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Port Elizabeth Nissan World Cup Qualifier 2014 Promises Showjumping Thrills

Port Elizabeth Nissan World Cup Qualifier 2014 Promises Showjumping Thrills

It’s down to the wire for South Africa’s premier showjumpers and their mighty mounts as they head to Nelson Mandela Bay for the Nissan World Cup Qualifier from 13 to 16 November 2014. The Nissan World Cup Qualifier is the final leg of the World Cup Qualifier series for 2014.

The top-class arenas and spectator facilities of the Port Elizabeth Riding Club will play host to a four-day equestrian feast of events on an international-standard course, culminating in the Nissan World Cup Qualifier on Sunday 16 November. The cream of SA showjumping talent will be vying for the title of winner of the eight-leg series and an invitation to compete in the FEI* World Cup in Las Vegas, USA, in 2015.

Top names in SA showjumping will compete in categories ranging from 1.0m to the 1.50m Nissan World Cup Qualifier, on a testing course designed by Kevin Spratley, a FEI Level III international course designer and one of South Africa’s most highly qualified in this field.

The course veterinarian is well-known Port Elizabeth vet Dr Charles Hayward, who is FEI-qualified to certify horses fit for competition. He is the event watchdog for the FEI Clean Sport programme, aimed at ensuring both fitness and fairness in equestrian competitions. The Clean Sport programme is the vanguard of the FEI’s efforts to clamp down on both human and equine doping in the sport.

The Nissan World Cup Qualifier event on the Sunday will make for thrilling riding – and viewing – as it must have a water jump, at least two 1.60m jumps, and the rest at 1.50m, in order to be considered an international qualifying course.

Saturday’s Nissan 6 Bar challenge is a nail-biting winner-takes-all contest with R15 000 in prize money at stake, as riders take on a series of six jumps that increase in height every round, with the record standing at horse and rider clearing a 2.0m jump.

Nissan SA Managing Director Mike Whitfield said: “We are looking forward to a weekend of showcasing real horsepower in the great outdoors of Port Elizabeth. Nissan has been involved in the equestrian arena and activities for a number of years. We have focused strongly on developing Team Nissan and to see how we can support the development of new talent, especially emerging, previously disadvantaged riders, so we can ensure that we can contribute towards their participation in the sport which we believe is very important.”

Event organiser Tanja Radke said: “The fact that this year we host the final leg of the World Cup Qualifier makes it even more of a must-see event. The Nissan World Cup Qualifier is a premier event on the equestrian calendar and a highlight for us as the PE Riding Club is a superb venue – a piece of countryside close to the city – run by people with a heart for developing their sport in the Eastern Cape.”

“The event adds to the international flavour of the PE sporting calendar, and offers a great – and free – day out in the fresh air for the whole family.”

For horsepower of a different kind, spectators will be able to test drive various Nissan vehicles on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th November. They can also visit a variety of food and refreshment stalls, and a kids play area will be available.

Entrance to the event is free.

For more information about the Nissan World Cup Qualifier 2014, visit the Port Elizabeth Riding Club website at

www.peridingclub.co.za, the Nissan website www.nissan.co.za or contact the PE Riding Club on 041 367 4220.

* FEI: Fédération Equestre Internationaleor International Federation for Equestrian Sports.