Report by Alison von Bulow

Having postponed the Pony Rider’s Championship from the weekend of the 1st and 2nd of June owing to the drenching rain, we were greeted with a perfect Winter’s Day at the picturesque Stellenbosch grounds.

It was an early start for the 10 and Unders, with a course walk at 8am. Aimee Booysen, instructed by Angela Davies and riding Stardust and Jana Meyer, instructed by Natalie Vercuiel and riding Chocolate alternated first and second places. We are very proud of our newest entrants into Equitation, both of whom had turned their ponies out beautifully.

Aimee Booysen in action on Stardust

Jana Meyer on Chocolate and Aimee Booysen on Stardust – 10 and Under


The Pony Rider Open Class (Test 10) saw some strong riders warming up for their Championship Class. It was Tayla Snyman, instructed by Jane Sheppard and riding Tatooine Sirocco who won the class, followed by Zahn Bosman riding TDC Saruk Cayenne Pepper. Sabrina Franco, riding Rasputin came in third place, with Josephine Susman on Tatooine Fanta in fourth and Kimberley Cunningham riding Nemesis in fifth. In the Open Championship Class, Zahn Bosman came out tops after completing Part 4 of the Open Test as there was less than an 8 point difference between the top two scores. Tayla Snyman took second place and Sabrina Franco ,third. Josephine took fourth place again, with Kate Chaplin coming in at fifth place.
Kimberley Cunningham and Nemesis were awarded Best Turned Out in the Class and the WP Pony Rider Victor Ludorum Award 2013 for the Open Class went to Stacey Everest and her pony The Yard’s Little White Lie.

The Pony Rider’s Intermediate Class (Test 10) was an extremely closely contested class which saw Libby Richardson on African Nobuthle narrowly taking first place on a score of 137.5. Holly Robinson riding Spirit and Cheyenne Gibbons riding Film Event Media’s Africa’s Sharak followed in 2nd and 3rd places on scores of 137. In the Championship Class, it was Elsie Sholto-Douglas riding Assegai Solero who came out tops on a score of 147.5. She was followed by Holly in 2nd place and Libby in 3rd.
Cheyenne Gibbons was awarded the prize for Best Turned Out in the class. The WP Pony Rider Victor Ludorum Award 2013 for the Intermediate Class went to Holly Robinson.

Libby Richardson in action on African Nobuthle

In The Pony Rider Novice Class (Test 10), Lauren Ebell, instructed by Amy Baines and riding Lane Visa, came in first, followed by Chloe Courcier on Ohana. Third place was taken by Gino Picco on Flying Cheyenne. In the Novice Championship Class, it was Ella Cheminais who won the class with an excellent score of 70. Closely following her was Chloe Courcier on a score of 69.5 with Gina Picco in third place. Gina was awarded the WP Pony Rider Novice Victor Ludorum for 2013. Best Turned Out in this class was awarded to Lauren Ebell on Lane Visa.

Foreground: Penny Lazarus presenting the Victor Ludorum to Gina Picco
Background left to right: WP Pony Rider Novice Equitation Champion Ella Cheminais; Chloe Courcier; Kayla Gilmour

In the Pony Rider Welcome Class (Test 9), it was Mikhe Botha, instructed by Megan Coleman and riding Sally who came out in first place on a score of 67.5. In second place was Mikyle Cottee riding Henham Major Eclipse with Cara Jacobson on Sunny in third. In the Championship Class, it was Mikyle who took first place, followed by Cara, with Shea-Lee Tzamtzis riding Vaderlandsche Golden Quill in third place. The PR Welcome Victor Ludorum for 2013 was awarded to Mikyle Cottee and Jack Paine was awarded the Best Turned Out Rosette with his pony Kilshane Noelle.

Judge Penny Lazarus presenting both the Welcome Championship Trophy and the Welcome Victor Ludorum to Mikyle Cottee

We would like to thank our judges, Scharleen Keating, Jane Sheppard, who managed to step in at the last minute, Hilary Pelser and Penny Lazarus for all their input and for taking the time to provide valuable feedback to each of the classes.
Thank you to our course designer, Paul Garlicki ably assisted by Andi Balula for setting up a fantastic course to test our riders’ skills.
Thanks to all our fantastic sponsors: Honeyvale Herbs, Equus, Equifeeds, The Western Shoppe, Equestrian Affair, Ciplavet, Ice- Man, Animatography, Lisa Patrick, Designer Sales, Practical First Aid, Rusty Gate Farm, Peninsula Equine and Chad Cunningham. You ensured each of our competitors received a goodie bag upon registration, a beautiful rosette and a prize.
To our medic, Lorraine, who is always at the ready to assist with any unfortunate injuries, we thank you for your dedication. And lastly, our thanks go to SDRC, for stepping in to provide a venue at such late notice.

Ann Bosman setting up the Prize table