Shongweni: classy field for show jumping

2012-06-14 00:00

THERE is an air of nervous anticipation at the Durban Shongweni Club, which is set to host the Nissan Winter Classic 2012 from tomorrow morning. The country’s top equestrian athletes will be fighting it out for the valuable 2012 FEI World Cup Jumping RSA League points that will be up for grabs.

Featuring a course that has been designed and built to international standards by popular and successful German designer Andreas Hollmann, and taking place at one of South Africa’s most beautiful equestrian venues, the Winter Classic is set to entrench itself as one of the premium events on the country’s equestrian calendar.

With the star-studded field that will be taking part in the event, spectators are sure to be rewarded with world class show jumping at the four day extravaganza.

Among those who will be in the hunt for honours in the top classes are Lorette Knowles-Taylor (Broadacres), Gauteng, Grant Langley (Hillcrest), Jodi Pieters (Drummond), the Neil brothers, Shaun and Gareth (Randvaal, Gauteng), Barry Taylor (Gauteng) and Anthea Erasmus (Cape Town).

While more than 400 horses will be contending in a number of categories ranging from 70 centimetres up to 1,5 metres, it is undoubtedly the 1,5 metre FEI World Cup Qualifier on Sunday that is sure to attract the most attention from riders and spectators. Apart from being the top class at the event, riders and horses have the added motivation of being able to qualify for next year’s international FEI World Cup Final, which is to be held in Europe next year.

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