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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AHS Update: Genome studies

Researchers in Pretoria have conducted a study of the complete genome sequences of plaque selected isolates of each of the 3 virus strains included in a South African commercial trivalent African horse sickness attenuated live virus vaccine.

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Facts about forage

The link between concentrates and behavioural issues – interesting recent research on equine nutrition from Shelhi Horne. Foals weaned onto concentrates have a four times higher chance of crib-biting than those weaned onto forage diets. Horses fed moderate starch levels (22% of the diet) had increased heart rates compared with those on high-forage diets, which could indicate more reactivity and ...

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Roux horsemanship clinic in Botswana

A Natural Horsemanship Clinic was hosted by HSB and held at Lentswe Farm, Mmamashia, on Saturday 7th November, 2015, by kind permission of Ludi and Elmarie Scheffer. The clinic ran from 9.00am until 6.30pm. The visiting horsemen were father and son, Bertie and Marco Roux from Bloemfontein where they have their own yard called Roux Horsemanship. They are skilled horsemen who ...

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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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Sixth annual Cintron Pink Polo

An event with purpose All things grand and glamorous were in order this past Saturday at the sixth annual Cintron Pink Polo event held at Val de Vie Estate in the Paarl-Franschhoek valley. Guests from near and far swanned to the estate’s polo grounds for what was a unique blend of elegance, entertainment and exquisite scenery, all in support of ...

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Futura is SA’s best racehorse

The brilliant Dynasty colt, Futura, who won the Grade 1 J&B Met and the Grade 1 L’Ormarin’s Queen’s Plate at Kenilworth for original trainer Brett Crawford before winning the Grade 1 Champions Cup at Greyville for new trainer Justin Snaith, was not only awarded both the Champion Older Male title as well as Champion Middle Distance Horse, but also walked away with the impressive Horse of the Year ...

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Gauteng showjumping special general meeting

Notice of the Special General Meeting of Gauteng Show Jumping to be held at Kyalami Park Club – Club House on Tuesday 17th November 2015 at 6:30pm. Preliminary notice is hereby given to the members, by the Governing Committee, that a Special General Meeting of Gauteng Show Jumping will be held on Tuesday, the 17th November 2015 at 6:30pm at Kyalami ...

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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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Can you buy a horse who fails a vetting?

  The business of buying and selling horses can be a stressful one – aside from the heart-rending ups and downs of finding the right horse (or buyer), there is also the fear that the horse you’ve just fallen in love with may have some hidden issue that could spell disaster to your long-term competitive plans. Recently, there’s been growing concern ...

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