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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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BSA’s National Two-Year-Old sale has something to suit everyone

Bloodstock South Africa (BSA), the sales arm of the Thoroughbred Breeders Association (TBA), is hosting its annual National Two-Year-Old Sale in August this year at the TBA Sales Complex in Gosforth Park, Johannesburg.  The sale, commencing at 6pm on Thursday 18 August, and again on Friday 19 August from 11am, represents one of South Africa’s oldest and most successful Thoroughbred auctions. What’s on offer? With ...

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Equine Support International plans to come to South Africa

HQ is proud to be partnered with the Dutch organisation, Equine Support International (ESI). ESI’s focus is to promote equestrian knowledge all over the world. The team regularly travels to other countries hosting a variety of clinics. We are proud to announce that ESI is planning on hosting a clinic week in South Africa in mid-September, during which they will ...

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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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