Land Rover Durban Horse and Wine Festival

FESTIVAL_A5_FLYER REVISEDRiding high on the success of the South African Dressage Championships and the Kwa Zulu Natal Championships, the New Dressage Committee is set to soar.  Taking on what many think is too much, the dedication, time, effort and enthusiasm is already seeing a rub off effect, after only a few months of endeavour.

The majority of this committee were involved in efforts which saw the Debutante Fibre arena become a reality at the Durban Shongweni Club.  Now having the Dressage Shows up by the Club house has seen renewed energy and numbers come into the discipline.  Kwa Zulu Natal Dressage has secured a three year sponsorship from Land Rover Durban. This commitment from Land Rover Durban has already seen remarkable changes taking place.

The driving force of this energy is Bev Pendock, well known Dressage Rider, Instructor and Judge. Bev stopped competing 3 years ago and has turned her energy into promoting Dressage.  She is determined to grow the sport from grass roots level and turn shows into a fun event, that will see spectators being drawn to the venue, and hence the sport.  It is a long hard road, but Bev is known for her tenacity in overcoming difficulties. Bev also managed to secure a Sponsorship for last year’s SA Champs from The Glodbal Dressage Forum and this year Genn McNeill has enticed the support  Dressage Today, USA.  How fantastic to have not only local but also International support for South Africa!

With the partnership of Land Rover Durban, KZN Dressage has undertaken to have an Overseas Judge officiating at all shows sponsored by them, for the next 3 years.  This will have a huge impact in KZN.  Not only will the visiting judges be officiating at shows, but they will be conducting Judges and Riders seminars whilst they are here. The rub off effect will be infectious and unprecedented!

The first of the sponsored events for this year will be The Land Rover Durban Horse and Wine Festival which will run from 12 – 14 April. Dutch Judge, Jan Enne Kloosterboer has secured his second invitation to judge in KZN.  Events included in the schedule will range from Pixie Tests and Kiddies Western Fancy Dress right through to Grand Prix Dressage.  This show will be a Warm Up for the WEG Qualifier to be held in Gauteng later this year. The Land Rover Durban theme will be evident for 10 days commencing with a Judges Seminar to be held on Saturday 6 April at the Durban Shongweni Club.  Jan Enne, is very prominent in the Netherlands with the training of Judges from Novice right through to Grand Prix Level.  His openness and friendly personality, make it easy for enthusiasts to ask questions and learn. Everyone is invited to attend these various seminars at a cost of R100 per person.  KZN Dressage has invested in a roving and lapel microphone which ensures that what is being said by both the rider and Jan Enne is audible to the public.  Question and answer periods are encouraged.  It is a directive that Bev is pushing, that we will only start to reach uniformity in our Judging, by communicating with one another and discussing our opinions, not only with judges but with breeders, riders and trainers.  We MUST all be wanting to see and achieve the same thing, all of which fall in line with FEI directives, and follow the world trend.

The Horse and Wine Festival will see the Durban Shongweni Club take on a totally different feel on Saturday 13 April.  There will be over 40 High End Stall Holders and 4 Wine Estates converging onto the car park.  Stalls include Homemade relishes, breads, jams, confectionery, Home and Décor, Cheese and Delicatessens, food, art and so much more.  Dressage Competition will cease at 3pm and then the Arena Entertainment will begin. This will include the Land Rover Durban High Jump with R5,000 up for grabs, Kiddies Western Fancy Dress, Grand Prix Freestyles and the Grand Finale will see crowds serenaded to the melodious voice of The Singing Cowboy, who performs from the back of his white stallion. The first 400 paying spectators through the gate will receive a lovely Land Rover Durban wine glass, which will be used for wine tasting during the evening.  With various foods from pizzas to Bavarian Rolls, toffee apples, home brewed beer, top class wine and fun for the Children, the Horse and Wine Festival promises to be a Highlight on this year’s Equestrian Calender.

For further information contact Bev on 082 460 7769  or Calet on 082 743 8205

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