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 being a member of the SA team for the Tri-Nations to visits New Zealand in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
She was also included as a team member for the SA legs in 2006 and 2007.
More recent successes:
• 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
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