Barry Taylor

Barry Taylor

Owner & Coach

Date of Birth: 9 May 1961
Star sign: ♉ Taurus

Academic education:
Barry attended Kimberley Boys High 1974 -1978, matriculating with a university entrance.

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    Barry is married to Lorette and together they have a daughter, Ashlee.  Barry also has two older daughters Lee-Alexa and Danah from his previous marriage.

    He was born into an equestrian family; he started riding at the age of 4 and competing by the time he was 6 years old.

    His late father, Lesley Taylor trained the Dutch team in the ‘60s and was head instructor at Deurne, the Dutch Equestrian Centre.
    Lesley also trained many of the then Springbok riders and was Chef d’Equipe of the junior SA team in 1963 that went to compete in the European Championships in Rotterdam, finishing a creditable 2nd.

    Barry’s Mom, Beryl Toms has been involved with horses her entire life, including being general manager at the then Transvaal Horse Society for 12 years before retiring in 2004.

    Between the ages of 12-17 years Barry competed as a Junior, representing both OFS and NC.
    At the age of 14 years, he rode for the victorious South African Team in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) where he also won the Rhodesian Grand Prix. He was successful in all the major Junior competitions.

    As an Adult he held OFS and NC, Defence Force and Transvaal Colours, and has represented one or the other of these “Provinces” on numerous occasions.

    In 1985 he was awarded the then Springbok Colours (now National Colours). He then received Protea colours again in 2006.

    Equestrian Coaching Education

    Jan 2013
    08 Jan 2013 All day

    Awarded RPL

    Awarded RPL (SA accredited coaching certification) for his and his students jumping achievements – with his students winning SA Champs, SA Derby, World Cup Qualifiers and the SA Outdoor Grand […]

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    Feb 2013
    11 Feb 2013 All day

    Top 10 Coaching clinic with Olympic Gold medallist Rob Hoekstra

    "Coach the coaches" - 8am - 09h30 session with Rob Hoekstra, Lorette Taylor, Barry Taylor, Dominey Alexander

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    Feb 2014
    12 Feb 2014 All day

    Top 10 Coaching clinic

    Top 10 Coaching clinic with Olympic Gold medallist Rob Hoekstra at Maple Ridge

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    He has won more than 50 Grand Prix’s and major Championships, including: –

    • Winner of the South African Derby 1997, 2000, 2003, 2004
    • South African Showjumping Championship Winner 2000, 2003
    • Ranked No 1 SA Showjumper 1999 – 2002, 2004, 2005
    • Winner of the South African Outdoor Grand Prix a whopping 9 times, the most recent being in 2011
    • Winner South African League FEI World Cup Series numerous times
    • Show Jumper of the Year (5 times)
    • World Equestrian Games in Aachen 2006
    • Riders Tour Grand Prix Series Winner 2004
    • Grand Prix Rider of the Year 2005
    • Presidents Cup Winner 4 times including years 2001, 2003
    • Winner of 12 World Cup Qualifiers over the years, the most recent being in Polokwane in 2012 & 2014
    • Winner of 12 World Cup Qualifiers over the years, the most recent being in Polokwane in 2012 & 2014
    • British Gentlemen’s Championship Winner, Royal Windsor Horse Show, UK 1998
    • Placed 11th – All England Jumping Derby, Hickstead, UK, 2005
    • Runner-up at the Presidents Cup 2011
    • Winner of the Adult SA Outdoor Grand Prix at the Nissan Easter Festival 2011
    • Winner of Mini Derby 4 times most recently in 2011
    • Consistently ranked in the Top 10 Riders in South Africa.
    • Runner up SA Showjumping Champs 2013
    • Runner up Presidents Cup 2013
    • Runner up World Cup – South African League runner 2014
    • Winner of the Grand Prix of Zimbabwe at Harare show 2014
    • Winner of the Victor Ludorum in the 1.50m’s at the SA Derby 2014

    Lorette Knowles-Taylor

    Lorette Knowles-Taylor

    Owner & Coach

    Date of Birth: 24 August 1975
    Star sign: ♍ Virgo

    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

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      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 included as a team member for the SA legs 2006 and 2007.

