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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An interview with Nicole Horwood

Interview by Caroline Malan You’re currently ranked number 1 in SA. Tell us about your 2018 – what has gone so right? Ranking at number 1 position is normally about consistency. We have won a couple of big classes and been placed in many. Don Cumarco is feeling very fit and strong at the moment. He may not be young ...

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Rider profile: Nicola Sime-Riley

Current 2018 Rankings: 6th: Fulvic Connoisseur 7th: Sunny Park Stables Elpaso Who are your main horses for Derby? The horses I plan on having in the main SA Derby are Sunny Park Stables Elpaso and Fulvic Connoisseur. Tell us a bit about them They are both triers. Elpaso has a lot of personality – he squeals and bucks when he’s ...

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Rider profile: Nicole Horwood

Tell us about your 4 wins – all of them on Don Cumarco! It was always my childhood dream to win the Derby, there is something about the Derby that is very special. The first time I won was very surreal. It was Capital Don Cumarco’s first Derby as well as mine. I was so nervous and so overwhelmed, I ...

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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: Liam Stevens

Will you be competing in the main Derby 2018? What horse/s will you be competing on? Yes I’m hoping to have two horses for this year’s Derby. Nissan Wanda who has been placed twice in previous years and Linda Ellerine’s Back on Track Quintino 4. It will be his first time around. Those are the only two horses that I ...

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Rider profile: Mandy Johnston

By Caroline Malan Photos: Jacqui S Woods 1. Why will you not be competing in the main Derby 2018? Lambus is quite a quirky sensitive horse and is not overly keen on the “funnies” in the Derby track – the steps, the bank, the road crossing etc. I have formed such a great partnership with him and don’t want to ...

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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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