Gauteng Driving Championships 2014

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The 2014 Gauteng Driving Championships took place on the 22nd November at Quantum Stud in Benoni. The dressage competition kicked off in terrible weather reminiscent of the UK. The rain, however, did not deter the drivers who were all well turned out and drove very good tests. The dressage judge for the day, Elizabeth Hickman, was very happy with the competitors. There were 2 drivers in the Novice Single Horse class, 1 driver in the Novice Single Pony class, 1 driver in Pre-Novice, 1 driver in the Novice Pairs class and 3 drivers in the Open Single Horse class.

The results of the dressage were as follows:

Pre-Novice:
1. Enos Mafokate driving Lollipop

Novice Single Pony:
1. Enos Mafokate driving Jo-Jo

Novice Pairs:
1. Wayne van Niekerk driving Federato QS and Furago QS

Novice Single Horse:
1. Claire Steele driving Miranka C van der Wijdewormer
2. Ronald Makudu driving Highlander QS

Open Single Horse:
1. Rodney Forster driving Chan
2. Rodney Forster driving Gina’s Harley
3. Wayne van Niekerk driving Delfim QS

The weather turned better for the marathon, although muddy and slippery conditions were the order of the day. The course was run over 6,9km and comprised 8 hazards. We were very happy to see so many new faces amongst the hazard marshals and everyone had a great time. Jakes Jacobs did a great job as the marathon judge.

The results of the marathon were as follows:

Pre-Novice:
1. Enos Mafokate driving Lollipop

Novice Single Pony:
1. Enos Mafokate driving Jo-Jo

Novice Pairs:
1. Wayne van Niekerk driving Federato QS and Furago QS

Novice Single Horse:
1. Claire Steele driving Miranka C van der Wijdewormer
2.Ronald Makudu driving Highlander QS

Open Single Horse:
1. Wayne van Niekerk driving Delfim QS
2. Rodney Forster driving Gina’s Harley
3. Rodney Forster driving Chan

The cones followed the marathon and the decision was taken to allow competitors’ to drive in their marathon gear as everything else was wet! The cones went off well with only 2 competitors having knockdowns. The open horses and the pair went exceptionally fast on a surface that was still slippery from the rain.

The results of the Cones Obstacle Driving were as follows:

Pre-Novice:
1. Enos Mafokate driving Lollipop

Novice Single Pony:
1. Enos Mafokate driving Jo-Jo

Novice Pairs:
1. Wayne van Niekerk driving Federato QS and Furago QS

Novice Single Horse:
1. Claire Steele driving Miranka C van der Wijdewormer
2. Ronald Makudu driving Highlander QS

Open Single Horse:
1. Wayne van Niekerk driving Delfim QS
2. Rodney Forster driving Chan
3. Rodney Forster driving Gina’s Harley

A great day of competition came to an end with many spectators and supporters still in attendance. The day ended with a social gathering that ended hours later.

The Overall Results were as follows:

Pre-Novice:
1. Enos Mafokate driving Lollipop

Novice Single Pony:
1. Enos Mafokate driving Jo-Jo

Novice Pairs:
1. Wayne van Niekerk driving Federato QS and Furago QS

Novice Single Horse:
1. Ronald Makudu driving Highlander QS
2. Claire Steele driving Miranka C van der Wijdewormer

Open Single Horse:
1. Wayne van Niekerk driving Delfim QS
2. Rodney Forster driving Chan
3.Rodney Forster driving Gina’s Harley

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