Mounted games was introduced to SA in 2000 by the Canadian National Mounted Games team. They ran clinics over the country and chose an invitational team to compete in the world team championships which they hosted. From this we have been driving the development of the sport which has taken off in the last few years. A solid base was established in KZN where Ian Marr, the Chairperson of MGASA lives. After moving to Pretoria to study veterinary in 2012 I have been driving the development of MGA with the help of some key members such as Michelle Mackenzie and Felicia Rowan. One of our KZN riders, Dani Vinay, moved to Western Province to study, and has been driving the sport there. WP will be hosting their first interprovincial in April, which 2 Gauteng teams and 2 KZN teams will attend and compete against 3 of their teams. SA has sent invitation teams to the World Team Champs in 2003, 2008, 2009 and 2014. SA pioneered and hosted an international in 2010, namely the Southern Hemisphere Championships. A team then travelled to New Zealand in 2011 and 2014 and to Australia in 2012 for the same competition. It was hosted by SA in 2013 where our team was victorious. The competition has grown and is now known as the 5 Nations, and includes Canada and USA. MGASA is a registered NPO. We have been in the process of registering with SAEF for quite a while and registration with SASCOC will follow that.
On the 12th of September 2015, only a few days before the Springboks easily achieved a win over Samoa, South Africa scored another famous victory, The Duke of Marmalade’s filly, Simple Verse, triumphed in the St Leger horse race. In any other year perhaps this wouldn’t be worthy of a South African newsreader’s attention.
However, this is not any other year. And this just isn’t any other horse race. This victory is an accomplishment every South African horseracing fan or sports follower will appreciate and inspire to stand tall with a sense of patriotic pride. The day marked the first time ever that a horse winning a British Classic was sired by a stallion standing in South Africa.
South African Western Mounted Games Nationals 2015. Lots of fun and one of our riders came 2nd in the country. We the best from the North West.