Tag Archives: horses

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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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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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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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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Arena surface construction and maintenance

Professionals are all choosing to install or only work over synthetic mix surfaces – but do these arenas actually make a difference to the horse and your schooling? This month, HQ talks to Peter Morrison, who heads Martin Collins South Africa – equine facility specialists – about what goes into arena and yard structuring and maintenance. Arenas Over the past ...

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Manners matter

A horse who is well mannered is an absolute dream for any horse owner and rider. Ask anyone who has dealt with a horse with bad manners and they will tell you that it makes life impossibly difficult, especially when it comes to handling the horse on a day-to-day basis. Bad manners are seldom a case of naughtiness, but rather ...

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Nissan Winter Classic off to a great start

The Nissan Winter Classic 2016 is in full swing with two days of KwaZulu-Natal’s biggest showjumping competition already successfully completed. However, visitors to the Durban Shongweni Club can look forward to a full programme of captivating equestrian, canine and vehicular events over the next three days. “Overall the conditions for the various competitions have been perfect,” said co-organiser, Jodi Wolhuter. ...

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Land Rover teams take top spots at Land Rover Durban HIGHGOAL tournament

Superb weather, top quality polocrosse action and a beautiful setting ensured a highly successful inaugural Land Rover Durban HIGHGOAL tournament at the Durban Shongweni Club last weekend (27 to 29 May). Both Land Rover men’s and ladies’ teams came out in first position after neck-and-neck games that saw all teams pushing themselves to the limit. Taking the prize in the ...

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