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Lorette Taylor update pre-Derby

Interview by Caroline Malan An update from Team Nissan rider Lorette Knowles-Taylor as we head towards The SA DERBY. Tell us your thoughts about your show in Polokwane at Revil Stables and the performance of your horses? I was very happy with my show overall. My health hasn’t been what it should be so I wasn’t expecting to set the ...

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Derby Show Director: Heather Mpofu

1. What will your roles and responsibilities be as show director of the SA Derby? I have to make the schedules, and ensure that the rules indicated are up-to-date and apply to each and every competition. In conjunction with the disciplines we address all possible scenarios positive or negative and ensure that we have a solution beforehand. Then there is ...

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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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