Horses and Noordhoek are synonymous. There is a strong association between horses and Noordhoek. The town is well known amongst tourists and travellers who visit Cape Town for the horse-riding on the beach. As you drive the leafy lanes of Noordhoek, horses grazing in paddocks are a common sight and you are highly likely to pass young and old on horseback in this village with a rural feel.
Behind the scenes however, there is a vibrant and active horse community. Recently the Noordhoek Farm Village Horse trials were held in Noordhoek and comprised 3 disciplines of Dressage, Cross-Country and Show-Jumping. The event attracted riders and spectators from the Western Cape. There is always more on the go, however and Alex Otto from the Noordhoek Tack Shop caught up with Tarryn Mason from Noordhoek Riding Association about what’s happening in the horse community in Noordhoek this weekend.
Q1: What’s happening this weekend in Noordhoek?
A1: The Noordhoek Riding Association will be hosting the 2013 WP Pony Riders Show Jumping Championships on the weekend of the 25th & 26th May 2013 at the Noordhoek competition showgrounds located on Katzenellebogen Road.
Q2: What is your role in organizing the Children’s champs being held at the NRA ?
A2: I am the Sponsorship Coordinator and Show Secretary
Q3: What is the Children’s Champs competition all about? Does it involve children and ponies from all provinces in South Africa?
A3: The 2013 WP Pony Riders Show Jumping Championships is solely a show jumping competition that will feature the crème de la crème of Western Province’s pony riders (ages 15 and under). It is the final WP event before team selection is made for the upcoming SA Interprovicials, which will be held in July later this year in Port Elizabeth.
Q4: How many children are coming to Noordhoek to compete and what is the age range?
A4: We have a total of 60 riders competing this year and the 2013 WP Pony Riders Show Jumping Championships class has a record number of 12 entrants. In 2012 there were 8 entrants so we have seen a 3rd increase in pony riders in the higher grade class which is a fantastic sign of improvement in one year.
Q5: What are the disciplines/ classes people can expect to see?
A5: Pony riders will be competing in the discipline of Show Jumping starting at 40cm and going all the way up to 1.10m
Q6: Why do you think Noordhoek was chosen as the venue for this year’s Children’s Champs? What do you think Noordhoek has to offer that is special?
A6: I have only been involved in the PR champs for the past 2 years so I asked Sharron Trueb her thoughts on the above question. Her response was: “We’ve had the WP Children’s Jumping Champs here since 2007, and previously held Inter-Schools here. There are always a lot of children riding here in the valley, we have a strong Pony Club in Noordhoek, and an enthusiastic group of people to get involved in running the show, so it’s a natural fit!!”
Q7: Can anybody come to watch the kids compete? Do they have to pay to come and watch?
A7: The event is open to anyone young and old, horse enthusiast or not. Spectators will not be charged to come and watch. It is a family-friendly, fun day out for all.
Q9: Will there be refreshments and food for spectators?
A10: Yes, absolutely, there will be plenty of food and refreshments available, from Prue’s famous egg and bacon rolls to delicious pancakes at the mobile pancake kiosk! But if that’s not enough, it’s a hop and a jump over to Noordhoek Farm Village with a huge choice of restaurants and refreshments.
Q10: Did you ever compete in Children’s champs? What do you think it gives kids?
A10: Yes I did… many many moons ago. Competitions like this teach kids at a very young age the importance of dedication and sportsmanship, which will build their characters for the future.
Q11: What kind of sponsors were you able to find and why is sponsorship necessary and important for this competition?
A11: Sponsorship for a show of this kind is normally made up from a combination of willing company sponsors who have connections to the sport and wonderful parents wanting to give back.
This year we have our very generous sponsors who sponsor and assist every year such as Vuurberg Wines, Noordhoek Village Tack, Noordhoek Oaks and Squirrels, The Cunningham Family, The Sholto-Douglas Family, Film Event Media, Carlton Hair, The Riding Centre and The Pony Club, as well as a very keen bunch of new sponsors wanting to get involved such as The Moore Family, Fibre-Beet, Ingrid Altmann, Southwood Financial Planning, Namibia Horse Safaris, Greef Properties, Gremeltech, Thandeka Stables as well as the sponsor of the Main class, the 2013 WP PR Championship class, Design 360.
Sponsorship for a show of this caliber is of vital importance. We always want to put on a show for the kids that they will remember for years with exciting goodie bags, BIG bold beautiful rosettes, medals, sashes, prizes etc and this is only made possible due to the contributions of the sponsors.
Q12: What sort of exposure do the sponsors receive from Children’s champs?
A12: Sponsors are offered the following:-
- They are given naming rights of the class they have chosen to sponsor
- They will be mentioned in the online program as one of the sponsors.
- They will be allowed to place company banners at strategic points at the venue for the duration of the show
- They will be allowed to put up a stand and hand out flyers and leaflets for the duration of the show, if they so wish.
- They will be mentioned over the loudspeaker continuously over the 2 days
- They will be given a picnic basket for 4 on the Sunday filled with delicious goodies which they are welcome to enjoy at the designated sponsors area
- They are welcome to be present when their sponsored class is running and award the rosettes and prizes money to the winners once complete
- The sponsor of the main class has the additional benefit of having their company branding embroidered onto the winners blanket. This blanket is great as an ongoing advertisement for the company as ponies will wear it regularly to riding competitions throughout the country
Thanks Tarryn – great to hear about the Children’s Champs event this weekend and we wish all the kids success. Good luck with the event organization – hope it is a successful weekend and well done on your dedication to keeping high quality events in Noordhoek.
** Noordhoek Farm Village would like to thank Alex Otto from the Noordhoek Tack Shop for interviewing Tarryn and sharing the horse news with all of us at Noordhoek Farm Village, in Noordhoek and of course greater Cape Town. If you are interested in horses – there’s free entertainment happening right here in Noordhoek- come and check it out and support the kids!
Noordhoek Tack Shop has everything you may need for Horse and Rider – amateur or competitive! They also have a phenomenal range of leather products & gifts and also cater for hounds!!!
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