Chris Helmbold at the Greytown Mondi Classic MTB race
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KARKLOOF TRAIL BLAZER 2009
While you may have come to think of us as a source primarily of quality racehorses, we’re rapidly developing a reputation in another realm. Knowing their obsession with horses, you might ask yourself what our people do in their leisure time. Things that spring to mind, because they’re champions of their respective arts, are football and traditional dancing. Our soccer teams have long dominated the Midlands logs, and it’s well know that our dancers are not only the national champions, but they ranked 3rd and 2nd respectively at the World Championships in Tokyo and Hong Kong in the past two years.
Sunday added a new dimension to the retinue of skills of our people, when no fewer than four of the team took their bikes to the Karkloof Trail Blazer. While our lead rider, Chris Helmbold, was laid low by a bought of flu, it seems Grant Norval, Kerry Jack and Tarryn Liebenberg all made satisfactory qualifying rides. But the one that really impressed was Ready To Run supremo, Tarryn, who in a field of 300 for the 20km cross country ride, was the first filly home in the entire line-up. We knew she could ride a horse, and we’ve seen her making a few strides on the two-wheeler, but this one didn’t only take us by surprise. You should’ve seen her face at the morning meeting!