Rider profile: Megan Cunningham

Megan Cunningham and her mare, Pohlands Watchword, hold the 2014 title for the Polo International Horse Trials, Federation Equestrian International 1* class. Born in Zimbabwe, 17-year-old Megan now resides with her family in Cape Town, she has an impressive string of wins on her scoreboard. Completing her studies at Silvermine Academy this year, Megan will be defending her title at ...

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Rider profile: Stuart Fitzgerald

Stuart and his horse, Ferhill Xquisite (Mo as he is known in the stable) have had a partnership since the middle of 2011 when Stuart acquired Mo from Carol Gee’s Fernhill stable in Ireland. Together the two have achieved MER’s at their last four 3* starts. Their jumping record is a particular strength, with just one pole being knocked in ...

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Herbie’s Haven graded show

A Dressage and Show-Jumping Show was held at Herbie’s Haven Stables, Ruretse over the weekend of 24th/25th October, 2015. The Horse Society of Botswana financially assisted this show with water for the Dressage and Show-Jumping arenas and with the presence of Rescue One Emergency Medical Services. HSB also assisted with the inspection of both arenas and kindly declared both acceptable for ...

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Rider profile: Hayley Parker

Hayley Parker is a South African equestrian who competes in the sport of Three Day Eventing. She holds the record for the only South African ever to win the SA Junior Eventing Champion title for three consecutive years. Winning 25 consecutive shows, this seeded her inspiration to compete in the global arena. Twenty-five-year-old Hayley and her SA Warmblood horse, Pohlands ...

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Rider profile: Victoria Scott

Victoria Scott (27) has been based in France for the past three years, where she has been developing a career in eventing with her three horses. Before moving to France she achieved a Bachelor of Education, with Honours in Special Needs Education from the University of South Africa. She has been riding horses since the age of four and has ...

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Cintron Pink Polo in support of breast cancer

  Val de Vie Events is pleased to announce that the sixth annual Cintron Pink Polo event, in support of breast cancer awareness, treatment and research, will be held on 7 November 2015 at Val de Vie Estate in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley. This year, funds generated by Cintron Pink Polo will go to Reach for Recovery, a non-profit organisation which ...

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Rider profile: Kimberly Cunningham

Born in Zimbabwe, Kimberly now resides with her family in Cape Town and attends the Silvermine Academy. Kimberly won the Polo International Horse Trials Pony Riders’ class last year on her pony, Legacy. Kimberly has moved up to the Junior Class this year and will be competing in a very competitive Eventing 100 class on Rodeo Spin. Kimberly has an ...

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Rider profile: Beth and Alex Coxon Gilliat

Thirteen-year-old identical twins Amy and Beth Coxon Gilliat will be competing in this year’s Polo International Horse Trials event. Amy will ride Global Herbs Fairy Lane, a 6-year-old TB she has brought on since coming off her very successful pony. Amy and Fairy compete at 80cm eventing, 90cm show jumping and novice dressage. Fairy and Amy consistently placed at Junior Derby and ...

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Saddle up for some cross-country action

A record number of entries have been received for this year’s Polo International Horse Trials event, which takes place over the weekend of 31 October and 1 November at Waterfall Polo Estate in Midrand. Hosted by Polo South Africa and presented by DSTV Premium, more than 190 entries from as far afield as the United Kingdom, France, Zambia and Zimbabwe ...

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Taking care of our grooms

As more equestrians pay attention to the business aspects involved in running a successful equine-related company, the issue of staff management has come under the spotlight. This is a particular concern when looking at the matter of grooms’ reimbursement packages. Retirement planning For many grooms a steady job is the most they feel confident to ask for in today’s economic ...

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