National 23.8.2016 01:52 pm

Eventing champions take to Plett showgrounds

Kurland in Plettenberg Bay will host this year's SA Individual Eventing Championships next month with a world-class course and facilities. Photos: Gerhard Jooste.

Kurland in Plettenberg Bay will host this year's SA Individual Eventing Championships next month with a world-class course and facilities. Photos: Gerhard Jooste.

The country’s top eventing riders will flock to Plettenberg Bay to compete in the SA Individual Eventing Championships, and the show is expected to bring tourism to the Garden Route.

Plettenberg Bay will soon be home to some of South Africa’s top eventing talent when Kurland Eventing hosts the prestigious SA Individual Eventing Championships next month, reports the Knysna-Plett Herald.
Taking place from September 16 to 18, the event, which is being held in partnership with Nedbank Private Wealth, will include dressage, cross country and showjumping.
“Kurland Hotel is extremely proud to be the host property to Kurland Eventing, and the upcoming national championships, which is now in its second year. It is fabulous to see so many visitors, contestants and families come together from all over South Africa,” said Kurland Hotel general manager Diana Howell.
“Kurland, with its acres of green spaces, polo fields, stables and the magnificent pavilion, lends itself to equestrian events such as these. Adding to this, it also has such a positive effect on business and tourism in Plettenberg Bay itself as well as the Garden Route.”
 President of the Western Cape Eventing Association (WCEA) Sarah Arnot said Kurland was an optimal eventing destination for several reasons.
“First of all the ground is really good, which means tracks run over good footing, neither too hard nor too soft, something that is very important for the horses. There is space for our course designers to build their dream tracks, and spectacular viewing and facilities for spectators. What makes it even more special is the magical setting, the green polo fields and stunning white buildings nestled into the foothills of the Tsitsikamma Mountains. I never look at that view without getting shivers down my spine; it is pure beauty,” Arnot said.
Caxton News Service

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