Tag Archives: jumping

Ronnie Healy rider profile

I’ll be competing in The SA Derby presented by black, on my horse Blueturtle Atmore. I’ll also have Blueturtle Catweasle in the 1.35m classes. Will you dress up in line with the theme “Spring in the Hamptons”?  I will if I don’t qualify, but hopefully I’ll be in riding Atmore and so will come through after that! Tell us about your top horse ...

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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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2018 SA Derby Course Designer: Ryan Sander

By Ryan Sander The SA Derby course was originally designed by Pam Carruthers in 1965. She was at that time a world renowned course designer. The Derby first took place at the Inanda show grounds in Sandton, and remained there until the late ‘90s when it was moved to Kyalami Park, where it is held today. Alan Stacey redesigned the ...

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Your first away show

South Africa’s equestrian disciplines host various national shows every year, with many riders making the journey to other provinces to compete. An away show is an exciting experience for you and your horse, and it gives you the opportunity to compete in a bigger, more diverse pool of riders. Thorough preparation and a good understanding of the show is key ...

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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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Ready for Nissan Easter Festival: Marlene Sinclair

Having placed 6th in the 2017 Nissan SA Outdoor Grand Prix, Marlene Sinclair is looking forward to the 2018 competition, in which she hopes to better her 2017 placing. Who are the horses that you’ll be competing at this years Nissan Easter Festival? Camaro will jump in the 1.50m and hopefully the Outdoor Grand Prix, and Douglas M will jump ...

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Muscle up: conditioning your horse

Muscle is the most adaptive tissue in the body in that it can grow and develop with training and degenerate and become weaker during periods of inactivity. Trained muscle is more efficient because: It has an increased number in the size and type of muscle fibres, which make up the muscle. It has an increased blood supply, so more nutrients ...

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Which is the most difficult Derby course in the world?

The Hamburg Derby is considered the most difficult in the world, and the original course was designed by Eduard Pulvermann, a hunt rider. He was never able to jump the dyke without incurring faults, hence its name, ‘Pulvermann’s Grave’. The course is reminiscent of old military tests, when cavalry horses were required to negotiate all types of obstacles as they ...

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Work riding: can anybody do it?

Most young and upcoming riders will take on work riding as a part- or full-time job as a means to gain experience and earn a little extra cash. Working a variety of horses can do wonders for your riding as well as teach you to be versatile and adaptable. It’s a first start for most talented South African riders looking ...

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