Rand Hunt: Children’s Meet

Sunday 6 December was a beautiful sunny day and everyone gathered in the now very green bowl below the ICB Clubhouse for the traditional speeches and stirrup cup. A large field of 72 riders turned out for the annual Children’s Meet. There were some exceptionally beautiful ponies present. Although anyone can attend this hunt, it is understood by all that ...

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Cell C Playing for Pink Ladies Invitational Polo

The first annual Cell C Playing for Pink Ladies Invitational Polo, in association with Samsung, raised funds in aid of breast cancer. The proceeds will go to Reach for Recovery, a non-profit organisation that helps women with healing and in attaining reconstructive surgery. The fabulous event, held on October 4 2015 at the Inanda Club in Johannesburg, raised a total 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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Rand Hunt opening meet

Opening Meet: Sunday 29 November It was a lovely, cool, breezy morning for the Opening Meet. Unfortunately there had been no rain in the previous week but the going was still reasonable and most of the watering points had some water.  Water had to be transported to the end of the first line at Claassen’s Corner as there was only a muddy ...

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Holiday staff

We all look forward to our holidays and can’t wait to lie back, relax and soak up some sun. How many of us actually get to relax though, when we have horses to think about back home? Not only do we have to find a suitable ‘horse sitter’, but we often have to worry about having temporary staff while our ...

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The festive season for horse lovers

As we head into the silly season, many of us are thinking of ways to spoil our loved ones, or how to spend our free time over the holidays. As horse lovers, of course we’d like to add a touch of equine interest to the event, so the HQ team decided to draw up a wish list of things we’d ...

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African Horse Sickness vaccine update

As horse owners, it is our responsibility to ensure that horses are vaccinated every year and that any movement of horses into the Western Cape African Horse Sickness (AHS) controlled area complies with policy requirements. Apart from mitigating the risks of horses getting the virus and retaining the free zone, the vaccination protocol requires some pre-planning to accommodate any competition, ...

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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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Jacaranda Children’s Home need your help

Jakaranda Children’s Home, is registered as a nonprofit organisation, caring for traumatized children placed in their care by the children’s court. Reasons for these placements include: sexual molestation, physical and mental abuse or abandonment. The Children’s home provides these traumatized children with therapy, medical care and most of all a loving home where they can feel wanted and loved. It ...

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