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Capital Colnardo’s international success

Anyone who follows South African showjumping knows the name Capital Colnardo. The striking stallion was excelling here at 1.50m level, right before he was exported back to Europe. Now succeeding at top international level, Nicole shares the story of this exceptional stallion. Early beginnings Capital Colnardo was purchased by Henning Pretorious, the owner of Capital Stud, as a two-year-old at ...

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Equine career: furthering your education and qualifications

The Dutch equestrian sport is known for its expertise. Dutch riders, carriage drivers, breeders, trainers and horses are dominating the world stage. Over the years, the Dutch have gained the knowledge and expertise in training, veterinary care, nutrition, breeding and equestrian management to perform successfully at world-class level. How did they get where they are right now? And how do you ...

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Barry Taylor’s take on SA versus the rest

Having represented his country too many times to remember, experienced campaigner and Team Nissan showjumping captain, Barry Taylor, says the equestrian gap between South Africa and the rest of the world is narrowing due to access worldwide to top-quality semen as well as an improved selection of mares. The game abroad Barry started competing under licence as a 17-year-old in ...

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Healthy water intake

Water is one of the foundations of life and plays a huge role in the wellbeing of our four-hooved friends. Whether a happy hacker or professional athlete, a vitally important factor to consider is hydration. During the winter period, some horses’ water intake becomes much less. This month we look at maintaining your horse’s hydration. Dehydration Horses typically require 25ℓ ...

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What is the maximum weight a horse should carry?

Q What is the maximum weight a leisure horse should carry (horses who go on lots of hacks up mountains and through water) and how much should a competition horse carry? Asked by Bernadette Marx A This is a difficult question. Horses can carry between 12% and 20% of their body weight, but body weight is not the only factor that ...

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Is your horse straight or skew?

Is your horse stiff to one side? Are you struggling with bend and contact on that same side? Do you feel that you can’t sit straight in the saddle because the saddle slides to one side? Does your horse always move with his hindquarters in to one side? Are you having difficulties controlling the outside shoulder? If you answered yes ...

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Arena surface construction and maintenance

Professionals are all choosing to install or only work over synthetic mix surfaces – but do these arenas actually make a difference to the horse and your schooling? This month, HQ talks to Peter Morrison, who heads Martin Collins South Africa – equine facility specialists – about what goes into arena and yard structuring and maintenance. Arenas Over the past ...

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Get to know: Jeanne Engela

Investec sponsored rider, Jeanne Engela, answers 15 fun questions, proudly brought to you by The PR Machine and HQ! What’s your nick name and why? Millie to some and Jeanious to others – Millie was given by my parents and Jeanious by my brother originally and now most friends and family call me one of the two. The meaning or ...

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Get to know: Barry Taylor

Barry Taylor has been making waves in the equestrian scene for more years than we can count. We catch up with him with these 15 fun questions! Don’t miss Barry’s take on the South African equestrian industry in comparison to the rest of the world in the August issue of HQ! What’s your nickname and why?  B or BJ. Just ...

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Get to know: Liam Stevens

Are you curious to know more about Nissan rider Liam Stevens? Check out these 15 fun questions, proudly brought to you by the PR Machine and HQ! What’s your nickname and why?  Lee, I’m sure it just comes from my name. Do you own any pets? Yes, Loki and Tinkabell are my two Pitbulls. Loki is my partner in crime. ...

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