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Sunny Park Stables to represent Gauteng

[dropcap style=”font-size: 70px; color: #052b51; font-family: ‘Droid Serif’, Arial, sans-serif;”] I [/dropcap] 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. Continue reading Sunny Park Stables to represent Gauteng

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

Two 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.

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

Nicola Sime wins the Nissan South African Outdoor Grand Prix

After 3 faultless clear rounds (the only 3 in the competition). Top showjumping coach and competitive rider Nicola Sime claimed the title of the 2016 Nissan South Africa Outdoor Grand Prix Champion. Nicola was jumping A Square Forklift El Paso and proved that she can confidently call herself one of the best in the country. Continue reading Nicola Sime wins the Nissan South African Outdoor Grand Prix

The SA Derby Ball

[dropcap style=”font-size: 70px; color: #052b51; font-family: ‘Droid Serif’, Arial, sans-serif;”] W [/dropcap] hen the SA Derby rolls around we usually share lots of pictures of the event but this year we thought we’d do something a little bit different. Nicola had fantastic rounds on both her horses and we’re extremely proud of her but more so for the money raised by her and other showjumpers at the SA Derby Ball. The riders want to refurbish the May Foxcroft ring at Kyalami Equestrian Park. Below are some pictures of the Sunny Park crew at the SA Derby Ball:

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Nissan Winter Classic

[dropcap style=”font-size: 70px; color: #052b51; font-family: ‘Droid Serif’, Arial, sans-serif;”] T [/dropcap] he Sunny Park crew recently headed to the Shongweni Club in Durban to participate in the Nissan Winter Classic. Nicola drove a full truck down with Eastern Paradise, Reach for Gold, Connoisseur, El Paso, Crispin, Theron, Zuperstar, Secret Warrior, Fit Sports Lab State Secret, Fit Sports Lab Aurora and Locarno Chacoelo.  Continue reading Nissan Winter Classic

Presidents Cup 2015 official communication

[dropcap style=”font-size: 70px; color: #052b51; font-family: ‘Droid Serif’, Arial, sans-serif;”] Y [/dropcap] ou’ll remember some of the drama surrounding the Presidents Cup 2015 that we told you about earlier in the year. Well we now have official communication from South African Showjumping which we would like to share with you: Continue reading Presidents Cup 2015 official communication

Horse abuse in secured stabling at the World Cup Qualifier in Gauteng March 2014

When a rider & horse reach the 1:50 -1:60m level and start to take part in World Cup Qualifiers which are held around the county it is a rule that these horses have to be stabled in a secure environment at the showground and horses are NOT allowed to stay anywhere else. This means that strict rules apply and only certain people can enter the stables.

These consist of the rider, the groom, the officials and veterinary personnel. All wear identification bracelets.

Officials sit outside of the gate and check who goes in and out until the all the horses are in. Then the gate is closed.

One would think that this would be enough to safeguard the horses’ welfare and that the show holding body had done their job.

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At one of these shows a horse was found to be in severe pain and had great difficulty walking. The vet on duty thought it was a bee sting that had caused the severe burn and swelling on his chest and underarms. The rider disputed this as there was a distinct acidic smell in the stable.

A sample of the horse’s blood was taken and this sample was sent away to be tested by the vet on duty.  A second sample of blood and hair was sent by the rider to the local vet and this was sent to the Jockey Club to be tested.

Both samples of blood came back negative. The hair sample came back positive for a solvent. This means that someone who was allowed into the secured stable went into this horse’s stable and put on a solvent that caused severe pain to the horse and burned the skin severely which caused the hair to fall out. The horse was in severe pain for three days.

After many discussions and emails to various people running this show nothing has been done to give assurance that more adequate security will be put in place and the cameras in the vicinity fixed. In other words no-one cares. Don’t make waves for the good of the sport.

If that is the case then the memory is short as this kind of horse abuse hit the headlines of The Star more than 10 years ago warranting one sporting celebrity being banned from competing in this country.

When we stand up to salute the horse at this year’s SA Derby please take note that something is amiss in this sport.

There is a maniac out there working or mingling amongst us. BEWARE!!!

J SIME

24.09.2014

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Training showjumping show on 28 September

[dropcap style=”font-size: 70px; color: #052b51; font-family: ‘Droid Serif’, Arial, sans-serif;”] S [/dropcap] unny Park Stables will be hosting a training showjumping show on Sunday 28 September. These shows are always a fun way for the novice riders to get some show experience and for the younger horses to get round a few tracks. Continue reading Training showjumping show on 28 September

2014 South African Showjumping Championships

So last week we packed two trucks and headed off to Shongweni for the 2014 South African Showjumping Championships. A week off in warmer weather right? Wrong! We arrived on Tuesday and hit the ground trotting! Nicola had 9 horses at the show. Katie took Secret and Sam took both Beausejour and Zuperstar.  Continue reading 2014 South African Showjumping Championships

March 2013 – Show results

[dropcap style=”font-size: 70px; color: #052b51; font-family: ‘Droid Serif’, Arial, sans-serif;”] M [/dropcap] arch was jam packed with the first big show of the year, the 2013 Nissan Easter Festival, taking place. All our riders did so well and we are very proud! A special mention must be made of Donna Barnard and Callaho Daquiri who were selected for the South African team for the Inter Africa Jumping Challenge. Here are some of the other results: Continue reading March 2013 – Show results