Award-winning rider to feature in showjumping event

2016-06-21 06:00
Award-winning rider, Oscar Ncube. Photo: supplied

Award-winning rider, Oscar Ncube. Photo: supplied

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SOME of South Africa’s most qualified showjumping champions will be descending on KwaZulu-Natal from 15 to 19 June for the fifth Nissan Winter Classic at Durban Shongweni Club.

Participating in the event will be a number of Team Nissan riders including SANEF Accelerated Development Programme’s 2007 Rider of the Year Award-winner, Oscar Ncube.

Originally from Alexandra in Johannesburg, Ncube started riding 20 years ago after being introduced to the sport by his mother’s employer.

“She was a really lovely lady with horses on her property,” he recalled. “I had the privilege of being taught by her and was fortunate enough to learn on her horses. That’s when my passion for showjumping began and soon after that, I wanted to make a career out of it.”

He started competing at the age of nine and began racking up a list of achievements including being selected for the first equestrian showjumping team to compete in the 2007 All Africa Games in Algeria; making the Western Cape Eventing Team; receiving his Springbok colours; competing in the FEI World Cup Qualifier in 2010 and being the first black rider to compete in the 1.60m South African Derby.

Oscar loves the challenge that comes with showjumping, stating that dealing with horses means that no two competitions are alike.

“When it comes to horses, they have minds of their own and they can have good days and bad days so you really never know what the day will bring,” said Ncube. “The feeling of a good jump is so satisfactory that it makes me feel on top of the world. It’s really a great sport that has taught me to be humble, patient and have respect for horses.”

This will be Ncube’s third year of competing at the Nissan Winter Classic where he will be riding Poker LS, I’m Back and Rosee in the Open classes.

Commenting on the upcoming contest, he said: “I’m very excited to be competing again. I have great horses, great sponsors and a great support team so I’m really looking forward to the week ahead. It’s going to be fun, the mood is always great as Nissan goes beyond expectations and makes the show very exciting, not only for the riders, but for spectators as well.”

Ncube competes in events two to three times a month and, when not competing, he trains horses and also teaches clients to ride.

He has been instructed by top-ranking showjumpers, Barry Taylor and Lorette Knowles-Taylor, of Farnham Stables, both of whom form part of Team Nissan and will be joining Ncube at the event.

“Everything is prepared for another great Nissan Winter Classic,” said event co-organiser, Jodi Wolhuter.

“There is a record 560 horses competing across 39 events on a course designed by FEI Level 3 course designer, France’s Michel Ismalun. It is really set to be an exciting event for participants and visitors with ongoing entertainment throughout the five days.”

The Nissan Winter Classis offers entertainment for the whole family with food and craft stalls, a dog agility display on Friday 17 and Sunday, 19 June and a designated Nissan children’s play area over the weekend 18 to 19 June. Visitors can also take a spin in one of Nissan’s vehicles at the Nissan Test Drive Station.

Entrance is free for all. Anyone wanting more information can visit

www.sashowjumping.co.za and www.nissan.co.za

- Supplied

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