A day of wine and horses
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.
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.
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.