With the ability to import horses into South Africa at costs that are comparable to buying an open prospect locally, many of our top riders across the country will venture out to Europe to find their next future superstar. With several reputable dealing facilities in Europe and a few crowd favourites like Sancho Voerman, Hilmar Meyer, and Michel Van Eck among others, the local showjumping industry is a regular arrival station for top-quality jumping horses.
Making sure that his string remains strong and competitive is Dominey Alexander. A highly successful competitor in both the showjumping and dressage competition arenas, Dominey has established an incredible base out of his setup in Kyalami, Cellehof Stud and Livery. With a large variety of top showjumping horses under his saddle over the years including Enjoy 68, Cellehof Drummer Boy, Capital Shiraz, Armageddon, and RNR Gulliver, Dominey has always been an exceptional athlete to watch. Beautifully placed in the saddle with a great position and superb eye, it’s been no surprise that Dominey has been victorious at most major national titles throughout his career.
His current 1.50m partner is the 11-year-old, grey gelding, RNR Jelle S, owned by Natalie Robertson, who began his competitive career in South Africa in 2019. While he spent 2019 competing under Natalie, the gelding by Der Senaat 111 out of a Giogio mare, started competing with Dominey in 2020 and has progressed confidently into the top levels to tackle his first World Cup Qualifier at the recent Midrand event hosted by Kyalami Equestrian Park.
With both his recent 1.50m horses, Gulliver and Jelle S, being greys, the comments on the announcement of his new addition naturally focused on the obvious trend. While there is not too much information available on the new prospect, we do know that the grey gelding named S’Oakley Z is by Hunter’s Scendro out of a Larinero mare. With bloodlines tracing back to Stakkato and Contendro I, S’Oakley Z displays obvious scope and abilities for the top ranks. While he is only 7-years-old currently, the new partnership will surely be in the top grades before long as Dominey expertise in both the dressage and showjumping circuits enable him the added advantage of ensuring a solid foundation.
An exciting future awaits for Dominey and his fanbase and we look forward to the arrival of this gelding on South African soil and seeing the pair in action.