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Neil’s double clear seals FEI win in Cape Town
- Updated: November 28, 2012
Shaun Neill was the star of the show in an elite field of South AfricaÔÇós finest jumping combinations at the Investec FEI World Cup Jumping Qualifier hosted by Glenellen Farm in Cape Town at the weekend.
A total of 25% of the final field of riders made the second round but it was Neill, one of the country’s best, who jumped a double clear on Clyde Z to clinch victory in the six-leg South African World Cup series.
The Gauteng rider capped off a stunning season on the domestic and international circuit by earning himself a possible spot at the World Final in Sweden next April where the winning riders from the 16 participating leagues will battle it out for the world crown.
While KZN rider Jodi Pieters finished fifth in this leg, she and Neill finished on exactly the same amount of points at the end of the series.
ÔÇ£I think we would both love to compete in Sweden in April next year,ÔÇØ said Neill. ÔÇ£But officials need to check the protocol with the FEI in terms of us finishing the six-leg series exactly tied.ÔÇØ
Over the course of five days riders in three categories, namely children, juniors and adults, took to the Glenellen Farm course, designed by world-renowned Frank Rothenberger, in a show of skill, talent and precision.
The youngsters impressed with their showmanship which bodes well for the future of South African jumping.