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Rider profile: Nicola Sime-Riley

Current 2018 Rankings: 6th: Fulvic Connoisseur 7th: Sunny Park Stables Elpaso Who are your main horses for Derby? The horses I plan on having in the main SA Derby are Sunny Park Stables Elpaso and Fulvic Connoisseur. Tell us a bit about them They are both triers. Elpaso has a lot of personality – he squeals and bucks when he’s ...

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Rider profile: Nicole Horwood

Tell us about your 4 wins – all of them on Don Cumarco! It was always my childhood dream to win the Derby, there is something about the Derby that is very special. The first time I won was very surreal. It was Capital Don Cumarco’s first Derby as well as mine. I was so nervous and so overwhelmed, I ...

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Rider profile: Mandy Johnston

By Caroline Malan Photos: Jacqui S Woods 1. Why will you not be competing in the main Derby 2018? Lambus is quite a quirky sensitive horse and is not overly keen on the “funnies” in the Derby track – the steps, the bank, the road crossing etc. I have formed such a great partnership with him and don’t want to ...

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Team Nissan hosts THANDI children

By Caroline Malan In April 2017, the Team Nissan Show Jumping team replaced their sixth rider with an equestrian development program which they named ‘THANDI’- meaning ‘loved one’ or ‘beloved’ – an acronym for The Heritage and Nissan Development Initiative.  All 7 of the THANDI beginners are from Footprints and are aged between 7-15. Members from the Team Nissan Show Jumping ...

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Bomber bits of the future

  Approximately six years ago, Bomber Nel of Bombers Equestrian Equipment, started to realise that with modern breeding and the genetic evolution in both European Warmbloods and Thoroughbreds came a rapid change in the shape of the jaw of the modern sport horse and racehorse. The bone structure in the lower jaw was becoming more refined, while the cheeks and ...

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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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What’s the best clip for your horse?

Before you fire up the clippers, consider the length of your horse’s coat, his workload intensity and the region in which you live. Only competition horses or horses who work very often are usually clipped. The whole point of clipping is not necessarily to get rid of a fuzzy coat, but to help the horse cool down quicker after work, ...

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Rider profile: Hayley Parker

Hayley Parker is a South African equestrian who competes in the sport of Three Day Eventing. She holds the record for the only South African ever to win the SA Junior Eventing Champion title for three consecutive years. Winning 25 consecutive shows, this seeded her inspiration to compete in the global arena. Twenty-five-year-old Hayley and her SA Warmblood horse, Pohlands ...

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The nature of horse food – Part 2

Part one looked at understanding the basics and the digestive system explained. With the help of our expert, Dr Marion Young, we help you understand how it works and how the various feeds available affect it. Microflora and probiotics The hindgut is populated by microflora which release energy to the horse in the form of volatile fatty acids. Some microflora prefer forages ...

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