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Warm-up arena etiquette

When it comes to competing at a show, both horse and rider usually find the warm-up arena more stressful than the actual ring. The warm-up arena is a chaotic place, and a rider who doesn’t exercise arena courtesy only makes things worse. A rider who gets in the way is not only frustrating but also poses a danger to the ...

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Your first away show

South Africa’s equestrian disciplines host various national shows every year, with many riders making the journey to other provinces to compete. An away show is an exciting experience for you and your horse, and it gives you the opportunity to compete in a bigger, more diverse pool of riders. Thorough preparation and a good understanding of the show is key ...

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Nissan Grassroots Development Clinic

Now in its 8th year, the showjumping grassroots clinic is a morning dedicated to those enthusiastic young riders from previously disadvantaged backgrounds and is held on the first day of the Nissan Easter Festival. Professional showjumpers of the Team Nissan Show Jumping team including Barry Taylor, Lorette Knowles-Taylor, Oscar Ncube, Liam Stevens and Cheyenne de Beer spend the morning tutoring ...

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Nissan Easter Festival dressage riders ready to dance

Held at Kyalami Equestrian Park from 24 March – 2 April 2018, the 10 day equestrian show is ready to wow audiences from far and wide. With free entrance, the public are encouraged to witness the finest dressage South Africa has to offer. Often referred to as ‘the highest expression of horse training,’ dressage is the equestrian discipline whereby both ...

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What to consider when vetting a horse for purchase

Most people buying a horse today will request at least a basic ‘prepurchase exam’ to be carried out by a veterinarian. Others will want a more advanced prepurchase exam that includes blood tests and radiographs, for example. This is of course wise to prevent serious heartache down the line, but what is this exam really about and just how seriously ...

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Ready for Nissan Easter Festival: Nicola Sime-Riley

Who are the horses that you’ll be competing on at this years NEF? Sunny Park Stables Elpaso and Fulvic Connoisseur in the 1.50m. Tell us about your horses’ personalities? They are both triers. Elpaso has a lot of personality – he squeals and bucks when he’s having fun. Con can have that ‘wild side’ at times and I call him ...

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Ready for Nissan Easter Festival: Dominey Alexander

Having placed third in the 2017 Nissan SA Outdoor Grand Prix, rider and coach Dominey Alexander gave us an update on his preparations ahead of this year’s Nissan Easter Festival. Who are the horses that you’ll be competing on at this years NEF? I’ll be jumping Armageddon and Discovery Enjoy 68 in the 1.5m, Discovery Cellehof Drummer Boy and Athena VI ...

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Ready for Nissan Easter Festival: Thomas Triggol

Who are the horses that you’ll be competing at this years Nissan Easter Festival My name is Thomas Triggol, and the horses that I’ll be competing on at NEF are: Callaho’s Fiona Callaho’s Charlien 7 Callaho’s Faith Topbet Lord Abbendorp. I’ll be competing all four of these horses, in the Junior 1,35m classes Tell us about your horses’ personalities? Callaho’s ...

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Ready for Nissan Easter Festival: Marlene Sinclair

Having placed 6th in the 2017 Nissan SA Outdoor Grand Prix, Marlene Sinclair is looking forward to the 2018 competition, in which she hopes to better her 2017 placing. Who are the horses that you’ll be competing at this years Nissan Easter Festival? Camaro will jump in the 1.50m and hopefully the Outdoor Grand Prix, and Douglas M will jump ...

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Muscle up: conditioning your horse

Muscle is the most adaptive tissue in the body in that it can grow and develop with training and degenerate and become weaker during periods of inactivity. Trained muscle is more efficient because: It has an increased number in the size and type of muscle fibres, which make up the muscle. It has an increased blood supply, so more nutrients ...

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