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- Updated: June 21, 2011
The Durban Shongweni Winter Classic, which incorporated the third of seven legs in the 2011 FEI World Cup Jumping (RSA League), saw 160 riders and 340 horses take part in the four day event ÔÇô a record for show jumping events in KwaZulu Natal.
Lorette Knowles-Taylor (Broadacres, Gauteng) was one of the stars of the event, claiming victories in two of the main classes as well as a share of the R250 000 prize money on offer, excelling on the course which had been designed and built to international standards by German Andreas Hollman.
Event organiser Grant Langley said that ÔÇ£The event attracted some of the country’s most successful and well-known equestrian sports men and women, as well as an amazing crowd turnout. The sport of showjumping is rapidly growing in South Africa, and we are hoping to install the Durban Shongweni Winter Classic as one of the premier events in the South African equestrian sports calendar. With the continued support of the country’s top riders, as well as with the amazing sponsors that we have in Land Rover Durban, BoE and the City of Durban, we are hopeful that we can achieve this goalÔÇØ.
Knowles-Taylor, the top ranked female rider in South Africa in 2010, lived up to her billing as one of the favourites by claiming victory in Class No 3, the Land Rover FEI World Cup Qualifier on her horse Nissan Watch me. She followed this up with another victory in Class No. 7 BoE Private Clients 1.40m Rider’s Grand Prix Tour on ‘Nissan Udokes’.
In the other main event on Sunday, Dominey Alexander (Kyalami, Gauteng), reigning 2010 World Cup Jumping RSA League champion, deservedly won Class No 13 The City of Durban 1.35m Mini Rider’s Grand Prix Tour.
Langley said that ÔÇ£almost all of the competitors said that this was one of the best events that they had attended in the country, no doubt impressed by the impressive course layout and facilities at the Durban Shongweni Club. Course builder Hollman, who has built a number of courses in the country in the past, commented that ÔÇ£this is the best show that I have seen in South AfricaÔÇØ, positive sentiments which will no doubt bode well for the future of this popular event.
For all of the results of the 2011 Durban Shongweni Winter Classic visit the KwaZulu-Natal Horse Society website at www.kznhs.co.za. The event is sponsored by Land Rover Durban, BoE, City of Durban, Epol as well as Pharos Medical Plan, Jonsson Workwear, Cipla Vet and Bakers Biscuits.
Land Rover Shongweni World Cup
1st Lorette Knowles Taylor ÔÇô Nissan Watch Me P
2nd Jodi Pieters ÔÇô Capital Rafika D’Or
3rd Dominey Alexander ÔÇô Alzu Barracuda
4th Gareth Neill ÔÇô Mirage 85
City of Durban 1.35m┬áRiders Mini Prix Tour
1st Dominey Alexander┬á Cellehof Toscana
2nd┬áShannon Smith ÔÇô Alluvion
3rd Marlise Vorster ÔÇô V Quiro Cappuccino
4th Samantha McIntosh ÔÇô Lets Win
Stal van Decraen
1st Chris van der Merwe ÔÇô Nissan Little Big Time
2nd Samantha McIntosh ÔÇô Alzu Oakleu
3rd Jeanne Engela ÔÇô Chanel van de Zeshoek
Epol Junior Indoor SA Grand Prix
1st Laurence Mowatt ÔÇô Aquablade
2nd Chris van de Merwe ÔÇô Nissan Zazu
3rd Claire Malone ÔÇô Branic Cayenne D’Or
1.40m BOE Private Cliente Riders Grand Prix Tour
1st Nissan Udoke ÔÇô Lorette Knowles Taylor
2nd = Nicola Sime ÔÇô Sunny Park Stables El paso
3rd ÔÇô Anne Marie Esslinger ÔÇô 1st for Women Oarsman
4th ÔÇô Nicole Horwood ÔÇô Capital Don Cumarco
Epol 1.30m Championship
1st Dominey Alexander┬áAdana