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CONTENTS September 2013

21 REGULARS 6 8 38 44

Letter from the Editor Cover story - Shari Navra Rider Profile: Kyla Brimacombe Yvonne Bolton Horse Profile: Ebb & Flow Pebbles Yvonne Bolton

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LIFESTYLE

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Equine Essentials

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PHOTOGRAPHERS H2 Photography, Tracy Robertson, Diana Bloemendal, DN Photography, Equine Sport Photography, FEI Photographer, T&B Images, StockImagesServices.com/FEI, Martin de Kock, Dressage Africa, Lana van Heerden

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Galencia South African Derby 2013 Sharlene Venter SA Warmblood Licensed Stallion Profiles Frances Cheboub Investec FEI World Cup Jumping Qualifier The Cape Winelands Marie Chin Blackberry Pink Polo 2013 The Original Horse Whisperer Stafford Robinson The Thoroughbred Racehorse Tom Callaghan Ernst Holtz-President Retiring from SAWHS 2013 Frances Cheboub 12 Months with The Ride Barry Armitage Vaulters go to Spain Nicole De Villiers Blue Chip Feeds Ltd visits South Africa Sarah Butler A Smorgasbord of Riding Fun Di Armour Equine Therapy Marinette Teeling


CONTENTS September 2013

THE TEAM

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Johan Blom Editor

Pieter Hugo Managing Director

Marie Chin Advertising Executive

Marguerite le Roux Senior Designer

Gasnat Jaffer Office Manager

Nikki Kellogg USA Sales Executive

EVENT FOCUS

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Johan Blom johan@silvermane.co.za Cell: (+27) 83 324 3709 Pieter Hugo pieter@silvermane.co.za

Marguerite le Roux mleroux@silvermane.co.za Cell: (+27) 82 773 9123

Marie Chin marie@silvermane.co.za Cell: (+27) 82 497 4475 Nikki Kellogg nikki@sportinghorse.co.za Cell: (+01) 413 207 1209

Gasnat Jaffer gasnat@showhorse.co.za PO Box 7872, Hout Bay, 7806, South Africa Fax: (+27) 21 790 8047 • Tel: (+27) 21 790 1983

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2013 Nissan Winter Classic Emma Garson City of Durban Sunshine Tour Emma Garson SA Pony Rider Champs Results Yvonne Bolton Junior Pony Rider Champs Suskia Rademacher Buildup to Friesian Nationals Kate Baynes Diamonds in the Dust Brigid Thompson FEI World Dressage Challenge Marie Chin FEI World Jumping Challenge Final 2013 Chad Cunningham

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

Welcome to the 3rd quarter edition of Sporting Horse Magazine. What has been a wet and cold winter in large parts of South Africa has left most equine enthusiasts yearning for a couple of dry days to get those legs stretched. We look forward to the arrival of Spring and all the rejuvenating qualities it brings with it. If you are on the other side of the globe and this means the end of your summer riding days, I hope you will keep yourselves and your mounts safe and sound and hope that we can help warm you as you page through another beautiful edition of Sporting Horse Magazine. With an ever-growing international readership and online following, I would like to encourage you to communicate with us. Our rapidly growing Facebook page, Sporting Horse Magazine, is the easiest way to make contact with us and let us know what kind of content you would like to see in our magazine. We have a packed issue for you. Find the listing of Registered Warmblood Stallions on page 21. Stafford Robinson shares with us a look at the origins of “horse whispering� on page 67. Then off to Venezuela and Spain and back home through the Stellenbosch Winelands region. You will find a host of South African shows both recent and upcoming. I hope by the time you have this magazine in hand spring has surrounded you and the smells of summer returned to fill up those long and lazy afternoons. Have fun out there and see you around the arena.

Note: In our Quarter 2 Edition we had two pages 27,47 only partially printed because of a printing error. Apologies to V-Tech for this error, both these pages are rerun in this issue along with a special insert.

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Copyright for all original published material is vested in SilverMane Media and may be reproduced only with the permission of the Editor. All opinions expressed in the articles appearing in SilverMane Media are those of the authors and are not necessarily subscribed to by the editorial staff of SilverMane Media. Authors of articles are compelled to acknowledge all sources of information (if any) used in the compiling of articles and are therefore liable for copyright transgressions. SilverMane Media accepts no responsibility for claims made in the advertisements and will not be held liable for any damage resulting from the use of any of the information published in SilverMane Media.

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I started riding at the age of six while living in Port Elizabeth and my love for riding grew from there. My first rides were on riding school ponies and my mom said she would never buy me my own pony! But soon I got a pony and she then said that I could only do local shows. That didn’t last too long either and soon I had three ponies and was travelling all over doing competitions!

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iving in the Eastern Cape was difficult because of the distance to get to the different shows but luckily my mom let me travel to Johannesburg for most of the big competitions and stay for a few weeks to compete there. I was taught by Diane Botes and she taught me so much when I began my showjumping career. The ponies I had while in pony riders were Noble Knight, Moon Shadow and Elgrando Touchwood. Woody was imported from Australia and had been jumping in the 1.20m-1.30m classes there before being sold to South Africa. I was in the Eastern Cape Equitation and Showjumping Teams for most of my pony rider years.

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When I began high school I started doing homeschooling as it enabled me to travel more and compete without missing school for too long. I was still in pony riders and moved my ponies for a few months of the year to Johannesburg and was based with Tamar Bernstein at Farnham Kyalami. Tamar taught me many new things about my riding and helped me tremendously to get to where I am today. I still remember her saying to me every lesson “Canter, Rhythm, Line, and you will be fine!” and also about mental preparation for competitions which is a very important element of competing successfully. In 2010 when I went Juniors,I bought Patriott Z from Neriske Prinsloo and started competing him in the 1.10m classes. While in PE I was taught by Anthony Kay and in Johannesburg, Tamar Bernstein and Barry Taylor. With Patriott I was in the Eastern Cape Junior 1.30m Showjumping Team in 2011 and placed in many 1.30m classes.

Shari winning the YR Outdoor Grand Prix at Nissan Easter Festival

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In 2012 I was extremely lucky to be able to purchase Aristoteles, Lorette Taylor’s horse who she successfully competed with in the 1.50m classes. Ari is by Heartbreaker and was imported by Barry and Lorette in 2008. Ari is not the easiest horse to ride but I had loved him forever and to finally get the opportunity to call him mine was something I had never thought would happen. I started with Ari in 1.20m for one show and at our first 1.30m show, just a month after


buying him, we came 2nd in the 2012 1.30m Junior Derby. We then went to the Revil World Cup and were clear with just one time fault in the 1.30m Championships. At the 2012 Maple Ridge Youth Extravaganza we were 2nd in the Junior 1.30m Championships and at the 2012 Avis South African Derby, our first 1.35m show, we were 4th in the Micro Derby and then at end the year at South African Junior Championships we were in the GHS 1.30m Showjumping team and jumped a double clear, the team ended 2nd, and we were 2nd individually in the Junior 1.30m Showjumping Championships. 2013 started off well with a double clear in our first 1.40m class together, which was the 1.40m Championship at Revil Classic in March and then at the Nissan Easter Festival in April we won our first competition together, the 1.40m Young Riders Outdoor Grand Prix. It was my first Young Rider Class ever and to win it was a great achievement. Ari has taught me everything about jumping in the higher grades and he always tries his absolute best for me, he really is a horse in a million! We are a great team and hopefully we still have many more years ahead of competing together. I would like to thank Barry Taylor who is the best coach and always encourages me to be the best. I would not be anywhere if it were not for him and being able to train with him is a privilege. 13

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My short term goals with Ari are to try to win the South African Young Rider Championships and the Young Rider Series before my Young Rider career is over, as well as South African Junior Championships this year as it is my last year riding Juniors. I would also like to jump my first 1.50m class with Ari at some stage, hopefully in the near future would be very special. As I finished school last year and am permanently based in Johannesburg now, studying and getting a degree also remain of utmost importance. In the future I would like to compete in the World Cup Qualifier classes and to ride in the South African Derby. To be able to compete in Europe would be an amazing experience. I have just bought a 6 year old mare from Germany, Carlotta, who is by Colman, and who was competing in the 1.30m classes in Europe. She only arrived in South Africa in July this year so we will be taking it slowly until she acclimatises properly and gets used to South Africa. My horses are stabled at Nicky Whitfield’s ‘Lavender Hill Stud’ in Randjesfontein. Nicky is one of the most amazing people I have ever met and the advice and help she has given me is invaluable. I am very hands on with my horses but have great help from the excellent team at Lavender Hill. Thanks to my Mom, Dad and Grandparents for their never ending support as without them I would never have been able to make my dreams come true.


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Record prize money at this year’s

Galencia Property South African Derby!

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roperty development company, Galencia Properties, have signed a three year contract to become the new title sponsor of the most prestigious Showjumping event in South Africa. This world class show will now be known as the Galencia Property South African Derby. Equestrian riders from across South Africa will head to Kyalami Equestrian Park to ride for the ultimate title in South African Showjumping. This muchanticipated event on the equestrian calendar takes place from the 2nd to the 6th of October at the Kyalami Equestrian Park in Johannesburg. The country’s top show jumpers will compete over a treacherous course, testing both rider and horse in an attempt to make it through to the nail-biting final on the Sunday witnessed by an expected 5000 to 6000 spectators. Mr Cheng Cheng (CEO of Galencia Property Developments) says, “Equestrian sport has evolved to be more than just a noble event, but rather a symbol of aristocratic demeanor that is represented by ideals of fair competition. It has become the epitome of fashionable sport and an emblem of a highend brand logo. Attributable to our efforts and experiences, Galencia Property always strives to globally develop the best value property with the team spirit of optimism, diligence and professionalism to deliver an elegant and dependable product. We as the official sponsor of the Galencia Property South African Derby, share the same values that are symbolized by this gallant sport, and hope to encourage a wider range of people to embrace it and subsequently uphold the noble sportsmanship.” Entrance is free from Wednesday to Friday for the preliminary rounds and qualifiers, but the real action takes place on the weekend when families and friends descend on the grounds to take in the food, wine, entertainment and sport with Sunday remaining the pinnacle. The theme for this year is “Gatsby Glitz” with plenty of fashion, good food and faire. Food stalls are available throughout week and other entertainment over the weekend includes a

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children’s area, beer garden and shopping village and a VIP area for members in the newly renovated KEP Club House. The VIP Marquee tent for 600 guests is also a great cause for excitement. Great food and wine will be the order of the day. The Famous SA Derby after party will also be hosted in the marqueeswith top class acts such Pascal & Pearce and DJ Fresh entertaining the bold and the brave whose day doesn’t end when the winner is crowned. Tickets for the after party will be offered to the public at large too. This year the winner will take home R100 000 in cash, the highest prize money ever for the Derby! 2012 South African Derby winner, Nicole Horwood says she is excited for the 2013 Derby. “I’m very excited that it’s Derby time again. I really enjoy the fitness and training work that goes into preparing for the Derby. It’s so different to our normal everyday routine and I enjoy training over the various unique obstacles. With new sponsors on board I am sure this year will prove to be as exciting as ever. I hope to repeat the same performance as last year and remain focused and calm on the big day.”Nicole on Capital Don Cumarco has recently walked away with the coveted South African Championship title in Durban and is in top form. Another rider and horse to look out for is Barry Taylor, South Africa’s second ranked show jumper. “I am riding Nissan Lassiter in the Galencia Property SA Derby this year. It will be his first time and if he places I will be very happy. He is a brave, bold horse and I think a perfect Derby horse. His training is coming along and he has jumped a few world cups and 1.50 classes this year to get mileage in that division.” This year is the debut of well-respected Gauteng course designer, Kate Launder. “My main objectives are to get the right people to qualify and build a course that delivers good overall results. I am extremely honoured to be building this year’s Derby course.” Don’t miss out on this equestrian spectacular! For more information contact marketing@ghsinfo.co.za.Tickets available from Computicket.


2012 Derby Winner Nicole Horwood

Kate Launder, this years course designer

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RIVENDELL WARMBLOOD STUD is proud to present some of the finest Show Jumping lines in SA.

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Clintord x Calido I x Landjunker

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Rivendell Chancellor is half-brother to Salito, who is currently ranked only a single point behind Cornet Obolensky in showjumping for international Hanoverian stallions. Well-muscled, harmonious in conformation, with outstanding movement and temperament. He will be presented for inspection in 2014.

Sirandipity received premium status for his pre licensing with SAWHS. He is a stallion bred in the blue for show-jumping, yet his movement and athleticism make him a perfect candidate for dressage breeding as well. He is poetry in motion and has exceeded all expectations under saddle. Balance, rhythm and straightness come naturally to him.

Competitive horses bred for temperament, strength & spirit. At Rivendell we pride our horses not only for their beauty and quality but for their With the use of world class imported stallions Rivendell is producing young horses temperament, ridability and spirit. Our wide range of stallions also ensures we that were born to be athletes and if produced correctly they will without have something to suit your needs, whether you are looking for a top eventer, a doubt compete on an international level. dressage champion or a steady all-rounder.

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SA WARMBLOOD LICENSED

STALLION PROFILES

By Frances Cheboub / Photos by Tracy Robertson ; H2 Photography ; T&B Images

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SAWHS LICENSED Horse profile STALLION PROFILES

BEACH HAVEN ON TRACK (SAW)

CLARINIUS (HOLST)

COLBERT (HOLST)

Compton House Five Star

CONCERTO (HOLST)

BERLIOZ (SBS)

STUDBOOK NAME

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OWNER

CONTACT DETAILS

COMMENTS

A STAR (OLD)

Powerful jumper, at present, the only licensed Agrentinus stallion in SA. Premium Licensed SAWHS 2011.

Argentinus/ Grannus/ Shogun xx

Henning Pretorius

FB, 083 310 6327 www.capital-stud.co.za

Progeny available, not direct stallion services.

ALWAYS ONE ‘R’ (BWP)

Proving himself as a consistent breeder of good jumpers. His son Branic Figaro is licensed. Premium Licensed SAWHS 2007.

