WC PR Eventing team 2015
Team Managers Report – Amy Vergunst
We arrived at The Royal Show Grounds in Pietermaritzburg for the 2015 Pony Rider Champs to fabulous weather and an even more fabulous welcome!! The ponies all travelled well and everyone was very excited to get the competition underway, with eventing being the first discipline of the show. This year our 90cm team consisted of Kavalier and Elsie Sholto-Douglas, Tatooine Treasure and Mikaela Bos, Little White Lie and Robyn Salter, Tatooine Legacy and Kimberly Cunningham and Fortune Cookie with Zoe Holbrow as reserve.
We got to do out first course walk at the amazing Dolceod Stud and upon arrival realized that fitness would become a major factor in this years cross country course, if the hills were anything to go by. We were all feeling rather out of breath after the first walk 😀
Dressage day dawned and went just the way we had hoped, with all the girls and ponies producing some amazing tests!! Little White Lie decided that even though he was an eventing pony, blue flowers at the entrance to the arena were just not supposed to be there! However, as soon as they were inside the arena Robs showed her BMT and had a lovely test. Legacy, Treasure and Kavalier lying 1st, 2nd and 5th, with WC leading after the dressage, the pressure was on!!
Onto cross country day and loading ponies at 7am with a temperature on 1 degree!! Everyone arrived at the eventing venue safely and after the sun rose we were ready to go. After a sticky start with the 80cm course proving to be just as tough as we expected, the girls knew they were going to have to really ride strong. Well, there was nothing else needed, after Zoe and Fortune Cookie leading the way with a fabulous clear, the other 4 team members followed suit, all clear with no time penalties. Our lead remained and we now had all four team ponies in the top 5.
After a short break we moved up the hill to the showjumping. The course was great but had a few tricky turns and a very short combination which caused their fair share of problems. Zoe and Robyn both had lovely clears, followed by the combination lying in 4th having two fences and dropping them down the order. Elsie clear, Mikaela clear and by this stage I had become very talented at high jump from a standstill! After a rather scary moment at jump number 2, Kim and Legs went on to jump a beautiful clear round making them the 2015 PR South African Eventing Champions, with Milaela second, Elsie third, Robyn fourth and Zoe 6th. 1, 2, 3, 4, doesn’t get much better than that!! The WC PR Eventing team remained South African Eventing Team Champions! A rather delighted Team Manager to say the least.
From my side I would like to say a huge huge thank you to everyone involved in the running of this show. Everyone I worked with were fantastic and made my life very easy. To the parents, grooms and supporters, you were all so wonderful and supportive, well done to you all. Then finally to the girls, Elsie, Mikaela, Robyn, Kim and Zoe, it was a privilege to be associated with you. Your smiles did not leave your faces once, your constant support for eachother and everyone around you was amazing and you all rode like absolute stars. Congratulations again to every one of you, I hope to experience and hear of many more year like this one in the future!!!