Tag Archives: equestrian

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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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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Venue profile: Al Shaqab

Situated in Doha, Qatar, Al Shaqab is a world-class equestrian village and has been pivotal in placing Qatar on the equestrian map. With a state-of-the-art breeding facility, world-class competition and show venue, and multi-discipline equestrian centre, Al Shaqab is an equestrian venue not to be missed. History and development Al Shaqab was established in 1992 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad ...

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Stable yards abroad

Many of us are not able to keep our horses on our own property, which ultimately means that we opt for livery stabling at a yard we trust. The yard we pick depends on several deciding factors, such as our discipline, how competitive we want to be, the type of facilities we want, the distance from our homes and work, ...

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Prejudice in the equestrian sport

Thoroughbreds, Arabians, dressage, hunting, Pat Parelli – in some way, whether you were conscious of it or not, you had some sort of reaction to some of those words. This is because, as humans, we are a prejudiced and judgmental bunch, and nowhere is this truer than in the equestrian world. Natural behaviour Not one of us can claim innocence ...

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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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Importing a horse

When it comes to buying a new horse, there are several questions that need to be answered. Is there a specific breed of horse you want? What discipline do you ride in? What level do you want to compete at, if at all? And most importantly, how much do you want to spend? While South Africa has a growing number ...

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Capital Colnardo’s international success

Anyone who follows South African showjumping knows the name Capital Colnardo. The striking stallion was excelling here at 1.50m level, right before he was exported back to Europe. Now succeeding at top international level, Nicole shares the story of this exceptional stallion. Early beginnings Capital Colnardo was purchased by Henning Pretorious, the owner of Capital Stud, as a two-year-old at ...

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Equine career: furthering your education and qualifications

The Dutch equestrian sport is known for its expertise. Dutch riders, carriage drivers, breeders, trainers and horses are dominating the world stage. Over the years, the Dutch have gained the knowledge and expertise in training, veterinary care, nutrition, breeding and equestrian management to perform successfully at world-class level. How did they get where they are right now? And how do you ...

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Barry Taylor’s take on SA versus the rest

Having represented his country too many times to remember, experienced campaigner and Team Nissan showjumping captain, Barry Taylor, says the equestrian gap between South Africa and the rest of the world is narrowing due to access worldwide to top-quality semen as well as an improved selection of mares. The game abroad Barry started competing under licence as a 17-year-old in ...

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