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Top class jumping expected in Hout Bay
- Updated: November 10, 2009
This year’s FEI Cape Town World Cup show jumping qualifier at Glenellen Farm in Hout Bay from 19 to 22 November promises to be the most exciting yet.
With a course designed by world renowned international course designer Frank Rothenberger and associate Andreas Holmann, the event features the cream of local and national riders at junior and adult level. Gareth Neill, last year’s winner will be defending his title and local young riders are gearing themselves up for this, the last and most prestigious leg of the South African League of the World Cup Show Jumping Championship.
An Olympic and World Equestrian Games qualifier, this event is the only international show jumping competition in Cape Town and pulls visitors and competitors nationally to the Mother City creating a positive impact on our economy.
With free entry this is a way to enjoy a day (or two) in the country┬á with the added attractions of a retail village, VIP hospitality, a riders tent with food sponsored by Woolworths, food stalls with a diversity of cuisine, non stop entertainment and a children’s corner with many activities to keep the children occupied and safe, as well as the spectacular show jumping.
The young talent that we have in South Africa is well supported by the South African National Equestrian Federation (SANEF) and there are many young up and coming riders who will be testing their skills and giving the audience an exciting and competitive show as they follow the course to success. Add to that the wonderful display of dressage that WP Para Dressage Champion Anthony Dawson will be showing and you know that you’re in for a weekend of talented and inspiring individuals.
Then of course there is the fun relay which takes place just before the World Cup qualifier event on Sunday. Be there before lunch on Sunday to watch the teams of jockey, cyclist and quad bike riders take off around the course to give the crowds some breathtaking showmanship!
Teams representing the Mike Bass, Justin Snaith and Eric Sands racing stables will be competing to show their skills in what can turn out to be a bumpy ride. Great sport is to be had in this ÔÇ£eventÔÇØ as in Justin’s team his father will be riding again this year. This former Western Province A grade rider is a well known personality and is guaranteed to give a good show.┬á Amongst the contestants are leading Western Province jockey Bernard Fayd’herbe, MJ Byleveld and one of the top female jockeys Vicky Minott ( a show jumper before turning to racing), so make sure you bag a place to watch the fun.
Organiser of the event, veteran show jumper Judy Louw, is proud to host this event for the second year at Glenellen Farm . The World Cup Qualifier had been held in Constantia for more than 13 years prior to this. Last year more than 5000 people enjoyed this spectacle of top class national competitors. With the bonus of bringing employment to many members of the local township community this is one event that will be top of the Cape Town sporting calendar for year’s to come.
Competition times are between 9am and 5pm daily and entry is free.