The Nissan Easter Festival

Anne-Marie Esslinger and Alzu Oregon

Now in its eighth year, the Nissan Easter Festival is a highlight for many far and wide – not least of all the horse-loving families of Kyalami. With over 4,500 people attending the show each year, it continues to be a win both in the arena and out – and not only for showjumping, but for dressage, equitation and showing too.

Giving back

With Easter egg hunts, food markets, car displays, jumping castles and face-painters, one could be forgiven for forgetting the magnificent horsemanship on display, culminating in the SA Outdoor Grand Prix set to take place at 2pm on Easter Monday (17 April 2017).

Nicole was the winner of the SA Outdoor Grand Prix in 2012 and 2014

Kyalami Equestrian Park comes alive with the Team Nissan showjumping development clinic held at 9am on 8 April 2017 in the Bob Charter warm-up arena. This morning is set aside for aspiring youngsters from previously disadvantaged backgrounds, who receive lessons from riding greats such as multiple-time Springbok rider Barry Taylor and Lorette Knowles-Taylor, and are then treated to a course walk and an explanation of the various obstacles in the Bob Charter arena by Barry.

What it takes to win

Following the clinic, Kyalami Park Club will host the little league and lead rein classes, through to the dressage, showing and equitation classes, right up to the showjumping championship class on Easter Monday. It’s for this very class that you’ll see thousands fill the stands. You will witness the thrilling showjumpers asking their steeds to give them the ultimate extra in their quest to claim the coveted championship of SA Outdoor Grand Prix 2017 winner.

Text: Caroline Malan (The PR Machine)

The full article appears in the April issue of HQ (121) > Shop now