Polokwane Observer

The Ranch Resort brags with new equestrian arena

- Anne Mametja

The Ranch Resort officially opened their new equestrian arena on Friday evening, and the management team was more than delighted to welcome guests as well as riders who participat­ed in their first two-day event.

In partnershi­p with Jaguar Land Rover Polokwane, The Ranch Resort’s equestrian arena was celebrated with a cocktail party. A member of The Ranch Resort’s management team, Jaili Nicolaou thanked the team who worked extremely hard to make it happen.

“We would like to thank everyone. We approached Jaguar Land Rover Polokwane 10 months ago to partner with us in order to make this a reality, and today we’ve proudly completed the task. This opening is taking place the same time as the resort turns 62. All the equipment you see in the arena, are all from our wonderful sponsors, thank you,” she said.

Jaili further announced that the plants surroundin­g the arena have been provided by Retsini Nursery and they appreciate all the donations. “We would like to thank

Peter Morison who built our two lovely arenas. We have the privilege of walking on angular sand that was imported from abroad. We’re indeed blessed to be riding on this type of unique surface, thank you for your hard work Peter,” Jaili said.

She thanked Polokwane Observer and Review for all the publicity. “To all our contractor­s, this would have never happened, and let me tell you that constructi­on and building are a frightenin­g process. I’ve learned a lot throughout this project,” she said.

Jaili thanked Fred du Plooy from Fred’s Towing who helped bring the equestrian idea to life and assisted them to clear the area to build the arena.

Jaili concluded as she got emotional by thanking her fiancé Paul

Shearer’s late brother Ryan who was passionate about horses. “We all know that Ryan was a big fan of horses and this arena is in honour of him. He’s probably looking down and is super proud of all of us. Lilly the horse is here with us on behalf of Ryan, which he bought as he wanted to compete with her, but sadly he passed away before he could ride her, we miss you Ryan,” Jaila said.

As the general manager of The Ranch Resort, Paul added that everyone’s overall support is appreciate­d and the resort’s equestrian arena has more fun activities to offer in the upcoming months. “I’m glad that Jaili and I, the team and all our sponsors have turned this dream into a reality to benefit and grow Limpopo,” Paul concluded.

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 ?? ?? The Ranch Resort general manager, Paul Shearer, Jaili Nicolaou, (management) and Elnette Polling (Jaguar Land Rover Polokwane, marketing manager) at the opening of the Equestrian arena. Insert: Lilly, who is the late Ryan Shearer’s pride and joy.
The Ranch Resort general manager, Paul Shearer, Jaili Nicolaou, (management) and Elnette Polling (Jaguar Land Rover Polokwane, marketing manager) at the opening of the Equestrian arena. Insert: Lilly, who is the late Ryan Shearer’s pride and joy.
 ?? ?? Mario Janse van Rensburg (Northern Media Group branch manager) and his wife Sheralyn (Northern Media Group sales and marketing manager) at the new arena.
Mario Janse van Rensburg (Northern Media Group branch manager) and his wife Sheralyn (Northern Media Group sales and marketing manager) at the new arena.
 ?? ?? Retha van der Merwe with her daughter Lyandi van der Merwe (horse rider) and her
friend Michelle Mecchi at the cocktail party.
Retha van der Merwe with her daughter Lyandi van der Merwe (horse rider) and her friend Michelle Mecchi at the cocktail party.

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