Zingaro vd Helle/ Voltaire/ Ramiro

Lynda Rabie

FB, 082 651 4848 lynda.rabie@yebo.co.za

Stallion available and progeny available

ARMANI (BWP)

Presently in the Open Classes in SA. Young stock are good jumpers. Licensed SAWHS 2005.

Cumano/ Laudanum xx/ Ebrahim Grimeu

Henning Pretorius

FB, 083 310 6327 www.capital-stud.co.za

Progeny available, not direct stallion services.

BEACH HAVEN ON TRACK (SAW)

An exciting new addition with the only Indoctro line licensed in SA. Licensed SAWHS 2013.

Ondol V/ Mayfair Wunderbar/ Lancer

Kraai Kamfer

FB, 082 679 6330 kraaik@ netactive.co.za

Stallion available and progeny available

BEAU VENEUR (SF)

International show jumper in France and SA. Known for his good temprament and talent. Licensed SAWHS 1997.

Grand Veneur/ Nostradamus/ Kalabaka xx

Franlanren Stud

FB, 082 490 2174 franlaren@global.co.za

Stallion available and progeny available

BERLIOZ DES HAUTS DROITS (SBS)

Starting his jumping career with bloodlines made famous by WEG Winner 2010, Vigo D’Arsoulles. Premium Licensed SAWHS 2011.

Nabab de Reve/ Pavaroti vd Helle/ Mont Blanc

Grant Langley

082 859 2160 www.forsyte.co.za

Stallion available and progeny available

BRANDENBURG CLIFTON (SAW)

Important jumping thoroughbred lines of Craftsmann & Bahadur in his jumping pedigree. Licensed SAWHS 2002.

Craftsmann xx/ Bahadur xx/ Dolerit

Jozua Loots

079 102 7311 jarizu.stud@yahoo.com

Stallion available and progeny available

BRANDENBURG STATESMAN (SAW)

Jumping Stallion. Licensed stallion by the SAWHS in 2001.

Bridgit O’Neil

FB, 09267 72110514 bridget@satib.co.bw

Stallion available and progeny available

BRANIC FIGARO (SAW)

Young stallion, talented jumper starting his career. Licensed SAWHS 2011.

Swazi Liskar Stud

FB,(268) 7602 0163 kate@ amcon-group.com

Stallion available and progeny available

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Sebastian/ Mayfair Wunderbar/ Graveur Always one R/ Randal Z/ Mayfair Wunderbar


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SAWHS LICENSED Horse profile STALLION PROFILES

DON NATIELLO (HANN)

FLORIMON (HANN)

FUNDERDELL (HANN)

CAPRICCIO (HOLST)

One of Capital Studs foundation stallions. Bred in the purple with progeny already in the competition ring. Premium Licensed SAWHS 2002.

Cor de la Bryere/ Capitol I/ Landmeister

Henning Pretorius

FB, 083 310 6327 www.capital-stud.co.za

Progeny available, not direct stallion services.

CASTIGO (HOLST)

Joint winner of spectacular 6Bar Event at Easter Show 2013 by jumping 1m85. Licensed SAWHS 2010.

Calato/ Cascavelle/ Capitano

Henning Pretorius

FB, 083 310 6327 www.capital-stud.co.za

Progeny available, not direct stallion services.

CHICOLETTO Z (ZANG)

A powefull impressive horse he has started competing in the 1m40 classes. Premium Licensed SAWHS 2011.

Cassini II / Coronardo/ Landego.

Henning Pretorius

FB, 083 310 6327 www.capital-stud.co.za

Progeny available, not direct stallion services.

CLARINIUS (HOLST)

A popular stallion for breeders, jumped local International classes. Progeny already in competition. Premium Licensed SAWHS 2005.

Contender/ Capitol I/ Fra Diavolo

Dennis Robinson

083 326 4071 dwrobinson@bundunet.com

Stallion available and progeny available

COLBERT (HOLST)

An impressive jumper in local International classes. Progeny just entering the competition arena. Premium Licensed SAWHS 2011.

Calando I/ Lord/ Marlon xx

Dennis Robinson

083 326 4071 dwrobinson@bundunet.com

Stallion available and progeny available

COLNARDO (HOLST)

Recently started in 1m40 classes, young stock are not under saddle yet. Premium Licensed SAWHS 2011.

Colman/ Coronado/ Castro

Henning Pretorius

FB, 083 310 6327 www.capital-stud.co.za

Progeny available, not direct stallion services.

COME ON (SWB)

Jumped Open Classes in Sweden. Premium Licensed SAWHS 2010.

Cortez/ Grandeur/ Cardinal xx

Deon Griessel

083 357 1127 dgriessel@werksmans.co.za

Stallion available and progeny available

CON CORIANO (HOLST)

Has impressive jumping ability. Young stock look talented. Licensed SAWHS 2011.

Contender/ Coriano/ Ramiro

Callaho Stud

FB, 082 339 9646 stud@callaho.com

Progeny available at auction, not direct stallion services.

CONCERTO (HOLST)

Jumping local International Classes. Many progeny competing, Pohlands Cuppaccino 3* Eventer. Premium Licensed SAWHS 2010.

Come on/ Joost/ Ladalco

Jenny Fischer

FB, 042 231 1115 eaglestud@vodamail.co.za

Stallion available and progeny available

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SAWHS LICENSED Horse profile STALLION PROFILES

DON CUMARCO VD VIJF BUNDERS (BWP)

CONLANC (HOLST) DAGERAAD AXEL (SAW) DAGERAAD UBBE (SAW)

Capital Stud’s only Holstein approved stallion, he is presently entering the 1m40 classes. Licensed SAWHS 2011 Licensed stallion by the SAWHS in 2009. Won Warmblood Stallion In Hand Classes on 2 occassions at HOY. Licensed SAWHS 2009.

Contender/ Lancer/ Cor de la Bryere Dageraad/ Metall/ Wolfgang Dageraad/ Epilot/ Maykel

Henning Pretorius

FB, 083 310 6327 www.capital-stud.co.za

Progeny available, not direct stallion services.

Inge De Wet

082 559 3339 paarden@worldonline.co.za

Stallion available and progeny available

Megan Woodrow

079 497 7825 megclairewood@gmail.co.za

Stallion available

DON CUMARCO VD VIJF BUNDERS (BWP)

The latest superstar on the jumping circuit winning SA Derby 2012, SA Champs 2013 in Durban and much more. Licensed SAWHS 2011.

Cumano/ Darco/ Montevideo xx

Henning Pretorius

FB, 083 310 6327 www.capital-stud.co.za

Progeny available, not direct stallion services.

DON NATIELLO (HANN)

Doing Prix St George dressage. Youngsters already in the ring. Only line of Don Frederico on SA. Licensed SAWHS 2010.

Don Frederico/ Natiello xx/ Galvano

Karen Alexander

FB, 082 881 8289 www.cellehof.co.za

Stallion available and progeny available

EAGLES WHITTAKER (SAW)

Jumper. Licensed stallion by the SAWHS in 2007.

Eagles Warrior/ Menotti/ Anschluss

Tracy Cahn

083 415 9805 cahn@yebo.co.za

Stallion available

FIVE STAR (HANN)

Premium Licensed stallion by the SAWHS based on Hannovarian 300 day test. Young stock coming under saddle.

Florestan/ Wolkenstein II/ Calypso II

Debbie Wallin

FB, 072 370 9552 www.comptonhousestud.com

Stallion available and progeny available

FLORIMON (HANN)

Beautifull type dressage stallion, young stock just on the ground. Licensed SAWHS 2013.

Falsterbo/ Defacto/ Walt Disney

Rivendell Stud

084 598 5981 farmfrance@adept.co.za

Stallion available and progeny available

FOR JOY (HANN)

Done it all, jumped international in Europe and won SA Freestyle 2006 Dressage Champs in SA. Foundation stallion for Callaho Stud. Premium Licensed SAWHS 2004.

For Pleasure/ Don Carlos/ Antrieb

Callaho Stud

FB, 082 339 9646 stud@callaho.com

Progeny available at auction, not direct stallion services.

FUNDERDELL (HANN)

Tall, elegant doing Medium Level dressage. Young stock winning in progeny classes and just entering the ring. Licensed SAWHS 2010.

Furst Heinrich/ Weltmeyer/ Bolero

Karen Alexander

FB, 082 881 8289 cellehof@mweb.co.za

Stallion available and progeny available

GOWELL 1 (SWISS)

Classical Hannovarian lines, young stock good jumpers. Licensed SAWHS 1991.

Goya/ Wellington/ Watzmann

Sheryl Pote

FB, 082 399 8637 rivervale@bundunet.com

Stallion available and progeny available

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LISSABON (OLDB)

Luxius

Maxstar OBI WAN KINOBI (SAW)

KILSHANE CLOVER (ISH)

SAM (KWPN)

SIEM (SAW)

GRANULIT (HANN)

Now retired, has top dressage accolades in Europe, foundation stallion for Callaho Stud. Premium Licensed SAWHS 2007.

Grannus/ Romanow/ Herold

Callaho Stud

FB, 082 339 9646 stud@callaho.com

Progeny available at auction, not direct stallion services.

HOLMGROVE GOLD CARD (TRAK)

The only licensed Trakhaner, competed in dressage and has young stock in the ring. Premium Licensed SAWHS 2003.

Solomon/ Camelot/ Tenor

Sue Olsson

083 309 8228 olssonj@mweb.co.za

Stallion available and progeny available

KILSHANE CLOVER (ISH)

Typical Irish sports horse, brave with incredible jump. Young stock coming through in eventing. Licensed SAWHS 2004.

Clover hill/ Spring Diamond

Kilshane Stud

FB, 082 897 0544 hurst@intekom.co.za

Stallion available and progeny available

KINVARA ROSENBERG (SA ISH)

Great Irish draft breeding, bold, willing and continuing the legacy of Glenagyle Rebel. Licensed SAWHS 2013.

Glenagyle Rebel/ Sea Crest

Kate Laird

FB, 082 572 3150 kinvarastud@mweb.co.za

Stallion available and progeny available

LAMBADA (KWPN)

Competed Grand Prix dressage before coming to SA. Premium Licensed SAWHS 2004.

Darwin/ Zebulon/ Pleman

Vicky Mostert

082 908-0082 vmostert@iafrica.com

Stallion available and progeny available

LASSITER (HOLST)

Jumping Intenational classes in SA. Has famous La Capo top line that also resulted in Flemmingh dressage line. Licensed SAWHS 2009.

La Capo/ Coriander/ Lord

Jenny Fischer

FB, 042 231 1115 eaglestud@vodamail.co.za

Stallion available and progeny available

LISSABON (OLDB)

Won his stallion performance test Oldenburg and jumped 1m50 in Europe. He has produced winning young stock. Premium Licensed SAWHS 2011.

Lordanos/ Sion/ Contender

Callaho Stud

FB, 082 339 9646 stud@callaho.com

Progeny available at auction, not direct stallion services.

LUXIUS (HOLST)

Reserve Champion at Oldenburg Stallion Approvals, Came 3rd in jumping 2006 Bundeschampionat . SAWHS Licensed 2010.

Lux/ Acobat II/ Alasca

Caryn Pappalardo

FB, 083 633 6169 m-atwork@telkomsa.net

Stallion available and progeny available

Maxstar OBI WAN KINOBI (SAW)

Saratoga bred talented jumping son of the long serving stallion Carrick recently deceased. Licensed SAWHS 2012.

Carrick/ Wendesi/ Magnet

Norman Hornby

FB, 082 567 8305 bgstella@mweb.co.za

Stallion available and progeny available

PALISCO (KWPN)

Good jumper. Premium Licensed SAWHS 2004.

Lisco/ Clavecimbel/ Le Mexico

Anthea Erasmus

082 563 8288 antherasmus@mweb.co.za

Stallion available

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REGAL LAGOS (SAW)

URON M (KWPN)

WAIKIKI OF WADACRE (HANN)

ULANO VAN LOBOS (BWP)

WENZEL R (KWPN)

WESTERNHAGEN (HANN)

REGAL LAGOS (SAW)

Beautifull stamp of horse that continues Lindenberg’s legacy. Licensed SAWHS 2010.

Lindenberg/ Larinero/ Pik Truimpf

Swazi Liskar Stud

FB,(268) 7602 0163 kate@amcon-group.com

Stallion available and progeny available

SAM (KWPN)

Prix St George/Inter 1 dressage in SA yet has excellent jumping pedigree. Licensed SAWHS 2003.

Furore/ Epilot/ Maykel

Diane Smith

011 704 2049 smithy@iafrica.com

Stallion available

SCHWAIKE CONDOR (SAW)

Jumping 1m35 with our first Chin Chin line licensed by SAWHS 2009.

Chin chin/ Nimmerdor/ Landgraf I

Deon Griessel

083 357 1127 dgriessel@werksmans.co.za

Stallion available and progeny available

SHIRAZ (HANN)

Proven jumper with wins in local International classes, the only Stakkato line at present to be Premium Licensed SAWHS 2005.

Stakkato/ Raphael/ Pik Konig

Henning Pretorius

083 310 6327 www.capital-stud.co.za

Progeny available, not direct stallion services.

SIEM (SAW)

Good jumping stallion. Licensed SAWHS in 2006.

Kate Walters

083 454 1179 katiew@paarlonline.co.za

Stallion available and progeny available

SONNENTANZER (OLD)

Young dressage stallion with good rideability. Licensed SAWHS 2013.

Stafford Robinson

FB, 073 520 6009 staffordrobinson@mac.com

Stallion available

UDOKES (KWPN)

Jumping International classes in SA with success, the only Corland line in SA. Licensed SAWHS 2006.

Lorette Taylor

FB, 082 556 3950 lorette@farnhamstables.co.za

Stallion available and progeny available

ULANO VAN LOBOS (BWP)

Successful local International jumper . Premium Licensed SAWHS 2001.

Jenny Neill

083 600 0957 jenny@delmon.co.za

Stallion available

URON M (KWPN)

Consistently producing good dressage horses. Licensed SAWHS 2006.

Capital / Lys de Darmen/ Ut Fata Flemmingh/ Appolonius xx/ Legaat

WAIKIKI OF WADACRE (HANN)

Dressage stallion. Licensed SAWHS 2009.

