Schools shine at champs

EASTERN Cape schools league riders posted excellent results at the South African National Equestrian Schools’ Association nationals in Gauteng last month.

The horse-and-rider combinations from the province who finished in the top 10 were: Kaitlyne Greyling (3rd place on Mexico with 705 points), Tori Nienhuis (4th on Lyric Star with 680 points), Sharon Chantler (5th on Zircon with 654 points), Ashleigh Schloesser (8th on Titan with 581 points), and Wayne Minnie (9th on Apache Creek with 579 points).

In an internal provincial competition, the top three Eastern Cape high schools were Collegiate (1st, 16796 points), VP (2nd, 13150 points) and DSG (3rd, 8500).

The top three Eastern Cape primary schools were Woodridge (10150), Collegiate (6960) and Theodor Herzl (5175).

Eastern Cape riders competed in their fifth season, with the second qualifier of the season held at the PE Riding Club in Lorraine. The event attracted the largest number of entries to date – just under 500.

An international team of Brazilian show- jumpers (all boys) competed against an SA team (all girls) at the nationals in a 110cm class. Josie Gerber, representing the Eastern Cape, had a good first round but, after swappinghorses with the Brazilians, had an unfortunate knock in the second round.

Eventing nationals took place at Inanda Country Base where Greyling took first spot in the 70cm class with a near-perfect crosscountry phase. Chantler came sixth in the 80cm class. For the second year in a row, EC riders received the Spirit Trophy.

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