Seven-year-old rider to get KZN colours

2010-06-04 00:00

AFTER a stellar show jumping performance at the Royal Show, seven-year-old Reine Marshall will be awarded her KwaZulu-Natal colours at the Jockey Academy this evening.

Reine, who has been riding since she was four, was named the best rider at the show in her division. She was also named Show Champion in the First Ridden Pony section.

Speaking of her performance at the Royal Show, Reine said she was “quite chuffed, actually!”

“I was nervous, but then I thought to myself that this is actually a little easy, because I’ve done it all before,” she said.

Later this month, Reine will represent KwaZulu-Natal at the South African Children’s Championships in Johannesburg.

“I’m quite excited to go to Jo’burg,” said the feisty St Mary’s Kloof grade two pupil. “And I am going to be riding Sunday Girl, my pony,” she added.

Although Reine is a two-time champion at the South African National Equestrian Federation schools’ league, she is still significantly younger than the other competitors in her age group.

According to her proud older sister, Lucille Lightfoot, Reine seldom comes home without a ticket.

“No pony is ever too big or too scary for her and she is willing to try and ride any pony in the stable yard,” said Lightfoot.

Reine spends her afternoons at the stable yard, riding and tending to the ponies.

“She has been taught how to tack up her own ponies and also how to hose them down after riding. In spite of all the time spent at the yard, she is also excelling at school,” said Lightfoot.

Like her dedication to her ponies, Reine has a plan for tackling her school work too: “I just think very hard about what I have to do, and do it! My teacher says I am doing very well,” she said.

In addition to her talent with her pony, Reine has gained a reputation for her playful antics — and the crowds love her.

She has already warned her instructor that when he is “too old to ride”, she will compete with his A-grade horse … at the Adult Opens.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.