The United Aviation Group SA Derby: Equestrian excellence

The 56th SA Derby warmly welcomes headline partner The United Aviation Group in a formidable partnership packed with passion, pride and professionalism.

Rich in history and an equestrian calendar highlight, the 4-day horse extravaganza will culminate on Sunday 3 October 2021 at the Kyalami Equestrian Park, Johannesburg.

Whilst Covid19 protocols will be strictly adhered to, the festival brings with it pop-up restaurants, entertainers and an unrivalled aviation display for all to enjoy, says showjumper and United Aviation Group MD, Jonathan Wolpe.

“The Derby is a show like no other: Successfully combining the beauty of the horse with sheer rider brilliance. The United Aviation Group is extremely proud to be associated with South Africa’s toughest, most historic and most prestigious showjumping event, and I have no doubt that together we’ll elevate the sport of showjumping to greater heights, new audiences and welcomed sponsors.”

“The United Aviation South African Derby is a most sought-after title on the equestrian calendar,” comments Kyalami Park Chairlady and twice Derby winner, Anne-Marie Esslinger.

The 18 obstacle, 1000m course is only ever won by the horse and rider combination that is the fittest, most in form, calm and in-tune. Attracting the Who’s Who of the fashion and riding worlds coupled with the United Aviation Group, the Kyalami Park Club will host an equestrian show not only of the absolute highest standard, but quite simply the best we’ve ever had!

Commencing on 30 September, the multi-disciplined Derby will no doubt see tougher competition than ever before, leaving the horse-lover wanting more, says Show Director Heather Mpofu.

“The Derby consists of competitions in dressage, showing and showjumping across all levels and age groups. It has always been a show with the best horse and rider combinations on offer on the African continent. In order to ensure that no one misses the action, the main Saturday and Sunday classes will be live streamed. We welcome everyone to follow your favourites or find a new following: Because rest assured, you won’t find equestrian excellence quite like the Derby!”


As things stand, spectators will be extremely limited at Kyalami Park Club, and only if permitted under Covid regulations at the time – further updates will be communicated via our social media platforms found at Kyalami Park Equestrian.

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