The United Aviation Group SA Derby: Williams wins!

The 56th United Aviation Group SA Derby championship title was today awarded to Lisa Williams and her powerhouse Protein Feeds Campbell

The 4-day horse extravaganza culminated on Sunday 3 October 2021 at the Kyalami Equestrian Park, Johannesburg. A glorious summer’s day was celebrated with the finest horsemanship the continent can offer, and the 18 obstacle, 1000m course proving as challenging as it’s ever been in its 56 year history.

Firm favourite going into the final days competition would have been top qualifier Ronnie Lawrence and Gillian van Orshof, having won two of the three 1.50m classes prior to Sunday. But such is the sport and such was today that Ronnie didn’t clinch final victory. That honor went to Kyalami resident, mom, wife and business owner Lisa Williams on her powerful stead Protein Feeds Campbell.

Having travelled many countries together, Lisa and Campbell’s partnership is so finely tuned, that they operate as one;

“Campbell gave me his all out there – he always rises to the occasion,” beams Lisa. “Competition was extremely tight, with any of the other 21 competitors having the chance to take it. I am absolutely over the moon.”

Second place was shared amongst 3 riders, Rainer Korber, Desiree Davidson, and show Victor ludorum winner Ronnie Healy.

Course designer Anne-Marie Esslinger says she was delighted with how today’s show went;

“I thought it was an exciting Derby and I’m ecstatic with the result of only the one clear. I was hoping that the winner would be a strong rider on a well-qualified horse and I think that in Lisa and Campbell we certainly had that. Lisa is a world class rider who has represented South Africa at the World Equestrian Games on a horse with huge scope and is always careful. Lisa is very cool under pressure. I liked the fact that there wasn’t a jump-off as this was a classical Derby result whereby horse and rider are exhausted after their first round of 18 fences and 23 efforts and I don’t think they deserve to be put through the pressure of galloping around the additional 6 fences to decide the winner of such a prestigious title. I also liked that I had 3 horses on only 4 penalties in second place. There were no accidents or falls either, so I think all in all it was a great result.”

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