New Sanef committee announced for Games

2009-01-15 00:00

THERE is exciting news from the South African National Equestrian Federation (Sanef) as it has put together an international participation committee consisting of Tony Lewis (chairman), Jane Jackman, Anne Marie Esslinger, Liz Day, John McIntosh and Ernst Holtz to organise horse and rider representation at the 2010 World Equestrian Games and the 2012 London Olympics. This first meeting is due to take place at the Gauteng Horse Society Club House on January 29. It is for all top riders, coaches, trainers, sponsors and other interested people, and will cover the following issues:

• The road to the World Equestrian Games

• The road to the Olympics

• Funding

• Coaching

• Training camps

• Clinics

• Contracts

• Team selection

• Quarantine

If you would like to attend, phone Megan Duncan at the Sanef offices at 011 468 3236 or e-mail megan@horsesport.org.za

Harold Preston died after suffering a stroke on December 15. This wonderful man was a pioneer of Equestrian Sport in South Africa and served on The Horse Society (THS) executive and National Selectors panel, and later on Sanef for over 25 years. Harold was a perfectionist in everything he undertook. His dedication to showjumping, together with his carefully planned courses were instrumental in raising South Africa’s standards to international levels. Our condolences go to his family.

The African Horse Sickness Trust reports that there have been unconfirmed reports of African horse sickness in the Newcastle and Wartburg areas and they are expecting more cases in the KwaZulu-Natal region due to the forcast climatic conditions. The Trust advises that all horse owners should stable their horses between dawn and dusk, apply insect repellants and take their horses’ temperatures regularly. Marion Young and Shaun Groenink are currently studying at Masters level the causes and methods to repel this dreadful disease and they are trying to inform the equine community of their findings. For more information, e-mail ahs@ukzn.ac.za

The KZN Horse Society is holding its annual general meeting on January 29 in The Tongaat Hall at the Royal Agricultural Show Grounds at 7 pm. This is an important meeting for anyone connected with competitive riding as there is a proposal for family membership, which has been put forward by James Naysmith. The amendment is to allow parents of minor members to have a vote by giving all parents the option to pay the difference between their child’s membership and an adult membership. This amendment has been suggested as more than half the current members are minors and their parents are unable to have a vote on their behalf unless they are full members themselves. This proposal could have far-reaching effects within the KZN Horse Society and it is in everyone’s interest to come to the AGM and express their views.

Canterbury Equestrian Centre are holding a two-day affiliated showjumping show on January 24 and January 25. Phone Rob Martin at 082 905 4912. Durban Shongweni Club are holding a two-day showjumping and equitation show on the weekend of January 31. Phone Karen Levy at 031 768 1241 or Troy Kernick at 031 767 1995.

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