Tag Archives: riding

Nissan Winter Classic off to a great start

The Nissan Winter Classic 2016 is in full swing with two days of KwaZulu-Natal’s biggest showjumping competition already successfully completed. However, visitors to the Durban Shongweni Club can look forward to a full programme of captivating equestrian, canine and vehicular events over the next three days. “Overall the conditions for the various competitions have been perfect,” said co-organiser, Jodi Wolhuter. ...

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Happy hacking

  Hacking out has many physical and psychological benefits for your horse. While some riders might find hacking to be boring in comparison to a schooling session, our horses need a break from the arena every now and then, firstly to prevent them becoming arena-sour and secondly because hacking provides your horse with a very different mental stimulation. For some ...

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Andrea Harrison dressage clinic

A dressage Clinic was held on 29-30 April, 1-2 May, 2016, at two venues in Gaborone. It was kindly hosted by Tim and Pearl Naylor-Race at Serenity Equestrian Centre, Ruretse, where Andrea was accommodated and by Sean and Belinda Irish at Penndragon Equestrian Centre, Ruretse. The visiting instructor was Andrea Harrison and the clinic was subsidised by the Horse Society of Botswana. ...

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Rider and seat position

HQ is thrilled to be exclusively partnered with the Dutch-based Equine Support International (ESI). ESI educates equestrians all over the world to increase levels of equestrian knowledge. This helps horse owners, stables, educational institutions and federations to take a step forward with horse wellbeing and the sport in general. ESI provides unique custom-made solutions such as national talent programmes, training ...

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Stressed out

We all experience stress to some degree, and our horses are no different. A little stress can be a good thing if it is channelled in a positive way, but too much may cause distress, particularly in the horse who has a ‘fight or flight’ coping mechanism. Stress results in a high level of energy in the muscles, increasing the ...

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Road safety

Every horse owner would love unlimited access to miles of bridle paths and open land, never having to set hoof on a road. For most riders, though, roadwork is unavoidable, and they will spend some time on public roads whenever they go out of the stable yard. Today, there are higher numbers of cars on the roads, and more people ...

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Highlights of Stuart Walker clinic

A Stuart Walker Showjumping Clinic was held over the weekend of 19-21 February, 2016, at two venues in Gaborone, one in the north and one in the south. The clinic was hosted by the Horse Society of Botswana and the lessons were subsidised by the HSB so that the cost to the rider for a one hour group lesson was BWP250.00 ...

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Shumbashaba

Founded by Sharon Boyce around 20 years ago, Shumbashaba is dedicated to helping disadvantaged and disabled people through therapeutic riding and outreach programmes. Horses are a big part of the team, along with mental health professionals and equine specialists. Shumbashaba, which means ‘lion of the nation’ in Shona, is all about restoring a sense of purpose and self-worth. Therapeutic riding ...

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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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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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