A day of wine and horses

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PROPERTY -

WINE lovers and peo­ple in­ter­ested in the most ex­cit­ing and danger­ous of horse sports in the world, can once again tan­ta­lise their senses at the 4th An­nual Horse & Wine Fes­ti­val to be held at the Nel­son Wine Es­tate in Paarl on Sun­day.

The last two phases of the three-phase Horse Trial Cham­pi­onships of the West­ern Prov­ince Horse So­ci­ety will take place be­tween 9.30am and 4.30pm.

The rid­ers will take on a cross-coun­try course built by the only black pro­fes­sional course builder in the world, who was trained in the art of course build­ing by the team which de­signed and built the course for the Hong Kong Olympics.

This event prom­ises to thrill with a very de­mand­ing a nd danger­ous ob­sta­cle course, con­sist­ing of no less than 30 jumps, some of which are man-made and oth­ers con­sist­ing of nat­u­ral ob­sta­cles such as wa­ter pools, rivers and banks.

The course tra­verses the Nel­son Wine Es­tate and runs past the lush gar­dens on the farm. Af­ter the cross coun­try, spec­ta­tors will be en­thralled by the pre­ci­sion and grace on of­fer in the show jump­ing arena.

Car­riage pa­rade

A pa­rade of horse car­riages, some of which are true mu­seum pieces, will also be on show to amaze and de­light vis­i­tors on the day.

In ad­di­tion to the horse fan­fare, vis­i­tors will be treated to stalls with food, and arts and crafts, to spe­cialised stalls show­cas­ing the best of what the horse in­dus­try has to of­fer.

Chil­dren will be well en­ter­tained with ac­tiv­i­ties rang­ing from tram­po­line jump­ing, horse car­riage – and pony rides and more.

While chil­dren are en­joy­ing them­selves, vis­i­tors can savour a se­lec­tion of fine award-winning wines pro­duced on the es­tate, which was named the “Cham­pion Wine Es­tate” and “Pri­vate Pro­ducer” for the Boland re­gion last year.

Com­pli­men­tary glass

I n or­der t o en­sure t hat al l vis­it­ing guests have an op­por­tu­nity to taste th­ese fab­u­lous wines on the day, each vis­i­tor over the age of 18 will re­ceive a com­pli­men­tary bot­tle of wine and a glass to en­joy while re­lax­ing and tak­ing in the action.

The Nel­son Wine Es­tate is lo­cated in Agter Paarl, ad­ja­cent to the R44, only 40 min­utes’ drive from the cen­tre of Cape Town.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the fes­ti­val, call Jack Kukard or Belinda Laub­scher on 021 869 8453.

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