Horse Channel

Update on President’s Cup controversy

On 15 March the Tack ‘n Togs President’s Cup was held at Maple Ridge Equestrian Centre. During the main class of the event, Mandy Johnstone and Callaho Lissabon knocked a pole resulting in four penalties. Johnstone reported that the horse had been distracted by an interference outside of the arena and the judges decided to remove the four penalties. The ...

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Intercontinental Village Day 2015

Turffontein Racecourse will be a mecca of multiculturalism on Saturday, 25 April when it plays host to the third and final leg of the prestigious SA Triple Crown, the Wilgerbosdrift Triple Tiara as well as the much anticipated annual Intercontinental Village Day. The day’s festivities Racegoers should be prepared to have their taste buds do some of the racing – from continent ...

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The nature of horse food – Part 1

The horse’s digestive system is unique and complicated, and mistreating it can lead to a myriad of problems. With the help of our expert, Dr Marion Young, we help you understand how it works and how the various feeds available affect it. Understanding the basics Before delving into the complicated labyrinth that makes up the digestive system of the horse, ...

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Coat colours

It’s surprising how many of us have subconscious (or very conscious) preconceptions and judgments about the colour, build or general look of a horse. Some might think bays bring them luck, and others might say grey horses ‘don’t like them very much’. But is there anything to those small superstitions … is a horse with three white socks really hot? ...

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Bronwyn Short: Nissan Easter Festival Q&A

1. How many horses are you competing on at Nissan Easter Festival and in what classes? I am competing on 3 in the open classes, 2 in the 1.10m and 1 in the 90cm 2. How is your preparation going for the Nissan Easter Festival? Preparation going well. Horses are on form. 3.Which of the Nissan Easter Festival classes are ...

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The Nissan Easter Festival

Easter is family time. Time spent doing the things you love with those you cherish, packed with laughter and memories. This year Kyalami Equestrian Park hosts the Nissan Easter Festival – a horse show incorporating various disciplines and catering for the whole family through a wide range of entertainment. It’s where you want to be with those you love – ...

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Dress for the West

Go West Western riding in South Africa is one of our smaller disciplines, but it has a growing following. Since the establishment of the Western Horse Association, there has been an increasing awareness about the discipline. By becoming members online, riders are able to receive newsletters and notifications about upcoming shows. Most of the Western riding shows are based in ...

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Master class with dressage simulator

Fans of dressage who follow social media may recently have heard word circulating about Travis the dressage simulator. When HQ learned about the ‘robot horse’ that can teach you to ride, we had to try it for ourselves. Accurate simulation Instruction on the Racewood Dressage Simulator is offered by Charmaine Gardner of CHG Equestrian, based at Equestria in Kyalami. The ...

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Rider nutrition and health – Part 1

  The media is filled with news and information on the latest ways to improve human health and athletic abilities. You can improve your physical performance in every area from cycling to golf to spelunking! Yet equestrians seldom get the same attention. Perhaps this is due to the long-held belief that the horse does all the work. Any rider will ...

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SA Arab Society: National Championships

The Arab Horse Society of South Africa will be holding their National Championship on 31 March at the Afri-Dome in Parys. This year, the show will also include showcases of part-breds and Anglo Arabs. Sport horse and jumping classes will also feature at the show. The championship classes will be judged by local and international judges. The timetable and additional ...

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