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SA’s top equestrian combos aim for Sweden

South Africa’s best horse-and-rider combinations prepare to showcase their skill at the last leg of the World Cup Qualifying series in Hout Bay, Cape Town later this month.

The prestigious Investec FEI World Cup Jumping Qualifier is set to take place at Glenellen Farm from 21ÔÇô25 November.

Team South Africa had one representative at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, the UK based Alex Peternell.

The series-finale will be contested by show jumpers in various categories including children, juniors and adults.

The main event is scheduled for Sunday, 25 November at 2pm when South Africa’s top combinations will compete for a spot in Sweden on a course designed by internationally-renowned Frank Rothenberger.

Among the elite list of contestants are Barry Taylor, Anne-Marie Esslinger, Gareth Neil, George Phillepedes, Jodi Pieters, Liam Stevens, Lorette Knowles-Taylor, Shaun Neil, Tamar Bernstein and Tara Louw.

Janet Larsen, Investec Head of Marketing South Africa, says the Investec FEI World Cup Jumping Qualifier is the highlight of the Western Province and SA Show Jumping calendar as it serves as both a national and international show.

ÔÇ£This show is out of the ordinary in the fact that we have a top course designer on board. From the competitors, to the show grounds to the host city, this promises to be the show to win this season.ÔÇØ

Investec is sponsoring five classes at the Investec FEI World Cup Jumping Qualifier namely Class 21 (Investec pony riders 1.00 and 1.15 handicap competition); Class 11 (Investec 1.30m competition); Class 18 (Investec 1.10m two-phase competition); Class 04 (Investec 1.40m Accumulator) and Class 03 (Investec FEI World Cup Jumping Qualifier).

This show gives South African jumpers the ideal chance to test their abilities over challenging international-standard tracks which are identical to those in the 16 participating leagues namely Arab; Australian/Pacific; Caucasian; Central Asian; Central European; Chinese; South East Asian; Japanese; New Zealand/Pacific; Central American and Caribbean Islands; South America North; South America South; North America East; North America West and Western European.

The winner in each participating country has the option to travel to the World Final in Sweden.