KZN vaulters excel at nationals

2018-10-23 06:02
Nicolette de Villiers, Chane’ Steyn, Siyabonga Mazibuko, Sandile Zondi, Jordyn Braum and Sonja Rahn at the finals.PHOTO: supplied

Nicolette de Villiers, Chane’ Steyn, Siyabonga Mazibuko, Sandile Zondi, Jordyn Braum and Sonja Rahn at the finals.PHOTO: supplied

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SANESA is a vibrant and dynamic organisation, acknowledged by the South African Equestrian Federation (SAEF) and SASCOC, and has dedicated itself to promoting all forms of Equestrian sport within the South Africa’s schools’ community. The members of SANESA (schools) are represented by their pupils.

Riders do not need to belong to any other Equestrian Association/Club in order to participate at any SANESA event.

Currently they have 15 diverse equestrian competition disciplines. Each province in South Africa has SANESA representation and some provinces are also broken up into districts. Every province/district holds up to four multi-discipline competitions in the first seven months of the year. The top eight riders with the most accumulated points in each discipline go forward to represent their province at the annual SANESA National Championships during September/October.

It is not essential for anyone to actually own their own horse or pony to participate in SANESA — many riding school pupils compete with success at events on borrowed horses/ponies. SANESA is striving to ensure that it is an all-inclusive organisation and that anyone who wishes to compete is not disadvantaged in any way.

KZN had four pupils that entered the SANESA nationals as Vaulters (gymnastics on horse back) that was held in Kyalami between October 4 and October 7 between Grade E (beginners) , Grade D, Grade C and Grade B. As a team, KZN achieved second place overall between the provinces.

Twelve year old Chane’ Steyn from Gelofte Skool, who started with vaulting only eight months ago, won first place on the barrel and second place on the horse under SANESA Grade E.

Jordyn Braum, an 8-year-old pupil from Hillcrest Primary, also only started with Vaulting eight months ago and she won fourth place on the barrel and horse under VASA Grade E.

Other KZN participants included U14 Siyabonga Mazibuko in the KZN development vaulters Grade E and U11 Sandile Zondi, also in the KZN development vaulters Grade E.

All the Grade E vaulters did KZN proud and we can’t wait for next year’s SANESA which will be held in KZN in 2019.

If anyone wants more information regarding vaulting, or how to get their child to become part of this amazing sport, please e-mail Sonel Steyn at


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