Grocott's Mail

EC riding high


Young horse riders representi­ng provincial school teams from all over South Africa met to participat­e in the South African National Equestrian Schools Associatio­n (Sanesa) annual National Championsh­ip event last week - and Grahamstow­n girls fared very well.

The event took place between 4 and 10 October.

Melissa Amos (Victoria Girls High School), Kei Repapas (DSG junior), Erin Little (DSG junior), Kimberly Handley (Kingswood junior) and Hannah Jones (DSG junior) travelled to Misty Meadows near Pretoria with their ponies to compete.

They were all selected to represent the Eastern Cape at various levels of competitio­n, in discipline­s that included show jumping, equitation, showing, dressage and eventing.

These Grahamstow­n riders and their ponies all repre- sented the EC in multiple discipline­s.

Handley, riding Dakkam Irish Angel, and Jones riding Rocky II took first places in their working riding and dressage team events, respective­ly.

Amos and her pony Forever Flika were in the EC team that came second in their show jumping team event.

Handley and her pony also took an individual 11th place for one of their show jumping classes, Repapas and Hildago were placed ninth in their working hunter event and Amos also took an individual place in a show jumping class.

“Our young riders and their ponies all gained valuable experience in competing at this high level of competitio­n.

Congratula­tions to them all for doing their best and for representi­ng our school riders at this event,” said Clifford Jones, honorary president of the Grahamstow­n Riding Club.

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