Nissan SA is the proud sponsor of Team Nissan. Team Nissan has been Barry and Lorette Taylor’s proud headline sponsor since 2011.
Team Nissan now comprises an additional 4 showjumpers: Vincent Moemise who came on board after being identified in a ‘talent search’ on a development day held by Barry and his wife in 2012, who has now produced his own horse to the 1.30m level. Then there are the 2014 arrivals of Oscar Ncube & Zoleka Mosiah, who both compete in the open grades and the 2015 addition of the world cup rider, Liam Stevens.
Team Nissan works closely with the SASJ, and their local club KEP as well as a number of riding schools that run formal development programs; in order to nuture and develop aspiring young showjumpers from previously disadvantaged backgrounds. From these development days held during the year, Nissan SA and Team Nissan is hopeful that more talent for top level competition can be identified. When aspiring talented riders are identified, they are invited to have additional training with Barry and Lorette, if they wish to further their equestrian education.
Team Nissan with HHCU started the Silver Lining Initiative in July 2014. This coincided with Mandela Day and is all about taking on an ex-racehorse from the unit and training him/her as a showjumper for 67 (not minutes) days. This would then increase the horse’s value and she/he would to be able to be adopted at a higher than usual adoption price. These additional funds raised for a trained throughbred would then go back to HHCU.
Lorette has started a 2nd hand clothing and riding apparel donation initiative via Facebook. It relies on the generosity of the riding world to donate their unused or old tack, equestrian clothing, riding boots, hats, gloves. This the riding schools that run formal development programs to keep their township riders safe with riding hats and the correct footwear, which is usually very costly. This initiative also aids the more advanced kids that are already competing to have smart (and safe) competition kit. Anything not used by the riders will then be donated to the Highveld Horse Care (HHCU) to raise much needed funds for their unit’s rescue horses.
I'm am now currently being trained by Barry and Lorette Taylor, as well as being their work rider which has given me so much mileage in my riding and has taught me many lessons about myself, and about many types of horses and their abilities. So my riding consists of at least 45 hours a week, of training - I try get many hours, as much as I can to up my riding abilities. As the saying goes: "Practice makes perfect".
I compete many different horses, at various levels - my lowest being 90cm right through to 1.40m. Each horse has their own way of going, so it's up to me to adapt to their style in order for us to work as a team. It's a great journey to work with these horses, it is an experience that is worth a lifetime. I also teach a few people which, gives me a sense of gratitude to see them achieving their dreams too.
Achievements - Team
Western Province Eventing Team
Eastern Cape Eventing Team
Inter Africa Jumping Team
All Africa Equestrian Games 2007
Rider of the Year Award
Involved in the Avis Development Programme
Jumped at many SA Championships
I also jumped some World Cup Qualifiers
I Jumped the big South African Derby
Participated in many Grand Prix's too.
I've have had many great sponsors such as Avis, Premier Equestrian, Horse land, Nissan and more. I'm also being sponsored by great families too, by being able to ride their top horses which give me great rounds, in the showjumping ring!
I've had a great journey with the horses I have and will keep going until I stop breathing. It's my passion, my sport, my commitment and it is my life.
It's what I love to do.
Liam Griffith Stevens
I was 3rd in the South African Derby, receiving the top young rider trophy for the second time.
I was 3rd in the Maple Ridge World Cup Qualifier
I won the GrandPrix in Cape Town at the World Cup Show
I won the Midrand leg of the mini grand prix.
I was placed in 3 of the Stal van de Kraan classes including a 2nd, 3rd & 4th.
I was awarded the top young rider award in the South African Derby.
I won the Port Elizabeth World Cup Qualifier
3rd in the Cape town World Cup Qualifier
Leading young rider of the year
Winner of the Western Province Junior Showjumping Championship
2nd in the Western Province Adult Showjumping Championship
Received junior provincial showjumping colours for the 3rd year in a row, this year on a different horse