Rhani the squad vaulting horse, a beautiful chestnut mare with Elegante 42 as her reserve. Alexa Stais chose Elegante 42 to compete on as an individual, whilst Julia Pitchford selected Rocco 467 with both athletes competing at WEG as individual female vaulters. The pace increased dramatically with little time for tourist activities and sightseeing. Their German host , Alex Hartl ensured our athletes wanted for nothing and availed his facilities to our athletes for their preparation for the competition. All was going well in the training camp of Vaulting TeamSA until the Thursday before the games when their team horse, Rhani slipped on her way back to her stable and unfortunately sustained a deep laceration to her leg resulting in her not being fit for competition.Thankfully under the expert hand of coach Lars Hansen, the squad had prepared for all eventualities and had been training on Elegante 42, who was now no longer the reserve, but promoted to squad horse. On the evening of Friday 29th August the two horses, Rocco 467 and Elegante 42 set off on their 15 hour road trip from Munich to Caen with Lars Hansen and the support crew Dörte Klehe, Sylvia Gern, Elisabeth Dräxler and Verena Rosenkranz.The athletes and their physical trainer Floyd, took the easier route, flying to Paris on the morning of the 30th August. The OC shuttle met them at Charles de Gaulle airport to transport them to their Hotel in Caen.The time they made up in flying from Munich to Paris was lost with the long coach ride, eventually arriving at their hotel at 104


Julia Pitchford

8:30pm to anxiously waiting parents who had last seen them at OR Tambo airport on the 9th August, 21 days before. Hotel Kyriad Caen Nord Memorial is a quaint hotel with basic accommodation, comfortable beds and a good breakfast menu. Yummy granola, a variety of fresh fruits and a great choice of croissants, (especially chocolate ones ) which were VERBODE for the competitors and well enjoyed by the supporters. The 1st September was Horse inspection day and Lars took TeamSA horses Elegante 42 and Rocco 467 through their paces and both passed with flying colours. The Zenith indoor in Caen looked huge and awesome, when we first viewed it with excitement and anticipation. However, the athletes were not fazed either by the size of the stadium or the fact that the spectators would be really close to them. All the hard work in training had prepared them for this moment. Finally after 18 months of blood, sweat and tears, uncountable hours of training, thousands of kilometres of road and air travel by the awesome All Stars squad, the 2nd September had finally arrived - WEG 2014 was underway. South Africa’s Chef D’equipe, Steffi Waidmann drew starting place of 10th out of the 17 squads competing, the beautiful mare Elegante 42 would carry the squad and Alexa through their compulsory round, and handsome Rocco 467 for Julia. Mr Watt, Mich, Admiral and Guelsary, the South African counterparts who had significant roles in getting all

Squad Freestyle

the selected athletes to WEG, were there in spirit wishing them all loads of luck. Anxious, but proud parents and SA supporters were amongst the feverish crowd roaring with excitement, the atmosphere was tangible as TeamSA Mixed Vaulting Squad entered the arena. As quoted from the FEI press release after day one “The South African squad produced an inspiring and emotional performance based on the principle of equality in both sport and life and the voice of the late and much loved South African statesman, Nelson Mandela, added an extra poignancy to their programme. Many spectators and officials were seen brushing tears from their eyes as an essay on tolerance and reconciliation was played out, and although the relatively inexperienced squad had to settle for the eighth place on a mark of 6.901 at the end of the day, they left a deep impression on all who saw them perform....” What an incredible achievement for the young South African All Star Vaulters with a compulsories score of 6.901, Freestyle round number 1 score of 7.737, Freestyle round number 2 score of 7.746 making it a final score of 7.324 placed 8th overall at the 2014 World Equestrian Games. Our two individual vaulters did well after Round number 1 of Compulsories and Freestyle, they unfortunately did not go into round number 2, but Julia (16 years old) placed 27th with a final score of 7. 137 and Alexa (18years old) placed 28th with a final

