The Investec FEI World Cup Show Jumping Qualifier will once again be held in Cape Town at Glenellen Farm, Hout Bay from November 21 to 25 and promises a spectacle of Show Jumping from the top riders around the country.
Organized by the newly formed Cape Town Equestrian, this is the only international Show Jumping competition in Cape Town and forms the last leg of the South African Series of the FEI World Cup Jumping Championship.
Renowned international course builder Frank Rothenburger from Germany will oversee the building of the course with colleague Andreas Hollmann. Local course designers Kevin Sptatley and Brendan Silen will be working with the international team and will be assisted by Andile Balula, who is one of the rising young stars in the Eventing Course Designer and Builder programme.
The classes are closely contested and with more than 142 riders already entered, there should be much to interest visitors to the event.
Sunday November 25 will see past winners of the World Cup Qualifier class, Gareth and Shaun Neill, pitting their skills against a strong Western Province line up. For the first time, four local riders will feature in this 1.5m class showing a fast growing strength and skill from this region.
The Western Cape Equine Trust, which helped establish and continues to support the SPCA Horse Care Unit in Grassy Park, will be receiving funds from entrance fees.
With the addition of a superb market (for food, clothing and accessories), children’s activities and family entertainment there will be plenty to keep visitors occupied at Glenellen Farm.
The market will offer a sophisticated range of retail goodies, one in particular being Klaus Tiedge Wildlife Photography. Tiedge has successfully traversed the boundaries between painting and photography. His editions of wildlife photographs have a unique stylized quality to them and the artist displays the distinct ability to give equal attention to the animals and the environment in which they are captured in.
* Entry will be free from Wednesday to Friday November 21 to 23. Entry on Saturday and Sunday November 24 and 25 is R20, with tickets available at Computicket. The action will take place from 8.30am to 5pm daily. Glenellen Farm is situated on Westerford Way, off Valley Road, Hout Bay.