Rid­ers set for big show

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODDRINKING - JU­NIOR BESTER

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.

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