Many jumps ahead

2013-10-01 00:00

MONIQUE Bishop has been horse riding since she was four and owned her first horse at 14. Last year, she was selected for Sanesa (South African National Equestrian Schools Association), going through four qualifiers to gain selection. Once selected, she rode at the national event in Kyalami, Johannesburg, as a member of the high school riding team.

She participates at showjumping, working hunter and working rider. “My horse Arctic Flight is stabled at Newmarket in Durban and I try to ride every day if possible,” said Monique. “I try to fit in a few hours daily and of course, I have to look after my horse as well, with special attention as shows loom nearer.”

Monique explained the difference between working hunter and working rider. “Hunter is more a field discipline, riding the horse in open spaces. It’s similar to fox hunting overseas, while working rider is more technique and control of the horse,” said Monique.

Monique knows that although horse riding is a huge part of her life, there has to be time for study and furthering her career after school, where she is keen to follow the teaching route. For the time being, schoolwork and the next batch of exams are first and foremost, but she has a riding goal which she is busy working towards. “After school I want to keep horse riding as it is a sport that does not have an early retirement age,” she said. “My immediate goal is to ride in the South African Derby and SA Champs, while riding overseas would be the ultimate.”

But, it’s not only horse riding in which she excels. She swims, does high jump and shot put and is a star on the netball court. “I have played for the Proteas, but have been out of action since March this year damaging my knee ligaments while playing on tour in Potchefstroom. I was selected for Sanesa this year as well, but could not compete because of my injury,” she said.

Sport is a big part of Monique’s life and if she follows the path of teaching after school, she is keen to throw some coaching in the mix as well. “I would like to get involved with coaching of some sort after school. It gives you purpose in life as you set goals and put in the effort to reach them.”

NAME: Monique Bishop

SCHOOL: Port Natal


AGE: 17

SPORT: Netball, Horse Riding

ACHIEVEMENTS: 1st team and KZN Netball, KZN and SA Mixed U18 Action Netball, Honours for Netball and Horse Riding


• Is good in the kitchen and likes baking and cooking, especially pasta

• Enjoys watching rugby and is a Bulls supporter

• Has a wide taste of music from Pink, Taylor Swift and Adele to One Direction and Afrikaans music

• Doesn’t read much

• Enjoys movies such as Twilight, Titanic and The Lucky One

• Is keen to visit Mauritius soon

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