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The Thoroughbred Park Sculpture Collection by Gwen Reardon
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If you are not packing for Kentucky, what are you doing?

With the world's biggest yearling sale, Keeneland September Sale, underway for just over a week and the World Equestrian Games starting as the sales end, it would seem that if you are not in Kentucky or packing your bags to leave, then you must be missing something!

Reports from the sales are that trade continued to be robust during Monday's session, which was headlined by the $450,000 paid for a colt by Tapit.

As the sales wind down to end on Sunday 26th September, the World Equestrian Games kick off on Friday the 25th September at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. There will be an influx of people from all over the world, not least of which will be a contingent of South African's to support our riders as the show the rest of the world what South Africa is capable of.

Most exciting is that our eventers are competing on South African horses, internationally, for the first time. News from the team is that the horses arrived safely in Cincinnati and travelled like old campaigners. They will be trucked across to Lexington today to take up their temporary residence in the Kentucky Equestrian Park.

The flight from Europe formed just one of the 10 charter flights transporting the almost 450 horses, departing from Belgium's Liege airport between 16-29 September, to the United States.

The eventers, Paul Hart, Douglas Welsh, Heidi Wood, Martyn Swanepoel and Graham Winn start competing on Friday 30th September in their dressage classes, with the Cross Country on Saturday 2nd October and culminating on Sunday 3rd October with their show jumping. The closing ceremony will be held on Sunday 10th October.

The first of the SA riders to compete will be Shane Borland in the Reining classes on the first day of the games, followed the next day by the Endurance team, including Dominique van Zyl.

Click here for the full 2010 Altech FEI World Equestrian Games event schedules.

We look forward to great results from all of our South African teams and wish them the very best of everything from the Vuma team.

Click here for the full SA equestrian Team.



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Graham and Paul in action at Northern Farm Equestrian Park
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Graham Winn and Paul Hart do us proud

For the first time in the history of GHS eventing, two of our very own riders have qualified for the World Equestrian Games on their own horses in South Africa, and in their home province - Gauteng

Congratulations to Paul Hart and Graham Winn for raising the bar and proving that South Africa has the horses and the riding talent to compete at international level. In addition, congratulations also need to be extented to Douglas Welsh and Heidi Wood from KZN for also qualifying for WEG 2010

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Paul Hart
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South Africa can be extremely proud of their riders. Team selection has taken place and the preparations have started to get the various teams and their horses overseas.

Vuma eventing Champions, Paul Hart and Heartbreak Hill have been selected for the South African eventing team, and together with fellow eventers Graham Winn, Douglas Welsh and Heidi Wood will make their way to France to prepare for the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky which start on 25 September 2010.

Together with the rest of the team’s horses, Heartbreak Hill will go into quarantine in Cape Town in the first week of January and will leave in March for France. The team will be based in Fontainebleau with Jean-Philippe Camboulives, their coach and advisor. There they will be under his guidance and they will compete in various events in Europe to prepare them for the rigours of the WEG.

They will then head to Kentucky in September for the start of the World Equestrian Games to be held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. The Eventing dressage is scheduled to begin on 30 September, followed by the Cross Country on Saturday 2 October and the final show jumping phase on 3 October. 

The road ahead is exciting but it will be challenging, from ensuring that horses and riders are well prepared to ensuring that they have sufficient funding to fulfil this incredible opportunity.

The Vuma team salutes all the selected participants and wishes Team SA a very successful 2010 – the start of greater things to come.

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Paul Hart : South African Eventing Champion

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Paul Hart
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SA Eventing Champion Paul Hart, reflects on his win at the first CIC*** event ever held in South Africa :

Well what a weekend!!Our first CIC*** ever to be held in South Africa! The week leading up to this event we were fortunate enough to attend a course given by Jean-Philippe Camboulives who is an International FEI Instructor and who has just been appointed as the Eventing Team South Africa coach. This was very intense but very educational and enjoyable. His presence was rather comforting as we walked the exceptional cross country course at Northern Farm Equestrian Park.

The event was held over two days at the beautiful Northern Farm Equestrian Park. It was a landmark occasion as it was the first CIC*** to ever be held in South Africa. The Saturday started out very chilly and overcast and it just got worse and worse as the day wore on. As luck would have it, as I entered at A down the centre line to begin my dressage test the heavens just opened. All things considered Air Holidays Wiseguy did a great test even though he was bent against the rain on occasion which was stinging and very cold!

At the end of the dressage phase we were lying fourth with the cross country and showjumping still to look forward to on the Sunday. Sunday turned out to be a beautiful clear day but still very cold. The rain the day before made the going much kinder underfoot. The cross country was big and bold. Having never taken our horses over these kinds of fences before most of the riders walked the course three or four times. In my case I walked it five times.

Wiseguy jumped a spectacular round that was also fastest for the day. At the end of the cross country I was lying first and Graham Winn was just 3.2 penalties behind us. Wiseguy jumped beautifully and we only took one pole in the showjumping. Graham took three poles which left us in the lead.

I must just take this opportunity to thank all the individuals who went to such a huge effort for only nine CIC*** riders. We know that as much effort has to go into the course even though there were so few riders. Also I would like to say that the course was strong yet fair and there was not one jumping refusal throughout the whole course and all the horses made it home safely!

So we won the first ever CIC*** in South Africa. It’s still sinking in I think. This leaves us one step closer to qualifying for the World Equestrian Games. Of the seven starters five had qualifying rounds:

Paul Hart – Air Holidays Wiseguy

Graham Winn – Fairways Electrica Zorba

Heidi Wood – Quantum Leap

Douglash Welsh – Trinity Sport of Kings and Trinity Kings Courier

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