Dressage master returns to KZN to teach locals

2010-12-02 00:00

LOCAL dressage riders of all ages are set to benefit from the expertise of international dressage trainer David Macmillan

The former KZN resident is in the province for a 10-day training initiative.

With more than 100 national dressage awards to his credit, Macmillan began to train in the sport at the age of eight.

Under the mentorship of former chairperson of dressage riding in KZN, Vicky Mostert, Macmillan was in the Natal junior dressage team in 1991.

After matriculating at Kloof High School, he moved to Brentwood, New York, where he was introduced to grand prix dressage. He obtained a BSc. magna cum laude in psychology at Brigham Young University in Utah.

Macmillan believes that interacting with animals makes better people, as does dressage as a sport.

“Horses have no guile — they are honest creatures and they provide good therapy.

“It keeps the children out of the malls and off the drugs. Admittedly, it is an expensive sport,” said Macmillan.

Mostert approached Macmillan two years ago with a proposal to provide training for local dressage riders.

“Vicky has been dear to me and is a mentor,” he said.

Macmillan has scored in the range of 70 — deemed a remarkable achievement in dressage competitions.

Commenting on the standards of dressage in South Africa, he said: “The standard of horses is increasing in this country, as well as the talent. All we need is the information”.

He plans to come back to South Africa again in February to provide more training clinics for local dressage riders.

Dressage competitions are held at all levels, from amateur through to the ­Olympics.

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