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A standing Ovation for Helle!

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:

Children Preliminary:

Champion : Anisca Smit on Oh Wow it’s a Swazi

Children Novice:

Champion: Lisa-Marie van der Merwe on Zero Defect

Children Elementary

Champion: Stephanie Botha on Karismo

Junior Novice:

Champion: Eldone Janse van Rensburg on Lucky for Some

Junior Elementary –medium:

Champion: Heleen Engelbrecht on Calela Fakkel

Junior medium:

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

Adult Novice:

Champion: Gerti Kusseler on Dageraad Ektor

Reserve Champion: Kraai Kamffer-du Preez on Lezar Solero

Adult Elementary:

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

Adult Medium:

Champion: Gerti Kusseler on Caballero

Reserve Champion: Wida de Klerk on Devondale Bubbles

Adult Advanced:

Champion: Helle Wagner on Voigtkirsh Socrates

Freestyle winners:

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

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Photo’s taken by Anita Vosloo