SA riders qualify for World Cup finals in Vegas

Nicole Horwood clinches a spot

Nicole Horwood clinches a spot

Horse-and-rider combinations from the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe have enjoyed some great competition during the FEI World Cup Jumping 2014/2015 qualifiers, with a particularly strong turnout in South America. The Caucasian, South African and Central Asian leagues are also to complete. Invitations to attend the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping 2014/2015 Final in Las Vegas, USA continue to be processed.

South African League

The South African league began last May and ran through to October, embracing 5 legs. Visiting Midrand, Shongweni, Polokwane, Kromdraai and Port Elizabeth, it attracted 38 South African athletes and Nicole Horwood clinched the league title ahead of Barry Taylor in runner-up spot, Shaun Neill in third and Dominey Alexander in fourth place.

Horwood kicked off with a 12th-place finish at Midrand riding Capital Colnardo, but she really got into her stride with victory at Shongweni with Capital Don Cumarco, the 12-year-old grey Belgian stallion she partnered for the remainder of the series and who has a great record as a three-time winner of the coveted South African Derby.

At Polokwane they lined up third, and at Kromdaai and Port Elizabeth they finished sixth and seventh respectively, accumulating 46 points which left them a full five points clear of their nearest rivals in the final analysis.

Source: Louise Parkes, FEI


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