Lifestyle

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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Paddock Paradise

Our horses today live truly domestic lives, and often they are deprived of a natural environment that can impact the small things – like hoof care. Paddock Paradise is a management concept that was first adopted in the United States as a means of providing domestic horses with an environment that is similar to their natural habitat. In 2007, Jaime ...

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Exporting a horse

Many of our top riders source horses overseas and import them to South Africa to compete at the top level of local equestrian sport. While bringing horses in is fairly painless, exporting a horse is an entirely different story with a far more delicate process in place. The majority of our horses who are exported are sent for sale purposes. ...

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Getting South Africa onto the international circuit

South Africa is on the cusp of being internationally competitive – we have had eventers and vaulters represent us in the World Equestrian Games, showjumpers in the World Cup Final, and recently, a dressage rider at the Rio Olympic Games. We seem to be close and yet so far, but what exactly is holding us back? And how feasible, or ...

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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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Good Grazing

Forage should always make up the majority of your horse’s diet, and winter is no exception. Understandably, grass takes a lot longer to grow back during the winter period, and some regions struggle more than others. Certain South African regions receive a lot of rainfall over winter, and so the grass recovers quicker, but those regions then face problems with ...

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Combating helmet hair

Most horse riders juggle their passion with a full-time job, a family and a social life. Fitting in all of these can be a struggle, especially since we’ve all found out the hard way that ‘horse time’ goes by faster than other time and mysteriously swallows up all the spare hours you have. In our busy lives, it’s often the ...

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Fit to ride

One of the most irritating things that riders hear is, “You just sit there and the horse does all the hard work.” We may not climb off our horses dripping as though we’ve just run 10km, but undeniably, riding is a form of exercise. Riding involves a lot of core and muscular strength, which should be trained out of the ...

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Perfect plaits

A neatly plaited horse looks professional when he enters the ring, and in many disciplines plaiting is compulsory. But is it always necessary and what constitutes the perfect plait? Certain styles, for example the use of white tape for dressage, go in and out of fashion, but for showing classes in particular, very little has changed over the years. Some ...

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Hwange Horseback Safaris

Waking in the half-light of the African dawn, vague memories of the night sounds heard in the distance, a thought of the day ahead quickens the heart rate. Venturing out from under the canvas covers, the air feels briskly chilled with excitement. Dew is settled on dusty leaves and mingles with the scent of passing night creatures. The aroma of ...

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