2012 began with our annual kick off meeting for riders and parents. Riders observed dressage tests from entry level on lead rein, performed by one of our own Grade1 riders, to the most complex level, performed by the famous horse; Zodiac. Selection of our captain and vice captain by the senior riders is always an exciting highlight to the year. Kyle Maartens and Caylan Wood were chosen for these roles and were announced at the kick off meeting.
SANEF Schools Interschools’ Competition: This is where riders compete within a school team against other teams in their region. Any BPS rider from Grade 0 to 7, lead rein to the highest level, is welcome to enter and compete for BPS. For new competitors it is a wonderful introduction to shows and existing competitive riders can also receive grading points. Four qualifying shows were held this year. Riders were then selected to ride for the Gauteng Central Regional team at held at Maple Ridge. Successful competitors were invited to take part in a National competition held at Kyalami Equestrian Park.
Qualifier 1 took place in February; the second qualifier unfortunately had to be postponed due to weather until May. Third and Fourth qualifiers were held in June, Regionals in August and Nationals in September. Twenty-six BPS riders
competed this year with 18 selected for Regionals and 12 for Nationals.
The commitment and dedication of all the riders resulted in BPS winning the Gauteng Central Primary School competition for the 10th successive year.
At the National competition our riders competed superbly and came away with five firsts and two seconds; an excellent individual achievement against the best of the best riders in South Africa. Gauteng won the overall National Competition with a substantial victory.
For the first time eventing has been added as an additional discipline to the SANESA competition and BPS had our first rider competing and selected for the finals. We hope many more riders will try this in the future.
In the April holidays nine of our Grade 5-7 riders spent a fantastic holiday in Morgenzon. Daily thirty- five km outrides in the beautiful countryside, rounding up cattle, milking cows (and even watching a delivery) and fun pony games, were just some of the exciting activities that they experienced.
We thank all our Grade 7 riders for their commitment and enthusiasm and wish them all the best for their college years!
- Mrs Z. Nell -
Chef d’ Equipe
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