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Bandaging basics

There are a variety of reasons for bandaging, ranging from injuries that require support or protection to exercise bandages and stable bandages. Any supportive/medical bandaging should be done by a qualified person or under the supervision of your veterinarian, as bandaging too tight, too loose or unevenly can cause problems such as pressure points on tendons, causing damage to the ...

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Sixth annual Cintron Pink Polo

An event with purpose All things grand and glamorous were in order this past Saturday at the sixth annual Cintron Pink Polo event held at Val de Vie Estate in the Paarl-Franschhoek valley. Guests from near and far swanned to the estate’s polo grounds for what was a unique blend of elegance, entertainment and exquisite scenery, all in support of ...

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Futura is SA’s best racehorse

The brilliant Dynasty colt, Futura, who won the Grade 1 J&B Met and the Grade 1 L’Ormarin’s Queen’s Plate at Kenilworth for original trainer Brett Crawford before winning the Grade 1 Champions Cup at Greyville for new trainer Justin Snaith, was not only awarded both the Champion Older Male title as well as Champion Middle Distance Horse, but also walked away with the impressive Horse of the Year ...

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Gauteng showjumping special general meeting

Notice of the Special General Meeting of Gauteng Show Jumping to be held at Kyalami Park Club – Club House on Tuesday 17th November 2015 at 6:30pm. Preliminary notice is hereby given to the members, by the Governing Committee, that a Special General Meeting of Gauteng Show Jumping will be held on Tuesday, the 17th November 2015 at 6:30pm at Kyalami ...

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Is bitless better?

The most glaring difference between bitless riding and traditional riding is, of course, the lack of a bit. Recently bitless riding has grown in popularity among knowledgeable, competitive equestrians. The origins of bitless riding trace back to when man first started riding horses. The need for a mouthpiece was only seen when the first riders decided that they needed to ...

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Can you buy a horse who fails a vetting?

  The business of buying and selling horses can be a stressful one – aside from the heart-rending ups and downs of finding the right horse (or buyer), there is also the fear that the horse you’ve just fallen in love with may have some hidden issue that could spell disaster to your long-term competitive plans. Recently, there’s been growing concern ...

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Rider profile: Megan Cunningham

Megan Cunningham and her mare, Pohlands Watchword, hold the 2014 title for the Polo International Horse Trials, Federation Equestrian International 1* class. Born in Zimbabwe, 17-year-old Megan now resides with her family in Cape Town, she has an impressive string of wins on her scoreboard. Completing her studies at Silvermine Academy this year, Megan will be defending her title at ...

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Rider profile: Stuart Fitzgerald

Stuart and his horse, Ferhill Xquisite (Mo as he is known in the stable) have had a partnership since the middle of 2011 when Stuart acquired Mo from Carol Gee’s Fernhill stable in Ireland. Together the two have achieved MER’s at their last four 3* starts. Their jumping record is a particular strength, with just one pole being knocked in ...

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Herbie’s Haven graded show

A Dressage and Show-Jumping Show was held at Herbie’s Haven Stables, Ruretse over the weekend of 24th/25th October, 2015. The Horse Society of Botswana financially assisted this show with water for the Dressage and Show-Jumping arenas and with the presence of Rescue One Emergency Medical Services. HSB also assisted with the inspection of both arenas and kindly declared both acceptable for ...

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Rider profile: Hayley Parker

Hayley Parker is a South African equestrian who competes in the sport of Three Day Eventing. She holds the record for the only South African ever to win the SA Junior Eventing Champion title for three consecutive years. Winning 25 consecutive shows, this seeded her inspiration to compete in the global arena. Twenty-five-year-old Hayley and her SA Warmblood horse, Pohlands ...

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