Photo Credit: Supplied - South African representative Mikaela Martin photographed here.

South Africa is set to host the 2023 FEI Jumping World Challenge Final in Polokwane, where 21 athletes from around the world will take part in the event.


South Africa (19 September 2023) – South Africa proudly welcomes the world to the prestigious 2023 FEI Jumping World Challenge Final, hosted by South Africa Show Jumping. South Africa, a nation known for its passion for equestrian excellence will serve as the picturesque backdrop at the Ranch Equestrian Centre and Resort in Polokwane; this event promises to be a showcase of skill, courage, and international camaraderie.

Global Talent on Borrowed Horses

This year’s competition will gather a maximum participation of 21 international athletes hailing from 14 different countries, all of whom have clinched the top spots in their respective zones. What makes this event truly exceptional is the challenge these athletes have embraced – competing on borrowed horses, tackling formidable jumps at a height of 1.20 meters.

It’s a true testament to the riders’ adaptability and horsemanship.

The borrowed horse format ensures that the competition remains fair and exciting, as riders must quickly build a connection with their equine partners. It’s a testament to the bond that can form between horse and rider in a short span, showcasing the true spirit of equestrian sportsmanship.

South African Representatives: Erin O’Dwyer and Mikaela Martin

Among the impressive international roster, South Africa proudly presents two remarkable athletes, Erin O’Dwyer and Mikaela Martin. These talented riders call Gauteng their home and are ready to represent their country on this global stage.

Erin O’Dwyer and Mikaela Martin have already made significant waves in the South African equestrian scene, and their presence in this prestigious event reflects their dedication and prowess in the sport.

An Event to Remember

The 2023 FEI Jumping World Challenge Final is not just a competition; it’s a celebration of the equestrian spirit, a fusion of diverse cultures, and an opportunity to witness breathtaking jumps and thrilling displays of horsemanship.

Equestrian enthusiasts, fans of sporting excellence, and the general public are encouraged to join us at the Ranch Equestrian Centre and Resort in Polokwane from the 3rd – 7th October 2023 to witness this spectacle of athleticism, sportsmanship, and international unity. The Final Competition takes place on Saturday 7th October 2023.

The 2023 FEI Jumping World Challenge Final promises to be an unforgettable event, where the world’s top athletes from each zone come together, transcending borders and bridging cultures through the shared love of equestrian sport. South Africa, with Erin O’Dwyer and Mikaela Martin leading the charge, is ready to make its mark on the global stage.

Stay tuned for updates and results as we embark on this remarkable journey of horsemanship and sportsmanship at the Ranch Equestrian Centre and Resort in Polokwane, South Africa.

Sources: Supplied
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