Commitment Shines!

Report by Jess Fourie
What an exciting, wet, and soggy start to the champs! Equitation had a wonderful show with great results!

OPEN EQUITATION TEAM CHAMPIONS 2013
Our Open riders dominated the line up in the individual class. In 2nd place was Zahn Bosman on Mr C, kindly lent to her by Jade Collier, in 3rd place we had Josephine Susman, 4th place went to newly crowned SA Eventing Champion, Kate Chaplin and 6th place to Stacey Everest.
They all rode very well and left WP feeling strong for our team event taking place the following day. Due to all the rain, we were moved to the showing arena and to my relief all ponies settled well in the new arena.
We started off with drawing number 2 out of 3 teams. First in was Sabrina Franco, who rode a good test, helping to settle everyone’s nerves. She finished with a total of 96.5. Jo Susman was our second rider and rode a great test, ending on a score of 102. Third out was Stacey Everest who ably added to the team’s total with a score of 99. Zahn Bosman was our last rider, adding a fabulous 107 to the total. At the end of part 2 we were on a total score of 308 which put us in a tie with GHS.
Zahn and Jo went though to part 3 and, wow, did they do a great job!! Zahn ending on 156.5 and Jo riding like a super star to end on 157.5.
The final score was WP FIRST on 407.5, GHS on 392 and KZN on 372.
A huge thank you to Tayla Snyman (our reserve rider) for being such a great team player, having her pony ready and on stand by, and for carrying our flag.
Well done and thank you to all riders, parents, grooms, coaches and ponies for all your support and help.

SA Pony Rider Equitation Team Champions 2013
From left: Tayla Snyman, Stacey Everest, Sabrina Franco, Zahn Bosman, Josephine Susman with Team Chef Jess Fourie

INTERMEDIATE EQUITATION INDIVIDUAL CHAMPION 2013
Our Intermediate team did an outstanding job with only 3 riders. We came 2nd overall with only a 2 point difference. I am looking forward to seeing these riders competing in the future.
In the intermediate event, Libby Richardson won the class with Elsie Sholto-Douglas coming in 4th place. Holly Robinson also rode like a star and just missed out of going into part 3 on a pony she only started riding a month before.

Libby Richardson – SA Pony Rider Intermediate Equitation Champion 2013 with her coach Daniela Smit.

NOVICE EQUITATION TEAM CHAMPIONS 2013
Our Novice team also WON! What a lovely bunch of young riders!
In the individual line we had Ella Cheminais in 2nd place, Cheyenne Gibbons in 3rd Caitlyn Moyle in 6th place and Sarah Ebell in 7th place.

SA Pony Rider Novice Equitation Team winners
Mounted from left: Ella Cheminais, Sarah Ebell, Caitlyn Moyle, Lauren Ebell and Cheyenne Gibbons with Team Chef Jess Fourie

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR
What a great championship show for WP, winning TWO out of the three team events.
I would  like to say a very big thank you to Jess Fourie, the team chef, who gave up her time before champs to hold various clinics to prepare all the riders for their team tests and for everything she did during champs to make sure everything ran so smoothly.
BIG THANKS also to the parents and instructors of all our riders. I know lots of hard work goes on behind the scenes that sometimes goes unnoticed. Well it has been noticed and the results speak for themselves. Thank you!