Shadowfax and Greystoke with their handlers and the Watt’s Chevrolet Trailblazer and Sun Pacer horsebox. Handler’s clothing from Tack and Tuck in George.
It looked stunning and we tentatively took it for a test drive, off road too, up the old Outeniqua mountain pass with loads of corrugations and Peter looked across nervously at me waiting for me to say, “Way too hard!” I didn’t, I just smiled and said, “Cool car!” Then of course we went to look at the competition. We were very thorough, we checked out all of them. There aren’t many SUV’s that can match the Chevrolet Trailblazer’s towing capacity and the ones that could, like the big Mitsubishi, Land Rover Discovery and the Jeep Grand Cherokee, were out of our price range. Another thing that changed the game for us was it is a people carrier as well; you can sit six adults in comfort in the car with air-conditioning piped all the way through. And the people right at the back have enough legroom and two comfortable seats with cup holders. We run a guest farm and Percheron stud called Outeniqua Moon and have access to some amazing 4x4 trails in the Outeniqua Mountains; like the famous Attaquas Kloof trail which is the old ox wagon trail through the mountains to Oudtshoorn. This car meant that we can take our guests on the trail.Talk about a game changer! Now for the Acid test... We acquired our brand new Sunpacer 46
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horsebox which has been especially made to accommodate two Percheron mares, each weighing around nine hundred kilograms, or our stallions individually. The Trailblazer has the heart and class to carry the biggest colt ever bred in SA and his Dad. We have two very classy stallions one is Greystoke who weighs 1250 kgs and stands 17hh. He is a snowy giant who has recently captured the world’s imagination on facebook and has accumulated 20 000 likes, people are calling him the Elvis of Percherons. The Australians have been inquiring about his semen. The other is Shadowfax (out of Greystoke), who is still a baby, at two and half years old. He is the biggest colt ever bred in South Africa. He stands 18.1hh and will definitely make 19hh when he is fully grown. Unlike a lot of the taller heavy draft horses who don’t have the bone, his knees already measure 49cm. He will finish growing when he is seven years old. Peter and I both agreed that the Chevrolet Trailblazer had the heart and class to carry these two stallions around to shows, albeit individually, and so we bought the car in December 2013. The Horsebox and Towing The horsebox is the biggest two-berth horsebox ever made in South Africa by Sunpacer. Each berth is ninety centimetres wide