Dressage entry record

2014-07-31 00:00

DURBAN Shongweni Club shone in all its glory at the SA Dressage Championships last weekend.

A record number of entries came from around the country, with some horses travelling two days to reach the venue. There was an international flavour with judges Peter Engle from Germany and Nicholas Verwer from Holland.

Both were unanimous in giving the event their approval and praising the facilities at the club. They said the facilities were comparable to anywhere in Europe.

As for the quality of the horses, they were impressed by both the imported, and locally bred steeds.

Over five days, the programme ran from 7.30 am to 5.10 pm daily, with three arenas used. Prize giving was enjoyed at the main clubhouse in a relaxed atmosphere after the tough competition in the arenas.

Friday saw the championship classes for all grades being judged, followed by the highly anticipated SA individual champs, with five judges on duty.

A large crowd gathered to watch Chere Burger, Andrea Harrison, Candice Hobday and Adrian van Wyk compete for the title, every horse and rider giving a masterclass of horsemanship.

Once the judges had tallied the scores, Burger came out tops, ahead of Harrison, Hobday and Van Wyk.

Burger was also chosen to represent South Africa at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France, in September. Here she will ride a Friesian horse she keeps in Europe, the first time such a horse competes at the games.

All in all, this was a championship to remember. Organiser Bev Pendock thanked the sponsors, saying the bar had been raised to ensure a better event in April next year.

Individual SA Dressage Champion:

Chere Burger — Adelprag Arjen

Andrea Harrison — Mariner

Chere Burger — Adelprag Fernhill

Candice Hobday — Filinea

Adrian van Wyk — Othello


Dominey Alexander — Ballerina

Jean van Deventer — Truke van Lutage

Beryl Johnston — Beautiful Step


Calet de Vos — Bling of Esbi

Phillipa Terblanche — Serano

Wium van Huysteen — Adelprag Alwin

Elementary Medium:

Dominey Alexander — Cellehof Zimzalabim

Phillipa Terblanche — Ealvero Hotshot

Karin Koep — Tivendell’s de Lovely


Max Bonami — Alladin vd Kemphoowe

Ehere Burger — Adelprag Eelte

Maxine Oosthuizen — Linden

Prix St George:

Trudy Marsland — Zindane

Georgina Roberts — Phoenix Loth Lorien

Wium van Huysteen — Adelprag Wath Me

Intermediare 1:

Dominey Alexander — Don Natiello

Anthea Michaletos — Ulivia STV

Nicola Mohr — Vaderlandse Sportshu

Inter-Provincial Dressage:

1st — Gauteng

2nd — KZN

3d — North West

4th — Western Province

5th — Eastern Cape.

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