Horse info & SA blogs

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What a splendid Derby!

This year’s Derby was a community supported affair, that despite the reduced number of entries compared to previous years, proved to be a great

6th Oct 2019

EMMETT Technique courses in SA in October

The EMMETT Technique was developed in North Queensland by Ross Emmett and is practiced internationally across 40 countries. In October, Helen Walker an EMMETT

21st Sep 2019

The SA Derby rider profiles: Chatan Hendriks

By Caroline Malan What makes Derby so amazing for you? Derby is on every rider’s bucket list. It’s a show I have competed in

15th Sep 2019

The South African Derby: The scoreboard topping equestrian showdown

By Caroline Malan South Africa’s greatest Show-jumping, Dressage and Showing extravaganza, The South African Derby show will be hosted at Kyalami Equestrian Park from

3rd Sep 2019

2019 NEDBANK INTERNATIONAL POLO

2019 NEDBANK INTERNATIONAL POLO

One of the country’s most sophisticated social and sporting occasions makes a much-anticipated return in 2019.

18th Aug 2019

Pics from the 2019 Nissan Winter Classic

Photography: Denford Studios Social images from the 2019 Nissan Winter Classic held at Shongweni One of the year’s most anticipated showjumping contests – and

27th Jun 2019

Chris van der Merwe wins the day!

Chris van der Merwe and Capital’s Chantilly take this year’s main title class at the Nissan Winter Classic. It was five days of unmissable

24th Jun 2019

Nissan Easter Festival: 10 years of equestrian excellence!

Calling all horse lovers from far and wide! Kyalami Equestrian Park will proudly host the country’s premier horse show with world class competition on

5th Apr 2019

5 minutes with Nicole Horwood

Text: Caroline Malan Who did you compete at President’s Cup? I competed Mark White Nissan Capital Hitoshi, Mark White Nissan Capital Don Cumarco and

5th Apr 2019

5 minutes with Barry Taylor

How did your horses go at Reonet? Which horse impressed you the most? All of my horses jumped superbly. Nissan Coester was clear in

26th Mar 2019

5 minutes with Johnathan Clarke

For the Reonet Summer Cup I entered all of my barefoot horses (which are mostly owned by the Slade family and a couple by

25th Mar 2019

5 minutes with Marlene Sinclair

Text: Caroline Malan Image: TB Images Tell us how your Reonet show went overall? The show was super. My horses jumped beautifully. Which of

23rd Mar 2019

5 minutes with Mandy Johnston

Text: Caroline Malan Photography: Denford Studios Tell us how your Reonet show went? This show was really a preparation for my horses for the

20th Mar 2019

5 minutes with Liam Stevens

Text: Caroline Malan Photography: Denford Studios Tell us how your Reonet show went? My show was great. Assagai Serenata (owned by Ceallagh Semple) jumped

19th Mar 2019

TOUGHEST HORSE RACE IN THE WORLD CALLS FOR RIDERS!

Now in its third edition, Race the Wild Coast (RTWC) has rapidly become known as the toughest horse race on the planet. The event

4th Mar 2019

Capital Stud – looking back on 2018

Photography by: Hilary O’Leary Capital Stud would like to wish you all a happy and safe festive season. Thank you to all our fans for

20th Dec 2018

Horses 4 Hope event

HQ team up with Simon Marrier d’Unienville and Horses 4 Hope to bring you an exclusive event Simon Marrier d’Unienville, the founder of Horses

18th Dec 2018

Ronnie Healy rider profile

Ronnie Healy at Revil I’ll be competing in The SA Derby presented by black, on my horse Blueturtle Atmore. I’ll also have Blueturtle Catweasle

15th Sep 2018

Lorette Taylor update pre-Derby

Lorette Taylor at Revil Interview by Caroline Malan An update from Team Nissan rider Lorette Knowles-Taylor as we head towards The SA DERBY. Tell

14th Sep 2018

An interview with Nicole Horwood

Interview by Caroline Malan You’re currently ranked number 1 in SA. Tell us about your 2018 – what has gone so right? Ranking at

13th Sep 2018

Rider profile: Nicole Horwood

Tell us about your 4 wins – all of them on Don Cumarco! It was always my childhood dream to win the Derby, there

3rd Sep 2018

The SA Derby presented by black – look out for the ‘sold out’ sign. Tickets selling fast!

