Tuesday, 26 June 2012
Ladies dominate at the City of Durban Sunshine Tour
Jeanne Engela winner of the World Cup Qualifier
(Photo by T&B Images)
This past week, South Africa’s top show jumpers arrived in Durban to compete in the fourth leg ofthe FEI World Cup Qualifier Series at the Cyril Geoghegan Cycle Stadium
In a sport where age and gender disparities are set aside, it was 21 year-old Jeanne Engela who beat
the odds by winning her first FEI World Cup Qualifier on Sunday.
The World Cup Qualifying series in South Africa consists of eight events with the overall winner
having the option to travel overseas to compete in the World Cup Final.
Building up to the main event, spectators had the opportunity to watch five days of high-action sport
with classes ranging from 1.10m-1.50m high.
Prior to Sunday’s main competition was the third leg of the Rider’s Grand Prix Tour, which saw KZN
rider Jodie Pieters jump to victory on her horse Capital Rafika D’Or - another spectacular win for the
Barry Taylor (Gauteng) on Nissan Nabab Forever came second and Jeanne Engela (Gauteng) took
third place on her horse Chanel van de Zeshoek.
The Rider’s Grand Prix Tour forms part of the Nissan Riders Series competition. The rider who
accumulates the most points over the series stands the chance to walk away with a Nissan Juke.
Despite the clouds rolling in on the previous days’ events, the City of Durban Sunshine Tour
stood true to its name on Sunday as blue skies set the tone for a successful day of show jumping
International course designer, Andreas Hollmann had our riders battling it out over a demanding
course, which saw only 4 out of the 16 starters making it through to the jump-off.
Lorette Knowles -Taylor (current number 1 ranked rider in South Africa), Nicole Horwood and Jeanne
Engela were the three ladies up against the formidable Shaun Neill in what was to be a spectacular
exhibition of show jumping skills.
Neill and Engela were the only riders to produce double clear rounds; however, it was first-timer
Engela who surprised her unsuspecting opposition by finishing with the quickest time, securing her
“I really didn’t have any expectations for my first World Cup Qualifier. I just wanted to give my horse,
Chanel, a good ride because it was her first time seeing the jumps that size too. We have built a
strong partnership over the past four years and she really proved her quality on Sunday. I am so
privileged to own and ride her” commented an ecstatic Engela.
The City of Durban, Gold Circle, Reonet and Capital Stud were some of the sponsors involved at the
City of Durban Sunshine Tour and are among many brands trying to get their foot in the door in this
thriving industry of horse sport.
With KZN well-established as one of the country’s top tourism destinations, it is no surprise to find
the region hosting three of the larger events on the Equestrian Show Jumping calendar throughout
the course of this year.
The Cyril Geoghegan Cycle Stadium will be hosting the Jumping Championship of South Africa on
the 1st-5th of August 2012, promising great entertainment for the whole family in a safe and secure
This show was sponsored by: City Of Durban; Martin Collins South Africa; Reonet; CK Aerial Surveys;
Jeep Apparel; EPOL (Pty) Ltd; STIHL; Gold Circle; Wrangler; Capital Stud; Equestrian Affair; Equipage
Insurance Brokers; Equiproducts; Bakers Biscuits; Super Clean; Western Shoppe; Pep Stores; Shaving
City of Durban 2012 Results:
City of Durban 1.50 FEI World Cup Qualifier
1) Jeanne Engela
2) Shaun Neill
3) Lorette Knowles-Taylor
Gold Circle 1.40 Championship
1. Phillipa Baxter
2. Johan Kachelhoffer
3. Cathryn Houghton
Reonet Riders Tour Grand Prix
1. Jodi Pieters
2. Barry Taylor
3. Jeanne Engela
Capital Stud 1.35 Mini Prix
1. Kerry Muir
2. Lexi Stais
1. Jeanne Korber
2. Johan Kachelhoffer
3. Roxy Leyshon
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