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Wednesday, 30 August 2017

A new partner, the same equestrian excellence.

Now in its 52nd year, the SA Derby is rich in history, the highlight of the equestrian calendar and the ‘must-win’ event of every rider’s career. Culminating in the Cell C South African Derby at 2pm on 1 October 2017 at the Kyalami Equestrian Park, this event is not to be missed.

 The Cell C South African Derby is the toughest showjumping challenge and thus the most sought after title on the equestrian calendar. The 18 obstacle, 1200m course is only ever won by the horse and rider combination that is the fittest, the most focused and the most on form on the day. Attended by over 5000 people, this event sees the Who’s Who of the fashion and riding worlds gather for a day of welcoming hospitality, family fun and equine excellence.

 Doug Mattheus, Cell C’s Head of Marketing, elaborates on their involvement in the sport: “We are proud to be supporting this iconic and thrilling equestrian event. It celebrates high performance and community, and we look forward to being a part of it. We wish all the riders the best as they prepare for the Cell C South African Derby 2017.”

Jan Kleynhans, Chairman of Kyalami Equestrian Park is delighted to welcome a new sponsor to the sport,

"We are delighted to have Cell C as the new title sponsor of the SA Derby this year. Our fascinating sport requires the support of major sponsors and Cell C now bring a new level of excitement and further interest in furthering the aims of equestrian sport in South Africa. The SA Derby, hosted by Kyalami Park Club, is the major event in our calendar and I'm sure this year with the support of Cell C will again deliver a thrilling crowd - pleaser by the riders and their supremely talented horses." 

 And so as the 2017 Cell C SA Derby comes around you’ll experience an event that continues to grow in the stands, in the arena and all around in popularity: it’s an experience that leaves the horse lover wanting more. With the best horse and rider combinations on offer on the African continent, you will want to witness it live and be a part of history.

 Twitter: #CELLCderby

Ticket prices:

Saturday 30 September: R50 – R100 (depending on seats)

Sunday 1 October (the main day): R100 – R600 (five price ranges available: R100, R150, R200, R250 and R600).

Tickets will be available on Ticketpro from Thursday 24 August.

Discounted weekend packages available

Highlights Schedule (please see attachment for further details):

Saturday 30 September:

08:30 – Cell C 1.35m Derby Classic (Show Jumping)

11:00 – Cell C 2017 1.40m Mini Derby

Sunday 1 October:

9:00 – Showing and Dressage classes

10:00 - Cell C 2017 1.35m Micro Derby (Show Jumping)

14:00 – The Cell C 2017 South African Derby

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