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Shani de Beer

Shani de Beer

Shani de Beer grew up on a farm with horses and competed in her first showing show at the age of 5. She made her international debut in 2012, representing South Africa in Para-Dressage at the Hong Kong CPEDI3*, after locally representing Western Province in 2011. In 2014 Shani qualified Wow’s Yellowood for the 2014 World Equestrian Games, and has achieved her Paralympic 2016 qualifying scores in 2015 on this horse. Based in Cape Town, Shani is a riding instructor and stableyard manager and also trains and competes her own mare. She holds a BMedSciHons in Medical Biochemistry. She believes there is no short road to success.


Three months ago I left for Belgium to train and partake in 3 international Paralympic qualifiers. Due to the lengthy quarantine process associated with exporting horses from South Africa it is necessary for us to qualify on leased horses in Europe. Furthermore, if you aim to be on par with

After training in Belgium for four weeks it was time for my first Paralympic qualifier in Deauville, France. Donderwolk and I had made a lot of progress leading up to the competition, but being my very first show with her, I did not know what to expect. Getting the opportunity

Travelling to a new place and having to perform on a strange horse is never easy.  Fortunately for me,  this is nothing new. Upon arrival in Belgium, after travelling for more than 30 hours,  I was taken to Chris’s stable yard, where I was introduced to Donderwolk that evening.  Doni
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Today, after many months of hard work and preparation, I am finally heading onto the next leg of my journey towards the Rio Paralympics 2016. I will be spending 3 months in Belgium, with fellow para-dressage rider Tamsin Bouwer, where we will train with Philippa Johnson-Dwyer and her coach Chris

With my goal of representing RSA at the Paralympics in sight I aim to make the most of every opportunity presented along the way. Last weekend I competed my mare at our first WCP Championships together.  I rode the Grade II Team Test as my warm up, scoring 66.02% and then

Competing at SA Champs is always something that I look forward to. This year I had the privilege of riding Wow’s Yellowood, who is owned by Patrick Brown. It is the third time that I have competed Woody, having ridden him at the two previous CPEDI3* events. He is only