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					               ISLAND CONNECTIONS :: EDITION 595 :: 17/07/2009 - 31/07/2009                                                                                 SportNews                                      51

                                                Daida in control
                                                                   HORSE RIDING
(Credit PWA)

                                                                   Saddle Club
                                                                   Tenerife-style                                                                                          By Karl McLaughlin

                                                                          Scottish youngster                                                                 Emma Lowe pictured here on Oriane de Lestrade
                                                                          living in Armeñime
                                                                          is swapping a sum-
                                                                   mer holiday in far flung

Local winners                                                      Florida this year for a
                                                                   week-end in Birmingham
                                                                   in October.
   Three local born champions took the top
                                                                      Most people would prob-
three slots in the 2009 El Pozo Gran Canaria                       ably consider Ailsa Valentine
Grand Slam women’s wave competition.                               a bit mad for requesting the
   Twins Daida and Iballa Ruano Moreno repeated                    strange switch but her Dad
their 2008 first and second place positions with Nayra              Bruce has no doubts that she
Alonso taking the third podium place. The twins                    knows what she is doing.
proved untouchable on their home ground with a                     Ailsa, aged 11, will probably
spectacular repertoire of massively high, mega-clean               be the only ‘Tinerfeña’ of her
jumps, in almost perfect conditions for wave com-                  age at ringside for the Horse
petition, which left those watching from the beach                 of the Year Show at the
speechless. The playoff heat between Nayra and                     National Exhibition Centre,
Junko Nagoshi for third place was no less extraordinary            where she will watch her          her six-year-old mare, Oriane
with pinpoint turns and higher jumps that saw the lo-              idols in action as they tackle    de Lestrade, she came second
cal woman pip Junko by 2,034 points to 2,001 with                  tests such as the Puissance,      in the one metre jump com-
some outstanding sailing from both. Daida leads the                the most famous show jump-        petition at the Canaries’ Day
women’s world wave rankings as they go into the final               ing competition in the world      event in La Laguna’s Atalaya
leg of the Canaries-based competitions at Sotovento                with its giant fences. She will   Club, watched by her moth-
in Fuerteventura from July 22 to August 1.                         also take in some less de-        er Nikki whose life is virtually
Yachting                                                           manding events in the shape       monopolised by horse-relat-
                                                                   of the hugely-popular Pony        ed activities. However, Nikki

Princesa Yaiza                                                     Games. “It is the highlight
                                                                   of the year for her because
                                                                   she is absolutely horse-mad,
                                                                                                     would have it no other way
                                                                                                     despite the hectic schedule
                                                                                                     of official competition and

best in world
                                                                                                                                                      Ailsa Valentine clears a fence at the Atalaya competition
                                                                   so we are only too happy to       so-called ‘socials’. “The girls    as the biggest on the island.       to be done with each person
                                                                   forego a family holiday else-     are out on the horses most         “We love Buzanada, particu-         in a matter of minutes and
                                                                   where for it to happen” says      evenings during the week           larly its big arena and piste       then sets about doing it”.
                                                                   Dad.                              and, combined with the trav-       for jumping. You can also do        Oscar has been in El Desierto
                                                                      Bruce is just one of the       elling to competitions, it can     things like dressage, which is      for the last nine years but in
                                                                   parents in south Tenerife for     be very tiring for them, not       a great foundation for jump-        all has devoted 27 years of
                                                                   whom the horse run occupies       to say for me. But it is a very    ing. And in summer there            his life to horses. When he
                                                                   almost as big a place in their    healthy activity. It is impor-     is a sleep-over camp, which         states in large letters on his
                                                                   lives as the school run, all      tant for kids today to have        is brilliant fun” says Emma,        website ‘Let us take you for
                                                                   due to the island’s growing       a focus and there is nothing       who is making plans for her         a ride’ he certainly means it
                                                                   population of young eques-        better for that than look-         first competition outside            in the literal sense.
                                                                   trian enthusiasts, whose life     ing after and riding a horse.      Tenerife, in Gran Canaria              The popularity of day
                                      The crew celebrate victory   centres on their four-legged      While other girls may be           in December. Buzanada is            camps for riding continues to
                                                                   friends when they are not at      tempted towards inappropri-        not the only centre to re-          grow by the summer. In ad-
   Canarian tourism minister Rita Martín was
                                                                   their classroom desks. The        ate night life even at this ear-   ceive glowing praise. The           dition to Buzanada, several
only one of many to congratulate the crew of the                   group includes sisters Emma       ly age, those that do riding       nearby Rancho Bonanza in            other clubs offer the chance
Princesa Yaiza on becoming world champions                         and Megan Rowe, who are           are totally absorbed by their      the aptly named El Desierto         for youngsters to learn about
in their category in Santander.                                    probably about the only peo-      horses. It’s a good discipline     (Granadilla) is also a favour-      horses, stable management
  The Princesa Yaiza, captained by Canarian Rayco                  ple in the Canaries to have       and teaches them responsi-         ite spot, where the girls have      and the basics of riding.
Rabares, and sponsored by the regional department of               four horses (not to mention       bility early on, stopping them     taken regular part in the past      The available weeks at one
tourism, was top of the J80 class in the world champi-             a mini Noah’s Ark includ-         from going off the rails too       in fun events such as ‘sorti-       club in the La Esperanza hills
onships held on July 12th, with second place going to              ing cats, dogs and goats) in      soon!” explains Nikki.             jas’ (running of the rings), a      near Tenerife North Airport
another Canarian boat, the JJ Palmensis. The Minister              the garden of their ‘finca’           In addition to school and       traditional equestrian game         sold out shortly after they
said that the win would also enhance the depart-                   home up in the hills near         home, life for the girls re-       which dates back to the me-         were advertised. At up to
ment’s nautical promotional strategy for 2009. “The                Granadilla.                       volves largely around the          dieval times. The owner of          500 euros a month in some
department’s objective is to promote the Islands as a                 Emma, now 13, has been         stables in Buzanada’s Centro       the rancho, Dutchman Oscar          cases the activities don’t
preferred destination for nautical tourism in Europe,              riding since the age of five       Hípico del Sur, which they         Hebing is, according to the         come cheaply, as the fami-
with the idea of developing and improving the leisure              and, like Ailsa with her new      agree is “a great place to         Rowes, “the best teacher            lies of those already hooked
activities in this category in the Canaries”, she said.            horse Opus 2000, is a regular     learn”. Its impressive facili-     in the world: he can take a         on horses will vouch, but all
She added that many involved in the sport see the is-              face in official jumping com-      ties have seen it take over        group out for an introducto-        agree that it is a good invest-
lands as an ideal base for the practise of the sport and           petitions in Tenerife. Riding     the Atalaya Club’s mantle          ry ride, identify what needs        ment.
for international sailing events.

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