Squad Bongani Julia and Karabo

score out 7.080 – a notable feat as this was the very first time ever that a South African individual had scored over 7.000 in their final score and both our young individuals, being amongst the youngest as the individual seniors are mostly in their 20-30s did just that. Such a remarkable accomplishment for theVaulters, as the European athletes train and compete on their own horses, we as ‘buitelanders’ hire a strange horse, work on it for a few weeks and then compete, plus our vaulting discipline and show sizes in South Africa are incomparable to the numbers and shows they have in Europe. All our WEG athletes did South Africa proud and a huge THANK YOU to our unrelenting, determined Vaulters, the faithful and tenacious vaulting horses both in Europe and in SA. Also to their unremitting coach Lars Hansen, who we know had moments of exasperation, horror, panic, desperation and finally satisfaction and pride. The Chef d’Equipe, Steff Waidmann, who ensured all logistics were taken care of and the Chef d’Mission Deon Augustyn, who worked for months unrelentingly to make the South African contingent happy. The physical therapist, Floyd Lebatie, whose dedication to ensuring the Vaulters were strong, capable and injury free. To all the support staff who ensured the horses were groomed, fed and exercised in between competing and finally, to the fans and the supporters who travelled to the event and those who tuned in to Live FEI TV that supported from back home, so many people contributed time, energy, money and prayers into this venture, thank you so much. Issue 21 SPORTING HORSE





By Dr OJ Botha (BVSc) VetsBrands

ummer has arrived and along with it the usual epidemic of itchy scratching horses with strange lesions around its head and down the neck. Horse owners and trainersspend a fortune on a wide variety of magical potions that they religiously apply to these lesions to no avail. Rumors, advice and “I have heard” abounds. Grass allergy (due to bad Hay or Lucerne), Fungal infections, mites and even spells cast upon the horse by Sangomas are blamed. In the meantime our poor horses suffer and the lesions just get worse. The climax is reached in December, at Parys show when many Show horses enter the show ring weary from scratching and itching with its head and neck covered in brown or black polish bravely trying to hide the magnificent failure of its trainers or owners to correctly treat this simple syndrome! Cause True summer itch is caused by the allergic reaction of horses to the saliva of Culicoides (Midges) or Mosquitoes. If the biting of these two insects is dramatically reduced the symptoms of Summer itch will slowly disappear in spite of all the useless concoctions that is applied to the horses skin! If correct preventative action is taken in early spring before the biting insects start their activity the syndrome will not appear. The latest scientific studies have shown that other environmental factors (such as inhaled allergies or food allergies) may exacerbate the clinical symptoms. (Hallamaa RE).certain breeds of horses as well as certain individual horses may also have a genetic predilection for Summer itch. (Eriksson S et al). The bottom line however is that when a horse has the typical symptoms of Summer itch and it is seen only during the summer months then the allergy to the saliva of Midges and Mosquitoes is the reason and this should be treated. It is important to understand that some new and fresher hay or Lucerne that is obtained in early spring may also attract the Midges and



Mosquitoes into the stable and in this way more bites arise that will start the symptoms. It isn’t the hay or Lucerne causing the problem it’s the fact that more Midges enter the stable and take blood meals from your horse! Symptoms The symptoms of true Summer itch in horses is always seen in Summer. It starts in late spring to early summer and disappears towards late autumn early winter. If the symptoms are seen in mid-winter it means that there is a complicating factor such as a deep skin infection, fungus or other allergy that is was secondary to the Summer itch seen in summer. Horses affected by true Summer itch are itchy as hell!. They are constantly rubbing their heads and necks on the barn doors or walls or any place that is available.True Summer itch is confined to the head and neck region of horses. Summer itch shows small areas of patchy hair loss but more importantly in these areas of hair loss the skin is often raised, red and inflamed. Summer itch gets worse and worse if treatment is not correct. The application of topical ointments and concoctions may temporarily reduce the symptoms but the disease will invariably progress. Diagnosis Summer Itch is diagnosed primarily by its Clinical symptoms and the history of the horse being affected during the summer months. Once an owner or trainer has seen the disease and knows what the correct diagnosis is, it is easy to recognize. In cases where owners do not want to accept the Veterinarians diagnosis or where there is any doubt as to the possibility of other secondary complications such bacterial, fungal ormite infections a skin biopsy may be performed by a Veterinarian and this will be analyzed microscopically. This will also confirm the diagnosis of Summer itch in cases were owners are skeptical about the diagnosis. I have diagnosed three cases of Summer itch in the last two weeks and in one case a