      Equestrian Coaching Education

      Jan 2004
      06 Jan 2004 All day

      SANEF Instructors Exam Level 1

      Successfully completed SANEF Instructors Exam Level 1

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      Jan 2006
      06 Jan 2006 All day

      FEI Level 1 Instructors training course

      Successfully completed FEI Level 1 Instructors training course

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      Jan 2007
      06 Jan 2007 All day

      FEI Level 2 Instructors training course

      Successfully completed FEI Level 2 Instructors training course

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      Feb 2013
      11 Feb 2013 All day

      Top 10 Coaching clinic with Olympic Gold medallist Rob Hoekstra

      "Coach the coaches" - 8am - 09h30 session with Rob Hoekstra, Lorette Taylor, Barry Taylor, Dominey Alexander

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      Jan 2014
      06 Jan 2014 All day

      pre-FEI Level 3 refresher

      Successfully completed pre-FEI Level 3 refresher

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      Feb 2014
      12 Feb 2014 All day

      Top 10 Coaching clinic

      Top 10 Coaching clinic with Olympic Gold medallist Rob Hoekstra at Maple Ridge

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      Aug 2014
      16 Aug 2014 Aug 16, 2014 - Aug 28, 2014

      Nanjing Youth Olympic Games

      Accompanied Lexi Stais to the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games, as her coach and code manager as a part of the SA Team

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      Some of her other, less recent, achievements include:

      • Young Rider Champion 1998
      • Show Jumper of the Year 1999
      • Rand Show A-grade Victor Ludorum 2000
      • Ladies Champion Shongweni 2002
      • THS Champion 2003
      • Easter Show Grand Prix Winner 2003
      • South African Championship Runner-up 2003
      • Pretoria World Cup Winner 2002, 2003
      • Easter Show Grand Prix Runner-up 2004
      • Highest Ranked Lady Rider from 1999 – 2003
      • Ranked No 1 SA Showjumper 2003, 2007
      • Cape Town World Cup Winner 2005
      • Port Elizabeth World Cup Runner-up 2005
      • World Cup Series Runner-up 2005
      • JICM Grand Prix Winner Pietermaritzburg 2005
      • Mini Derby Runner-up 2005
      • Runner-up Easter Show Masters 2005
      • Qualified for World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Aachen, Germany in 2006, as well as being short listed for the SA Team for WEG.
      • Runner-up Kimberley World Cup Qualifier 2006
      • Awarded provincial colours for showjumping 2006
      • Winner JICM Grand Prix in Cape Town 2006
      • Winner SA Derby 2007
      • Winner Rand Easter show Battle of the Giants 2007, 2008
      • Ranked No 1 Showjumping Rider in South Africa 2007
      • Winner Mini Prix Series 2007
      • Member of the winning Gauteng Interprovincial Showjumping Team
      • Runner up – Presidents Cup 2007
      • Runner up – World Cup Qualifier Port Elizabeth 2007

      More recently:

      • Winner of the Nissan Riders Champs 2010
      • Runner up – SA Championships 2010
      • Runner-up in Nissan Riders Champs 2011
      • Winner Shongweni Club Winter Classic Durban 2011
      • Winner Shongweni World Cup 2011
      • Winner of Mini Derby 2013
      • Winner Port Elizabeth World Cup 2013, 2014
      • Winner 6 Bar Shongweni 2014 jumping 2m and setting a new SA record
      • Victor Ludorum 1.35m Nissan Easter Festival 2015
      • Adult SA Outdoor Grand Prix Nissan Easter Festival runner up 2015
      • Winner 6 Bar Nissan Easter Festival 2015 jumping 1.90m