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Melody Bond, best female rider of the day, in action.

Action at mounted games

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The second qualifier of the Western Mounted Games held at Winnfield Stables saw 71 riders on horseback from across the province participating.
Capricorn Western Mounted Games Chairperson (CWMG), Mariette Engels said it was a successful event with over 70 riders who ensured that spectators never experienced a dull moment during the day. According to her it was the biggest event of its kind to be hosted in Limpopo.
In the South African National Equestrian Schools Association (Sanesa) category for level 0 high school riders Benedette du Bruyn from Hoër Tegniese Skool Tom Naudé claimed first position while CWMG’s young riders Zandré Olivier and Dené Bierman were awarded first and second place respectively in the Lead Reign category. Benedette also achieved an overall second place in the level 0 category for senior riders.
In level 0 to 3 for senior riders Kayla van Zyl, Courtney Sparrow, Hannes van der Merwe and Melody Bond achieved gold respectively.
In the primary school category for level 0 to 2 De la Rey Kotzee, Wihan Engelbrecht and Stefaans van Jaarsveld claimed first positions while Benedette du Bruyn, Adriaan van Brakel, Hannes van der Merwe and Dawie van Jaarsveld topped the podium in level 0 tot 3 for high school participants.
Top achievements were also allocated to Cliff Wiggill as best men’s rider and Melody Bond as best women’s rider. Wiggill also won the prize for best sit while Tienie Myburgh and Zandré were announced as oldest and youngest riders respectively. The Slakkie prize was awarded to Brenda van Bosh.
Riders who were promoted to the next level are Melody Bond (level 3), Amelia du Plooi (level 2), Adriaan (level 2), Hardus Engelbrecht (level 1), Annabel Kotzee (level 1), De la Rey (level 1) and AJ van der Westhuizen (level 1).

Story and photos: RC Myburgh
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Full results of the Western Mounted Games

Sanesa

Primary School
Level 0
De la Rey Kotzee
AJ van der Westhuizen
Annabell Kotzee
Level 1
Wihan Engelbrecht
Marika Steenkamp
Aydon Venter
Level 2
Stefaans van Jaarsveld
Aydon Venter

High Schools
Level 0
Benedette du Bruyn
Annalene Rood
Nelene Mostert
Level 1
Adriaan van Brakel
Amelia du Plooy
Adriaan van Brakel
Level 2
Hannes van der Merwe
Salome Lombard
Salome Lombard
Level 3
Dawie van Jaarsveld
Taylor Smith
Genevieve van der Merwe

Lead Reign
Zandré Olivier
Dené Bierman

Seniors
Level 0
Kayla van Zyl
Benedette du Bruyn
Sharon Venter
Level 1
Courtney Sparrow
Adriaan van Brakel
Tharishca van der Walt
Level 2
Hannes van der Merwe
Adriaan van Brakel
Amelia du Plooy
Level 3
Melody Bond
Cliff Wiggill
Dawie van Jaarsveld

Other achievements
Best male rider
Cliff Wiggill
Best female rider
Melody Bond
Oldest rider
Tienie Myburgh
Youngest rider
Zandré Olivier
Best sit
Cliff Wiggill
Slakkie prize
Brenda van Bosh

Promotion to next levels
Melody Bond (level 3)
Amelia du Plooi (level 2)
Adriaan van Brakel (level 2)
Hardus Engelbrecht (level 1)
Annabel Kotzee (level 1)
De la Rey Kotzee (level 1)
AJ van der Westhuizen (level 1)

Aydon Venter of Pietersburg Laerskool is a level 2 primary school rider who claimed second overall position. He also achieved bronze in the level 1 category.

Keri-Leigh Wood of Hoërskool Pie­tersburg steers her horse into a turn.

Dust flies as Clayton Wiggill goes through his routine.

Four-year-old Zandré Olivier, the youngest participant of the day.