Riders set for big show
YOUNG horse riders will show off their skills at this year’s SPCA Horse Show, which promises to be filled with festive cheer.
The show will take place at the Constantia Valley Riding Club in Brommesvlei Road, Constantia next weekend.
Juan August, SPCA events manager, said: “It’s a lot of fun for the riders, their families and spectators. There is something for everyone – from little league classes, for riders aged 10 and younger to the SPCA championship show jumping class for more experienced show jumpers wanting to practise for future graded events.”
The SPCA Horse Show is the largest charity horse show in the Western Cape and all the money goes to the SPCA’S Horse Care Unit in Grassy Park.
The unit cares for abused, abandoned, sick and injured horses, ponies and donkeys.
The show is supported by the Western Province Horse Society and is open to riders of all ages.
Many young riders are looking forward to the event.
Zoe Halbrow, 10, from Noordhoek said: “The show is a lot of fun and we get to ride our horses with other people.”
Halbrow, who is in Grade 4 at Reddam House, said she has been around horses her whole life and rode on one for the first time when she was six months old.
“I have taken part in quite a few shows already. I have not won any yet but I have come third at one event.”
Halbrow will take her 12-yearold pony, Dinky Toy, to the show this year.
Another young rider excited about the event is 11-year-old Abigail Lorenz who has a pony, Prince Charming, and a horse, Black Sand.
She said: “I really enjoy riding. I go for lessons twice a week and I go out on rides three times a week.”
Lorenz stays in Zwaanswyk, near Tokai, and has access to a field near her house where she can ride and train her horses.
A Grade 5 pupil at Herschel Girls, she said: “You have to ride them a lot. If you don’t then they buck a lot, making it very hard to ride them.”
She said that she enjoyed looking after her horse and pony. She feeds them treats such as carrots and special horse biscuits.
Lorenz said she hoped to one day become a vet so that she could look after animals.
Along with her horse and pony she also has two dogs; a bunny; a few chickens; seven birds; a cat and soon a baby goat.
This year the event’s organisers decided that the event’s theme would be festive so that more seasonal cheer could be spread.
August said: “We’ve enjoyed wonderful support over the past 15 years and we anticipate that this year’s Christmas theme will make the event extra special.”
The prices for the lessons differ depending on what event you wish to take part in.
An SA Riding class is R60 per class, or R200 for six classes, and Little League classes are R40 per class, or R140 for four classes.
Show jumping classes are R100 and R80 for practice jumping lessons. An extra R20 will be charged for late entries on the day.
Further costs will include R50 per horse and R50 to take part in the Gymkana games.
Entry for spectators is free; parking is R30; cars with horse carts park for free.
The show will start at 9am on both days and it is expected to continue the entire day until all lessons are finished.