Woodridge riders excel at SANESA National Championships

2015-11-12 06:00
Kaitlyne Greyling placed 5th overall in South Africa on her horse Mexico and 19th on her pony Whisper.           Photo: SUPPLIED

Kaitlyne Greyling placed 5th overall in South Africa on her horse Mexico and 19th on her pony Whisper. Photo: SUPPLIED

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WOODRIDGE College riders exceled at the recent South African National Equestrian Schools Association (SANESA) National Championships – receiving the trophy for runner-up of the year for the second consecutive year.

This is an outstanding achievement as the four Woodridge College riders came second out of the 239 high schools participating in this prestigious national event. Over 600 high school riders competed at SANESA Nationals held at Misty Meadows.

Not only did the Woodridge EquestrianTeam come second, but it also had three ri-der/horse combinations placed in the top 20 riders nationally. Kaitlyne Greyling placed 5th overall in South Africa on her horse Mexico and 19th on her pony Whisper. Jessica Alberts riding Torch Bearer placed 16th in the top 20 rankings.

Riders had to qualify to ride at the Nationals by competing in provincial selection qua-lifiers throughout the year as well as at the regional final where they competed against riders from Border. The Eastern Cape Schools team was then selected to compete against the other Provinces at Misty Meadows just outside Pretoria the first week in October. Woodridge College had four high school riders that made it into the team with six horses: Kaitlyne Greyling, Jessica Alberts, Coral-Jade Dippennar and Christi-Li Pike. These four riders, despite being such a small team, brought home no less than two gold medals, 4 silver medals and three bronze medals between them.

Woodridge Prep School came sixth altogether out of over 200 Prep schools taking part. The Prep School had one rider in the top 20 placings, out of nearly 500 prep school riders which participated.

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