Glenellen Farm in Hout Bay will host the cream of show jumpers this weekend in the Investec FEI World Cup Show Jumping Qualifier, taking place until November 25. This spectacle of show jumping from the top riders around the country is organized by the newly formed Cape Town Equestrian. As the only international Jumping competition in Cape Town it forms the last leg of the South African Series of the World Cup Show Jumping Championship.
Highlights will be on Saturday and Sunday November 24 and 25 when the top riders take on the challenging course that will test all their skills. Built by local course designers Brendan Silen and Kevin Spratley with assistance by Andile Balula and overseen by international course builder Frank Rothenburger with Andreas Hollmann, the event is known for the unusual jumps offering spectators some nail-biting moments.
On the local front spectators should look out for Anthea Erasmus and Jeanne Engela, who are hot contenders for the title having both achieved high rankings in the previous legs of the World Cup and during the season. Daniela Smit also promises some fine showmanship.
The pony classes (on Saturday) will show off young talent offering a glimpse into future top show jumpers. Plucky young Jamie Behrens is back riding after a major fall and Cameron Patrick will be showing his skills after jumping in Colombia.
The weekend offers a host of activities for the whole family. A superb tented market village with over 30 traders will be offering a host of delicious foods for all palates. From crafters and fashion to jewellery, hip summer clothing and accessories, art and quirky items being on sale, this is an ideal place to get that early Christmas shopping done.
Live musicians will entertain visitors to the event on Thursday and Friday afternoon, so pop in after work for supper with family and friends. A full bar will be available during the entire event. Opening times are from 11am to 8pm daily and from 9.30 am to 5pm on the Saturday and Sunday. There is seating for over 300 patrons.
For spectators the promise of some thrilling watching is a certainty. The knowledge that the small entry fee will also be assisting a worthy beneficiary gives yet another reason to attend. 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.
* Glenellen Farm is situated on Westerford Way, off Valley Road, Hout Bay.
Entry until Friday is free. Entry on Saturday and Sunday is R20. Book at Computicket.
For more information, send an email to Julie@capetownequestrian.co.za or Caitlyn@capetownequestrian.co.za, or call 083 564 2350 or 082 857 5110.