Author Archives: Editor

Get the job – Pursuing an equine career

All horse lovers dream of a career in the equine industry. Some aspire to be a top coach, competitive riders envision a riding career abroad, while others hope to run a successful livery. The reality of things is that it can be hard to make it in the riding world; there’s a lot of good talent to compete with and ...

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Stutteri Ask

Stutteri Ask is located in Denmark and was founded by Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, who still owns the stud today and is very passionate about it. Kjeld does not ride any of the horses himself, but he has a large interest in breeding them. Every year we produce between 15 and 17 foals, and Kjeld is the one who gives them ...

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Equine Viral Arteritis (EVA)

In South Africa, the disease that we most fear is African Horse Sickness. This endemic disease has led to worldwide restrictions on South African horses and remains a concern for horse owners in South Africa. However, in light of the international issue, we decided to focus on equine viral arteritis (EVA), a disease that was first identified in 1953 and ...

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William Haggas – Racing success at Somerville Lodge

Horseracing is an exciting and complex industry, with thousands of horses, hundreds of trainers and multiple institutions. In our international issue, we look to the top-end niche in the industry, namely Newmarket, and one of the top trainers from the area, William Haggas. Newmarket Newmarket is located in Suffolk, England, approximately 100km north of London. It’s popularly known as the birthplace ...

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Venue profile: Tops International Arena

The state-of-the-art Tops International Arena, situated in Valkenswaard, Netherlands, was built with the equestrian community and sport top of mind. The venue is the brainchild and vision of Dutch Olympic showjumper Jan Tops. He competed in four consecutive Summer Olympic Games, starting in 1988. Tops initiated the Global Champions Tour in 2006, and it continues to be a highlight on ...

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Paddock Paradise

Our horses today live truly domestic lives, and often they are deprived of a natural environment that can impact the small things – like hoof care. Paddock Paradise is a management concept that was first adopted in the United States as a means of providing domestic horses with an environment that is similar to their natural habitat. In 2007, Jaime ...

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Exporting a horse

Many of our top riders source horses overseas and import them to South Africa to compete at the top level of local equestrian sport. While bringing horses in is fairly painless, exporting a horse is an entirely different story with a far more delicate process in place. The majority of our horses who are exported are sent for sale purposes. ...

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Getting South Africa onto the international circuit

South Africa is on the cusp of being internationally competitive – we have had eventers and vaulters represent us in the World Equestrian Games, showjumpers in the World Cup Final, and recently, a dressage rider at the Rio Olympic Games. We seem to be close and yet so far, but what exactly is holding us back? And how feasible, or ...

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Flat feet

Flat-footedness is a common problem that several horse owners and farriers face, and it is especially prominent in Thoroughbreds. Flat feet develop as a result of genetics, conformation faults, poor physical conditions, lack of hoof care or early shoeing, as is the case for most Thoroughbreds. Long toes and underrun heels go hand-in-hand with flat feet. Most horses can recover ...

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