Tag Archives: equestrian

Laureus Polo Cup

The Laureus Polo Cup fundraiser promises an entertaining early evening dinner. The event will host South African celebrity sports ambassadors, Shaun Pollock, Butch James, Elana Meyer, Morne du Plessis and Ernst van Dyk, amongst others, and aims to raise funds to bring about change to the youth in some of the most challenged South African societies. Mingle with some of ...

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The Connemara

This ancient Irish breed of mountain and moorland pony has been resident in South Africa since the first imports arrived directly from Ireland in 1965. These were Clonkeehan Barna Boy and Bright Lass. Both were imported by Sydney Press of the Bluehills Riding School near Johannesburg. Christine Walwyn of the nationally known Ashgar Connemara Stud in Clarens, Eastern Free State, ...

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Victoria Scott’s journey to Bramham

In the October issue of HQ, we introduced readers to Victoria Scott, a South African rider who moved to France to immerse herself in the eventing scene. This month Vicky shares more of her experiences to give a taste of the world of international equestrianism. Going to Bramham My journey to Bramham started many months before the event itself – ...

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Bye Day Sunday update

Opening Meet Sunday 29th November The hunt will gather in the ICB Bowl. You should be mounted and present at about 7:30 am. The traditional stirrup cup will be served and the Field Master will give a speech and collect cap fee. There will be a number of different riding groups that you can join – the difference in these groups ...

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USPA International Cup

The United States will have one of its strongest lineups to challenge south Africa in the USPA International Cup next week Saturday, 28 November at the Grand Champions Polo Club. Teams Nic Roldan and Julio Arellano are the US’s top-rated players at eight goals. They will join seven-goaler, Jeff Hall, and top amateur, Marc Ganzi, on the US team in the ...

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Date set for L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate (LQP) 2016

The date of the 155th running of the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate (LQP) – South Africa’s premier horseracing day – has been confirmed for Saturday, January 9, 2016, at Kenilworth Racecourse, guaranteeing a magnificent start to the year’s social calendar. LQP is once more set to be an exhilarating day of horse racing – the day’s 12-race card will set South ...

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Bandaging basics

There are a variety of reasons for bandaging, ranging from injuries that require support or protection to exercise bandages and stable bandages. Any supportive/medical bandaging should be done by a qualified person or under the supervision of your veterinarian, as bandaging too tight, too loose or unevenly can cause problems such as pressure points on tendons, causing damage to the ...

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Is bitless better?

The most glaring difference between bitless riding and traditional riding is, of course, the lack of a bit. Recently bitless riding has grown in popularity among knowledgeable, competitive equestrians. The origins of bitless riding trace back to when man first started riding horses. The need for a mouthpiece was only seen when the first riders decided that they needed to ...

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Maintaining the older athlete

Older horses are great. They’re schoolmasters so they’re pleasant to ride, they save riders from their mistakes, they know their job, and they will carry you to victory. While older horses do need slightly more maintenance than younger prospects, it can all be worth it in the end. With good management and all the knowledge available to us today, horses ...

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The first Equidome competition

The Equidome opened its doors to the competitive equestrian community on Thursday 24 September. The The Equidome Heritage Day Extravaganza saw South Africa’s competitors come from near and far to enjoy the brand new world class facility. Stan and Leoni Van Der Burgh are the pioneers behind the birth of this exceptional facility. Riders who attended the show over this ...

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