Mooi River hosts carriage champs

2008-11-13 00:00

THE South African National Carriage Driving Championships were held last weekend at Brinstone Farm in Mooi River — the home of carriage driving enthusiasts Andrew and Lita Timms. The 16 km marathon was particularly tricky due to the wet weather and there were a couple of retirements on this section. Gauteng’s Rodney Forster, driving Stallone, took an early lead in the open section, winning the dressage. He was also the fastest through the obstacles in the marathon. With this advantage, he remained the overall winner of the South African Open Individual Championship, despite not having the best of cone driving rounds in the final phase.

The novice title went to Mr Watt, driven by Sharon Boyes, and second place went to midlands driver Sue Eatwell and Crushed Velvet. Ken Poole, who is one of South Africa’s most talented competitive carriage drivers, won the Pre-Novice Championship driving a new pair — Brinstone’s Bright and Spark. The weekend’s host, Lita Timm, competing with Rhubarb, was the runner-up. Gauteng won the team competition with KwaZulu-Natal in second place.

KZN had a fantastic time in the Western Cape at the South African Team Eventing Championships, with both the novice and open teams winning their championships. KZN’s Heike Harvey had a dream weekend, winning the Open Individual Championship, riding the Pietermaritzburg-bred warmblood Mossandi Royce, as well as the Novice Individual Championship, riding Zaphire, to add to her team wins.

The South African National Junior Multi-Discipline Championships will be held in Gauteng from December 6 to December 14. This year there is a new innovation in the showjumping section. As well as having the national team competition for the top open 1,30 m juniors in each of the provinces, there will also be inter-regional team competitions for the lower grades.

The KZN open 1,30 m team: Global Game, Rainie Kietzmann; Beach Haven Amex, Kiera Brandon; Top of the Hill, Stuart Naysmith; Matersons Maliza Rouge, Tamaryn Vercueil; Reach No More, Coralie Robert.

1,20 m – JB team: Arcade, Sam Warren; Cottonfields, Roxy Leyshon; Last Monach, Tamaryn Vercueil; Davenport Pegasus, Tess le Roux; Pinecreek Banus, Candice Reusch.

1,10 m – JC team: Pleasant Thoughts, Roxy Buckle; Davenport Wind Dancer, Tess le Roux; Beach Haven Aces, Kiera Brandon; Voermol Divine Lustre, Natasha de Klerk; Mr Matt, Megan Berning.

1,00 m – JD team: Winslow Christmas, Roxy Leyshon; Salsa Chilli, Tiffany Herron; Davetsaub Alcazar, Geordie Byrne; Medicine Man, Sage Pedlar; Brandenburg Lady, Kelly Martin.

This year, the South African Junior Eventing Championships will be held at the Northern Farm Event in Gauteng from December 5 to December 7. The KZN junior eventing team has been announced as Sarah Hulley on Magson, Meg Hodgson on Voightskirch Silvano, Melissa Tratschler on Madeira Leila, Savannah Wilmot on Waterside Stardust and Kiara Mattioda on Barbamation. The KZN junior dressage, showing, equitation and vaulting teams will be published in next week’s column.

This FEI Showjumping Challenge takes place this weekend at the Cyril Geoghan Stadium in Durban. Inquiries: Deidre Fox at 082 653 1511.

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