Tossy Raynor showjumping clinic in Botswana

A Pole Work and Show-Jumping Clinic was held at Herbie’s Haven Stables, Ruretse, over the weekend of 23rd, 24th, 25thJanuary, 2016 and was kindly hosted by Mrs Bridget O’Neill. The visiting instructor was Tossy Raynor who was accommodated at Bridget’s home. Bridget also collected her and returned her to the airport. There was no sponsorship from the Horse Society of ...

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Nissan Easter Festival 2016

Now in its seventh year, Nissan is proud to sponsor the 2016 Nissan Easter Festival, a celebration of equestrian events, entertainment and fun for the whole family at Kyalami Equestrian Park from 19 to 28 March 2016. South Africa’s top show jumpers are preparing themselves for what is set to be a fiercely competitive Nissan Easter Festival. What you can expect Nissan South Africa has once again partnered with Kyalami Park Club to bring ...

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Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Museum

Housing the most comprehensive history of South African horseracing in the country, the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association of South Africa (TBA) Museum is a cultural gem that shouldn’t be missed. Situated in Gosforth Park, Germiston, the museum was built in 2009 by TBA members, and is a welcome addition to the TBA sales complex. A visual journey The museum showcase includes ...

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SARDA: riding for the disabled

SARDA is non-profit and public-benefit organisation that has riding centres all over South Africa. They offer therapeutic horse riding to physically and mentally disabled children and adults. Many of the people who come to ride at SARDA have conditions like cerebral palsy, spina bifida, Down syndrome, autism, foetal alcohol syndrome, mental retardation, visual or hearing impairment, and genetic disorders. Starting ...

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Killers in your paddock

Are our weeds purely a cosmetic blemish in our horsey heaven, or do they actually present a danger to our horses? HQ tackles South Africa’s potentially dangerous weeds with advice on how to identify them, what dangers they present, and how to manage or eradicate them. South African ragwort The first weed that we tackle is ragwort, known and feared ...

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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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Spotted Thoroughbred nabs three wins

An unusually marked white Thoroughbred mare named Buchiko has been making waves in the Japanese racing industry. The four-year-old has won three races and been second twice from 11 starts. Roughly translated from Japanese, Buchiko’s name means dappled girl. On racedays, her handlers wear spotted accessories to complete the picture. Colouring Registered as white, she has dark chestnut “medicine hat” markings on ...

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Stay safe when you ride!

Whenever you ride, it’s important to do everything you can to stay safe and avoid accidents. You might be making simple mistakes that could jeopardise your safety in the saddle. But don’t fret: we’re kicking off the year with 5 safety reminders. 1. Drink enough water This is advice that usually goes in one ear and out the other. If ...

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In-hand work to improve your schooling

During the course of 2015, HQ spoke to German-accredited instructor, Helmut Wagner, about using correct schooling and gymnastics to unlock the natural movement of the dressage horse. This month we get back to the basics, with an overview of in-hand work and how it can help you overcome problems in the saddle. The right tools For correct in-hand work, you ...

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Does your horse have ADHD?

Schooling isn’t easy. It takes commitment, patience and a clear idea of what you hope to achieve. Additional challenges come in the form of the fundamental communication issues we face when working with an animal who has never learned to speak ‘human’. And then there’ll be times when one or both of you are simply having a bad day. Attention ...

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