Dres­sage – a dance be­tween rider, horse

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place on the Sun­day, which Nor­ton thinks is the most ex­cit­ing.

To en­cour­age new spec­ta­tors to the sport and ed­u­cate them about what they are see­ing there will be vol­un­teers on hand to ex­plain and an­swer ques­tions and some of the rid­ers – and their horses – will be do­ing meet and greets.

Dres­sage is a so­cial and lifestyle oc­ca­sion, with strong fash­ion con­nec­tions.

A mar­ket will pro­vide food and wine as well as re­tail­ers. So­ci­eti Bistro is a spon­sor and owner Peter Weet­man does dres­sage him­self. “On a per­sonal note it, is my midlife cri­sis,” he con­fessed. “I used to ride as a ju­nior but stopped rid­ing 25 years ago and re­tired both my horses.

“Thanks to a re­ally strong team at the restau­rant and a loyal pub­lic I fi­nally have the time again.”

Hav­ing re­turned to the sport just un­der a year ago, Weet­man said of all the equine sports dres­sage is the most ex­pres­sive, and the kind­est. “I think it re­ally en­cap­su­lates the true spirit of horse­man­ship which re­quires real skill and em­pa­thy for the horse. It’s un­der­stated, it’s el­e­gant, and it’s got that kind of re­laxed feel to it so it’s a good fit for us at So­ci­eti.”

En­try to the event is free but there will be ex­clu­sive VIP mar­quees like the L’Or­marins MCC Grande Mar­quee on Satur­day, Nov- em­ber 5 from 11am till 4pm. Ta­bles of eight are avail­able at R700 a per­son which in­cludes un­lim­ited bub­bly and canapés. On Sun­day, Novem­ber 6, a seated lunch will be served in the Blaauwk­lip­pen Pony Ex­press Pav­il­ion. Prof­its from both the events will go to the Carthorse Pro­tec­tion As­so­ci­a­tion. To book email tjarla.puttick@gmail.com. For more in­for­ma­tion see www.sadres­sagechamps.co.za.

PIC­TURE: SUP­PLIED

Nicola Mohr on Sportschu, race­horse-turned-dres­sage cham­pion.

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