News Updates

Andrea Harrison dressage clinic

A dressage Clinic was held on 29-30 April, 1-2 May, 2016, at two venues in Gaborone. It was kindly hosted by Tim and Pearl Naylor-Race at Serenity Equestrian Centre, Ruretse, where Andrea was accommodated and by Sean and Belinda Irish at Penndragon Equestrian Centre, Ruretse. The visiting instructor was Andrea Harrison and the clinic was subsidised by the Horse Society of Botswana. ...

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Jumping and dressage show at Serenity Equestrian Centre

Serenity Equestrian Centre, Ruretse, held the second tournament, of a series of four, in Graded Dressage and Graded Show-Jumping over the weekend of 23rd/24th April, 2016 and it was kindly hosted by Tim and Pearl Naylor-Race. Points for places are allocated to nominated horse/rider combinations and these points are accumulated over the Tournament. There will be a third show on 18th/19th June ...

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New partnership between HQ and Horse Trading

What do you get if you partner 260 editions/24 years of a community magazine that strives to unite readers with a passion for horses, with 111 issues/16 years of South Africa’s premier equestrian magazine? You get HQ in partnership with Horse Trading – giving you 371 issues and 40 years of combined experience. Panorama Media Corp (PMC), publisher of HQ, ...

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BSA’s 40th National Yearling Sale at Gosforth Park

The nucleus of South Africa’s horseracing industry, the Thoroughbred Breeders Association’s (TBA) sales arm Bloodstock South Africa (BSA), hosts its annual National Yearling Sale in April this year at the TBA Sales Complex in Gosforth Park, Johannesburg. This will be the 40th National Yearling Sale at the TBA’s custom built complex. What you can expect The event promises to be a ...

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Nissan Easter Festival Success

Easter is celebrated yearly at the Nissan Easter Festival in a very special way.  Family and friends gather from all over Africa to enjoy a spectrum of entertainment for everyone to enjoy! The Nissan Easter Festival took place from 19- 28 March at the world-class Kyalami Equestrian Park in Johannesburg. It came alive for a full weekend of action-packed events ...

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Local colt fetches a cool R1.5 million at yearling sale

A dream came true for two assistant farm managers at Varsfontein stud farm, Jaco Erasmus and his wife Carolyn, when they sold a thoroughbred colt for R1.5 million at the Bloodstock South Africa (marketing and sales arm of the of the Thoroughbred Breeders Association South Africa) Cape regional sale held at the luxurious Val de Vie Estate in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley ...

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Highlights of Stuart Walker clinic

A Stuart Walker Showjumping Clinic was held over the weekend of 19-21 February, 2016, at two venues in Gaborone, one in the north and one in the south. The clinic was hosted by the Horse Society of Botswana and the lessons were subsidised by the HSB so that the cost to the rider for a one hour group lesson was BWP250.00 ...

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Horses can ‘see’ human emotions

In an experiment using photographs of male human faces, scientists from the University of Sussex showed that domestic horses “responded negatively” to angry expressions.  The scientists say domestication may have enabled horses to adapt to and interpret human behaviour. The study The team carried out their tests at riding stables – presenting large photographs to a total of 28 horses. “One ...

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New horse movement restriction effective this month

A ban on the direct movement of horses into the Western Cape’s African Horse Sickness (AHS) Controlled Area zones comes into effect on Monday (1 February 2016). Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said the movement restrictions meant that all horses entering the province’s AHS Controlled Area would spend 14 days at a stop-quarantine facility. “We need to protect our ...

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Shumbashaba

Founded by Sharon Boyce around 20 years ago, Shumbashaba is dedicated to helping disadvantaged and disabled people through therapeutic riding and outreach programmes. Horses are a big part of the team, along with mental health professionals and equine specialists. Shumbashaba, which means ‘lion of the nation’ in Shona, is all about restoring a sense of purpose and self-worth. Therapeutic riding ...

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