Wittinger/ Bolero/ Dirk

WALDEMAR G (KWPN)

He breeds both jumpers and movement. Licensed SAWHS 2012.

WENZEL R (KWPN)

Dressage Prix St George/ Inter1. Premium Licensed SAWHS 2009.

WESTERNHAGEN (HANN)

Licensed in Germany and has bred successful dressage horses. Licensed SAWHS 2012.

Ringo/ Levantos I/ World Cup II Roman Nature/ Don Primaire/ Weltmeyer/ Landadel/ Calypso II

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Voltaire/ Landwind II/ Marinier Sir Donnerhall/ Noble Roi xx/ Admiral I Corland/ Calypso/ Nepal

Mandy Schroder

FB, Stallion available and mandyschroder.uron@gmail.com progeny available

Rivendell Stud

084 598 5981 farmfrance@adept.co.za

Stallion available and progeny available

Jenny Benson

FB, 084 556 3590 www.saratogastud.co.za

Stallion available and progeny available

Sue Cullen

FB, 082 557 4604 www.berkeleystud.co.za

Stallion available

Annerie Myburgh

FB, 082 578 4381 myburgh.annerie@gmail.com

Stallion available and progeny available


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INVESTEC FEI WORLD CUP JUMPING QUALIFIER

Photography by Ben Bergh

This year’s Investec FEI World Cup Jumping Qualifier is bound to be Out of the Ordinary with festival fun, glitz, glamour and the finest athletes that the equestrian world has to offer.

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aking place in the scenic Cape Winelands, the World Cup Jumping Qualifier final is set to be a spectacle of the highest standard. The event organiser, Cape Town Equestrian, has pulled out all the stops to ensure that this becomes one of the iconic sporting events hosted in Cape Town. The show runs over five days and is attended by the cream of the country’s show jumpers at junior and adult level.This year’s event will run from 20 – 24 November at the Stellenbosch District Riding Club. Families are encouraged to attend and visit the craft market, enjoy the food and wine on display and for sale, and witness South African show jumpers at their best. In the lead up to the annual Investec FEI World Cup Jumping Qualifier, Investec will be supporting two very promising young showjumpers, Liam Stevens and Jeanne Engela. The 2012 event saw Jeanne and Liam placed second and third respectively. As two of the country’s youngest riders competing at World Cup level, they are certainly the ones to watch at this year’s event. As Western Province riders, both will be favouring their chances of taking the title as they represent Investec. 37

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At only 20 years of age, Liam has achieved results ranging from WP Junior Showjumping Champion, to Junior SA Outdoor Grandprix winner. His most impressive results though must have come in 2012, having won the PE leg of the FEI World Cup Qualifier as well as finishing a close third behind Jeanne in the Investec FEI World Cup Jumping Qualifier final in Cape Town 2012. He competes in the 1 meter 50 grade on his 10 year old Dutch Warmblood mare, Wanda. Only two years his senior, Jeanne has placed in the majority of SA Showjumping titles. She competes on her imported Holstein mare Chanel. This year Jeanne has already won the Presidents Cup as well as the first leg of the FEI World Cup Qualifier series. In 2012 she placed in three of the six World Cup Qualifier events, finishing third in the overall series. Janet Larsen, Investec South Africa’s head of marketing, elaborates on Investec’s involvement in the sport,“The 2012 Investec FEI World Cup Qualifier event was a success for our brand, with the athletes as well as the supporters being our perfect target market in which to share in the camaraderie and excitement. We wish the riders all the best and we welcome Jeanne and Liam on board.”


Q&A with

Liam Stevens 1) Which is the best horse you’ve ever ridden, and why? My horse that I’m competing on at the moment, Wanda. When we purchased her in Europe, she was only a 5 year old. We were looking for a junior horse at the time and although she was younger than what we were looking for and a bit on the small side, I knew I had to have her. She jumps with ability and heart and would try anything that I asked of her. 2) How do you calm yourself down before you compete in a big class? I’m never really calm before a big class, but I trust my horse and I trust in our training up to the show. I also try visualising the task at hand by going over the course in my mind, it helps me focus and keep my nerves under control. 3) Who is your riding hero and why? Rodrigo Passoa. He rides absolutely beautifully, he has so much feel, subtlety and looks like he is just directing the horses around the biggest and toughest tracks that there are. 4) What areas of your riding are you looking to improve on? Everything! My seat, my leg position, my body position, my rhythm etc… I always work on improving every aspect of my riding so as not to reach a plateau but rather to keep developing as a rider. 5) What’s your favourite thing about being a professional rider? Being able to work with horses all day long. I’m very blessed to be able to do what I love every day of my life. 6) What’s your worst thing about being a professional rider? Early winter mornings, haha! 7) What advice do you have to give to those wanting to compete at the top level? Work hard, what you put in is what you get out. Never let anything get in the way of striving toward your personal goals and maintain a positive mind-set. 8) To what do you attribute your riding success? My support system – my parents are unbelievably supportive and have never put pressure on me, which I believe to be of the utmost importance. Secondly my trainers – Jonathan Clarke and Damian Stevens, both of which have believed in me every step of the way. My horse – good horses make good riders and I have been fortunate enough to learn on an exceptional one. Work – I have ridden as many horses as I can as often as I can, practice practice practice!

9) Who are your instructors and why do you like them? Jonathan Clarke and Damian Stevens. They are supportive and reassuring. They have an unbelievable combined experience and I trust them. Trusting your instructor is a necessity. 10) Do you eat a healthy diet, rest well etc ? Yes. It is impossible to perform to the best of your ability if you are not healthy and well rested as well as being fit to reduce risk of injury etc… 11) If you weren’t a professional rider, what would you be? I don’t know. I’ve always wanted to ride horses. 12) Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Hopefully successfully competing at the highest level and training promising young horses and young riders. 13) What short term goals (for the next 6 – 12 months) have you set yourself? To do the best I possibly can. There are still a lot of shows to come, big titles such as Derby and the remaining World Cups which are my focus this year. In 12 months I would like to feel like I am a better rider than I am now, and again12 months after that. 14) Which horse and rider combination stands the biggest chance of winning this year’s World Cup Qualifier final? There are lots of horse and rider combinations who are on form. It is difficult to pick just one. I think it will be a class where there is no obvious favourite. Nicole Horwood and Capital Don Cumarco have had a fantastic year, Shaun Neill and Clyde Z, Barry Taylor and Nissan Animous, Jeanne Engela and Investec Chanel are all on form and are definitely ones to look out for. I can only work hard and hope for the best! Follow me on Twitter @LiamGStevens 

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By Yvonne Bolton / Photos by T&B Images

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Kyla Brimacombe and Why Not in action at the 2013 PR Derby

1. Did you start riding very young and at which yard did you first have lessons? I started riding when I was 6 years old at Riba Stables. I rode a pony called Suzie. At one of my beginner lessons Suzie ran away with me. I got such a fright; I gave up then and there. I started riding again when I was 9 at Kincardine with Jo Van Achterberg. My Mom and Jo used to laugh as a pole on the floor was too high for me. 2. Tell us a little about those first years and do you have any special memories of ponies you rode then? When I first went to look at Kincardine and have my first trial lesson with Jo, she put me on a pony called Rival. My sister Kirsty, who was 6 at the time got to ride a beautiful palamino called Lipenga Golden Tassle. By the end of the lesson Kirsty and I were fighting over who was going to get to ride Tassle in the next lesson. Kirst had her own pony by then by the name of Dusty Rose so I got to bait Tassle. 3. Did your parents support and influence your interest in riding? Yes, my parents have always been very supportive of my riding, attending all my shows. My Mom tows my ponies all over the country. She also has a passion for horses. 42

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4. When did you get your first pony and what was he/she like – did you start competing in Shows on this pony? My first pony that I owned was Africa’s Kit Kat who was a real confidence builder. He took me up the grades from 70cm to coming second in the FEI last year. Kit Kat is the most amazing pony with a heart of gold. He won me so many rosettes, medals and sashes. He was my best friend for 3 years. He now belongs to my sister Kirsty. He is still doing the same for her as he did for me. Winning so much and giving Kirst the confidence he gave me. 5. How do you think your Coach, Jo van Achterberg, has influenced your progress in show jumping? Jozie my instructor has been my rock. She has taken me from zero to where I am today. I owe huge amounts to her dedication, patience and time spent teaching me. She has always encouraged me to be the best rider I can be. To follow my dreams and never give up or doubt myself. Thank you Josie.


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Kyla Brimacombe on her first pony, Africa’s Kit Kat, at the 2012 PR Derby

6. Where are you at school and do you have their support in your involvement in Equestrian events?

Africa’s Kit Kat and 90’s team on Rowan Swan Prince. I have recently made the Open Team on Why Not. Making this team was one of my most memorable moments.

I go to Beaulieu College and yes they are very supportive of my riding career and always recognize my achievements.

10. Besides your normal lessons do you have ‘fun’ time and go on outrides with your ponies?

7. Have you travelled to many ‘away’ shows and what do you enjoy most about these events?

Yes I go on outrides at least 2 to 3 times a week with my friends. I also take my ponies swimming in summer which we love doing. Now and again Jo will give us a fun lesson at the yard where we play games together with our ponies and have a good laugh.

No, I haven’t. I have been to SA Champs in Durban and this year to Port Elizabeth, also for SA Champs. I enjoy away shows because we don’t have them often – it is a change of scenery for my ponies and I. 8. Do you participate in any other sports or hobbies at your school? I also play water Polo for my school team and am learning to play squash.

11. What are your goals for the future and are there any Equestrian Events Overseas you would like to attend? My goals for the future are to do really well in Colombia in September and hopefully to win the Nissan Easter Festival Grand Prix and President’s Cup next year. I would also love the opportunity to visit and ride in Germany one day.

9. What Gauteng Teams have you been a member of and what was memorable about these occasions?

12. When you have time off from shows, how do you like to spend your free time?

I was in the 60cm Team with Tassle. It was my first riding team that I ever made so found that very exciting. I have also since then made the 70’s, 80’s and 1 meter team on

In my free time I like to be with my friends, shopping with my Dad, watching movies and spending quality, fun times with Pebbles and Why Not.

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By Yvonne Bolton / Photos by T&B Images

1. Where did you first see Ebb &Flow Pebbles and what made you eager to purchase her? I first saw Ebb & Flow Pebbles at President’s Cup last year. I had no idea I was getting her. I got her as a surprise present from my Dad. 2. What was her early history – where did she come from and who produced her up the grades? Pebbles was bred by Ryan Sanders and Bronwen Short, when they were still in George and they sold her to Tyla Radermacher whilst she was a CD Graded pony competing at 80cm. With the help of Anthony Kaye, Tyla’s Coach, she produced the pony up the grades to CA. In fact Ebb & Flow Pebbles stood 2nd to Why Not last year when Tyla won the PR Individual Show Jumping Championship in Shongweni quite an achievement for one pony. 3. When did your parents purchase Pebbles and did you have any difficulties when getting to know her? My Dad bought Pebbles last year in August. Pebbles is Pebbles, “our princess Peppi” as we refer to her. She is a madam, but absolute darling. We laugh at her often – I love riding her as she is fun, excitable and does whatever I ask of her. 4. All competitive ponies have some unusual quirks – does Pebbles have any interesting likes and dislikes and what is she like round the Yard? Peppi is easy. She does not have a bad bone in her body. She is an absolute sweetie at the yard – never bites, kicks or is ugly to anyone. She is very loveable.

Kyla Brimacombe and Jo van Achterberg on the Podium after Kyla won The 2013 Pony Rider Individual Jumping Championship of South Africa

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5. When your parents purchased Pebbles, they also bought you another successful pony – how did this come about? My Dad bought and surprised me with both Pebbles and Why Not. They both belonged to Tyla Rademacher.


Kyla Brimacombe on Ebb & Flow Pebbles in action at the 2013 Pony Rider National Equestrian Championships of South Africa

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Kyla and Pebbles once again in action at the PE Riding Club in July

6. You have made a good partnership with both ponies – how do they differ in temperament and under competition conditions? Pebbles is fun, out there, confident, very sure of herself and a bold ride. She has the most amazing amount of power from behind. Peppi is a very brave, big girl – nothing phases Peps. Why Not is a little timid man. He is skittish, sensitive and mistrusting of strangers. Once he trusts you, he is very loveable. He gives his all in the arena – has a huge heart. He is very dependent on Peppi – likes to know that she is close by all the time. They have been together for many years now. We have a very close bond the three of us and have a lot of fun. 48

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7. Tell us a little about your successes with both ponies over the past several months? In the past year I have won both classes at KEP classic, the Welcome class at President’s Cup, won the two phase at Nissan Easter Festival, won 3 classes at Pony Rider Derby including the championship class and also the Victor Ludorum. I also won SA Champs Grand Prix, Welcome class, the South African Pony rider championships and also came second and won the Victor Ludorum. I also came 6th overall at FEI. I also got placed in both 1.10 classes at the Winter Festival. 8. How much longer do you have in the Pony Rider Division and what are your plans for the next few months? I have till the end of next year in Pony Riders. My plans for the next few months are to find a horse to prepare for Juniors and to finish my Pony Riders on a strong up.