biopsy was performed with the following report attached. “The histopathological lesions are compatible with a type 1 hypersensitivity reaction and thus allergic skin disease in this horse. Although a specific allergen cannot be determined with histological evaluation, the most common allergen in horses indeed represents Culicoides hypersensitivity. Lesions are often seasonal. No clear indications of another condition could be detected in these samples.” Prevention It’s real, real simple! The only way to effectively prevent the symptoms of Summer itch is to reduce or prevent the amount of blood meals that Culicoides (Midges) or Mosquitoes take. So this means keep the Midges and Mosquitoes out of the stables! Both Mosquitoes and Midges are active in the dark. Very few mosquito bites occur in the day and even less Midge bites. It is thus imperative that horses suffering from Summer itch be stabled two hours before dusk and stay in the stable until at least two hours after dawn. Placing a high powered fan that hangs down from the roof and is directed towards the back of the stable is imperative.This fan should be on a timer and should be running for the duration of the dark hours. The most important factor in preventing Midge and Mosquito bites is however the application of the correct insect repellant at least one hour before dusk and at dawn. Grooms attending to horses affected by Summeritch must be explained how and why the correct and diligent application of the correct insect repellant is imperative. This may normally be done just before the horses are fed in the morning and evening. Closing the openings to the stables with mosquito net and spraying these nets with the correct insect repellant in the afternoon will further prevent Midges from entering the stable.

The correct insect repellant It is imperative that the correct insect repellant be used. Horse owners spend thousands or Rands every year on insect repellants that are non-effective, or at most partially effective in repelling and or especially preventing specifically Midges and Mosquitos from taking blood meals. In a landmark study performed by a leading Equine veterinarian it was proven conclusively that Citronella oil as well as Cypermethrin repellants do not have any significant repellency effect against Culicoides. If one studies the report critically it is shocking to see that Citronella oil actually attracted more midges than a negative control. (Page PC et al). In contrast it was proven that a 15 % DEET (N,N-diethyl-3-methylbenzamide) formulation had a significant repellency effect against Culicoides. (Page PC et al). “The repellent efficacy of 15% N,N-diethyl-3-methylbenzamide (DEET), 0.6% citronella oil, and 0.3% alpha-cyano-cypermethrin against Culicoides species was compared in three 5x5 Latin squares (15 replicates) under South African field conditions. DEET, Citronella oil or Alpha-cyano-cypermethrinwere applied to polyester meshes that were fitted to down-draught suction 220V UV light traps which were operated overnight. No significant repellent effect against Culicoides was found for the citronella oil or the alpha-cyano-cypermethrin. DEET had a significant repellent effect against Culicoides species and C. imicola for all catches made from after sunset to before sunrise”. Another researcher is Scotland proved that Eucalyptus oil was also highly effective as a repellant against Culicoides. (Trigg JK). During an extensive scientific study recently completed at a leading research facility, it was proven that a unique product containing DEET, Eucalyptus oil,Tagete oil (Kakiebos) oil, Lemon oil and Turpentine oil (Summer Itch Spray, VetsBrands) was extremely effective for more than 16 hours in preventing Mosquitoes from landing or feeding on horses. (Botha OJ et al).



