Horse Training

Liam Stevens on the lead up to Cell C Derby

Liam Stevens was born into a horse-loving family, with his father Damian having started riding when he was six years old with Trevor Lovegren and continued to ride with some of South Africa’s best, among them Rogan Asken, Phillip Smith, Barry Taylor and Janie Myburg. Liam started aged 13 at Lane Stables in Constantia, Cape Town and then later with ...

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Bronwyn Short on Derby day

Dynamite comes in small packages and so can be said of the gutsy and talented Bronwyn Short who will no doubt come out firing come derby day 1 October. “We have had so many shows this year that I feel that my horses are fairly fit and ready, so I haven’t done much ‘derby prep’ – it has just been ...

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Team Nissan’s Barry Taylor on the Cell C Derby

Having represented his country too many times to remember, South Africa’s most accomplished showjumper Barry Taylor says that he’s not afraid of any derby fence in particular. It’s this quiet confidence, coupled with over 45 years of experience that poses the Team Nissan Showjumping captain as a threat come Cell C SA Derby time. He aims to have two horses ...

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Tricky transitions

Unless you’re a competitive dressage rider, riding perfect transitions are probably not top of mind. It may not seem like such a big deal if your horse is slightly delayed off the leg or a bit heavy in your hand, but these are subtle signs of something much bigger. Inability to transition upward and downward with ease can be a ...

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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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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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Part One: Make the most of lunging

Lunging is about much more than just keeping your horse fit and competition ready when you don’t have time to ride. Combined with your normal schooling routine, it can build up suppleness, rhythm and balance without the weight or hindrance of a rider on your horse’s back, and it can be useful to get the bucks out if you haven’t ...

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Performance saddles – Equipe

The art of crafting the perfect saddle can be likened to the age-old art of glassblowing. Each curve, each line and each stitch is a quintessential component of the overall product. One incorrect move and the end product will be flawed. A 1mm flaw in a saddle can be the difference between clearing a 1m or a 1.6m fence – ...

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Winter warming up and cooling down

A proper warm-up and cool-down are especially important over the winter period. Low temperatures mean your horse’s body needs longer than usual to warm up to a working temperature. Warming up and cooling down should be gradual. Intensive training when a horse is not properly warmed up could cause severe stiffness, spasms in the muscles, or serious injury to the ...

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