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The Cape

By Marie Chin

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Winelands Photo credits; Stellenbosch American Express速 Wine Routes, Csaba Borzon, Tracy Robertson, Ken Forrester Wines and DelVera

The Cape Winelands in South Africa is world-renowned as a destination offering an endless list of activities, from wine-tasting to fine dining, craft markets, fly-fishing, golfing, hiking, biking and spa treatments to name a few. A host of accommodation options are available ranging from self-catering to a world class luxury experience. For the horse lover, the area offers a cornucopia of horsey pursuits, whether you enjoy riding for the fun of it, or as a serious competitor. As part of a series of destination driven features, Sporting Horse Magazine takes a look at some of the horse pursuits you can expect when visiting the area. 51

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Rivendell Stud

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he R44 area offers plenty of leisure things to do. Delvera is an agri-village worth a visit to browse arts and crafts shops and great fun for the little ones, and If you are on the lookout for a farm setting wedding or function venue, look no further. The Equine Sport Centre at the Delvera Wine complex offers horse riding trails which include a wine tasting and picnic, along with a full moon hike arranged by the Dirtopia team, whose trail centre is based at Delvera- what better way to enjoy the sunset than with a good bottle of wine, a picnic and stunning views of Table Mountain? Close by Blaauwklippen has Barouche restaurant, pony and carriage rides and a Sunday Market, and is a very popular romantic Winelands wedding venue. The Avontuur Estate, the home of “fine wines and fast horses” is also nearby with the Avontuur Thoroughbred stud on the property. Wine tastings are daily and they offer breakfast, lunch and dinner at their restaurant under the vines. 52

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Stellenbosch District Riding Club

DelVera

Horses have long been a part of the Forrester lifestyle at Ken Forrester Vineyards off the R44 between Stellenbosch and Somerset West, with Mom Teresa and her two daughters having competed in Show Jumping, equitation and dressage. The Ken Forrester wines have received national and international acclaim and are deliciously paired with the cuisine of the iconic 96 Winery Road Restaurant located on Zandberg Farm, Winery Road, off the R44. Also on the property is the 3 star Country Guesthouse. The Stellenbosch District Riding Club on the R44 is home to this year’s Investec FEI World Cup Jumping Qualifier taking place on Wednesday 20 to Sunday 24 November. Organised by Cape Town Equestrian and formerly held at Glenellen in Hout Bay, this prestigious event has found a new and more suitable home in Stellenbosch and promises to be the premier showjumping event of the year in the Cape, with competitors and supporters travelling from all over the country to be there.


Val De Vie Estate

If you are in the market for a new mount, Debbie Wallin’s The Compton House Stud is in the Devon Valley area where she specialises in dressage horses, and then there is the beautiful Rivendell Stud at Farm France on the Banhoek Road which produces a wide range of sport horses in a typical winelands setting with historic buildings embraced by the surrounding mountains. The Western Cape Warmblood Auction will take place at Farm France on 22 November. A bit further afield towards Somerset West, the Le Kap Lifestyle Fair takes place on 9 November at Lourensford Wine Estate. This brand new luxury lifestyle event with gourmet food, artisanal drinks, and fine wine coupled with fashion, a 6 bar showjumping competition and dressage with music( or musical kur) should provide a great day’s entertainment which will hopefully become a permanent annual event in the Somerset West area. The Val de Vie Estate in Paarl will host its well known BlackBerry 53

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Country Guesthouse basket, Ken Forrester Vineyards

Pink Polo in aid of Breast Cancer Awareness on Saturday 26th October. Now in its fourth year, this is a wonderful fun way to spend your Saturday. A good excuse to get dressed up and you would be supporting a good cause whilst rubbing shoulders with celebs and the polo set and enjoying an exhilarating polo match. For any information regarding your visit to the Winelands, contact Stellenbosch American Express Wine Routes or Stellenbosch 360 who will assist with your accommodation and any other information on the area you require.


Stellenbosch American Express速 Wine Routes Tel: +27 21 886-4310 | Fax: +27 21 886-4330 Email: info@wineroute.co.za | Web: www.wineroute.co.za Stellenbosch 360 Tel: +27 21 883 3584 | Fax: +27 21 882 9550 Email: info@stellenbosch360.co.za Stellenbosch District Riding Club Tel: +27 83 638 8608 | Email: di.arnold@webmail.co.za Ken Forrester Vineyards Tel : +27 21 855 2374 | Web: www.kenforresterwines.com 96 Winery Road Restaurant Tel: +27 21 842 2020 DelVera in the Vineyards Cnr. R44 & Muldersvlei Rd. between Stellenbosch and Paarl Tel: +27 21 884 4353 | Web: www.delvera.co.za Blaauwklippen Vineyards +27 21 880 0133

Blaauwklippen picnic

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Glam up and get ready to look gorgeous! Val de Vie Estate is hosting the fourth BlackBerry Pink Polo on Saturday 26 October 2013.

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his chic event is held in aid of Reach for Recovery, a programme that offers support to breast cancer patients and their families.

Coordinated by Val de Vie Events and Edith Unlimited, BlackBerry Pink Polo has become an increasingly popular event in the South African social calendar. BlackBerry has been the headline sponsor of Pink Polo since the launch of the event, helping to raise awareness about breast cancer. This year Pink Polo is introducing two new ticket offerings, making it easy for everyone to enjoy the beauty of Val de Vie and to support a worthy cause. Pink Polo Market - R50 per person Indulge in delectable goods on sale at the Pink Polo market, accompanied by the exciting polo match and the sounds of some of the best local musicians.

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Drive in - R1 500 (one car with 5 guests) Discover the polo tradition of drive in. Park your car next to the polo field and be pampered with your own personal butler for the day. With unrivalled views of the polo action, you and your guests will be able to bring in your own sumptuous designer picnic or go shopping at the Pink Polo Market. Due to liquor license laws, alcoholic beverages must be purchased from the facilities on site. Pink Polo Pavilion - R380 per person This is the ticket we all know and love. Offering general access to the Polo Pavilion, it includes a high tea, an arrival drink, fun activities such as celebrity wooden horse challenges, best dressed competitions, lucky draws, a fashion show, pop-up stores, a gift bag and much more. Ticket Sales: Www.valdevie.co.za/calender Events@valdevie.co.za


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By Emma Garson

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Capitalising on the 2013 Nissan Winter Classic! For the second year in a row the Capital Stud has claimed victory over the Nissan World Cup Qualifier held at the Durban Shongweni Club in Kwa-Zulu Natal. In 2012 Jodi Pieters and Capital Rafika D’Or took to the podium and this year Johan Kachelhoffer achieved his first World Cup Qualifier win on the wellknown stallion, Capital Shiraz. 59

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2013 NISSAN WINTER CLASSIC: 1.30m Alusys Championship: 1st- Debbie Last on Pitcher 2nd- Katelyn Lepart on Lakota 3rd- Lauren Jansen on Oxford Cruise Control 1.30m Super Clean KZN Junior Championship 1st- Laurence Mowatt on Long Beach 2nd- Tyla Radermacher on Ebb & Flow Twister 3rd- Vasti Theron on Prime Performance Rouge de Feu 1.35m CIB KZN Open Championship: 1st- Lexi Stais on Call Collect 2nd- Tracy Davids on Franlaren Beau Biggles 3rd- Johan Kachelhoffer on Capital Comazio 1.40m Nissan Championship: 1st- Johan Kachelhoffer on Capital Castigo 2nd- Barry Taylor on Nissan Lassiter 3rd- Gareth Neill on Dolce Vita 1.50 Nissan Riders Grand Prix: 1st- Nicole Horwood on Capital Don Cumarco 2nd- Anne-Marie Esslinger on Alessio 3rd- Gareth Neill on Up to Date Nissan FEI World Cup Qualifier: 1st- Johan Kachelhoffer on Capital Shiraz 2nd- Anne-Marie Esslinger on Alessio 3rd- Nicola Sime on Sunny Park Stables Elpaso

“It was his first World Cup Qualifier in two years and I didn’t have much expectation for him going in. I had decided not to jump the first qualifier in Kyalami as he hadn’t felt ready but after the Riders Grand Prix class at the Nissan Winter Classic I felt we were equipped to jump� ~ Johan Kachelhoffer. Johan, Nicola Sime and Dion Boardman were the only riders to produce clear rounds in the first round but it was Kachelhoffer who came out on top with the only double clear of the day. Becoming a local in the South African show jumping scene is German course designer, Andreas Holmann who presented a lot more questions in his courses at this show than he has in the past and our riders most certainly rose to the challenge. “The positive impact of bringing in top class international course designers to build at our big shows cannot be measured. It grows

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our riders and horses and also gives opportunities for our local designers to improve their course designing knowledge. It is a privilege!” ~ Johan Kachelhoffer The show hosted the Nissan Riders Grand Prix Tour, which resulted in Nicole Horwood and Capital Don Cumarco leading the lap of honour; This was the second leg of the Riders Grand Prix Tour (Samantha McIntosh won the first event on her horse Lets Win at the KHL World Cup Qualifier Festival in May this year). Adding to the prestige of the Nissan Winter Classic was having Swedish judge, Anne Lindqvist, in the judges’ box who had been judging at the World Cup Final in Gothenburg prior to our event. Anne was there to ensure that the courses and competition level were up to international standard and she left South Africa extremely impressed with the organisation and professionalism of

the show. Another crowd favourite was the Nissan 6 Bar event, which took place late afternoon on Sunday. The final vertical reached a height of 1.9 metres and the three combinations to clear the final round were Johan Kachelhoffer on Capital Comazio, Emma Garson on Nissan Nabab Forever and Johan Lotter on Nova Zonnestraal Mossandi Richelieu. CEO of Nissan, Mike Whitfield: “This is the second time we’re involved and what Jodi (Wolhuter) and Grant (Langley) have done to take it to this level is really incredible and something that we as Nissan are very proud to be a part of. We look forward to being part of it for many years to come. With 500 plus competitors it must be rated as one of the biggest shows in the country”. Thank you to Nissan for yet another fantastic event!

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By Emma Garson

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Adult SA Champs 2013

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efore all the ‘Gautengers’ had the chance to get excited about lounging on deck chairs in between classes at Adult SA Champs the weather rained on their parade resulting in fewer tans but excellent footing for the horses. For five days the Cyril Geoghegan Cycling stadium became home to show jumpers from all over the country including a horde of under-aged cyclists (children of riders and spectators) who orbited the arena from sunrise to sunset on their tricycles and skateboards. Portuguese course designer Bernardo Costa Cabral and his assistants, Kate Launder (Gauteng),Oswaldo Mendes (Namibia) and Bob Lacey (KZN) formed a fantastic team that ensured the smooth running of an extremely packed schedule. The courses remained true to Bernardo style with their tight turn-backs, opening and closing of distances as well as time restraints, which required the riders to up the tempo and keep a close eye on the clock. The EPOL (PTY) LTD 1.50m Grand Prix awarded Govett Triggol with the sash as he took first place on his talented mare Elektra. “Elektra’s been off for a year and since she’s come back into action every 1.50m class she’s jumped I’ve felt her getting stronger and stronger. Bernardo’s tracks make you think and fortunately for me it all pieced together on the day” ~ Govett Triggol. The 1.50m classes have become a lot more competitive as we see the number of entries steadily increasing from show to show, putting the pressure on riders to qualify for the championship classes. Sunday was an exciting line-up of 26 horses that had earned their spot on the list over the past four days of jumping. In the 1.50m South African Championship the two riders to produce clears in the first round were Jodi Pieters on Capital Rafika D’Or and Nicole Horwood on Capital Don Cumarco. 65

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Results from the CITY OF DURBAN Adult SA Champs: C G Holdings 1.30 Championship: 1st- Chris van der Merwe on Tavanic du Moulin 2nd- Grant Langley on Chicane 3rd- Natalie Halford on Une Belle After the second round, Jodi was tying with Barry Taylor on Nissan Animous as they both had finished with a total of four penalties. Nicole and Don Cumarco were the last to enter the ring and silence swallowed the stadium in anticipation. If they knocked a fence it would mean a three way jump-off between Jodi, Barry and Nicole. As the pair landed from the last fence the crowd rose to their feet to applaud the new South African Champions – the only combination to produce a double clear round!

Gold Circle 1.35M Championship: 1st- Tamar Bernstein on Monito Audio’s Toko 2nd- Jeanne Korber on Simonsig’s Picadilly Z 3rd- Rainer Korber on Poker La Silla

Hausberger Financial Services 1.40M Championship: 1st- Dominey Alexander on Enjoy 68 2nd- Ashlee Hausberger on Corea Flight 3rd- Roxy Leyshon on Alzu Sanford EPOL (PTY) LTD 1.50m Grand Prix “I feel that Capital Don Cumarco and I have grown together 1st- Govett Triggol on Electra as a team over the years and have a great understanding of 2nd- Shaun Neill on Clyde Z each other. He has helped me realise my dreams and has 3rd- Nicole Horwood on Capital Don Cumarco proven he has what it takes to be a competitive contender in the big classes. Since the Derby win he has grown from City Of Durban And Craig Warriner Sj strength to strength and I have every bit of confidence Championship Of South Africa in him every time he steps in the ring. The South African 1ST- Nicole Horwood on Capital Don Cumarco Championship was definitely the highlight of my career it has Tie 2nd- Barry Taylor on Nissan Animous & Jodi been a dream of mine since a child. Thank you to Sue Pieters Pieters on Capital Rafika D’or for putting on such a wonderful show. Also, a big thank you 4th- Shaun Neill on Clyde Z to all the sponsors, City of Durban and last but not least to Tie 5th- Bronwyn Short on Fountain of Love Capital Stud for all their support and my coach Gonda Betrix” Nicola Sime on Sunny Park Stables El Paso ~ Nicole Horwood. Govett Triggol on Elektra Rainer Korber on Leandros de Semilly This team has definitely proved their worth in the show Michelle Stafford on Franlaren Lord Larrymore jumping ring and Nicole has emerged as one of the leading Jeanne Engela on Investec Chanel ladies in our sport. 66

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Stafford Robinson. Geneticist - Berghof Sporthorses Stafford is a qualified New Zealand Racehorse trainer, a Film director of 20 years, freelance writer and owner of Berghof Sporthorses. He has a degree in Genetics, a postgraduate degree in Zoology and is now completing his Masters in European Sporthorse breeding - more specifically the relationship between inbreeding and performance. Stafford, through his stud Berghof, was the first South African to purchase an unlicensed 2 year old German Warmblood Colt and put it through the licensing and performance testing in Germany, to then import a fully licensed Stallion. Stafford has been riding since he was 7 years old and has ridden most disciplines, then at the age of 20 qualified for the infamous Taupo Three Day Event, New Zealand’s premier event on the eventing calender. Now training his dressage stallion Sonnentänzer, Stafford recently won the young horse dressage class at the 2013 Horse of the Year show. His aim is to take the horse to Grand Prix.

