Author Archives: Editor

What determines the value of a horse?

As horse lovers we are aware that every horse is priceless, regardless of breeding, training or talent. But the fact of the matter is that some horses command a higher price tag than others. For many of us, the reasons behind this might seem mystical. Why should one plain brown horse cost R5,000 while another costs R500,000? HQ spoke to ...

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Ladies on a spending spree

Ladies Day was celebrated in style this past Saturday at Kenilworth Racecourse with over R 300 000 being raised for the Sunflower Fund. The highlight of the very well-attended event was the auctioning of ‘Spending Spree’. Special thanks must go to owners Marsh Shirtliff and Bryn Ressell who donated this magnificent filly by Jay Peg out of a Jet Master mare, ...

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Equidome Heritage Weekend Extravaganza: entries now open

Entries for the Equidome Heritage Weekend Extravaganza are now open! Competitors can look forward to the first recreational show at the brand new and state of the art indoor arena, The Equidome. Details Entry Close On: Friday  18 Sep 2015 Course Designer: Ryan Sander Payment to: Take Shape Properties 112 cc No2 , Standard Bank Branch: 051001, Acc: 331325756, Current Account Email proof of payment to: shows@equidome.co.za For any ...

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SAEF election meeting

A meeting was held at SASCOC house, on Saturday 8th August 2015, where all Discipline Associations, Associate Members and Provincial Federations met to discuss the way forward for equestrian sport. Andre Truter was unanimously elected as President of the SAEF to lead the new structure supported by Eric Bianchi as SAEF Vice-President (FEI) and Shelly Beckbessinger Vice President (IEF). 1. ...

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2015 Galencia Property South African Derby

This year celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the South African Derby. As the 2015 Galencia Property South African Derby approaches, plans get underway for one of the most prominent and eagerly anticipated events on the equestrian calendar. Riders, enthusiasts, friends and family come together from around the country to celebrate the sport, while enjoying the finest in food, music, fashion and ...

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Breed profile: The Caspian

The Caspian is an ancient breed previously believed to have been extinct for over 1,000 years. He is probably the most direct ancestor of the Oriental breeds and therefore all light horse breeds. The Caspian is extremely rare and was barely pulled back from the edge of extinction in 1965. Louise Firouz, an American living in Iran, is credited with ...

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Selecting the eventing horse – Part 1

First and foremost, a successful eventing career relies on a good relationship between horse and rider. Selecting the right horse has a great deal to do with this partnership. Accomplished eventer Mary King shares her insights into how to get off to the right start. What makes a good event horse? Mary King believes that the first thing to look ...

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A day with international photographer, Gabriele Boiselle

When equine photography icon Gabriele Boiselle recently visited South Africa to photograph some of our top studs, HQ had the opportunity to spend a day in her company as she worked. We left the experience inspired and enlightened. “I like to work with people who love horses,” says Gabriele, who is in the fortunate position of being able to choose ...

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Stuart Walker clinic success

First clinic A Stuart Walker Show-Jumping Clinic was held over the weekend of 31st July, 1st/2nd August, 2015, at two venues in Gaborone. The clinic was hosted by the Horse Society of Botswana and the lessons were subsidised by the HSB so that the cost of a one hour lesson to the rider was BWP200.00. Thank you HSB. This clinic was organised ...

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