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Neriske and Bill Clinton jumping for joy

It takes more than rain and unpredictable Cape weather to keep spectators away from international standard showjumping! They came in droves to watch the FEI Cape Town World Cup qualifier events held at the weekend at Glenellen Farm in Hout Bay and organisers were delighted to see such a success despite the inclement Cape weather.

With a carnival atmosphere, the top riders in the country and colourful jumps, even murky weather could not dampen the spirits, and, when Neriske Prinsloo from Gauteng on Bill Clinton rode to victory in the final leg of the South African league the crowds were on their feet to cheer this plucky and determined youngster.

Having already won three of her classes and second in the SA League rankings, it was bound to be a nail biting finish. The crowd was not disappointed!

Neriske and veteran Dominy Alexander on Capital Shiraz showed their skills as they vied for top place in the overall league in this final leg. In a magnificent display Neriske secured this leg of the Qualifier with Dominy taking overall honours for the South African League. Victor Ludorum went to Dominy and Leading Lady in the open section was won by Lara Bechet

Over the five days of the show spectators were treated to a superb display of show jumping on a challenging course with state-of-the-art jumps imported from Germany by Frank Rothenberger, considered the world’s top course designer. This novel equipment not only raised the quality of jumps in South Africa but ensured international standards.

With Sunday the big day for the finals 13 of the top riders qualified for the Fancourt World Cup qualifier which took place at lunchtime. There were tense moments as poles tumbled and time limits were exceeded and the watchful audience held their breath. When Neriske achieved a clear round with only one penalty for exceeding the time the crowd roared. On to the second round with the final five riders and Neriske’s place was secured.

This is the third year that established Western Province show jumper Judy Louw and her enthusiastic team have hosted this prestigious show and once more they offered an event that matched many of the overseas events. ÔÇ£Despite the rain we had as many if not more visitors than last yearÔÇØ said Louw, ÔÇ£and the spectators were enthusiastic and supportive. The sun shone for the finals and the crowd was given a superb show of top class riding. Whilst this has been challenging year in which to put together this event we are confident that we will be able to do this again next year. We are determined that Cape Town becomes the number one venue for international events.ÔÇØ

Apart from the show jumping the fun relay caused lots of laughs with the teams of top jockey, cyclist and quad bike riders taking off around the course to give the crowds some breathtaking, and at times humorous, showmanship! The popular Snaith team won yet again with their skilful and speedy round.