Our horseman, Grade 7 Preppie Joshua Furtner came 1st overall in the Junior 70cm of the Eastern Cape Eventing Championships, held at PE Polocrosse this past weekend.
Josh, riding Island Romance, was the only Grahamstown rider to participate in this event, and the only primary school horse-rider in his particular division, which consisted of seven riders.
Friday saw all riders showing up for registration and walking the course. After an early start attending to the horses on Saturday morning, dressage commenced as the first of the three-phase competition, in which Josh placed 3rd.
In the afternoon, show-jumping took place. The top four riders in Josh’s group all jumped clear rounds, keeping Josh in 3rd position. However, Sunday’s cross-country tested the riders to the max, with Josh out riding the others, to move up to 1st place.