Horse info & SA blogs

With a generally interesting international / local section under Lifestyle which may not have anything to do with equestrian at all.

A Non-TB Owner’s Take on the TB Makeover

Sunday, Oct. 25, concluded the third annual Retired Racehorse Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover, which made its Bluegrass debut at the Kentucky Horse Park this past week. No one really knew what the turnout or fanfare would be like, but after

28th Oct 2015


Mounted games was introduced to SA in 2000 by the Canadian National Mounted Games team. They ran clinics over the country and chose an invitational team to compete in the world team championships which they hosted. From this we have been driving the development of the sport which has taken off in the last few years. A solid base was established in KZN where Ian Marr, the Chairperson of MGASA lives. After moving to Pretoria to study veterinary in 2012 I have been driving the development of MGA with the help of some key members such as Michelle Mackenzie and Felicia Rowan. One of our KZN riders, Dani Vinay, moved to Western Province to study, and has been driving the sport there. WP will be hosting their first interprovincial in April, which 2 Gauteng teams and 2 KZN teams will attend and compete against 3 of their teams. SA has sent invitation teams to the World Team Champs in 2003, 2008, 2009 and 2014. SA pioneered and hosted an international in 2010, namely the Southern Hemisphere Championships. A team then travelled to New Zealand in 2011 and 2014 and to Australia in 2012 for the same competition. It was hosted by SA in 2013 where our team was victorious. The competition has grown and is now known as the 5 Nations, and includes Canada and USA. MGASA is a registered NPO. We have been in the process of registering with SAEF for quite a while and registration with SASCOC will follow that.

27th Oct 2015

Bold One Training Show 80cm

Bold One and I jumping 80 cm in a show and I've never been prouder of such an amazing horse ♥ And credit to probably the worst song in the world. i didnt play or choose it. i would much rather hear nothing than that song

20th Oct 2015

Drakenstein Stud Farm

South Africa’s Duke Of Marmalade Strikes Again

Drakenstein Stud FarmOn the 12th of September 2015, only a few days before the Springboks easily achieved a win over Samoa, South Africa scored another famous victory, The Duke of Marmalade’s filly, Simple Verse, triumphed in the St Leger horse race. In any other year perhaps this wouldn’t be worthy of a South African newsreader’s attention.

However, this is not any other year. And this just isn’t any other horse race. This victory is an accomplishment every South African horseracing fan or sports follower will appreciate and inspire to stand tall with a sense of patriotic pride. The day marked the first time ever that a horse winning a British Classic was sired by a stallion standing in South Africa.

6th Oct 2015

RSA Championships Western Mounted Games – North West

South African Western Mounted Games Nationals 2015. Lots of fun and one of our riders came 2nd in the country. We the best from the North West.

6th Oct 2015

Before You Volunteer at a Disaster Site

Some disaster areas, such as Moore, Oklahoma, after the 2013 tornado, can look like war zones. Photo: Maj. Geoff Legler/Wikimedia Commons If you choose to volunteer in an emergency or disaster situation, there are a number of very important factors

5th Oct 2015

  • Art


    andrew barlow fine art

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

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    Caryn Bowie

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

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    Horse Training Beginners

    Horse Training - A Beginners Guide

    5 Mistakes Horse Owners Often Make When Loading Their Horse

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

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

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    Horse Training - A Beginners Guide

    Another Method of Loading a Horse in a Trailer

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

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    Horse Training - A Beginners Guide

    Bit vs Bitless


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

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    Horse Training - A Beginners Guide

    Horse Training – A Beginners Guide

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

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    Horse Training - A Beginners Guide

    Horse training, food for thought for beginners

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

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