Superb three days for riders

2008-10-23 00:00

The Spurwing Horse Trials committee ran a superb three-day event at the Karkloof Polo Club last weekend.

The grounds looked spectacular and James Arathoon has emerged as a top cross-country course designer. The support from local companies was excellent as was the input by an army of volunteers who spent a long damp day jump judging and scribing.

With 198 entries, there were three full days of competition. Friday was dressage day and some good scores were produced in spite of the rain. Dressage is a very influential part of the competition as can be seen by the following results.

In the CCI ** KwaZulu-Natal’s Heike Harvey, riding Mossandi Royce, rode a superb dressage test, acquiring 46 penalties, some 15 penalties ahead of the second-placed competitor. Harvey rode the best clear cross-country round of the class and managed to retain her lead, despite her showjumping round giving her an uncharacteristic 11 penalties to finish on 80,6 penalties. The stylish and talented Graham Winn from Gauteng, riding Zorba, was second with 93,4 penalties and Douglas Welsh (KZN), riding Nissan’s Sport of Kings, was third on 96,3 penalties.

In the CIC **, where the cross-country track is 3,6 km, as opposed to the CCI ** where the longer format of 4,565 km was used, the winner was Heidi Wood riding Quantum Leap. Wood was lying in third place after the dressage but a super cross-country round moved her up to second place behind Hayley Parker and Alzu Alaska, who unfortunately failed the second vet inspection after the cross-country. This left Wood the deserved winner of this class. Espadrille, ridden by Gauteng’s Patrick Brown, was second, 11 penalties behind Wood on a score of 112,8 penalties.

The CIC * event was won by Howick-based rider Robyn Elliott, riding Star of Africa. This combination was polished and professional and led from the dressage phase to finish on only dressage penalties of 58,2 from another Midlands rider, Lynsay Scott, riding Irascible, who finished on 62 penalties.

The Adult Intermediate Championship was won by Leanne Cutting and Galway Emerald Sirius some 12 penalties ahead of Western Province’s Mandy Mason, riding Pohlands Cuppacino.

KZN’s Sarah Hulley and Magson were the Junior Intermediate Champions from the very experienced junior horse Jolly Lolly, who is now ridden by Amy Vergunst from the Western Province. The Pony Rider Novice Championships (the highest level for pony riders) was won by Rachel Barrett, riding Scott, with Rachel Brun and Montana Sky second. All these competitors finished on their dressage scores.

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All affiliated competitors are reminded that a new directive has been issued by the South African National Equestrian Federation. All horses that are competing need to be vaccinated for Equine Flu by a registered vet at all times. A primary course of two injections at least 21 days apart needs to be given, followed by boosters at six-monthly intervals. There is a 21-day leeway in the giving of the boosters to enable the vaccine to be given at least seven days before any competition as no horse may compete within a full week of having the vaccine administered.

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Hermannsburg School is holding an unaffiliated gymkhana, showjumping and cross-country show this Saturday. Inquiries: Gill at 082 541 3331.

Shongweni Shows are holding a showjumping show this weekend at Durban Shongweni Club, Inquiries: Troy at 031 767 1995 or Karen Levey at 031 768 1241.

There is also an Arab Show taking place at Mooi River this weekend. Inquiries: Ruth or Robin at 083 630 4385.

Canterbury Equestrian Centre is holding an affiliated showjumping show next weekend. Inquiries: Rob at 082 905 4912.

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