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Knowles Taylor rides to Championship victory

Gauteng’s Lorette Knowles Taylor was the winner of the recent SA Nissan Riders Championship at Kyalami Equestrian Park.

Knowles Taylor, wife of renowned South African equestrian competitor Barry Taylor, was riding Vitaline Aristoteles van de Doenkhoeve.

Runners-up and tied for second were Lara Bechet, formerly of Western Province but now living in Gauteng, and Chris van der Merwe.

Bechet was riding Something Special and 16-year-old youngster Van der Merwe, who hails from the Eastern Cape, was on Little Big Time.

Fourth-placed finisher was Jade Hooke, the 2009 AVIS Derby winner from the Eastern Cape, riding A New Era.

The competition format was a final where the top four qualifiers compete in the event, each riding all four horses.