Ken Borland
Sports Journalist
4 minute read
2 Oct 2021
6:00 am

Jockey, Nicole Horwood has her eyes set on fifth showjumping title

Ken Borland

She says enjoying and developing a relationship with your horse is a critical part of showjumping success because it is not all sunshine and roses.

Nicole Horwood clears the final jump in the 2014 South African Derby on Mark White Nissan Capital Don Cumarco.

Fence 3 at the Tokyo Olympics showjumping competition was called Kintsugi, “the golden splice”, celebrating the beauty of the scars of life or the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi. Below the two poles were placed fractured ceramic discs and Kintsugi is a centuries-old technique in which thesecracks are filled with an enamel sprinkled with gold, silver or platinum, turning the “scars” into something beautiful. It is meant to evoke how imperfection can still be beautiful and valuable. For leading South African showjumper Nicole Horwood, the United Aviation Group (UAG) South African Derby thatends at the Kyalami Equestrian Park tomorrow has not...