The SA Derby presented by black Look out for the “SOLD OUT” sign: Tickets selling fast on www.thederby.co.za! The 2018 SA Derby presented by

25th Aug 2018

Rider profile: Marlene Sinclair

Marlene Sinclair on Camaro. Photo credit: TB images By Caroline Malan You’re currently ranked number 2 on Camaro – tell us why you’re having

26th Jul 2018

A report on Andrea Harrison’s dressage clinic in Botswana

By Sarah Ward A Dressage Clinic was held on 20th/21st/22nd/23rd July, 2018, at four different venues in Gaborone. The venues chosen were Herbie’s Haven

24th Jul 2018

2018 SA Derby Course Designer: Ryan Sander

Warning – ALWAYS wear a helmet when mounted By Ryan Sander The SA Derby course was originally designed by Pam Carruthers in 1965. She

23rd Jul 2018

Showjumping champion Anne-Marie Esslinger takes the main title at the 2018 Nissan Winter Classic

It was a high stakes contest with some of the country’s best riding talent competing over an international-level course at Shongweni Club from 12

18th Jun 2018

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28th Dec 2016

2013 Nissan Winter Classic

A brief glance at the 5 day Nissan Winter Classic held at the Durban Shongweni Club

24th Dec 2016

J&B Met 2016

A quick video of a day at Cape Town’s premium horse racing event, the J & B Met. This year there

24th Dec 2016

  • Art

    Art

    andrew barlow fine art

    Born 1970, Harare, Zimbabwe. Studied Fine Art at University of Stellenbosch, graduating in 1992 with a degree in Fine Arts (Painting). website: andrew barlow fine art

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    Art

    Caryn Bowie

    I know horses intimately as an art subject, the musculoskeletal system, the way the coat shines over the muscles and the facial expressions. Pastel drawings of African animals and Racehorses. Digital Photographic Art of African Animals printed on canvas. Mosaic rocks and frames. I live on a wildlife estate in

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    Horse Training Beginners

    Horse Training - A Beginners Guide

    5 Mistakes Horse Owners Often Make When Loading Their Horse

    Mistake #1 – Thinking your horse is like a dog or a cat.

    Unless the new horse owner has been educated, they may think their horse is like a cat or dog.  The new horse owner may pat his thigh and say, “C’mon” a few times and the horse will just leap into the trailer like a happy dog.

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    Horse Training - A Beginners Guide

    Another Method of Loading a Horse in a Trailer

    Since there is no one right way or one wrong way to train a horse, you may want to change the method you are using to train your horse.  You have several different ways to choose from.  If you are not having any luck with one method you can always try another.

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    Horse Training - A Beginners Guide

    Bit vs Bitless

    BIT VS. BITLESS TRAINING

    When it comes to the welfare of the horse, riders and trainers do their best to ensure that the horse is not subject to pain under saddle. One of the most common debates is about training horses to be ridden with a bit and training them to be ridden without a bit. There are many advantages to both methods. For certain situations, a bit may be more efficient than not using one. In other situations, riding without a bit may be more comfortable to the horse than using a bit. It depends on the situation, the training level of the horse, the rider’s abilities, and the goals that you are trying to achieve with your horse as to which method will work best.  

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    Horse Training - A Beginners Guide

    Horse Training – A Beginners Guide

    If you are either looking to buy a horse or maybe you have already acquired a horse.  Either way the will need to be trained.  Whether you do it yourself or hire a trainer to train the horse for you.

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    Horse Training - A Beginners Guide

    Horse training, food for thought for beginners

    You should practice things your horse already knows before introducing something new. New skills should be introduced on something your horse already knows. Building on previously learnt skills is the key to being successful in horse training.

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