During the above study as well as a five year field trial study performed on more than 500 horses. It was also proven conclusively that the above product was completely safe, had no side effects and also had no irritant effects on the skin of horses when applied correctly. In plain English the above translates to the following: Do not trust Fly, Mosquito and Midge repellants that contains Citronella oil or Cypermethrin to effectively prevent Mosquitoes or Midges from biting your horses. Insist on using a product that contains DEET as well as Eucalyptus oil (Summer Itch Spray, VetsBrands). Do not use human products containing DEET as they are often to strong and formulated for human use and thus much more prone to causing allergic reactions in horses. Furthermore they are far more expensive than the Equine specific product (Summer Itch Spray VetsBrands). It is also important to note that Midges and Mosquitos transmit the dreaded African Horse Sickness (AHS) and therefore it is imperative that horse owners and trainers use a Mosquito and Midge repellent that has been proven to be effective in preventing them from feeding on horses. (Summer Itch Spray). To ensure that horse owners and trainers use Summer Itch Spray correctly and to prevent misuse of the product the manufacturers have decided to sell the product exclusively via Veterinarians and Vet owned Vet Shops. Treatment Treatment for Summeritch is based on systemically reducing allergic reaction and the inflammatory reaction that follows upon the injection of the insect saliva. The only truly effective treatment is



the correct use of Cortisone. Horses need to be injected with anshort acting injectable Cortisone, preferably intravenously, for two days in a row. This has to be followed up by a long acting depot cortisone injection or daily cortisone tablets administered crushed in the food for at least 4 weeks. This treatment needs to be administered by your veterinarian and should under no circumstances be attempted on your own. Trainers also need to remember that if they administer any form of Veterinary treatment without Veterinary supervision and anything goes wrong they are liable for all damages incurred. Topical cortisone and or other soothing ointments or liniment application, although not effective in curing the disease, may be used for the first few days to help in relieving the symptoms but should never be relied on to cure the disease. Summer Itch Spray application may be started on non-affected areas twice a day and extended to affected areas within three days of starting treatment once the worst of the inflammation and itching has abated. Conclusion If your horse has a seasonal allergy that is located primarily on the head and neck and is very itchy it most likely suffers from Culicoid and Mosquito induced Summer Itch. No amount of ointments or concoctions will heal your horse. The horse needs to be treated with Cortisone by a Veterinarian.The horse must be supplied with a fan in its stable. Products that do not contain DEET and Eucalyptus oil will not be highly effective in preventing Culicoid bites. The horse must be diligently sprayed with Summer Itch Spray twice a day according to the manufacturer’s instructions. The Summer Itch Spray applications must be done from early spring to late autumn.

References: Unpublished. Evaluation of the repellence efficacy of a topical spray Formulation (Summer Itch Spray) against mosquitos on horses. Botha OJ Animal. 2008 Mar;2(3):3605. doi: 10.1017/ S1751731107001413. Genetic analysis of insect bite hypersensitivity (summer eczema) in Icelandic horses. Eriksson S1, Grandinson K, Fikse WF, Lindberg L, Mikko S, Broström H, Frey R, Sundquist M, Lindgren G. Vet Parasitol. 2009 Jul 7;163(1-2):105-9. doi: 10.1016/j.vetpar.2009.03.055. Epub 2009 Apr 5. Duration of repellency of N,Ndiethyl-3-methylbenzamide, citronella oil and cypermethrin againstCulicoides species when applied to polyester mesh. Page PC1, Labuschagne K, Nurton JP, Venter GJ, Guthrie AJ. Acta Vet Scand. 2009 Jul 14;51:29. doi: 10.1186/17510147-51-29. Characteristics of equine summer eczema with emphasis on differences between Finn horses and Icelandic horses in a 11-year study. Hallamaa RE. Vet Parasitol. 2012 Apr 30;185(2-4):265-73. doi: 10.1016/j.vetpar.2011.09.037. Epub 2011 Oct 1. Comparison of two trapping methods for Culicoides biting midges and determination of African horse sickness virus prevalence in midge populations at Onderstepoort, South Africa. Scheffer EG1, Venter GJ, Labuschagne K, Page PC, Mullens BA, MacLachlan NJ, Osterrieder N, Guthrie AJ

J Am Mosq Control Assoc. 1996 Jun;12(2 Pt 1):329-30. Evaluation of a eucalyptusbased repellent against Culicoides impunctatus (Diptera:Ceratopogonidae) in Scotland. Trigg JK









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