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.