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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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How to fit a Western saddle

Unlike the more commonly known English saddles, Western saddles are made up of a solid wooden or fibreglass tree, and are therefore not easily adjustable. There are various types of Western saddles, categorised by design for their particular discipline, be it barrel racing, reining, roping or Western pleasure. In South Africa, Western saddles are hard to come by and are ...

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Nissan’s Lorette Knowles-Taylor sitting out the Cell C Derby

Superwoman Lorette Knowles-Taylor will unfortunately be watching this year’s derby from the side lines for the second year running due to back-to-back concussions which have ruled her out of riding for three months. The ever energetic athlete will still give the show all she’s got in terms of helping the Farnham pupils as well as her husband bring home the ...

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Horses and humans in harmony – The healing ways of Oppistal

Oppistal is a fully fledged equestrian facility situated in the beautiful Cradle of Humankind. They strive to create harmony between humans and horses. Yolanda Steyn, director of Oppistal, believes that horses can assist humans to balance them spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically. If one doesn’t deal with an issue on a spiritual, emotional or mental level, the issue will present ...

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Bun in the oven – The development of a foal

It’s very exciting to be involved in breeding a live, healthy foal. Besides, who doesn’t love the sound of tiny hooves cantering around in the paddock alongside your beautiful mare? In part one, which appeared in the July issue (HQ124), we explored the mare’s reproductive cycle. We now look at the stages of gestation of the pregnant mare. Falling pregnant ...

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Anne-Marie Esslingen on this year’s Cell C Derby

Co-owner of Burlington Stables in Midrand, Anne-Marie Esslinger says she’s extremely excited ahead of this year’s SA Derby: a personal highlight on her competition calendar. Derby prep “My preparations for the big event will only start now that the Revil World Cup Qualifier is complete. I plan to compete Alzu Oregon in the 1,50m classes, hoping to qualify to participate ...

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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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Are our vets earning enough?

From 24 to 27 July, the South African Veterinary Association (SAVA) and the South African Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine (SASVEPM) held a congress at Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre, Boksburg. The congress, now in its ninth year, invited veterinarians and industry specialists from all over the country to congregate at Birchwood’s impressive conference centre, which ...

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