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PETERNELL Alexander
Sport Eventing
NOC South Africa   
GenderMale
Born11 Feb 1981 in Roodepoort, SAF
Human Interest
General Interest
Awards and honours He was presented with the 2009 Kasimira rider award by the Event Horse Owners' Association [EHOA]. (capehuntpoloclub.com, 01 May 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Assume nothing and take nothing for granted." (horsehero.com, 01 Jan 2015)
Other information EARLY DAYS
After finishing high school, he left South Africa for Europe. "On leaving school I travelled to Germany to train with Paul Schockemohle, gaining invaluable experience with competition horses. I used this knowledge at the Liberty Stables in Holland where I competed nationally in showjumping before finally settling in the UK in 2001." (apeventing.co.uk, 13 Oct 2017; thesouthafrican.com, 25 May 2012)

BALLET DANCER
He was a ballet dancer at the National School of Arts in Braamfontein, South Africa. "I used to dance professionally, so I've always been comfortable in front of an audience." (mg.co.za, 31 Aug 2012; thesouthafrican.com, 25 May 2012)
Further Personal Information
Languages English
Last Update
  20 Apr 2022
General Interest
Nicknames Alex, AP (Facebook profile, 25 Dec 2020)
Injuries He completed the 2011 Badminton Horse Trials in England despite a severed collateral ligament in his knee. (horsehero.com, 01 Jan 2015)
Other sports He trained as a ballet dancer for 12 years at the National School of the Arts in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has also competed in equestrian jumping at national level in the Netherlands. (apeventing.co.uk, 13 Oct 2017)
Famous relatives His wife Suze competed in eventing at national level in Australia until 2013, when she moved to the UK. (apeventing.co.uk, 13 Oct 2017)
Hero / Idol British ballerina Margot Fonteyn. (horsehero.com, 01 Jan 2015)
Sport Specific Information
Why this sport? "My passion for horses came about in my early teens when I rehabilitated a mare from SPCA [the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals], who later went on to win the FEI Pony Show Jumping Championships in South Africa."
When and where did you begin this sport? He took up eventing in 2001 in England.
General Interest
Milestones In 2009 he became the first rider representing South Africa to compete at the Burghley Horse Trials in England. A year later he became the first South African rider to appear at the Badminton Horse Trials in England. (HorseHero, 14 Aug 2011)

Major Results
Olympic Games
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2012 OG-C London (GBR) ASIH 49  
Other Events
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2013 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR) ASIH 38  
2011 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR) TIGER'S EYE II EL  
2010 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR) TIGER'S EYE II 38  
2010 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR) TIGER'S EYE II EL  
2009 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR) TIGER'S EYE II 36  

Current Results
Date Venue Competition Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
12.06.2014 to 15.06.2014 CCI4* Luhmühlen (GER)   ASIH 22  
21.05.2014 to 25.05.2014 CICO3*-NC Houghton Hall (GBR)   ASIH 34  
04.04.2014 to 06.04.2014 CIC2* Belton (GBR)   AP UPRISING 70  
12.09.2013 to 15.09.2013 CCI3* Blenheim (GBR)   AP UPRISING 28  
12.09.2013 to 15.09.2013 CIC3* Blenheim (GBR)   A P TOPSTAR WD  
05.09.2013 to 08.09.2013 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR)   ASIH 37  
08.08.2013 to 11.08.2013 CCI1* Hartpury (GBR)   NEVER SAY NO 16  
08.08.2013 to 11.08.2013 CIC3* Hartpury (GBR)   AP UPRISING 52  
06.06.2013 to 09.06.2013 CCI3* Bramham (GBR)   ASIH 18  
06.06.2013 to 09.06.2013 CCI3* Bramham (GBR)   A P TOPSTAR 26  
06.06.2013 to 09.06.2013 CCI3* Bramham (GBR)   A P NOT LANDING 27  
23.05.2013 to 26.05.2013 CICO3* Houghton Hall (GBR)   A P TOPSTAR 29  
23.05.2013 to 26.05.2013 CICO3* Houghton Hall (GBR)   A P NOT LANDING 41  
23.05.2013 to 26.05.2013 CICO3* Houghton Hall (GBR)   ASIH 42  
11.05.2013 to 12.05.2013 CIC3* Chatsworth (GBR)   A P TOPSTAR 22  
11.05.2013 to 12.05.2013 CIC3* Chatsworth (GBR)   A P NOT LANDING 27  
11.05.2013 to 12.05.2013 CIC3* Chatsworth (GBR)   ASIH 31  
12.04.2013 to 14.04.2013 CIC3* Belton (GBR)   A P NOT LANDING 76  
12.04.2013 to 14.04.2013 CIC3* Belton (GBR)   A P TOPSTAR 93  
Abbreviation Meaning
DNF Did Not Finish
DNS Did Not Start
DNQ Did Not Qualify
DSQ Disqualified
FNR Finished No Rank
RET Retired
WDW Withdrawal






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