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t was a number of years ago when the phrase “horse whisperer” came into vogue… dredged up by the American craze of Monty Roberts, then immortalized by the Robert Redford film “the horse whisperer”; a story based on the horseman Buck Brannaman. But to be honest the “craze” annoyed me a little… Not for the effect of change it had on the majority of the horsey population, but for the fact that it was heralded as a “new” revolutionary way of dealing with horses. Now I’m originally from New Zealand from a farming background, and I suppose from a competitive/dressage/jumping etc circle perspective, we would possibly be looked at as country hicks that live with their horses: but that was indeed the case…. The horse for us was a way of life. The back country blocks were too steep for motorcycles, the bogs into which invariably cows would stray, were too deep for


the mechanical beasts and so our lives were spent on the back of horses. To this end our problems with horses did not arise from the inability to load at a showground, or whether he had a habit of kicking out in the stable; our problems were more deeply rooted in an ability to work effectively with the horse on a daily basis. We needed a horse to stand still as we threw a ewe (a female sheep for the townies) over his back and asked him to walk 5kms with it back to the house, or to ground tie our horse for a couple of hours while we worked in the shearing shed, or for him to wade through a swamp while trying to get that hornery bull out of the bog without getting a horn in the ribs from the irate bugger. Our problems were instigated from real working situations and as such solved through real working solutions. Many a New Zealand farmer became great horsemen by the necessity of having to quickly, quietly solve a problem and get the horse round to looking at our way of thinking. This invariably meant a quiet approach with as little conflict as possible. An example: one of my Maori friends showed me a great approach to backing a horse when we had a young gelding that just loved bucking…. It seemed like a game for him. Now when you work on a farm, it’s your livelihood to work. You don’t have the luxury to call in sick. As such there was definitely not the luxury of “playing cowboy” when backing a horse; cause if he threw you and you got hurt, the farm stops… and so does the money. So what did Rangi do with the gelding bucker! He simply led him into a stream so that the water was half way up his belly and got on. The water was simply too deep for the horse to buck! After half an hour of walking around in the river, the problem was solved: in one quick session, the horse was backed. But enough of New Zealand farmers. Where did the tenet of “horse whispering” really begin. To be honest I think the further we go back in history the more we can find people who simply had the touch and can indeed be called “whisperers”. In modern European history, Xenophon was probably the first “whisperer”. He lived around 430BC and was a student of Socrates. As a Spartan officer, he believed and practiced treating the horse with respect and understanding. Xenophon wrote two books on the art of horsemanship. One was indeed titled “the art of horsemanship” (a loose translation) and the other “the cavalry commander”. His knowledge and understanding of the horse was well known and sought by trainers all through Greece. After Xenophon, a number of military leaders have also shown great aptitude for training horses previously labeled as untrainable by way of quiet understanding and methods not necessarily common in their time. In the first century BC, Alexander The Great was said to have calmed his future steed Bucephalus by showing the stallion he was afraid of his own shadow. It would certainly take great patience, understanding and a clever way of “talking horse” to convey this message. In the time of the 13th Century, Ghenis Khan developed a military force such that the world has never seen. Yes, the majority of the horse trainers in such an army would have utilized brutal practicality in their training methods, but of these thousands of riders that lived and died by their relationship with their horses, their must have been a number of talented individuals that could be classified as “whisperers”. Sheer numbers of horseman and a lifestyle completely integrated with the horse must dictate such percentages. 70

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The Native Americans lived with their horses and developed bonds through keeping their horses unfenced and riding bareback without a metal bit on such a level that even modern “whisperers” can but marvel. Indeed the Arabs did the same and by living in such proximity would have been far closer to understanding and communicating - thereby “whispering” - than we as the modern culture of Sport or Hobby enthusiasts could generally hope to be. Though history is peppered with great horsemen that indeed can be described as “whisperers”, the actual term “horse whispering” was reputed to have been coined around the exploits of an Irishman in the 19th Century called Daniel Sullivan. Daniel was famed for rehabilitating vicious horses. Strangely enough, there was no obvious method he used and he never revealed a secret other than he was often seen standing very close to the horse whispering to them. His reputation was such that he could tame any horse, no matter how wild or how malicious.


About the same time was another such horseman, though more of a traditional “worker” with horses as opposed to the mystic qualities of Sullivan. Such was John Solomon Rarey from Ohio. In1858 he had an audience with the Queen whereby it was reported that he laid hands on a horse, it laid down and he subsequently laid down beside it. The Queen was so amused she gave him 100 pounds. I suspect that the story has been quite simplified for effect and the truth of the matter was he used a method of roping or tying up the horse such as is frequently used in New Zealand on the tougher “Back Block” horses whereby one tie’s the front leg up and pulls the horse over with a rope through a strap on a rear leg. Rarey later recorded in text such a method. On another legendary account he was asked to look at a racehorse named Cruiser. Now Cruiser had one hell of a reputation. He had killed stable boys and the owners eventually resorted to having the horse permanently wear an eight pound 71

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muzzle so that he wouldn’t damage people as they worked with him. On seeing the horse, against all advice, Rarey went into the box and shut the door behind. Three hours later he immerged leading the horse “as gentle as a lamb”. The owners were so dumbstruck, that they gave him the horse. Rarey took Cruiser back to Ohio where he outlived Rarey by nine years. Although Rarey was heralded as a revolutionary, it seems there was a link between him and the earlier talents of Sullivan. There is evidence that the horseman Willis Powell learnt the craft from Sullivan and subsequently wrote a book about it entitled Tachyhippodamia - The New Secret of Taming horses. Sullivan then cooperated with Rarey before Rarey published his own books “The art of taming wild horses” and “The complete Horse Trainer”


Though today we revere the art of “horse whispering” and all it’s magical wonder, Europe did not always have the same opinion; especially during the witch hunts of only a few centuries ago when the church had a little too much power to say who lived and who died. A famed horse called Mauroco and his trainer performed in the French town of Arles in the 17th century. Both were burnt at the stake as witches. At this time, the art of “whispering” to horses, did not seem like a wise thing to do in public… Such was an example of how the formation of “Secret Societies” arose. Operating in secrecy seemed a good way for those trying to align themselves with Mother Nature and avoid having their head chopped off or burnt alive; especially societies that dealt with the art of training and handling animals in nontraditional ways. One such society was formed in Scotland and called “The Horseman’s Word”. It was established to pass on the secrets of Horse Whispering and was set up along the lines of a Masonic Lodge with different levels of secrecy. Another such society of “horse whisperers” was called “The Toadmen”. It’s reported that their initiation involved the horseman killing a toad, hanging it in a thorn tree until the skeleton only remained and at full moon throwing the skeleton on a stream whereupon the bone that floated upstream would hold the power of the Toadmen over horses. Now that certainly sounds like it would have earned them a burning stake. Having said all this… personally my interpretation of the term “horse whisperer” may indeed differ slightly from the masses. For me the term goes deeper than the modern understanding. I think we often confuse it for Natural Horsemanship. In my mind, people like Monty Roberts, Pat Parelli and some of my old Maori friends are masters at understanding the horse and 72

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interpreting and manipulating the situation so that we the rider/trainer/handler speak the same language; be it a mix of a third spoken , a third mental and a third physical. But for me, these people are horsemen! The true whisperer is a deeper, far more spiritual being in the league of the true mystic or psychic (also areas where there are more charlatans than one can shake a stick at). The true “Whisperer”, communicates on a mental/energetic level that bypasses the physical. People like Alexander Nevzorov; people that in many ways hardly fit into the heavily categorized human world. Their understanding and way of thinking for many of us is a little too weird… and yet, none can dispute the incredible communication they have with horses. And that communication just seems on a different level. On this point I once came across another Maori that had the same sort of earth communication. We had a horse that was a demon at loading. I’m not sure where my dad found this guy, but he appeared one day, stood beside the horse whispering and blowing in it’s ear. We thought he was crackers, but within minutes that horse wandered up into the horsebox. These individuals are one in a million and attain a connection with their horses that are simply spooky. Having said this, I also believe that we all have the potential of varying degrees of this. We all communicate with our animals, even on a miniscule level, that defies understanding… in the same way that at night, ½ an hour before I get home, whatever time it is, my dog will go out on the deck and wait for me… as if he knows exactly when I am on my way. We all have within ourselves the true level of “whispering”…. But it’s about believing in it and listening to the signs and communication so that we can indeed develop it. Maybe someday we can all become as weird as that wandering Maori my dad found.


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By Tom Callaghan

The thoroughbred racehorse has to be the finest and most noble of athletes

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Iridescence

Owning a racehorse is much more than rands and cents – it’s an investment in a lifestyle – a lifestyle of fun and disappointment, of miserable lows and glorious highs – but as Graham Beck famously said – “it’s the only game in town”

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he thoroughbred racehorse has to be the finest and most noble of athletes, and horse racing is a sport that can reduce grown men and women to tears, with highs that are stratospheric and lows that are tough to stomach. Horse racing has a euphoric mix of passion, adrenaline, love, history, hopes and dreams that make it a sport that has no peers. It is a sport that has captured the imagination of sports lovers and horse lovers around the world and is loved by many, from kings and queens to the man on the street. To a degree horseracing has often been misjudged, being known as it is as the “Sport of Kings”. Horseracing abounds with tales of rags to riches and whilst owning a winning racehorse is a lifelong desire of many racing fans, it doesn’t have to remain a romantic dream – it can become a real life thrilling experience. We have South African bred horses winning major races around the world and we can breed horses that match the best in the world – there has never been a more exciting time to get involved in this sport and the world really is our oyster. Owning a racehorse has become easier and cheaper than ever before with special ownership syndicates that mean you can a horse with a couple of friends and share the experience(and the cost).With monthly training and stabling costs in the region

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Perfect Promise

of R6000 and price of horses ranging from R10 000 upwards it really is not as expensive as you might think! The stabling and training facilities in South Africa are world class and we have a lot of overseas owners who buy and race horses in South Africa as a result. The myth that exists in the equine world that racehorses are badly treated is just a myth. In most training yards you will find professional horsemen looking after their athletes in a way that will impress even the most ardent of horse lovers. I have owned and ridden horses all my life and have competed at the highest level, and thought that I had reached the peak of my love and respect for horses – that is until I owned my first race horse! Going down to the training tracks to watch my horses work and watching them race fills me with a sense of pride and awe that I cannot put into words. They were bred to run and watching them gallop their hearts out is truly humbling and very good for the soul. Why not come and see what horse racing is all about - it is a life changing experience and I encourage all horse lovers to get in contact with us. We would love to hear from you. Please look at our website www.tba.co.za for more information and also like us on our Facebook page Thoroughbred Breeders Association of South Africa.


“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” - Winston S. Churchill

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Ernst eventing Kiafa bred by Voigtskirch Stud, two time winner of South African Whitbread Eventing Championships, 1973 and 1974.

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President retiring from SA Warmblood Horse Society 2013 – an era draws to a close.

Ernst J. Holtz By Frances Cheboub

We at the SAWHS have been immeasurably lucky for many years now to have the knowledge and hands-on support of Mr. Ernst Holtz in heading up our Inspection Committee, helping with the running of the Society and assisting with the selection of visiting foreign judges and entertaining them. To our regret he has insisted that he will definitely step down from the Presidency of the SAWHS at our next AGM in September.

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r. Holtz is part of a very small group of people whose contribution to the Equestrian Sport is extraordinary. For around thirty years he was Chairman of the Management Committee of SA National Equestrian Federation and was later its President for sixteen years. He flew the flag for South Africa when he chaired the Group IX at the FEI for nine years, where he served under the Infanta Donna Pilar and Princess Haya of Jordan on the FEI Bureau. He was also part of the FEI Technical Dressage Committee for four years.

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However, it was as an Olympic Dressage Judge (now called a 5* judge) that he travelled the world. He was a member of the Dressage Appeal Jury at Sydney Olympics in 2000 and officiated in 2002 at the World Equestrian Games at Jerez. When he speaks of his trips as a dressage judge he must have been a travel agents delight as a client. He often judged in Moscow and Warsaw, judged the World Cup Finals in Holland and Germany at hallowed horse venues in Aachen, Hamburg, Wiesbaden, s’Hertogenbosch and at many other European centres.


Ernst on Piquer, Swakopmund 1955, also won SA Show Jumping Championships and showjumping at Rand Easter Show.

He judged at the 2007 Asian Equestrian Games in Thailand and often went to Australia, USA, Canada and Mexico. Ernst has been part of the SA Warmblood Society along with David Stubbs, Gerry du Toit, the Vorsters and Theo Laros in the early days but had to give it up because of the global dressage judging and FEI responsibilities. After a battle with cancer in early 2000s he cut back on his travelling and came in to support the SAWHS at a crucial time. What most of you will not know is the story behind the man you have so often seen in the judge’s box. He grew up in Namibia where his father ran a large clothing business from 1935. Along with many of the German speaking families, they socialised with horses which were part of life whilst growing up. For his last two years up to Matric he was sent to boarding school at Afrikaans Hoer Seuns Skool in Pretoria where he excelled in his other hobby, athletics and won the Senior Victor Ludorum at that very competitive sporting school. On finishing school he returned to Windhoek, did a banking apprenticeship for three years and spent two years touring Europe. He attended the Olympic Games at Stockholm in 1956 and spent some months at two of the best known dressage training establishments in Germany.

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On his return to Namibia he worked for his father for a number of years, became the South West African Champion in show-jumping and eventing, as well as building courses in both disciplines over a period of six years. In that time he visited South Africa for the first time in the company of Siegfried Dehning, the then 3 x German Eventing Champion and competed in the Cape as well as the Rand Easter Show on SWA Warmblood horses bred by his future in-laws, the Voigts family. After getting married in 1964 he and Wiebke moved down to Johannesburg, starting a new life both in business and in equestrian sport. His first horse in South Africa was Bandit, a grey gelding, on whom he won the forerunner of the SA Eventing Championship as well as the first two dressage derbies competing against Trish Zschenderlein, Major George Iwanoski, the Johnson brothers and others. He won the SA Eventing Champs twice on each of his Warmblood Namibian horses, Kiafa and Nossob. His horse Zorba also became SA Champ under Graham Winn and competed at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky in 2010.


