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SPEC Newsletter June 2017

Posted on Jun 12, 2017 in News & Events

SPEC Newsletter June 2017

I t feels like I have to greet all of you very formally since it has been so long since our last newsletter. We have had so many shows and there has been lots of things happening around the yard. I am now administrating the Facebook page, so between that and the newsletters, we will try to keep you all on top of things. We have had our SPEC committee meeting on the 31st May and we have quite a few decisions that were taken that we need to communicate to you all. I think one of the most exciting parts of the meeting was when we realised that SPEC is the biggest club on the East Rand. Thank...

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Development riders at Sunny Park Stables

Posted on May 11, 2017 in News & Events

Development riders at Sunny Park Stables

W hen you love what you do, you will never have to work a day in your life! This rings true for every equestrian and many young equestrians build their future around their best friendships – their horses. Ask any young equestrian what they want to do when they grow up and you will hear every option from riding instructor, yard owner, veterinary surgeon, equine physio, farrier, tack shop owner and even professional course builder. The opportunities are endless but in a third world country, recently downgraded to junk status, where Equestrian sport is deemed ‘elite sport’...

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Nicola Sime wins 2015 Highest Ranked South African Showjumper

Posted on Jul 4, 2016 in News & Events

Nicola Sime wins 2015 Highest Ranked South African Showjumper

W e’re extremely proud to announce that our very own Nicola Sime has been named the 2015 Highest Ranked South African Showjumper in South Africa. It is an exciting win and once again cements Nicola’s consistent performance in the ring no matter the horse show. Nicola received the Gonda Beatrix award, which is handed to the highest ranked South African Showjumper. It is a huge honour for Nicola to receive this award as Gonda is not only her coach but also her mentor. Consistency in the ring and constantly being placed at the highest level in the sport is testament to...

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Sunny Park Stables to represent Gauteng

Posted on Jun 29, 2016 in News & Events

Sunny Park Stables to represent Gauteng

I t’s always an absolute pleasure when hard work and dedication pay off. All the blood, sweat and tears suddenly become worth it. We’re so lucky to be able to celebrate the incredible achievements of these Sunny Parkers who have been selected to represent Gauteng in the 2016 Pony Rider, Children and Junior Showjumping Inter-Provincials. A few riders from Sunny Park Stables were recently selected to represent Gauteng at the 2016 South African Show jumping Inter-Provincials. This will be held at Kyalami Park Club from the 4th until the 9th of July. We wish the following riders all...

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2nd place for Nicola in the World Cup Qualifier

Posted on May 31, 2016 in News & Events

2nd place for Nicola in the World Cup Qualifier

T he weekend of the the 21st and 22nd of May was a rather eventful one sort with drama and chaos. Despite all the kafuffle, Nicola and Sunny Park Stables El Paso claimed a second place in the World Cup Qualifier held at the Equidome and continue to dominate the rider rankings as we enter the second half of the year. The Equidome show started with Nicola having to rush to the dentist for emergency root canal! After her dentist visit she rushed back to the show to jump. Wow! It was the final day, Sunday, that really came with its own chaos. The day started with a visit to SASCOC house to...

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Hannah van Niekerk wins the 2016 South African Showjumping Pony Rider Derby

Posted on May 31, 2016 in News & Events

Hannah van Niekerk wins the 2016 South African Showjumping Pony Rider Derby

T wo years ago Hannah van Niekerk arrived at Sunny Park Stables with her gorgeous grey pony Tiara, bucket loads of grit and determination, heaps of talent and very little experience in the saddle. After a few months Nicola quickly realised that the perfect pony for Hannah was one currently enjoying retirement… and it was time to bring him out of it. The Scooby Doo and Hannah partnership started off with a few hiccups. Scooby Doo is a legend in his own right, competing in the Young Riders Series with his old owner Bianca Steytler and beating 1.40 Warmblood imports. Scooby does things a...

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