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Ingrid Malan – From Stellies to the European Young Horse Tour

Ingrid Malan (23 years old), is originally from Stellenbosch, South Africa. As a pony rider she represented the Western Province Dressage, Showing and Equitation Teams. During her junior career she also represented the Western Province Dressage and Show Jumping Teams, and continued to represent the Western Province Dressage Team in Adults. After completing high school, Ingrid moved to the Netherlands in 2012 to pursue her dream of becoming a professional Dressage rider. While riding and competing for Stal Hexagon (2012 – 2015), she studied Law and Psychology at the University College Roosevelt, situated in Middelburg, The Netherlands. Since graduating Cum Laude in January 2016, she has put all her focus on the sport.

Ingrid started her own company, Equilence (, which is focused on the training and selling of top quality Dressage horses. Equilence also aims to export semen of various KWPN approved Dressage stallions to South Africa before the 2017 breeding season. The company currently owns two talented young horses, the KWPN approved stallion, Giovanni, and a gelding, Haeden, that shows great potential. Furthermore, Ingrid is also currently working for Ad Valk Dressage and training alongside Emmelie Scholtens.

While working at Stal Hexagon, Ingrid successfully competed, reaching Intermediate level. Having recently started her own company and working at stables with an abundance of top quality young horses, Ingrid is currently focusing on young horse competitions. In August 2015, Ingrid competed with Giovanni at the prestigious Pavo Cup Young Horse Competition. The combination scored 80 points in the semi-final and excelled with a mega score of 89 points in the final. These scores combined secured 5th place overall, and Giovanni was ranked 2nd of all the 4 year-old stallions. Later in 2015, Ingrid made her debut on her then 3 year-old gelding, Haeden, at the Prinsenstad Young Horse Talent Show. The combination scored 79,3% which earned them 9th place, in a field of over 100 horses. She took part in various other young horse competitions, including the VSN Cup and the ‘Horsefood The Best’ Young Talent Competition and was placed directly to the final in all the competitions that she entered.

Ingrid also took part in all four of the Isah Stallion Competitions and was praised by the media ( on two occasions. More recently she presented stallions at the Van Olst Stallion Show, the Wim Cazemier Stallion Show and the KWPN “verrichtingsonderzoek” (Stallion Tests).

Ingrid has set solid goals for 2016. She will compete at the two largest young horse shows of the Netherlands, the Subli Cup and the Pavo Cup. Furthermore, Ingrid will be competing Giovanni at the 2016 Isah Stallion Competitions, and if the stallions that she presented at the KWPN “verrichtingsonderzoek” (Stallion Tests) are approved, she will present them for their first public debut at the KWPN Hengstenkeuring (Stallion Approval Demonstration) in Den Bosch.

Finally, her greatest objective for 2016 is to compete at the World Young Horse Dressage Breeding Championships to be held in Ermelo, The Netherlands. Not only has she thus far received great support from the South African Equestrian Federation to compete for South Africa, but she has also been invited by the KWPN and KNHS to take part in the final qualification in order to compete for the Netherlands. Nevertheless, Ingrid affirms that it would be an honour if she could fly the South African flag. This would be a great advance in the sport for South Africa, as it would be the first time ever that South Africa is represented at the World Young Horse Dressage Breeding Championships.

Although Ingrid is currently focusing on young horse competitions and on developing Equilence into a well known ‘dressage brand’, her ultimate goal is to advance her young horses to Grand Prix level and represent South Africa at the Olympics.

SAYHS Logo 2016

SA Young Dressage Horse Series

SAYHS Logo 2016

In an effort to bring young dressage horse classes in South Africa up to the level of the FEI Young Dressage Horse classes, Howarth & Riders Dressage, with approval from Dressage South Africa, presents the South African Young Dressage Horse Series 2016. Through the exposure of the horses and the education of riders by our local and international judges, we aim to uplift the standard of South Africa’s young horses parallel to that of the FEI standard. This is a National series and in 2016 Gauteng, the Western Cape and KwaZulu Natal are holding qualifiers. It is hoped that in 2017 more provinces will join into the series and that the series will encourage greater participation in dressage and grow the sport as a whole.

Introducing Ourselves

Our motivation for promoting a young horse series is due to Simone Howarth’s experiences with the national and international young horse circuit in Europe with her horse, Show Special, then ridden by Zilla Pearse, along with Simone’s current work and interest in producing various local young horses through her pupils.
Mickey van der Merwe, a pupil of Simone’s, became involved with the scribing and scoring of the Young Horse classes at the South African Dressage Championships, where she was highly commended by the international judges for her efficiency and high level of competence.
It became apparent at the South African Dressage Championships that a dedicated team was needed to run and organise a young horse series and we at Howarth & Riders Dressage became interested in taking this on board.

Format of the Series

There are four different age categories: 4 year old, 5 year old, 6 year old and 7 – 9 year old classes. Frequently at CDI shows overseas there is a Small Tour for 7 – 9 year olds. We appreciate that in South Africa, as with all the other age categories, PSG and Inter I is a level or two above what the average horse here, of that age, is capable of. Therefore, after consultation with DSA, the 7 – 9 year olds ride a Medium test. The advantage of including the 7 – 9 year olds is that these young horses compete against their peers rather than against older school masters in the same class.
The 4, 5 and 6 year old classes are judged like the FEI Young Horse classes, with marks being given for walk, trot, canter, submission and general impression. The 7 – 9 year olds are judged and scored as a normal, complete tests, as they are in the 7 – 9 year olds at CDI shows. An essential part of the series is the aim to educate and uplift the level of young horses being produced in SA. Therefore, at the end of each test, feedback on the horse’s performance from the judges is given to the rider and the public over a loud speaker. This helps to engage the spectators and to assist the rider as to how the horse’s training is progressing and in what areas improvement can be made. This public feedback also displays transparency and assists with understanding of the scoring system and of what the judges are looking for in a future top level dressage horse.
Throughout the course of the series the tests increase in difficulty within the grade for the age group, cumulating in the highest test of each grade being ridden at the championship show (with the exception of the 7-9yr olds, whose highest test used will be Medium 2 or 3).

The grades are:

4 Year Olds: DSA Prelim 2013
5 Year Olds: DSA Novice 2010
6 Year Olds: DSA Elementary 2010
7 – 9 Year Olds: DSA Medium 2010
Each participating province is organising a minimum of 3 qualifying shows throughout the calendar year, cumulating in a Provincial Championship show. As a requirement for the Provincial Championship show, horse and rider combinations must compete in at least 2 of the qualifying shows. The top 5 horse and rider combinations of each age group at the Provincial Championships will be filmed. The videos of the top three in each age group in each province will go forward to the National Championship. The videos will be sent to two FEI Young Horse Judges in Europe along with being sent to two judges in SA. The accumulation of all of the judge’s marks will result in a National Champion for each age group. This series is being run as unaffiliated classes, where no points gained will be added to the horse’s grading points. Horses and riders competing in the series must be registered with DSA but will not be required to ride within its current DSA grade.

Sponsorship and Prizes

Arco360 are very kindly sponsoring the rosettes for the whole series along with sponsoring the costs of the videoing of each of the Provincial Championships. We are most grateful to Candice Hobday of Hobday Equestrian Enterprises for her support of the series.

ARCO Rosette