Ernst winner - SA Eventing Championship with Trophy.

After Rand Show 1956 with winning mare Mercedes and was Rider of the Year SWA.

Along with the late Greg Cleverdon, Ernst was awarded the first ever Springbok colours for Eventing in this country, being probably the oldest ever recipient in his 40’s! He was one of the few equestrians to receive from the minister of Sport, the Sport Merit Award.

Ernst Ground Jury Asian Equestrian Games

Today he partners with Graham Winn in finding horses bred by his brother-in-law Reinhard Voigts at the Voigtkirsch stud in Namibia. Ernst has been married for close on 50 years to Wiebke, a successful rider and dressage judge in her own right in Namibia and South Africa. They have two sons and a daughter, as well as eight grandchildren. Although almost 80 years old, Ernst still enjoys his morning ride at crack of dawn and continues quietly supporting and sponsoring events both in the Warmblood Society and the Eventing sport. Take a minute and remember that SA Equestrian Sport needs commitment and efficient dedication of the like that Ernst has contributed to be able to move forward in its new restructuring phase.

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2013 Judge of SA Warmblood young horses Presidents Cup


90cm Eventing - The 2013 Pony Rider Individual Eventing Championship of South Africa Kate Chaplin on Tattoine Treasure

SA Pony Champs 2013 By Yvonne Bolton

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SA Pony Champs 2013 Results 80cm Eventing 90cm Eventing Novice Show Pony Champ Novice Working Pony Champ SA Showing Champ SA Working Pony Champ Novice Dressage Champ SA Individual Dressage Champ SA Team Dressage SA Individual Equitation Champ 1.20m - Grand Prix 1.20m - Individual Champ 1.10m - Champ 1.00m - Champ

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SA Showing Champ - The 2013 Pony Rider Individual Showing Championship of South Africa Heidemarie Edeling on Waterside Tigers Eye

SA Individual Dressage Champ - The 2013 Pony Rider Individual Dressage Championship of South Africa Heidemarie Edeling on Waterside Tigers Eye

SA Individual Equitation Champ - The 2013 Pony Rider Individual Equitation Championship of South Africa Nicole Masson on Fantasmic

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Tankwa-Karoo - Hiding from the sun while pack-horse Pat carries our dinner

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By Barry Armitage

Twelve Months

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welve months ago I crossed the finish of the 1000km Mongol Derby in a dead heat for first place with Irish jump jockey Doni Fahy, after a gallop for the line. But my elation turned to devastation a few minutes later as my horse showed signs of lameness in the warm down before the final vet check. I was handed a two hour time penalty and with it my dream of winning the world’s longest horse race was over.

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s I write this article the 5th edition of the Mongol Derby is being run; it is day three, the day, that I have learnt through two outings in this spectacular race, that separates the real contenders from the rest, and I am feeling very left out! I am in fact green with envy! I would love to be out there on the steppe, the only point of reference to the next horse station a pink line on the LCD screen of a GPS, trying to stay on board a dilly pony in a fizzing bolt, needing to navigate with hands in short supply to whip the GPS from its pouch, a fatigue addled brain and pounded body battling to come to terms with the scale of the undertaking, all the while attempting to squeeze in as many 160km days as possible and delivering a horse that will get through the vet check in the minimum time possible. For me this is heaven, even if I get a little grumpy and break a bone or two along the way! The 2012 Mongol Derby was our last major expedition and unfortunately there are no filmed expeditions on the horizon, with the SABC, our production partners and international distributors not much interested in another horsey frolic with Baz and Joe. Since our second Mongolian outing last year we have been perfecting our skills at travelling long distances on horseback, developing new equipment, and getting our two South African horseback adventure trails off the ground. The first of these is a ten-day scamper down the Wild Coast from Umngazi River Bungalows near Port St Johns, 207km South-West to the hamlet of Morgan Bay just beyond the mighty Kei River. Joe and I rode the final recce of this trail in November 2012 with Irishman and serial trail rider Victor Keys, along with local horsewoman Niki Hoseck, from Wild Coast Horseback Adventures our partners in this caper, who was keen to extend her experience of this stretch of coast. We squeezed the planned nine day trail into just six, and had a blast riding hard every day, facing the challenges of this wonderfully varied and exquisite landscape as a tight knit team in order to reach our destination each day on our contracted schedule. Victor’s experience prompted him to exclaim on reaching the Kei River “That is simply the best ride I have ever been on!” The second adventure trail is a 235km ride through the Winelands of the Western Cape about which I wrote in a previous article. It was when I set out to ride a recce of this trail, in the four days I had available, that I decided to try leading a second horse. This proved to be an inspired decision, and on subsequent rides I have worked on perfecting this method of horseback travel, and tested equipment I have developed for this purpose. In May I went fully solo and unsupported, undertaking a 170 km ride to the Afrika Burn festival in the Tankwa Karoo. This challenging ride, I told myself, was essential for product development purposes. I needed to test the bridle/halter that I had designed, which is integral to being able to travel light, alone, and unsupported with two horses, and I was trying out the latest samples of our new riding jeans that we are developing with Hong Kong based KTC Lab, that will form part of their new range of endurance riding gear. Necessary endevours both but to be truthful, having ridden over 8000km in expeditions in the last two and a half years, a whip around the paddock just doesn’t do it for me anymore, and I just wanted to get out into the world with the horses!

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Wild-Coast - endless glorious vitsas await Wild-Coast - Another river crossed

Tankwa-Karoo - Our first sight of AfrikaBurn after 80km


Wild-Coast - Doing this makes you smile!

It is a daunting thing to head out onto the searing flats of the Tankwa on horseback; most vegetation disappears and the going underfoot becomes harsh with the heat of the sun radiating off the earth, roasting you like a rotisserie chicken. I loaded Pat, an experienced Nooitgedagter, and Kandahar, an Arab cross, the newest member of The Ride team, who recently arrived as an Easter present from Perseverance Endurance Horses in Graaff Reinet. It was a case of “be careful of what you wish for” as I had ridden him while filming Series 3 of The Ride, and at the time asked Laura Seegers from Perseverance “What do I have to do to take him home with me?” Some things happened in the interim and now he is part of our team! Thank you so much to Bob and Laura; it’s like being given a Ferrari by Enzo Ferrari himself! I left my vehicle and horse box at a friendly bed and breakfast, along with my car keys and my wife’s phone number (in case I didn’t return at all) on the Wednesday afternoon, asking them to come and look for me if I wasn’t back by midday on Sunday, before heading into the foothills of the Cedarberg. I had a stripped down version of our saddles from Franco-C Saddlery on the spare horse that I rigged as a pack saddle to carry my tent and meagre rations for four nights on the road, as well as a little Equi-Feeds Enduro to give the horses extra fuel for the potentially difficult second day of riding into the desert. My route along remote farm tracks, picked out with the help of my old friend Google Earth, took me up a steep pass to a rooibos tea farm with a sweeping view of the Tankwa Karoo. It was dark when I arrived at the homestead and asked to camp for the night, happy yet again to experience the generous hospitality of Cape farmers. The temperature plummeted overnight and it was tough to drag myself out of my sleeping bag before first light. I had 57km to ride out of the hills, across two rivers, where I hoped there would be water, and into the bleaching heat and stones of the Tankwa Karoo. I needed to get it done before the real heat of the day set in. This ride was not the longest I have undertaken alone but it is 89

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one that I am probably most pleased with. I had planned well, the equipment performed, and the horses worked well together, with me alternating them approximately every 25km. The rivers duly provided water and the horses drank. It is a daunting thing to head out onto the searing flats of the Tankwa on horseback; most vegetation disappears and the going underfoot becomes harsh with the heat of the sun radiating off the earth, roasting you like a rotisserie chicken. I arrived at the Tankwa Tented Camp, 4km from Afrika Burn, where proprietor Henk van Zyl had organised a bleak paddock for the horses, remedied somewhat by a substantial tree for shade and a pile of lucerne bales, enough to feed the horses for weeks! I rode the 4km to Afrika Burn and around the Binnekring with a friend the next day before setting out on my return journey the following morning. Again I left early, wanting to get to the sanctuary of the rivers before the heat of the day, and once reaching the second river I tethered the horses to graze on the grass along the river’s edge while I slept for a few hours, as sleep had been lacking the previous two nights. In the late afternoon we hauled ourselves out of the river valley into the hills and my overnight stop at the rooibos tea farm. My hosts had warmed to me in my absence and offered me a shower and bed for the night. The shower was critical as I had not washed for four days nor changed my clothes: in fact I was travelling so light that I hadn’t even packed a change of clothes! I made it back to my vehicle at the B&B mid morning the following day after a slow last leg as Pat was a little footsore. This brought home how careful you have to be going into this kind of environment unsupported. You have to be sure that you can get yourself and your horses out or to safety at least as it is an extremely harsh environment should something go seriously wrong. Hoof boots are next on the kit list!


Wild-Coast - Spaza Shop - there’s nothing better than a cold beer at the end of a long ride

November 2013 will see us ride our first proper Wild Coast Adventure trail with clients from Germany and the United Kingdom joining us for what will, as always, be an incredible ride. I have ridden long sections of the Wild Coast on three occasions and will never tire of it; something that will always remain a real privilege to be able to do. The trail starts with the luxury of the Umngazi River Bungalows before we head off to resorts from a bygone era like the Haven and Kobb Inn, and the more recent invention of backpackers like Bulungula, The Kraal and Mbumbi. These overnight venues bring a real charm to the journey and my favourite pastime is the afternoon walks to the local shabeen, after a long days riding, to buy ice-cold quarts of beer, to be drunk sitting on a grassy hill overlooking the sea; the way you’ve come stretching off to your left and tomorrow’s challenge disappearing into the haze of sea spray to your right. Memories of the landscape unrolling before you streaming through your mind, one stunning setting after the other: picturesque cove, tranquil forest fringed bay, endless beach gallops, aloe pocked hillsides, a striking rock formation smashed by perfectly formed waves, sublime beachscapes punctuated with serene sleek long horned cattle and the pleasurable promise of more to come tomorrow! The rivers are the biggest challenge of this ride and there are many of them. Some are a deep wade, some a short swim and a few formidable swims indeed. Joe and I have perfected our technique for swimming rivers and in fact the itinerary and dates of each trail are dictated by the tides, and each riding day by the available window to cross the major rivers as safely as possible. The largest

rivers of the day are crossed an hour after low water when the water is slack or the tide is just beginning to push gently upstream. We have added one vital piece of equipment for the peace of mind of our guests for the longer swims: a personal flotation device. These vests, inflated by a small gas canister before each major swim, offer riders the security of a languid paddle across an idyllic lagoon in the high tech equivalent of an inner tube, should they become separated from their horse. I can’t wait for November! These rides are always such an escape for Joe and I even though we have the burden of responsibility for the safety on the group, horse and human. Friends are made and bonds formed through mutual experience; the tough moments, the moments when things went a little wrong, like when your lunch sandwiches get soaked with seawater after a river crossing, and of course the funny moments, provided by the inevitable joker in the group, like Victor on our last outing, who had us in stitches a lot of the time with his dry Irish humour. But like all good things it doesn’t last and is over all too quickly. I always get the blues on the last day before that inevitable return to reality. We have ridden tons and learnt a huge amount about riding horses long distances over the last twelve months. We have extended our horsey family and have been lucky to learn from many wise and experienced people. We have been humbled by the support that we have received from so many, and also by our failures. More grand adventures beckon too; a Karoo trail, a trans-Lesotho ride and of course another crack at that most complex of horse races, the Mongol Derby!

Umngazi River Bungalows and Spa To find out more about this truly memorable family holiday destination or a romantic honeymoon contact Umngazi River Bungalows & Spa on (047) 564 1115/6/8/9 or 082 3125841/2 or visit our website and see our promos on www.umngazi.co.za. GPS Co-ordinates: S 31 36.680 - E 29 25.938 How to get there: Umngazi is located in the heart of Pondoland; twenty kilometers south of Port St Johns. SA Airlink offers direct daily flights from OR Tambo into Mthatha which is 90 kilometers from Umngazi. Transfers can be arranged. Alternatively drive past Kokstad & turn into the R61 (Port St Johns route). If you driving from the Cape, get yourselves onto the N2 North & follow Port St Johns direction from Mthatha. From Durban, follow the R61 route past the Wild Coast Sun/Bizana/Flagstaff/Lisikisiki. Franco C Saddlery www.franco-c.com / Tel no: Ben 083 270 8316

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main show jumping and showing arena as well as a renovated club house. Suskia Harris is the head of this committee alongside a small but very efficient group of parents, who are working day and night to make this a show that will be not only be unforgettable but also worth the riders travelling from all over the country to George. They have spent much time bringing in financial sponsorship for classes, maintenance equipment, items needed to run the event and for the general enjoyment of the show. The community of George has been incredibly supportive and there has been a great response to sponsorship requests. On offer this year will be a full restaurant, retail area, beer tent with TV for the parents, coffee and pancake bar, 15km race and 5km fun run for charity. Should anyone want to get involved or sponsor an event at this show please contact Suskia on sajuniorchamps2013@gmail.com or 044 889 0106.


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he FPSSA Annual Show is upon us again and will be held at KEP (Kyalami Equestrian Park) on the 24th – 26th of October 2013. This Show promises to be bigger and better than before. This has all been made possible by the very generous sponsorship of Pela Graca Friesian Stud owned by Schalk and Celeste Steyn. The Steyn’s commitment to the FPSSA and the Friesian Breed will ensure that this year’s show provides a spectacular forum for these beautiful horses to be seen.

tests to test the horse’s performance ability ( the IBOP). The show classes will commence on the morning of the 25th of Oct to the 26th of Oct, with all the traditional showing – In Hand, Ridden and Driven. Last year also saw the introduction of the Utility Class at the Annual show. This class gives all Friesian owners the chance to compete and show off the Friesians fantastic temperament. Again this year we will have our strictly come Showing Class. This is a sight to see with these majestic horses and riders dressed up and riding to music.

