The annual Shongweni Festival, hit Kwa-Zulu Natal again this year, a few weeks ago.
If you like horses, craft-beer, good food, and to be out in the beautiful country-side of Shongweni/Assagay! Then you should have been at this years event.
Hosted and supported by main sponsors Land Rover, South Africa and FNB, the high profile event was carried out in a sophisticated and elegant manner at the Shongweni Club a few weeks ago. It’s always with amazing grace that both rider and horse move as one.
I think we tend to forget just how powerful horses are, truly but also that they carry a tad of that ” Don’t F$@&* with me “ air about them. The latter which one wouldn’t purposely test, after you’ve witnessed, just how easily and effortless these muscle bound, beasts lift themselves over each hurdle.
Of course I could watch the shows forever but, there was amazing dining hosted by the club for VIP and Media alike to be tried. I enjoyed the spinach and feta lasagna, with a olive salad and dressing! Our table was quite the jovial one as the four of us seated together, laughed our heads off and enjoyed each others company.
I have never understood what it is, but Durban literally breeds creatives, we produce so much talent and so many game changers into the world. It always saddens me that eventually it gets to a point where the city cant support us anymore and we leave for reasons unrelated to our pristine location.
Talking about leaving, I could have easily left the festival in a brand new Land Rover Evoque! Have you laid your eyes on this beauty of a machine? The wide, powerful front, the screams beast, followed by slim, sleek, sexy curves down its side, finally rounding out in this year’s latest it thing “It’s bootylicious ass’. Oh and lord have mercy for those front beamers! Yoh! It’s getting hot in this office, let me open some windows!……Sorry guys, cars and Cee are like fish in water!
I even designed my own Evoque so Land Rover wouldnt have to waste time, when I order mine( positive thinking). What do you think? I made it a little meaner? This beaut will travel the rolling hills of Zululand, the coastal reserve of the South Coast with me and all of Africa, so it’s got to look the part and do the job! Oh and I choose red because I couldn’t find Lumo Green. Also Lumo Green may not be the best color to drive around a game reserve in, lol.
A huge congratulations to Lisa Williams, who was noted as:
“Lisa Williams (Kyalami) continued her impressive showjumping form with a dominant display at the inaugural Shongweni Festival held over the weekend (8-13 August) at the Shongweni Club. Consolidating her lead atop the South African FEI Jumping standings, Williams and her horse Discovery Campbell made the most of the fantastic conditions and the acclaimed course, built to international standards by German designer Stefan Wirth.
The Dealer Principal of Land Rover Durban, Andre Shrink, was on hand to award the title of the 4th leg of the South African FEI World Cup Qualifier Competition to the on-form combination of Lisa Williams and her Hanoverian gelding Discovery Campbell. The Andreas Hollmann Memorial Trophy was presented in memory of the much loved and highly respected International Course Designer, the late Andreas Hollmann, who designed and built numerous courses for FEI World Cup Qualifier Shows in KwaZulu Natal. Martin Minett (Pietermaritzburg) and his fabulous Namibian Warmblood gelding Zonjati Bonny Clyde were worthy winners of the 1.40m FNB KwaZulu-Natal Outdoor Grand Prix Championship, and Howard Arrand (the Provincial Head of FNB Business KZN) presented them with The Tongaat Hullett – KZN Showjumping Grand Prix Floating Trophy. – OJ Communications”.
There were evening dinners hosted post event, unfortunately we didn;t attend those, but I would like to give a HUGE thank you to all those who invited us to the event and we look forward to attending many more with you. And thanks to Sibani for the pics*
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