At the recent Mpumalanga Dressage Championships held at the Mataffin riding club in Nelspruit, Helle Wagner and her lovely Voigtkirsh Socrates had spectators on their feet performing the Advanced Freestyle to music test on the Sunday afternoon. “Old Socks” as she fondly calls him, is a 17 year old Namibian warmblood that the has brought up from Novice to Advanced in a short period of only four years
More than 40 horses performed in heat wave conditions in Nelspruit, with all levels from prelim children in their first dressage show, to spectacular higher tests only seen at a show of this calibre.
Thomas Brown and Ellen Holland shared a delightful pony called Biscuit in their very first dressage show and did their parents and trainer Samantha Parsons proud!
The Fancy dress Freestyle and Pas de Deux classes were once again the highlight for spectators. Outstanding costumes and themes were created by riders, from Zulu Dancers to skeletons to Rock stars.
Kraai Kamffer du Preez on Lezar Solero and Natasha Whyte on Brandenburg Special Assignment brought the house down in their “Topless” Zulu maiden outfits!
The Championship classes were also mostly on the Sunday morning, whilst Friday and Saturday’s warm up and qualifier classes gave riders the opportunity to familiarise their horses with the environment and prepare for the exacting Championship.
National Panel Dressage judges Eino Vuorinen and Ross Hill from Gauteng and KZN were impressed with the facilities at Mataffin Riding club, and with the standard of horses performing at the show.
The show was organised by the Lowveld Equestrian Club, under the auspices of Dressage South Africa.
Championship winners were:
Champion : Anisca Smit on Oh Wow it’s a Swazi
Champion: Lisa-Marie van der Merwe on Zero Defect
Champion: Stephanie Botha on Karismo
Champion: Eldone Janse van Rensburg on Lucky for Some
Junior Elementary –medium:
Champion: Heleen Engelbrecht on Calela Fakkel
Champion: Heleen Engelbrecht on Mossandi’s River dance
Adult and Junior Preliminary:
Champion: Wida de Klerk on Devondale Emperor
Reserve Champion: Marise de Bruto on Razdi Rock idol
Champion: Gerti Kusseler on Dageraad Ektor
Reserve Champion: Kraai Kamffer-du Preez on Lezar Solero
Champion: Alex Butcher on Brandenburg Lancelot
Reserve Champion: Catherine Irving on Rivenvale’s Gold Fever
Adult Elementary Medium
Champion: Sean Eggersglusz on Spurwing Nile Bossanova
Champion: Gerti Kusseler on Caballero
Reserve Champion: Wida de Klerk on Devondale Bubbles
Champion: Helle Wagner on Voigtkirsh Socrates
Adult Advanced FREESTYLE
Helle Wagner on Voigtkirsh Socrates
Prelim Freestyle for pony riders, children and adults
Jacomi van den Berg on KD
Junior and Adult Novice FREESTYLE
Sean Eggersglusz on Akke van Wisselend Tej
Pony Rider and Children Elementary FREESTYLE
Stephanie Botha on Karismo
Junior and Adult Elementary FREESTYLE
Sandra Davids on Kuda Insurance Legacy Soraya
Junior and Adult Elementary-Medium FREESTYLE
Sean Eggersglusz on Spurwing Nile Bossanova
Adult Medium FREESTYLE
Wida de Klerk on Devondale Bubbles
Adult Pas de Deux:
Kraai Kamffer-du Preez on Lezar Solero and Natasha Whyte on Brandenburg Special Assignment