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Top jumpers head for Hout Bay

Hout Bay hosts a glorious few days of showjumping between 17 -21 November when the FEI Cape Town World Cup qualifier, the last and most prestigious leg of the South African League of the World Cup Show Jumping Championship, takes place.

Once again the picturesque Glenellen Farm in Hout Bay hosts this magnificent equestrian event, organised by established Western Province show jumper Judy Louw and her enthusiastic team.

New to this year’s event is the introduction of state-of-the-art jumps imported from Germany by Frank Rothenberger, considered to be the world’s top course designer. This novel equipment will not only raise the quality of jumps in South Africa but will ensure we reach international standards par excellence.

Local up and coming course designer, Brendan Silen of Hout Bay, was mentored by Rothenberger in Germany earlier this year and has brought back a wealth of knowledge on course and jump design. Silen will again be assisting Rothenberger and his team, who are flying out for the event. The course design team, who impressed riders and spectators alike at last years Glenellen show, will manage and implement the technical layout of the course with these new unique jumps. The course is sure to be the best yet seen in this country and to challenge the competitor skills

With all the top horses and riders converging on this beautiful part of the Cape, the weekend will provide the perfect opportunity for spectators to spend time in the country, enjoying the only international show jumping competition in Cape Town.  On top of the serious competition element, there is also a healthy dose of fun for the whole family. The fun relay takes place just before the World Cup qualifier event on Sunday. Be there before lunch on Sunday to watch the teams of jockey, cyclist and quad bike riders take off around the course to give the crowds some breathtaking, and at times humorous, showmanship!

Testament to the success of last years event was the attendance of over 7000 visitors who were treated to seeing our top, international standard riders in action. A huge drawcard to the city, this World Cup event pulls competitors and visitors from all over the country with a positive economic impact in the tourism and labour sectors. Glenellen Farm employs local casual labourers during the five days of events.

Popular brothers Shaun Neill (winner 2009) and Gareth Neill (winner 2008) will be pitting their skills against each other once more –this isn’t a showdown though, the sport attracts a high level of good sportsmanship — whilst Jeanne Engela, recent winner of the Stal van Decraen series, Young Rider SA Championship and Young Rider Victor Ludorum 2009 will be one of the most successful young riders competing at the show. Taught by Gonda Betrix, Engela has enjoyed a magnificent year of successful competitions. Injecting a little romance into the riding fraternity – talented rider Lara Bechet and Gareth Neill recently announced their engagement.

ÔÇ£Keeping show jumping alive in the Western Cape is my main objectiveÔÇØ says Judy LouwÔÇØ it requires a huge effort to put on a show of this calibre and we are grateful for all the support we can get. Our riders and courses are of international standard and by continuing the work we do we are determined that Cape Town becomes the number one venue for international events.ÔÇØ

Dates: 17-21 November, 2010
Entry: Free
Times: 9am to 5pm daily
Venue: Glenellen Farm, Hout Bay, Cape Town
Enquiries: 021 790-3100