April Top Stories:

After an exciting month of showjumping that featured the South African Outdoor Grand Prix title competition, several other stories gripped the hearts of our South African viewers. We take a look back at the top 5 stories from the Month of April.

No 5: Liam Stevens Showcases Talented Capital Gelding:

After Liam made his return to the 1.50m ranks at the 2020 South African Outdoor Grand Prix competition, the fans were excited to see him back where he belongs. While his 1.50m partner, Guillaume, has not been back at that height since Liam has continued to strengthen his competitive string by introducing a young Capital gelding to his string.


No 4: Lorette Knowles-Taylor’s New Partnership is Made In Heaven:

With the regular news stories coming out of the Farnham setup, the addition of the quality gelding to Lorette’s string has been long anticipated by her fans. With the partnership gaining confidence and a strengthening bond, they have been spotted in the 1.35m competitions but will certainly look to make the step up to the next heights soon.

No 3: Electric Spurs Result in 10-Year Suspension for USA Rider:

The news broke of an American rider who had received a 10-year suspension after being found guilty of using electric spurs on his horses in both national and International competitions. With his unspeakable behaviour, equestrians across the globe have been pleased to see the FEI award a harsh penalty. 

No 2: 16-year-old Ada-Raine Ferguson Steps into the 1.50m Ranks:

The showjumping industry in South Africa has witnessed some exceptional riders since the birth of the sport but with the news of a 16-year-old cracking the top ranks, it was to be expected that many equestrians would be thrilled for the young talent as she embarks on her new journey at the top of our sport.

No 1: Alexa Stais: South Africa’s Golden Girl of the International Showjumping Circuit:

As an incredibly talented rider who has seen great success in Europe, Alexa Stais is a role model to many showjumpers across the world. After starting her equestrian career in South Africa, the local industry has followed her journey from the beginning. Our interview with Alexa was a great opportunity to talk to a South African idol.


The month ahead holds some great competitions including the conclusion of the Reonet-sponsored Midrand World Cup Qualifier. The first World Cup Qualifier to be hosted in South Africa in almost 2 years will launch the FEI season for our athletes. The month of May will be closed out by the 2nd World Cup Qualifier which will be hosted by Stokkiesdraai Equestrian Centre in Brits.


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