FEI World Cup qualifier a success

2008-11-27 00:00

The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) World Cup Qualifier Show held in Cape Town last weekend was a great success. Dominey Alexander, riding Alzu Barracuda, had a super weekend, winning the 135/140 m competition and coming second in the Farnham Stables Riders Grand Prix.

Alexander was also second in the Western Province Showjumping Championships and the FEI World Cup Qualifier class, riding Capital Stud’s Capital Shiraz in these two prestigious classes.

Gareth Neill, riding Delmon Mining and Civil’s Something Special, won the Horsebox FEI World Cup Qualifier with two immaculate rides to finish over a second ahead of Alexander. Lexi Carter, riding Patton de Martimont, came third just a fraction of a second behind.

Carter won the Farnham Stables Riders Grand Prix, this time riding the diminutive thoroughbred Pickpocket. The Western Province Championships were won by Barry Taylor riding the Chabalgon Stud’s Udokes.

All the riders were most appreciative of the generous sponsorship that the organisers arranged and were especially grateful for the sponsored breakfasts and lunches. This type of initiative enables the sponsorship to reach all the riders, not just the prize winners.

• The inaugural meeting of the Midlands Group of the KwaZulu-Natal Horse Society met last Thursday at Victoria Country Club. There was a large gathering and it is fantastic to see so much enthusiasm from the midlands.

There are many new venues within the area that are due to start holding shows next year. This is great news for the riders as they will not have to continually travel far to shows.

The members who were present feel it is imperative that the midlands has strong representation at executive level within the KZN Horse Society and one of the main aims of the group is to implement this as soon as possible. Members also feel it is vital to have knowledgeable and unbiased team selectors from the midlands to give input to final team selections in all disciplines and age groups.

The group also wishes to hold seminars and clinics for riders, judges and officials, and generally ensure that all competitors and officials are well prepared for competitions.

• Imperial Toyota is the headline sponsor for the South African Eventing Championships at Northern Farm in Gauteng from December 7 to December 9. These major championships are the highlight of the eventing year and there is a strong contingent of KZN riders preparing to compete over the fabulous and challenging cross-country courses that are the brainchild of KZN’s Priscilla Young.

• Shortlands Riding Centre is holding a two-day junior and adult showjumping show this weekend. Inquiries: Shaun Oliff at 082 452 4432. Triple P Shows are holding a one-day showjumping show for children on Sunday. Inquiries: Deidre Fox at 082 653 1511.

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