2018 Riders & Information
CV for Philip Smith Memorial Equitation Championship
The Philip Smith event has been a dream of mine ever since I heard about it and qualifying for it at SA Champs 2017 was one of the best days of my life.
I qualified on my 7 year old Belgium Warmblood Eleonore who came into my life 1.5 years ago. On my very first ride on her I already fell in love, I knew she "is the one" ( fellow equestrians will know what I mean) and we have built up an incredible partnership since then. I brought on my other mare, Saratoga Spirit of the Dance, who helps me excel in my other passion,
eventing. Last year I became SA Junior Novice Eventing Champ and I represented South Africa in the Africa Nations Cup in Zimbabwe.
I have also won a couple of SA Showing titles and have been part of the Open Team twice. Other achievements are some Western Cape titles throughout the five disciplines, mainly on Spirit.
I want to thank my amazing parents for their continued support and I also want to thank all my instructors who helped me to get where I am today. Special mention goes to my sponsor EQUIBOX.
I am 16 years old and go to Herschel Girls School in Cape Town, and I am currently in grade 11. I started riding when I was 5 years old, and had many happy years at
Lane Stables which fuelled my passion for the sport. I competed on various ponies in equitation, show jumping, eventing, dressage and even some showing. I continued
with these disciplines on my first horse, Restless Spirit. I recently decided to focus on my favourite disciplines, equitation and show jumping. I have three horses at the
moment, Restless Spirit, Capital Conartist and Assegai Shapiro.
I am competing this weekend on Restless Spirit who I have had for about three and a half years now. We
have developed a strong partnership which I hope to grow even further with him. Larissa Williams has been my coach since I was ten years old. She has a great
connection with my horses and me and knows just what to do, even when I do not. Larissa has helped me grow as a rider, and I would not be the rider I am today
without her invaluable guidance. I have done a number of clinics with Chad Cunningham and he has inspired me to be the best rider I could be. He has opened
many doors for me such as allowing me to accompany him and a group of people to ride with Chris Kappler, the gold and silver Olympic medallist, in Wellington, Florida.
On this trip Chad introduced me to the legendary George Morris, and I got to see him in action teaching the winner of the Maclay and Medal Equitation Finals in America.
My horses have helped me achieve results of which I am extremely proud. Namely winning Western Cape Junior Open Eventing, coming second in South African Junior
Open Eventing Champs and coming second in South African Junior Open Equitation Champs, all in 2017 and on Restless Spirit.
At Herschel I received an academic badge last year and a silver award for the science expo in grade 9. I teach at a farm school every Friday as community service
and I am passionate about giving back to the community.
Mikaela is a 15 year old student at Reddam House in Cape Town. She has been riding since she was 3 years old and competes in Jumping,
Showing, Equitation, Dressage and Eventing on her horse Royal Insignia. Mikaela is a hard working dedicated rider. Her riding highlights are, SA reserve pony rider eventing champion (2015). SA junior novice dressage champion (2015) SA junior Intermediate Equitation champion (2016) SA junior showing
champion (2016) (2017). Mikaela placed 3rd in SA Junior Equitation Championships (2017). She is more
than delighted about her achievement and extended her own expectations as it was her first time riding in Open Equitation at a SA champs.
This was all possible because of her supportive and hardworking coach’s Shannon Wyndham-Quin, Debbie Slater and Chad Cunningham.