“here is an edited piece from an article written by Estelle Sinkins about Catherine Berning..”
ELEGANCE and precision are among the skills which riders need to exhibit in dressage – and Catherine our own KZN rider has showed she has the necessary class and talent to compete with the best riders at home and abroad.
Catherine Berning, who is based in Caversham, had a phenomenal 2015 and have carried that form into 2016.
Catherine has been training in Holland on her horse Kuda Insurance’s Brisbane and the pair have, in recent months, ridden in the Grand Prix and campaigned in Europe and Great Britain, riding for the South African team on two occasions and allowing Catherine to earn her Protea colours.
They also won a class in Daramstchtad Germany and had the thrill of hearing the SA national anthem being played during prize giving.
More recently Catherine and Brisbane competed for SA in Nice, France, where they achieved 66,14% and then flew with Catherine’s trainer, Joyce Heuitink, to compete against the best in the world at a five-star event in Doha – all expenses sponsored.
“Although I wasn’t satisfied with my performance, it was the experience that I will treasure for the rest of my life,” she said. “We won sixth place in the Grand Prix Special and enjoyed the lap of honour in the biggest indoor arena that I have ever competed in.”
These results show that in less than a year rider and steed have proved they can hold their heads high in international competition.
Commenting on her achievements Catherine said: “I love what I do and I hope to inspire all athletes to dream big. If you are determined, dedicated and disciplined the world is your oyster!
“Our motto at Ardmore is ‘we are because of others’ and this has very much been the case in my life, I feel very privileged and I am grateful for the care and help from all the people whom have supported me. “
To achieve what Catherine has achieved through the years didn’t come as luck, it came with years and years of hard work, dedication, patience, perseverance and hours and hours of training. We are super proud to call you ours, Cath, and we will keep our riders updated on yours and Brisi’s journey to Rio