Riders, horses rise to the occasion

Spurwing Horse Trials provide unique challenge in the Karkloof

An equine event in the Midlands out of the top drawer, the Spurwing Horse Trials proved again to be a spectator opportunity not to be missed.

Hosted at Karkloof Country Club last weekend, October 11 -13, 2019, the Three Phase Event drew more than 150 Three Phase Event riders and their family members and support crew from all over the country.

This is a unique, challenging event, where the riders compete in three disciplines, namely dressage, show jumping and cross-country, all on the same horse. The discipline of the dressage, courage of the cross-country and precision of the show jumping phase results in one of the most demanding sports for both horse and rider.

Compete on equal footing

What sets Three Phase Eventing apart even further is that it is one of the few sports where men and women compete against each other on an equal footing. The competition is tough, the camaraderie terrific and the setting absolutely spectacular.

Adrienne Macdonald-Hutcheson on Waterford Chocolate.
Picture by Storm Storah

The Karkloof Valley brought extremely hot weather at the weekend, further challenging the competitors. Friday dawned a breezy spring day but the chill in the air did nothing to deter the 150 competitors during their dressage phase.

Saturday was an absolute scorcher, as horse and riders navigated their way around the demanding cross-country course, designed by James Arathoon to test the skill, agility, courage and tenacity of the competitors.

Local equestrian legend

A delightful exhibition of the Show Jumping Grand Finale in the main arena culminated in the final prize giving on Sunday.

Local equestrian legend Gus Oberholzer designed a testing show jumping course that put the competitors through their final paces before determining the ultimate winners in each category.

Main picture, Andy Norbury on Equalizer. Picture by Storm Storah

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