South Africa

SA's top equestrian event soon!

2013-09-06 11:03
Barry Taylor (Supplied)
Cape Town - The most anticipated event on the equestrian calendar, the Galencia Property South African Derby 2013 is taking place from October 2-6 at the Kyalami Equestrian Park in Johannesburg.

The country’s top show jumpers will compete over a treacherous course, testing both rider and horse in an attempt to make it through to the nail-biting final on the Sunday witnessed by an expected 5 000 to 6 000 spectators.

Cheng Cheng (CEO of Galencia Property Developments) says, “Equestrian sport has evolved to be more than just a noble event, but rather a symbol of aristocratic demeanor that is represented by ideals of fair competition. It has become the epitome of fashionable sport and an emblem of a high-end brand logo. Attributable to our efforts and experiences, Galencia Property always strives to globally develop the best value property with the team spirit of optimism, diligence and professionalism to deliver an elegant and dependable product. We as the official sponsor of the Galencia Property South African Derby, share the same values that are symbolized by this gallant sport, and hope to encourage a wider range of people to embrace it and subsequently uphold the noble sportsmanship.”

Entrance is free from Wednesday to Friday for the preliminary rounds and qualifiers, but the real action takes place on the weekend when families and friends descend on the grounds to take in the food, wine, entertainment and sport with Sunday remaining the pinnacle.

The theme for this year is “Gatsby Glitz” with plenty of fashion, good food and faire. Food stalls are available throughout week and other entertainment over the weekend includes a children’s area, beer garden and shopping village and a VIP area for members in the newly renovated KEP Club House. The VIP Marquee tent for 600 guests is also a great cause for excitement. Great food and wine will be the order of the day. The Famous SA Derby after party will also be hosted in the marquees with top class acts such Pascal & Pearce and DJ Fresh entertaining the bold and the brave whose day doesn’t end when the winner is crowned. Tickets for the after party will be offered to the public at large too.

2012 South African Derby winner, Nicole Horwood says she is excited for the 2013 Derby.

“I'm very excited that it’s Derby time again. I really enjoy the fitness and training work that goes into preparing for the Derby. It's so different to our normal everyday routine and I enjoy training over the various unique obstacles. With new sponsors on board I am sure this year will prove to be as exciting as ever. I hope to repeat the same performance as last year and remain focused and calm on the big day.”

Another rider and horse to look out for is Barry Taylor, South Africa’s second ranked show jumper.

“I am riding Nissan Lassiter in the Galencia Property SA Derby this year. It will be his first time and if he places I will be very happy. He is a brave, bold horse and I think a perfect Derby horse. His training is coming along and he has jumped a few world cups and 1.50 classes this year to get mileage in that division.”

Don’t miss out on this equestrian spectacular!

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Tickets available at Computicket.

South African Derby details:

Date: October 2-6, 2013
Where: Kyalami Equestrian Park
Address: 1 Dahlia Road, Kyalami
Time: 08:00 – 17:00
Costs: Wednesday to Friday – Free
Saturday, Sunday – Ticket prices range from R50 – R400
VIP Marquee on Sunday (including after party ticket) – R10 000 excl VAT per table (seats 10)
After party on Sunday – R100

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