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Rider profile: Ronnie Lawrence

Interview with Caroline Malan You’re currently ranked number 3 in SA in 2018. Tell us about your year to date and why it’s all gone so well? I moved to Natal two years ago and this year I’ve felt much more at home and I’ve started to go to more shows than normal. Gillian Van Orshof has also had more ...

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Rider profile: Jade Hooke

1. You won the derby in 2009 & 2011. Please tell us about both wins. What went so right? What do you most remember? How did you prepare both yourself and A New Era? The win in 2009 was one of the highlights of my career and still is. Winning at age 19 on a horse that had never jumped ...

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Rider profile: Dominey Alexander

I think I’m correct in saying that you’ve never won the Derby showjumping title? Considering you’ve basically won every other title there is, why do you think this one has escaped you?  I’ve never won the SA Showjumping Derby. I’ve been second twice and placed several times. I think you need a very specific horse for Derby and I don’t ...

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Team Nissan hosts THANDI children

By Caroline Malan In April 2017, the Team Nissan Show Jumping team replaced their sixth rider with an equestrian development program which they named ‘THANDI’- meaning ‘loved one’ or ‘beloved’ – an acronym for The Heritage and Nissan Development Initiative.  All 7 of the THANDI beginners are from Footprints and are aged between 7-15. Members from the Team Nissan Show Jumping ...

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Barry Taylor and his new horse Dicardo

With over 40 years of experience under his belt, professional showjumper Barry Taylor is not only proud of his year to date, but also excited at what’s still to come. His string of 5 consists of Counter Attack, Cody Island, Companeiro’s Son, Callaho Victory Forever and a new GP horse that came out of quarantine in May named Dicardo. We ...

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South African Army horses neglected – yet again

Inspectors from the National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) were horrified to discover that horses in the care of the South African Army Special Infantry Capability (SAASIC) unit of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) were starving to death. 25 horses on the army base were in such an emaciated condition or compromised state of health that to prevent their ...

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Ready for Nissan Easter Festival: Jorja Rohrich

Jorja-Joan Rohrich will be competing in the Pony Rider 1.20 classes as well as the Junior 1m classes at this year’s Nissan Easter Festival. WE caught up with her to see how her preparations are going. Which horses will you be competing at this year’s Nissan Easter Festival? This year I have my Pony Assegaai Rimanda in the Pony Rider ...

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Nissan Grassroots Development Clinic

Now in its 8th year, the showjumping grassroots clinic is a morning dedicated to those enthusiastic young riders from previously disadvantaged backgrounds and is held on the first day of the Nissan Easter Festival. Professional showjumpers of the Team Nissan Show Jumping team including Barry Taylor, Lorette Knowles-Taylor, Oscar Ncube, Liam Stevens and Cheyenne de Beer spend the morning tutoring ...

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Nissan Easter Festival dressage riders ready to dance

Held at Kyalami Equestrian Park from 24 March – 2 April 2018, the 10 day equestrian show is ready to wow audiences from far and wide. With free entrance, the public are encouraged to witness the finest dressage South Africa has to offer. Often referred to as ‘the highest expression of horse training,’ dressage is the equestrian discipline whereby both ...

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Ready for Nissan Easter Festival: Nicola Sime-Riley

Who are the horses that you’ll be competing on at this years NEF? Sunny Park Stables Elpaso and Fulvic Connoisseur in the 1.50m. Tell us about your horses’ personalities? They are both triers. Elpaso has a lot of personality – he squeals and bucks when he’s having fun. Con can have that ‘wild side’ at times and I call him ...

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