The 2017 Nissan Easter Festival

Lisa Williams and Discovery Campbell

The 8th edition of the Nissan Easter Festival is set to be the best yet – not only for horseriders and horse lovers, but for friends and families from far and wide.

Equestrian athletes from countries such as Zimbabwe, Botswana, Swaziland, Zambia and Namibia will be joining the hundreds of South African riders who will be competing in a wide range of disciplines such as showing, equitation, dressage and showjumping at the Kyalami Equestrian Park from 8 – 17 April 2017.

Show Director Kate Launder says that over and above the 160 competition classes, there’s a whole host of entertainment to be proud of –and all for free;

“There are new events on the cards such as the Nissan Navara Challenge where our showjumping Superstars vs the Eventers All-stars which takes place on Friday 14 April. There’s also the very popular Nissan Six Bar event as well as the Nissan celebrity fancy dress on Easter Sunday and many more. Outside of the arena’s, families can enjoy the ever-popular Easter egg hunt, food markets, car display, jumping castles and face-painters. Entrance is free and we encourage everyone to join us and enjoy a fabulous day out.”

Show highlight

The show will culminate in the SA Outdoor Grand Prix set to take place at 2pm on Easter Monday – 17 April 2017, with close to 5000 fans expected to pack the stands and witness showjumpers tackle the 1.50m high obstacles against the clock. On board this year, and his first time building in South Africa, is FEI Level 3 course designer Marco Behrens from Germany who has built 1m60 tracks around the world including Germany, Emirates, Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Anyone’s game

Reigning champion Nicola Sime-Riley aims to defend her title on either of her two rides – Sunny Park Stables Elpaso as well as Fulvic Connoisseur. Hot on her heals will be the 2012 and 2014 champion and Capital Stud rider Nicole Horwood riding Mark White Nissan Capital Don Cumarco. Other competitors on form and aiming for a win will be Discovery rider Dominey Alexander; Anne-Marie Esslinger of Burlington Stables; Lisa Williams on Discovery Campbell; and Team Nissan riders Lorette Knowles-Taylor and Barry Taylor.

In addition to the free entrance to the show, the all new Nissan Navara will be on display and available to test drive throughout the show.

The Nissan Kiddies area will be an action packed fun zone for kids over the Easter weekend of Saturday, Sunday and Monday. To keep track of the action, follow us online: Facebook: www.facebook.com /Nissan and Twitter: @NissanZA 

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Kyalami Park: 1 Dahlia Road, Kyalami, 1685 (Located next to the SA Lipizzaners)

General Enquiries: 011 036 3320

Text: The PR Machine