The FPSSA and the show committee are very excited about this year’s show. Technology has helped us to streamline the entries - and so with both Facebook, and our show website - we are able to keep competitors and Friesian enthusiasts in touch with all the events planned for the show. The FPSSA have a very proud association with the KFPS the mother Studbook in Holland and in keeping with the international judging standards of the FPSSA, 2 KFPS international judges will oversee the judging day and the show.

As an organisation that is against all forms of cruelty to animals, we thought that this Annual show could be a way for our members and our society to “give back.” In keeping with this - we are very happy to announce that a percentage of the entry fees will be donated to the Highveld Horse Care Unit. The HHCU will also be present at the show to assist with any information about their organisation. With interesting exhibitors and beautiful displays, this is a show not be missed.

This year’s show will also include a judging day on the 24th of Oct. This will provide an opportunity for members of the public to see how a Friesian horse is judged. The judging process will include foals; 3 year olds in hand; and also ridden and driven

For more details www.fpssanationalshow.co.za or www.fpssa.co.za Or on Facebook - FPSSA National Show Tel: Altie 083 299 1356

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Carl Boonzaaier on Chevignon Lolita

Kimberley’s Pela Graça Diamond Show By Brigid Thompson / Photos by Elpita Photography Sponsored By

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he Kimberley Equestrian Centre held its third annual Diamond Showjumping Show from 19-21 July. Just over 100 horses and riders from all over the country converged on Kimberley to compete for over R80,000.00 worth of Diamonds and over R50,000.00 worth of cash and product prizes. This is the only show in South Africa where riders to compete to win a dazzling selection of real diamonds. The Diamond Show has been designed as a warm and friendly event with challenging yet inviting courses to which riders can bring their upcoming horses to gain experience. All of the classes take place in the main jumping arena, and having only one focal

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Jeanne Korber on Simonsig’s Piccadilly

point means that competitors in all the grades get the same public exposure and encouragement from spectators. The show’s main sponsor is the Pela Graça Friesian Stud. The stud is home to Dries 421 (named the top Friesian Breeding Stallion worldwide) and is based in Douglas (120km from Kimberley). Owners Schalk and Celeste Steyn have shown tremendous commitment to promoting horse sport in the Northern Cape and would like to see the Diamond Show grow into an even more spectacular event over the next few years. Local course builder Ricky Talbot built a welcoming course for Friday’s Welcome Stakes, which gave most of the competitors an upbeat start to the weekend. The winning riders in the

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Welcome Stakes were Mandy Johnstone on Callaho Satine (1.3m), Sue van der Merwe and Razi (1.2m), Catherine Deare and Moon Fever (1.1m), Jenna Lochoff and Gwentin (1.0m), Christine Harding and Horse dot Com (90cm), and Wiehann Louwrens on Harkamel’s Ascent (80cm). Saturday morning’s Championship class, with diamonds for prizes in all the grades from 90cm to 1.3m, was hotly contested. The winning riders in the higher classes had incredibly quick jump-off times, and demonstrated many heart-stopping tight turns and angles. The winners were: 80cm: Wiehann Louwrens (Harkamel’s Ascent), 90cm: Heidi van Soelen (White Diamond), 1.0m: Susan Fouché (OndunoBrevario), 1.1m: Rainer Korber


Wiehann Louwrens on Harkamel’s Ascent

Rulof Els on Brandbach Dumani

Left to Right Celeste and Schalk Steyn and Carl Boonzaier

Left to Right: Celeste and Schalk Steyn and Jeanne Korber

(Callaho Egalité), 1.2m: Carl Boonzaaier (Chevignon Lolita), and 1.3m: Jeanne Korber (Simonsig’s Piccadilly).

The final Prizegiving for the overall winners in each grade was held just after the last class ended. The lucky winners were:

Saturday afternoon’s Accumulator class, which ended with a tricky joker, produced the best entertainment of the show. The tension of spectators and riders alike was tangible as horse after horse knocked the final fence. The Accumulator classes were won by: Rainer Korber on Callaho Con Coriano (1.3m), Carl Boonzaier and Assegai Sizzle (1.2m), Catherine Deare and Moon Fever (1.1m), Charles Roberts and First For Horses Beach Haven Oprah (1.0m), Anrie Swanepoel and Ashgar King Carlos (90cm), and Dyson Trisos on EC Anastasia Lady (80cm).

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1.3m: Jeanne Korber won a 0.552ct Bril Cut Diamond worth approximately R20,000.00. 1.2m: Carl Boonzaaier won a 0.621ct Trilliant cut Diamond worth approximately R11,000.00. 1.1m: Charles Roberts won a 0.520ct Trilliant cut worth approximately R10,000.00 1.0m Nadja de Wet won a 0.587 Trilliant Cut Diamond worth approximately R9,500.00. 0.90m: Rulof Els won a 0.603 Bril cut Diamond worth approx. R8,200.00 0.80m: Wiehann Louwrens won a weekend away to Magersfontein Safaris plus generous product hampers

This was a delightfully sociable show, and the atmosphere throughout the weekend was friendly with good camaraderie amongst the riders. The Saturday evening Spit Braai was exceptionally well catered, and the party in the clubhouse which followed was tremendous fun and went on late into the night. The show is now an annual event on the Kimberley Showjumping calendar so don’t miss out next year!


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During the first half of 2013, a series of development vaulting shows – The Prestige vaulting League, were run in Pretoria, Johannesburg and Kimberley.

By Nicole de villliers / Photos by T&B Images

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Jasyn Gertenbach (coach) Emma Lund, Julia Schurr and Paris Riddel during the prizegiving

Emma Lund during her freestyle

An exerpt from her diary is testament to this: On the 19th of July, Paris, Julia, Jasyn and I met at the OR Tambo for a trip of a lifetime. We were off to Spain for 12 days for a vaulting camp. The mornings started with a delicious breakfast at 8am. After breakfast we left for the Equestrian centre. The mornings started with strength classes. For this, the 60 kids were divided into groups. We moved around from station to station. There were 6 stations, each with its own coach, the stations were arms, legs, stomach, dance, barrel, jump. For all the South Africans, stomach was the worst on most days, except the day it changed into stunt class. Strength classes were followed by practice on some awesome horses. On the horses we spent a lot of time doing compulsory exercises. After four days of compulsory practice we started to practice our freestyles. These were my first D grade lessons, and having a horse with a good canter was fantastic. Lunch was at 1.30. By this time the temperatures had reached 35 degrees and we headed straight for the pool. Here all the participants socialized and played together making new friends from other countries. Each day after the lunch break we headed out on a fun activity. We went to an enormous waterworld, on a tour of Madrid, to a beautiful dam where we swam and jumped off rocks, had a treasure hunt which ended in a 110

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flour, egg and water fight and went to a fair which ended after midnight in a show of fireworks. These were all enormous fun! The last two days of the camp were spent at a competition. The competitors were from South Africa, Israel, Spain, Portugal, France, Canary Islands, Zambia, Germany, Norway and Canada. The three of us vaulted in D grade. This was Julia’s first D grade competition and my 2nd. Paris, won the PVL D grade – so she was the pro of the bunch. In the barrel competition, out of 15 D grade competitors South Africa swept clean: 1st me, 2nd Paris and 3rd Julia. In the horse category, Sophia from Portugal won, Paris was second and I came third. The best part of the camp was making lots of new friends who were just as excitable and bouncy as I was and they all loved vaulting. A big thank you to the Prestige Vaulting League who organised for us to join the camp and who sponsored the winners of the PVL to go to Spain. Midrand based Equine Insurance Brokers Equipage, was one of the main sponsors - also Willows Riding Centre, Super Rock Drills, Western Shoppe, Bulu Blankets In Co-Operating with World Training International and several individuals were supportive in helping to raise funds. Thank you to everyone!!


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The FEI WORLD DRESSAGE CHALLENGE takes place in KZN at the Durban Shongweni Club during 14 to 18 October 2013.

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ithout Primary sponsor, Land Rover Durban an event of this magnitude would not have been possible, with the setup at Shongweni close to international standards. This prestigious event was staged in Gauteng last year and was won by Leanne Mostert on the stallion Nightwatch who is by the famous Dutch stallion, Jazz. This year Nightwatch is leased to Fee Berning and ridden by her daughter, Megan Berning, who along with the other South African riders will be competing against competitors from Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay. Two visiting FEI International Judges, Mr Christof Umbach (Luxembourg) and Mrs Karin Kruger (Denmark) will judge, they travel to all the countries involved and judge from the same positions. This year’s show is offering a really special prize for the winners of the Prix St George and the winner of the Advanced 112

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Section. They will be invited to be guests at Performance Sales International (PSI). The brainchild of internationally renowned dressage expert Ullrich Kasselmann and famous showjumping expert Paul SchockemĂśhle, whose vision has been realised in breeding and preparing young horses which are talented enough to compete internationally. Held in December in Ankum Germany, it is a magnificent set up with the biggest, most luxurious auction every year offering a multitude of both dressage and sport horses available for purchase. With a huge breeding Stud and training yard with 6 indoor arenas. Also included in the prize is a free week of training and entertainment and all accommodation, food etc. The winners can select when they would like to redeem their prize and would need to fly to Germany at their own expense. For more information contact www.kzndressage.co.za, or www.psi-sporthorses.de.


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FEI World

Jumping Challenge Final 2013

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he FEI world jumping challenge final 2013 returned to Caracas, Venezuela for the second successive year. This event is about providing a highly competitive opportunity for less experienced riders from remote regions, helping them develop their skills and guiding them towards positive future International involvement in equestrian sport. It is a true test of horsemanship, as the opening ceremony is followed by a draw from the pool of available horses, and each rider must quickly form a good relationship with their new mount for the week of competition. The FEI world jumping challenge final is open to 20 category A riders qualified from each of the 10 regional zones around the world. This year 16 countries from around the world attended namely: South Africa, Argentina, Singapore, Zimbabwe, Algeria, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, El Salvador, Mauritius, Colombia, New Zealand, Tunisia, Paraguay, Dominican Republic, Lebeno, Thailand and host nation Venezuela. Michelle Zwonnikoff from South Africa finished 16 out of 422 riders in category A in the qualifications rounds prior to the finals. Not only is this challenge about tough competition and getting to bond with an unfamiliar mount. Its also about experiencing great sport and forging new

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friendships which are the key components of the learning curve that these championships provide. The event took place at the Caracas country club. Show director Patricia Zilio de Ferrando and her crew put on a most memorable International championship. They were wonderful hosts and they were extremely accommodating and helpful. The FEI stewards were great to work with. They were easy to approach and ask questions regarding to the rules of the classes, equipment, training sessions and anything else that needed clarification or explaining. The horses that were loaned for these particular championships came from 6 different clubs in the area. The National riders from theses various clubs had to offer 2 horses to be able to take part in the competition as well, even though they were separate classes they jumped after each International competition and scores from both International and National rider were scored in a Team effort. This is a fantastic way to include the National riders and for the International riders to be able to interact and learn from each other about their mounts. Michelle Zwonnikoff drew Actitud Z a big bay gelding by Darco. He was six and a half years old fairly mileaged at 1.20 level (as


this was the height of the championship and a requirement for these horses to be illegible for this competition). He wasn’t very adjustable and had a tricky mouth. Michelle got along with him and managed to work things out fairly quickly. This was a big challenge as he was very different to her own mounts back home. This in its self tells of how dedicated and driven these riders all are to be able to accustom themselves to these challenges in such short time.

The course designer was Mr Hossein Shafiee from Iran. He built very up to standard technical courses. He tested the rider’s ability to keep within the tight times, shorten and lengthen the horses in certain situations and above all tested horses carefulness. With such a mixture of horses it was evident that there were a small percentage of horses that had all these qualities and from this it was the best 4 who qualified for the finals.

There is a lot of jumping at this event. The first day started with the draw of horses followed by a training session. Half an hour to get to know your horse with only 6 jumps allowed. That afternoon around 5pm was a warm-up class (one round against the clock) in the main arena. The next afternoon was the 1st qualifier, also a 1 round against the clock. Day 3 was the second qualifier for the semi finals of which the top 60% go through. The host nation rider fell ill before the first qualifier so only 12 then went through to the semis.

This year a lot more riders were represented by the youth than in previous years. This boasts very well for the future of the sport. These are the athletes of the future and I’m sure that we will see riders from these championships representing their countries at Youth Olympic Games, World Championships and Olympic Games in years too come.

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The experience to be able to interact with so many different people and cultures from all over the world is a humbling experience. To be an ambassador for your country at an event like this is truly honourable. A big thank you to the Federation Equestrian International for offering such a wonderful platform for so many countries to be able to interact and participate at events like this. To the South African Equestrian Federation thank you for all your ongoing support and allowing our athletes the opportunity to take part in these International challenges.


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Blue Chip Feed Ltd

visits South Africa By Sarah Butler, BSc (Hons) Equine Sports Science, Office Manager & Nutritional Specialist Blue Chip UK

As Blue Chip’s Nutritional Specialist for the UK, I spend a lot of time advising how best to feed a range of different horses and ponies, be it to aid weight loss or gain, to help improve performance or simply to ensure they are in the best health possible.

