News Updates

A tribute to Titanic

  As I start to write this, I’m already feeling quite choked up. Over an almost five-year period, Nissan Titanic (fondly known as T) and I made many wonderful memories together, with lots of ups and downs, as with every horse-rider partnership. Before I go any further, I want to explain that although there are many facts included here, I ...

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Cape racehorse prices drop by 45% at annual auction 

Last week over a hundred prospective racehorses changed hands during the annual Cape Yearling Sale held by Bloodstock South Africa (BSA), the sales arm of the Thoroughbred Breeder’s Association (TBA). The sale, held at the Mistico Equestrian Centre in Paarl, saw prominent racehorse owners gathering to bid on some of South Africa’s finest young Thoroughbreds. A total aggregate of R 6.12 ...

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The 2017 Nissan Easter Festival

The 8th edition of the Nissan Easter Festival is set to be the best yet – not only for horseriders and horse lovers, but for friends and families from far and wide. Equestrian athletes from countries such as Zimbabwe, Botswana, Swaziland, Zambia and Namibia will be joining the hundreds of South African riders who will be competing in a wide range of ...

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Sun International unveiled as The Met’s new sponsor

In 1883, a fleet-footed horse named Sir Hercules galloped into the history books by winning the first-ever Metropolitan Mile horserace in Cape Town. Since then, ‘The Met’ has grown in stature and size to become South Africa’s oldest horse race, and one of its most prestigious. From its earliest years, when people attended the race dressed in their finest to ...

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Team Nissan ready for derby

This year’s SA Derby will commence at Kyalami Park from 28 September – 2 October 2016, and the Team Nissan Showjumping Team are most certainly up for the challenge, despite losing number 1 ranked SA rider Lorette Knowles-Taylor through a shoulder injury. Husband Barry Taylor hopes to qualify for the prestigious SA Derby at 2pm on 2 October on Lorette’s ...

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Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile comes to Turffontein

  It’s a race day unlike any other, where 16 worthy charities are paired with 16 celebrities, 16 media houses and of course 16 top Thoroughbreds for a day of world-class horseracing, entertainment and plenty of excitement. What to expect The Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile will take place on Saturday, 5 November 2016 at Turffontein Racecourse. The main race ...

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Racing’s most exhilarating theatrical event launches in Joburg

This November, the grand and historic Turffontein Racecourse will be transformed into a theatrical wonderland with the launch of the first ever SA Equinity extravaganza – Illuminessence Horseracing fans have traditionally flocked to the coast for the big race days in Durban and Cape Town. For the first time ever on 10 November, Turffontein Racecourse will host a lavish and ...

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Record breaking sale ushers in the horseracing legends of the future

Discerning buyers of the best racehorse stock in South Africa recently gathered for the sales arm of the Thoroughbred Breeders Association (TBA), Bloodstock South Africa’s (BSA) National Two-Year-Old Sale. Held at the TBA Sales Complex in Gosforth Park, Johannesburg, this year’s event saw a record breaking increase in overall earnings from R22 872 000 in 2015 to R23 920 000 this year, despite 80 ...

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Two Dressage Shows were held at Pangolin Farm, Notwane over the weekend of 5-7 August, 2016 by kind permission of Sue Bookbinder.  Show One was on Friday and Saturday. Show Two was on Sunday. In both shows tests for Pony Riders, Junior Riders and Adult Riders were ridden. The judge was Mr Justin O’Reilly who lives in Vereeniging, South Africa. Justin ...

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Africa’s grandest polo tournament

In 1925, His Royal Highness Prince Edward of Wales toured South Africa and as he experienced the magic of Africa through the sport of kings, polo he played in a series of polo matches. At the end of his visit, Prince Edward donated the cup that has become the centerpiece of the polo calendar. That is how the tournament was ...

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