Tag Archives: horses

Spring cleaning

As we come out of the chilly winter season, it’s time to start looking forward to the warmer summer season. Summer means sunshine, green grass, much-needed rain, longer days, and more time to ride. With so much to look forward to, the last thing you’ll want to worry about is maintenance around the yard. If you’ve let the cold winter ...

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Sport psychology for the equestrian

Sport psychology, or mental toughness if you prefer, applies to both amateur and professional equestrians. Sport psychology began as early as 1898 when research showed that cyclists performed better when they rode as a group rather than as individuals. In the 1960s, sport psychologists began to accompany teams to competitions, including the Olympic Games, and the International Society of Sport ...

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Does your pony love you?

There’s no doubt that most of us love our ponies more than anything in the world! Even if you don’t have a pony of your own, perhaps you have a favourite pony at the yard or you lease a pony from someone. Either way, you probably have that one pony in your life that is so special to you and ...

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Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile comes to Turffontein

  It’s a race day unlike any other, where 16 worthy charities are paired with 16 celebrities, 16 media houses and of course 16 top Thoroughbreds for a day of world-class horseracing, entertainment and plenty of excitement. What to expect The Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile will take place on Saturday, 5 November 2016 at Turffontein Racecourse. The main race ...

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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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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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