Saddling up for Core League event

2012-09-18 00:00

The KZN branch of the South African National Equestrian Schools Association (Sanesa) held an awards dinner recently at the Secret Garden, Pietermaritzburg, ahead of this weekend’s Core League National Championships in Kyalami.

Over 250 people attended, including headmasters of the schools whose riders had won floating trophies for gaining the most points during the year.

Sanesa Nationals is in its ninth year and has grown to over 3 000 class entries, with competitors from all over South Africa.

Sanesa is a non-profit organisation and all the money raised is ploughed back into developing schools’ equestrian activities and especially the development of minority disciplines, as well as helping riders to compete irrespective of their financial status.

The Core League Nationals starts on Sunday with a provincial team parade in the Bob Charter Arena at the Kyalami Equestrian Park in Johanesburg.

The parade is a spectacular sight, with riders and horses dressed in all their finery as they represent their schools.

Show jumping, dressage, showing, and equitation are the classes on offer at nationals. The show caters for riders who are the best in South Africa at their chosen level of expertise. This allows for inclusivity across all racial and ability sectors and Sanesa actively encourages people with disabilities to compete on an equal basis with their able-bodied rivals.

Sanesa KZN held four qualifying Core League shows around the province during 2012. The results from these shows were tabulated and the points earned determined who would represent KZN at the Nationals. Sixty-eight children were selected for KZN this year across the different core disciplines.

Sanesa’s vaulting, reining, saddle seat and Western Mounted Games sections are all holding their nationals in October in venues around South Africa.

The National Schools Eventing Championships is being held for the first time over the last weekend in October at a new Midlands venue, the Dolcoed Equestrian Centre in Lidgetton, following the successful hosting there of two regional qualifiers in August and September.

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