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Dudes and Divas

Equestrian Diva Couture shows us how its done By Sam Foley The trot up (or interview) was this afternoon – I was hot, exhausted and dressed in my active wear but smiling gleefully with delight. ‘Why’ you might be wondering? Only because I was taking a visit to my favourite

19th October 2018

What does face rubbing mean?

Q: My horse likes to rub his face on me after I’ve finished riding. Some say it’s a bad habit and others say it’s a sign of affection. What do you guys think? Asked anonymously A: The first thing I’d check is that your noseband is not on too tightly.

16th October 2018

How do you stop the lower leg swinging?

Asked by Nicky Venter Keeping the lower leg still needs some riding without stirrups! Practise riding with no stirrups in your flatwork and make sure that your stirrups are the right length when you take them back. Ideally, you want the bottom of the stirrup iron to be at your

15th October 2018

What is a good way to teach a horse the flying change?

Asked by Ben du Toit Before you start with teaching the flying changes, it’s important that you teach your horse the basics, namely relaxation, rhythm, contact, impulsion, straightness and collection. Before teaching the flying change, ask yourself the following: Is the quality of the canter good (always maintaining the three-beat

9th October 2018

What is the best bit for a young horse?

What is the best bit to start a young horse off in? Most people have told me a double-jointed eggbutt snaffle, but my youngster doesn’t seem to like it. Asked by Bruce Ryden There are two things you need to take into account. Firstly, what makes you conclude that your

10th October 2018

The SA Derby presented by black gets underway

Date:  26 September 2018 – 30 September 2018 Location:  Kyalami Park Club About: The show grounds have started to buzz with the thrill that is known as The SA Derby, presented by black. The highlight as always, The South African 1.50m Derby final at 12:00 on Sunday, 30 September 2018, will be rocking a strictly …

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27th September 2018

Dressage Diva does disciplines

By Georgina Roberts FEI definition: eventing “A formidable combination of cross-country, jumping and dressage. Eventing is often known as the triathlon of the equestrian world. A truly complete sport that tests both the horse and rider in all aspects of horsemanship, and one of the three Olympic disciplines.” Unofficial definition: eventing “Eventing is for people …

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26th September 2018

Consuelo tribute – a gift for breeding and the sport

By Claus Koch In 1998, Sitta Voigts of Zonjati Stud asked Cord Wassmann, the chief judge of Hanoverian breeding, to find her a colt out of the Holstein Contender line. As requested, he bought her a Concerto 2 colt from Doris Hafemeister, the mother of the Olympic rider Dirk Hafemeister. Thus, Consuelo arrived in Namibia, …

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26th September 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 in the 1.35m classes. Will you dress up in line with the theme “Spring in the Hamptons”?  I will if I don’t qualify, but hopefully I’ll be in

15th September 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 us your thoughts about your show in Polokwane at Revil Stables and the performance of your horses? I was very happy with my show overall. My

14th September 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 number 1 position is normally about consistency. We have won a couple of big classes and been placed in many. Don Cumarco is feeling very fit

13th September 2018

Rider profile: Nicola Sime-Riley

Current 2018 Rankings: 6th: Fulvic Connoisseur 7th: Sunny Park Stables Elpaso Who are your main horses for Derby? The horses I plan on having in the main SA Derby are Sunny Park Stables Elpaso and Fulvic Connoisseur. Jacqui S Photography Tell us a bit about them They are both triers.

4th September 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 is something about the Derby that is very special. The first time I won was very surreal. It was Capital Don Cumarco’s first Derby as well

3rd September 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 SA’s newest entertainment platform – black, is set to sell out soon, with Grandstands A & B officially sold out. Commencing on 26 September 2018, Kyalami

25th August 2018

Derby Show Director: Heather Mpofu

1. What will your roles and responsibilities be as show director of the SA Derby? I have to make the schedules, and ensure that the rules indicated are up-to-date and apply to each and every competition. In conjunction with the disciplines we address all possible scenarios positive or negative and

27th August 2018

Rider profile: Ronnie Lawrence

Interview with Caroline Malan You’re currently ranked number 3 in SA in 2018. Tell us about your year to date and why it’s all gone so well? I moved to Natal two years ago and this year I’ve felt much more at home and I’ve started to go to more

16th August 2018

Rider profile: Liam Stevens

Liam Stevens riding Nissan Wanda. Photography by Jacqueline S Woods Will you be competing in the main Derby 2018? What horse/s will you be competing on? Yes I’m hoping to have two horses for this year’s Derby. Nissan Wanda who has been placed twice in previous years and Linda Ellerine’s

22nd August 2018

Rider profile: Mandy Johnston

By Caroline Malan Photos: Jacqui S Woods 1. Why will you not be competing in the main Derby 2018? Lambus is quite a quirky sensitive horse and is not overly keen on the “funnies” in the Derby track – the steps, the bank, the road crossing etc. I have formed

20th August 2018

Rider profile: Jade Hooke

1. You won the derby in 2009 & 2011. Please tell us about both wins. What went so right? What do you most remember? How did you prepare both yourself and A New Era? The win in 2009 was one of the highlights of my career and still is. Winning

14th August 2018

Rider profile: Dominey Alexander

I think I’m correct in saying that you’ve never won the Derby showjumping title? Considering you’ve basically won every other title there is, why do you think this one has escaped you?  I’ve never won the SA Showjumping Derby. I’ve been second twice and placed several times. I think you

6th August 2018

Rider profile: Barry Taylor

By Caroline Malan Team Nissan Team Captain and Show Jumper Barry Taylor is pleased with his year to date as all bodes well for a solid SA Derby performance come September 2018. You’re currently ranked number 4 in SA in 2018. Tell us about your year to date and why

30th July 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 such a fantastic year? Camaro is one of the greatest horses I’ve ever had the privilege to have as a partner. He is a true gentleman

26th July 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 Stables and Havenspride Stud, Penndragon Equestrian Centre, Stone Ridge Stables  and Notwane Equestrian Centre. All the arenas were raked and watered and were in excellent condition

24th July 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 was at that time a world renowned course designer. The Derby first took place at the Inanda show grounds in Sandton, and remained there until the

23rd July 2018

Barry Taylor and his new horse Dicardo

With over 40 years of experience under his belt, professional showjumper Barry Taylor is not only proud of his year to date, but also excited at what’s still to come. His string of 5 consists of Counter Attack, Cody Island, Companeiro’s Son, Callaho Victory Forever and a new GP horse

25th June 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 to 17 June. Anne-Marie Esslinger put on a spectacular show in the main title class riding Alzu Oregon to win the 1.5m Nissan FEI World Cup

18th June 2018

The Callaho Stud auction day

The horses receive a diverse education, making for a well-rounded athlete In the last article we gave you some insight into our preparatory work between auctions. Here, we provide more detail regarding exactly what is entailed. The auction is a team commitment. There are no specific individuals who stand out.

29th May 2018

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