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McIntosh in the saddle for SA

By Mark Etheridge

Seventeen-year-old Samantha McIntosh will fly the flag for South African equestrian sport at the inaugural Youth Olympics in Singapore later this year.

She was part of the national squad of 63 athletes recently announced by SASCOC president Gideon Sam.

Approximately 3600 athletes between 14 and 18 years of age are expected to compete in Singapore.

The Games start on 14 August and the team are due to fly out on 9 August. All the riders in Singapore will be mounted on horses strange to them.

A total of 38 horses are currently being trained in Queensland, Australia and will be flown in to Singapore ahead of the Olympics.

Riders will be required to tackle between 12 and 14 fences of up to 1.2 metres in height.

Samantha has previously epresented South Africa in 2008 in Istanbul at the SIEC Nations Cup in the Junior Team where she received her S A Junior Protea Colours and again in 2009 in the S A Young Riders Team at the Tri Nations Event at Pretoria Show.

Based in Cornwall Hills, Pretoria, she also won the 2009 SA Young Riders Showjumping Grand Prix in Durban to add to her list of achievements in Pony Riders, Children’s and Young Rider classes.


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