Barry Taylor Back in Action at The SA Outdoor Grand Prix

Barry Taylor is a name and face synonymous with showjumping in South Africa. A legend of the sport, there is no title that has not been won by this top athlete. Alongside his lifelong career as an avid equestrian in South Africa, Barry has also had a competitive career in Europe before settling down once more in his home country. After his injury that left him sidelined at the Reonet Riders Grand Prix early in 2021, Barry marked his return to competition and the 1.50m ranks at the Kyalami Equestrian Park Easter Grand Prix this past weekend.

Barry Taylor, The JumpOff
Barry Taylor and Coester G | Photo credit: Denford Studios

With Coester G’s regular rider, Aisling Triggol taking a break from competition due to pregnancy, Barry Taylor, her coach, was provided with the opportunity of returning to the top heights once again on a familiar partner. The tall bay gelding by Cosido out of a Con Air 7 mare made his competitive debut on South African soil with Barry Taylor in 2019 and has since been a top campaigner in the 1.50m heights until moving on to become Aisling’s top horse.


With Barry back in action after incurring a dislocated clavicle at the Riders Grand Prix in February, the partnership returned in fine form as Barry looked to be back to his old, masterful self. Having previously won the SA Outdoor Grand Prix title an incredible 8 times, the event has been known to be “Barry’s Show” and with his evergreen abilities, we’re hoping to see him claim victory a few more times. Partnered with the scopey gelding, owned by Govett Triggol, the year ahead could be the stage for Barry’s talents as a horseman to once again come to the fore and for him to add to his incredible list of accolades at the top echelons of the sport once more.

Welcome back, Barry and best of luck for the year ahead with the talented gelding, Coester G.

-The JumpOff-


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