Lorette Knowles-Taylor

Lorette started riding in Namibia at the age of 7 and was competing by age 9. Her parents, Arthur and Alwyn Knowles are completely not horsey but have supported Lorette’s commitment to her horses for over 30 years. They are still her biggest horsey fans.

Between the ages of 13 -17 years she competed as a junior, representing South West Africa in Equitation. Her family moved to Gauteng in early 1992. In 1993 her father purchased an adult A-grade for Lorette to complete her junior career with. She was chosen for the SANEF Junior B Team at the East Rand Championships in 1993 on the same horse.

Lorette matriculated from St. Andrews, Bedfordview, and furthered her education through UNISA, achieving Honours Bachelor of Accounting Science. She finished her accounting articles at Deloitte and Touché.

Safe in the knowledge that she has a strong academic qualification for the future Lorette decided to dedicate herself full time to her passion of showjumping and teaching showjumping.

Lorette has been awarded Adult provincial show jumping colours more than five times. The highlight of her show jumping career is, most certainly, being awarded Protea colours in March 2006 and was a member of the SA team for the Tri-Nations to visit New Zealand in 2006, 2007 and 2008. She was also incuded as a team member for the SA legs 2006 and 2007.

Email:  Lorette@farnhamstables.co.za
Twitter: @LoretteTaylor
Snapchat: loretttaylor
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SA Showjumper: Lorette Knowles-Taylor
Team Nissan Showjumping
Date of Birth: 24 August 1975
Star Sign: Virgo
Instagram: loretteknowlestaylor

Academic Education

  • 1982 – 1991
    • English Medium School, Swakopmund, Namibia
  • 1992 – 1993
    • St Andrews, Bedfordview, Johannesburg
  • 1996
    • Graduated with BCompt degree from the University of South Africa
  • 1999
    • Graduated with BCompt Honours degree from the University of South Africa, majoring in accounts and auditing
  • 2000
    • Passed Part 1 of the Final Qualifying Exam (‘the Board exam’)
  • 2000 – 2003
    • Completed a training contract with Deloitte & Touché

Equestrian coaching education

Successfully completed SANEF Instructors Exam Level 1

FEI Level 1 Instructors training course

FEI Level 2 Instructors training course

Top 10 Coaching clinic with Olympic Gold medalist Rob Hoekstra

Accompanied her pupil of many years, Lexi Stais, to the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games, as her coach and code manager as a part of the SA TeamTop 10 coaching clinic with Olympic Gold medalist Rob Hoekstra

Pre-FEI Level 3 qualification refresher course

FEI Level 3 showjumping specialist Practical course with Jean-Philipe Camboulives and Lars Meyer-Zu Bexten

Coaching Successes
Lorette has had 4 Philip Smith winners; SA Junior Equitation winner; SA Junior Showjumping Champion; Junior Outdoor Grand Prix of SA winner; SA Junior Derby winner; Gauteng Provincial team members; 4 Youth Olympic Games 2014 Long-list riders and a YOG Nanjing 2014 SA representative.

Career Grand Prix’s and Major Championship Honours

Provincial and National colours, as well as ranking achievements;
local equestrian awards as well as sponsor details:

      • Protea colours awarded in March 2006.
      • Ranked No 1 SA Showjumper 2003, 2007, 2010
      • Adult Gauteng Provincial Showjumping colours awarded numerous times over 20 years
      • Highest Ranked Lady Rider from 1999 – 2003
      • Showjumper of the year 1999
      • Runner-up Show Jumper of the Year – twice
      • Been consistently ranked in the Top 5 riders in SA for over the past 10 years
      • Royal Feeds Ambassador prior 2011
      • Nissan South Africa sponsored rider since 2011
      • Countless victor ludorum awards at 1.30m, 1.35m, 1.40 and international level
      • Qualified for World Equestrian Games Aachen 2006, as well as being short listed for the SA Team for WEG.
      • Member of the SA team to visit New Zealand for the Inaugural Tri-Nations 2006, 2007, 2008
      • Member of the SA Team for the South African leg of the Tri-Nations 2006, 2007


International equestrian achievements

        • Ridden at Hickstead, UK and won a 1.30m speed class, at the Sunshine Tour in Spain and at Valkensvaard, Holland in Holland 2006/2007.


Lorette has won Major Championships within South Africa

        • Winner of the Rand Show Battle of the Giants – twice
        • Winner of the South African Derby
        • Winner of the SA Mini Derby
        • Winner of numerous World Cup Qualifiers over the years, the most recent being in 2015
        • Winner of numerous 1.50m Riders Grand Prix classes
        • Winner of the Micro Grand Prix Series Winner
        • Winner of the Ladies Champion Shongweni 2002
        • Runner-Up of the FEI World Cup series, South African League
        • Runner-up of the South African Outdoor Grand Prix
        • Runner-up of the Presidents Cup
        • Runner-up of the South African Championship
        • Runner-up of the South African Outdoor Grand Prix