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hen I was asked to visit our distributor in South Africa to provide nutritional lecture evenings I couldn’t have been more excited! Blue Chip products have been available in South Africa for approximately twelve months, courtesy of Michelle Rossouw at Chevalete Supplement Distribution CC. I spoke with Michelle at length before my visit, and I became aware that feeding horses in SA is very different to the feeding practices I am used to seeing in the UK. Along with Michelle’s help, I did a 118

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lot of research into the products most commonly fed in SA, and discovered that although very different to those that I am used to, they would still sit perfectly alongside a Blue Chip feed balancer. As the weather begins to change towards the end of September from Spring into Summer, it’s important to evaluate your horse’s diet in order to ensure they are receiving everything that they require nutritionally so that they are in good health and are happy and relaxed. Even though fibre becomes more readily available in the hotter months, it is unlikely that grass alone will meet your


horse or pony’s complex dietary requirements. Horses evolved as fibre digesters and trickle feeders, meaning that they should have some fibre moving through their digestive system continually. In the wild horses would naturally select different forages, herbs and plantation to balance their own nutritional requirements. When we domesticated horses, we took this characteristic away from them, by limiting them to eating the forage provided in their paddocks or the additional fibre, such as eragrostis, given to them. Whilst it is important to ensure that 119

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your horse or pony is receiving at least 2% of their bodyweight in fibre over 24 hours to promote good gut health and to keep them relaxed and settled, you will also need to ensure that they are receiving a balanced diet. Blue Chip Feed produce three balancers, one to suit every horse and pony, to ensure nutritional requirements are being met. Blue Chip’s balancers are nutrient dense, and are only fed at a rate of 100g per 100kg of bodyweight. The horses’ stomach is roughly the size of a rugby ball, and is not designed to receive large quantities


of hard feed/concentrates. When a large meal of concentrates is fed, if the sugar and starch content cannot all be digested in the small intestine, it can ‘leak’ into the hind gut. The hind gut doesn’t have the enzymes or bacteria designed to digest sugar and starch, hence this ‘leaking’ can bring about digestive upsets including colic, scouring (diarrhoea) and laminitis. Feeding a Blue Chip feed balancer will not only help to prevent the stomach being ‘overloaded’ but it will also help to reduce the requirement for concentrates, ensuring that meals can be kept as small as possible, better suiting the horses’ digestive system. Each Blue Chip balancer contains a complete vitamin and mineral package combined with digestive aids, a comprehensive hoof supplement, a respiratory formula, antioxidants, nucleotides, fruit-derived Vitamin E, oils and generous levels of magnesium. Blue Chip balancers are wholecereal and molasses free, so contain very low levels of sugar and starch. Blue Chip Original is the ideal feed balancer for feeding to horses and ponies that need to gain weight and condition, broodmares, youngstock and those competing up to novice level. When work becomes more demanding, and for older horses and ponies needing to gain weight, switch to Blue Chip Pro, which includes an elevated level of vitamins, minerals and nutrients. Pro also includes a blood building formula which aids oxygen transportation to the working muscle, and a prebiotic, to further aid good digestive health. Blue Chip Lami-light is the low calorie feed balancer, and is perfect to ensure a balanced diet without encouraging weight gain. Lami-light can also be fed alongside a calorie-controlled diet to help aid weight loss. Blue Chip Dynamic is the pelleted joint and bone supplement, and contains ingredients to help nourish the joints and promote strong, healthy bones. Glucosamine HCL is included, which is an important and effective agent in helping to support healthy joints. Glucosamine is vital for cartilage metabolism and for the renewal of connective tissue in and around the joints. It is required for the formation of synovial fluid, the joints’ 120

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natural lubricant, and provides the building blocks needed to repair damage caused by wear and tear and the natural ageing process. Also included is Organic MSM (Methyl-sulphonylmethane). Dynamic takes advantage of the powerful synergy between glucosamine and MSM. Our organic, bio-available MSM provides the building blocks for protein, vital for tendon and ligament repair, whilst proteins are a key component in cartilage formation and can aid muscle recovery and promote circulation. Horses in need of a joint supplement often need a bone supplement, and this is where Dynamic can really help your horse or pony. Dynamic includes: organic manganese – essential for bone formation, calcium and phosphorus – correctly balanced to ensure strong, dense bone and silicon, a vital ingredient that helps with the utilisation of calcium and is often missing from processed horse feeds. Blue Chip Karma contains 100% natural ingredients, to help highly strung, nervous or difficult horses to become more trainable and confident. Karma can help the horse relax and become less tense, without affecting energy or stamina, and is safe for competition use. The 100% natural ingredients in Blue Chip Karma include the superior, water-soluble form of magnesium known as the anti-stress mineral, which can be quickly absorbed into the blood stream. Also included is L-tryptophan, which is one of the building blocks for the production of serotonin, a hormone produced in the brain that helps to keep the horse in a settled and relaxed state. Karma can be fed on a daily basis, or given a few days before a show or stressful event. The lecture evenings were a great success, and I’d like to thank Michelle and the team at Chevalete for giving me the opportunity to visit them. It was a pleasure to meet some of you and discuss your horse or pony’s requirements, and I am looking forward to visiting again in the future. If you would like to simplify your horse’s diet, help to ensure they are in the best health possible and are looking fantastic, call Chevalete for advice on how to introduce Blue Chip to your horse or pony’s diet.


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A Smorgasbord of Riding Fun to Re-Charge the Batteries By Di Armour

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humba Valley is not just home to the Academy for students from all over the country to attend their initial training in the Horsemasters Course or EQASA, or a number of other equine careers training on offer, but to get out of the rat race, or the competitive race, and ride for the pure relaxation of it! So often this side of riding gets lost in the quagmire of competition! But it is this type of riding that gets our soul re-balanced and back in tune with our environment and your horse. Close your eyes and imagine sitting on a horse early in the morning, a clean and gentle air passing over you, bathing you in its purity, a gentle nicker can be heard behind you, the sun just starting to rise beyond the Maluti Mountains and you are heading out towards those mountains on horseback, to your breakfast! Served to you on the edge of the river, or on the side of the mountain, just as the hunger pangs begin to rise! It is bliss! The horses are well schooled, easy to ride and fun to be with. Riders come from all walks of life just to get out of the city and hear the sounds of a real life again in order to re-charge. Some riders bring their own horse and enjoy teaching this special companion all sorts of new adventures, like popping over the 60cm cross country track, or exploring the mountains, swimming in the rivers together, learning new things about each other and connecting. After the first day of a complete re-charge of your tired batteries, we show you how to transfer our tips for a fearless, bold and bomb proof safe horse, home for use on yours! All this is done while playing in a totally natural environment, which for some horses, it is not known as their “natural environment!” The horses love it! By the third day the horses are as chilled as their owners, for those who bring their own. Lots of effective training is done from the ground too and if your horse has a fear of water, either walking through it, or jumping into it, we have the perfect methods of transforming the nervous, timid horse, into the bold and brave! Bring your costume: you may need it. These 3-5 day “Ride for a Re-charge” getaways are for anyone who can ride and wants to improve their Horsemanship skills, from the ground and in the saddle. Being horse “savvy” does not actually come with the territory! Learn some real horse sense! 122

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Calm, self-confident, obedient horses are safe horses. The more we can introduce to them, the better for them, and us. The earlier it is started the better of course. There is little more liberating than riding with a neck strap and nothing else on the horse. There is no better venue for learning cross country riding. Our venue accommodates all levels, for horses and for riders with all sorts of skills and ambitions. This is not just for learning how to ride a cross country track safely, but is a great grounding for the young horse. For the more advanced horse and rider this is a smorgasbord of variety and fun. We have a 60, 70, 80cm and 1m tracks, with all sorts of efforts in place, that are unusual and exciting. Soon to be a registered show holding venue, we hope to see lots of interest as the first venue of its kind in the Eastern Free State. To add to the assortment of fun to be had on horseback we do the most wonderful ladies riding week-ends which have gone down very well with endurance riders. We ride approximately 4 hours a day across some of South Africa’s most enchanting country side and show riders how to really feel what rhythm is. Get into a canter or a trot at 10kms per hour and be totally effortless with it. It is idyllic. I remember when I was in Johannesburg and had a small livery yard and rode training shows every other week-end and then a few bigger shows, 20 odd years ago, I used to yearn for the space to re-discover true rhythm and being at one with my horse in the environment it was born to be in. Understanding this rhythm began when I was a child and did long distance riding, we somehow, sadly seem to lose the essence of freedom while we compete, or spend the days trying to make a living, the nights in front of the computer screen, and the continuous drum of traffic noises ever present in our subconscious and conscious minds, with the endless chase from point A to point B. A kick boxing lesson or two is thrown in by a Russian trained kick boxer,(and very sexy to boot!) who shows us exactly how to use our core to its maximum benefit. It’s about laughter, the wind through your hair, perfect freedom, excellent food, and an ambience made for horse lovers. Join us! Contact Di Armour for more details. 0845629818


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Equine Therapy By Marinette Teeling

Equine-Librium College in Plettenberg Bay had the honour to host and offer a 4 day course focusing on the use of Manual Therapy in the treatment of animals by two world renowned lecturers.

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aurie Edge-Hughes, BScPT, MAnimSt(Animal Physiotherapy), CAFCI, CCRT, is a Canadian trained physiotherapist. She obtained her BScPT from the University of Alberta in 1993 and has since focused her post graduate training on orthopaedics, osteopathy, acupuncture and animal physiotherapy. Laurie has the honour of having taught the first canine physiotherapy/ physical therapy courses in Canada (1999), the USA (1999) and Australia (2001). She has held executive positions on the Animal Rehabilitation Division (ARD) of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association for over 15 years. She continues to teach canine rehabilitation courses for the ARD, and instructed with the Canine Rehabilitation Institute in the USA for 10-years before 124

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moving on to a new independent educational endeavour. Laurie has been a clinical tutor for the Masters of Animal Studies (Animal Physiotherapy) program at the University of Queensland, Australia, a guest lecturer at the Royal Veterinary College in England, and Luleü University of Technology, in Sweden. Laurie has written several articles for various canine magazines, animal rehabilitation publications and veterinary publications, has contributed chapters on canine physiotherapy for relevant books, and lectures extensively on canine physiotherapy and rehabilitation nationally and internationally. She has a goal of teaching on every continent! Her primary teaching platform is currently Four Leg Rehab Inc - the world’s only online canine rehab continuing educational


resource (www.FourLeg.com). Laurie co-owns and practices out of the Canine Fitness Centre Ltd in Calgary, Alberta, Canada (www.caninefitness.com) and can be reached at physio@fourleg. com. When not entrenched in work, she enjoys spending family time with her very patient husband, two boys and three dogs. Laurie’s lectures focused on a thorough and detailed evaluation of the canine spine from a mechanical perspective. It included manual therapy concepts and evidence-based rationale for treatment selection. Participants gained a greater depth of understanding of spinal mechanics, a better appreciation for the detection of spinal dysfunctions, and the ability to manually treat (via mobilization 125

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techniques) the spinal system. Dr Lesley Goff PhD MAnimSt (AnimPhysio) MAppSc (ExSpSc) GDipAppSc (ManipPhysio) BAppSc (Physio) is one of the world’s leading Animal Physiotherapists, currently balancing her animal physiotherapy practice with presenting at vet/physio conferences and lecturing/teaching to physiotherapists and equine science students. Lesley’s practice, Active Animal Physiotherapy is based just north of Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia where she and her family reside. Lesley provides physiotherapy for equine and canine clients over an area spanning the Darling Downs, to the Granite Belt and east to the Gold Coast.


Lesley’s career as a physiotherapist spans over 20 years in which time, following her initial physiotherapy degree, she has completed master’s level degrees in Manipulative Physiotherapy, Exercise and Sports Science and Animal Physiotherapy. More recently Lesley completed her doctorate at the University of Queensland, paving the way for further research into the equine sacroiliac joint. Lesley grew up in rural Australia, competing in pony club, dressage and eventing, as well as enjoying the companionship of her dogs and horses. Before becoming an Animal Physiotherapist, Lesley gained her experience in private physiotherapy practice, and as part of a medical team, providing physiotherapy for elite national and international track and field athletes – she has transferred this special knowledge to animals. Dr. Lesley Goff is often consulted by, and provides training for other practitioners in the area of sacroiliac joint injury. She has been involved in teaching on the Animal Physiotherapy masters degree at University of Queensland and has lectured to both veterinarians and physiotherapists, and presented courses in Australia, Scandinavia, USA, South Africa and the UK. Lesley is co-editor and author in the long-awaited textbook. Animal Physiotherapy: Assessment Treatment and Rehabilitation of Animals., (Blackwell Publishing). She has had her research published in the Equine Veterinary Journal, and is a regular contributor to Hoofbeats magazine. Dr Goff’s lectures in the 4 day course focussed on providing participants with skills to be competent in basic manual therapy techniques to the equine patient. Emphasis was placed on the fundamental understanding of the biomechanics of the extremities and also the vertebral column of the horse. Manual therapy for extremities and vertebral column and more specifically joint mobilizations to the extremities were discussed as treatment options, and performed as they relate to the extremity joints. The course concluded with the basic instruction and guidance on administering of manual therapy techniques. Equine-Librium’s full time students had the pleasure of being captivated by these 2 extraordinary lecturers’ passion and knowledge in the field of Veterinary Physiotherapy for 2 weeks. It is one of Equine-Librium College’s main goals to ensure a high standard of practise within the field of Veterinary Physiotherapy. This is to ensure optimal treatment for the animal patient. On the Saturday Equine-Librium hosted a cocktail evening, giving all the participants a chance to catch up and relax. The course was a very big success and the feedback from participants was of highest regard. The current diversity of Veterinary Physiotherapy and Animal Rehabilitation within South Africa was highlighted over this weekend. The course was attended by therapists working within the field of animal therapy, ranging from 2 years to 20 years, and highlighted the various backgrounds of these therapists. It was evident that each person’s background leads them in their different focuses and different approaches in treating animals. 126

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This profession is a scientific evidence based profession and emphasis should remain on the complexity and importance of a solid theoretical knowledge of the animal patients anatomy, in-depth knowledge of the neuromusculoskeletal anatomy, biomechanics of the animals movement and joint movements, movement analysis and motor control. Not forgoing the fact that theory should be applied practically. All therapists should show a superior ability to palpate and identify dysfunction in tissue through superb palpation abilities. Even though Veterinary Physiotherapists have other tools such as laser, ultrasound, magnetic therapy, hydrotherapy as part of their treatment tool box their ability to use their hands as an evaluation and treatment tool should remain their most important asset. The veterinary field as with human medicine is an ever changing field, with new research and findings coming to the forefront. It is crucial that therapists stay on top of all of these new developments to ensure the optimal treatment of their patients. The main goals of treatment are to recover, prevent and optimise performance and this can only be achieved by continual learning. The animal patient is and will forever remain complex. If we come to the place of knowing and understanding it all, we have lost. We would like to sincerely thank Laurie and Lesley for refreshing our minds in the complexity of this field and renewing our thirst for high class education.


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