It was a great moment for South African Dressage when qualifying aside for the Tokyo Olympic Games at Hippisch Centrum in Exloo, The Netherlands. Olympic fans from all over the world are requested to book Olympic 2020 tickets from our online platforms for Olympic Tickets. Olympics Dressage followers can book Olympic Dressage Tickets from our ticketing marketplace exclusively on discounted prices.

The only country to the arena aside in the Group F qualifier combined into the CDI 3* Grand Prix at the Dutch fitting, the foursome of Tanya Seymour, Laurianne Dittmann, Gretha Ferreira, and Nicole Smith shaped solid presentations to make it happen.

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This was the last Tokyo Olympic slit to be full, transporting the total number of states that will line out in Japan next summer to 14. The full list of fit countries in Dressage is now – Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Russia, and the USA. Teams in Tokyo will consist of three riders.

Altogether four South Africans who contested this twilight are based in Europe, and the most skilled of all is Seymour who exists in Addrup, close Vechta in The Netherlands. The trail-blazing 35-year-old was an associate of her republics first-ever side at the FEI World Equestrian Sports 2014 in Caen, France, and was also the very first South African athlete to contest in Olympic Dressage when coating out at the Rio 2016 Sports.

Seymour over separately 18th at the FEI Dressage World Cup 2019 Final in Gothenburg, Sweden last April and all of her main consequences have been logged with the 17-year-old Ramoneur who she coxswained into ninth location in tonight’s Grand Prix with a score of 67.065. She obviously loves the Oldenburg mount with which she has attained so much, and she’s preparation his movement for the coming months very prudently. He’s the one she would like to take to Tokyo Olympic.

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“If all stays well and if he’s still happy and sound that would be the plan”, she said this evening. “I’ll play it by ear, he loves his job, he’s still bucking and playing and he’s in a great place at the moment. What I’d love to do through him now is to succeed for the World Cup Final in Las Vegas next April and then take him to Tokyo Olympic Games before charitable him a very well-earned retirement after that!”

Gretha Ferreira and the 14-year-old mare Lertevangs Lavinia trailed Seymour into the circle and sent 63.652 for 21st place in the field of 27 appetizers. The 30-year-old proviso that barrages from Johannesburg and are skilled by top Danish rider Daniel Bachmann Andersen only ongoing this mare at Grand Prix level in March of last year. So it was some attainment to make it to the FEI World Equestrian Games 2018 in Tryon, the USA last September where they over 66th individually.

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Chief of the South Africans to contest this evening was Laurienne Dittmann with the Hannoverian Don Weltino K. The German-based 48-year-old who was given the Golden Rider Badge by the German NF in 2018 posted a score of 62.239 for 23rd place.

And previous to go was the earliest South African illustrative, 28-year-old Nicole Smith who observed set to finish confidential the top-10 until penalized for a costly error in the one-tempi changes with the 12-year-old KWPN mare Chi La Rou which saying them complete in 18th on a mark of 64.913. Tonight’s Grand Prix was gained by The Netherlands’ Jeanine Nieuwenhuis partnering TC Athene, with Sweden’s Michelle Hagman Hassink insertion second and another of the Dutch depending, Lynne Maas, positioning into third with Eastpoint.

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