SA equestrian duo to break new ground at Olympics

Heartbreak Hill is a Cape Town-bred horse that will be participating in the Equestrian discipline.

Horses racing. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - South Africa's Olympic Committee has omitted to name one of the Capetonian athletes that will compete at the London Olympics this month.

"Heartbreak Hill" is a Cape Town-bred horse that will be participating in the Equestrian Discipline.

Ironically, his jockey is named Paul Hart, who is also South Africa's first Olympic Equestrian rider since the Los Angeles Games in 1984.

Gold Circle Racing's Mike Greef said it is a great achievement to have a South African horse and rider combination.

"The exciting part for us is that it's a South African. It's been 28 years since the last time a South African rider took part; however that was on an English horse. We really are excited to have a South African rider and horse competing together."

Greef said Hart and his horse Heart-break Hill's qualification is big for Equestrian in South Africa.

"It was only about five years ago that the international body encouraged South Africa to get involved in international Equestrian sport. And so for us, we've come a really long way. For us to have a ride in the Olympics, has encouraged other riders to want to get into international competition."