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Nissan Development Day drives emerging equestrian talent

Nissan will kick off its Easter Festival with a Development Day on 8 April 2017, at the Kyalami Equestrian Park, to foster equestrian skills among children from disadvantaged communities.

The Development Day is part of Nissan’s THANDI (The Heritage and Nissan Developments Initiative) programme. Nissan launched the THANDI programme to identify and develop talent in show jumping.

“While show jumping in South Africa goes back many years, the sport has historically not featured prominently in disadvantaged communities which is why initiatives such as the Development Day are so important to show jumping’s development as an inclusive sport,” says Wendy Gidlow, Founder and Director of the THANDI programme.

Currently THANDI is the only true grass roots show jumping development programme in Gauteng.

Team Nissan is a show jumping team that competes at the annual Nissan Easter Festival and other equestrian events. Team Nissan’s top riders will be present on the day to share their skills and experience by giving informal equestrian and show jumping lessons to the group of children. Participants will have the opportunity to get involved in a wide range of equestrian activities from learning to ride horses to horse racing.

Riders from the Heritage Development Program, which caters for underprivileged teenagers who have never been exposed to equestrian before, will participate in the programme as they have done for the last three years.

“We hope to start bridging the gap between previously exclusive sports and the enormous talent which exists amongst our disadvantaged youth. It’s important for us to create equal opportunities across all communities both for the upliftment of young South Africans and the development of the sport in our country,” says Mike Whitfield, Nissan South Africa Managing Director.

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