Horse info & SA blogs

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Now in its third edition, Race the Wild Coast (RTWC) has rapidly become known as the toughest horse race on the planet. The event takes place from 19 to 27 October 2019 and only twenty riders compete in this prestigious limited-access event. RTWC is now open for global entries.

4th Mar 2019

Capital Stud – looking back on 2018

Photography by: Hilary O’Leary Capital Stud would like to wish you all a happy and safe festive season. Thank you to all our fans for their… The post Capital Stud – looking back on 2018 appeared first on HQ Magazine.…

20th Dec 2018

Horses 4 Hope event

HQ team up with Simon Marrier d’Unienville and Horses 4 Hope to bring you an exclusive event Simon Marrier d’Unienville, the founder of Horses 4… The post Horses 4 Hope event appeared first on HQ Magazine.…

18th Dec 2018

Ronnie Healy rider profile

Ronnie Healy at Revil I’ll be competing in The SA Derby presented by black, on my horse Blueturtle Atmore. I’ll also have Blueturtle Catweasle in the 1.35m classes. Will you dress up in line with the theme “Spring in the Hamptons”?  I will if I don’t qualify, but hopefully I’ll be in

15th Sep 2018

Lorette Taylor update pre-Derby

Lorette Taylor at Revil Interview by Caroline Malan An update from Team Nissan rider Lorette Knowles-Taylor as we head towards The SA DERBY. Tell us your thoughts about your show in Polokwane at Revil Stables and the performance of your horses? I was very happy with my show overall. My

14th Sep 2018

An interview with Nicole Horwood

Interview by Caroline Malan You’re currently ranked number 1 in SA. Tell us about your 2018 – what has gone so right? Ranking at number 1 position is normally about consistency. We have won a couple of big classes and been placed in many. Don Cumarco is feeling very fit

13th Sep 2018

Rider profile: Nicole Horwood

Tell us about your 4 wins – all of them on Don Cumarco! It was always my childhood dream to win the Derby, there is something about the Derby that is very special. The first time I won was very surreal. It was Capital Don Cumarco’s first Derby as well

3rd Sep 2018

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

The SA Derby presented by black Look out for the “SOLD OUT” sign: Tickets selling fast on! The 2018 SA Derby presented by SA’s newest entertainment platform – black, is set to sell out soon, with Grandstands A & B officially sold out. Commencing on 26 September 2018, Kyalami

25th Aug 2018

Rider profile: Marlene Sinclair

Marlene Sinclair on Camaro. Photo credit: TB images By Caroline Malan You’re currently ranked number 2 on Camaro – tell us why you’re having such a fantastic year? Camaro is one of the greatest horses I’ve ever had the privilege to have as a partner. He is a true gentleman

26th Jul 2018

A report on Andrea Harrison’s dressage clinic in Botswana

By Sarah Ward A Dressage Clinic was held on 20th/21st/22nd/23rd July, 2018, at four different venues in Gaborone. The venues chosen were Herbie’s Haven Stables and Havenspride Stud, Penndragon Equestrian Centre, Stone Ridge Stables  and Notwane Equestrian Centre. All the arenas were raked and watered and were in excellent condition

24th Jul 2018

2018 SA Derby Course Designer: Ryan Sander

Warning – ALWAYS wear a helmet when mounted By Ryan Sander The SA Derby course was originally designed by Pam Carruthers in 1965. She was at that time a world renowned course designer. The Derby first took place at the Inanda show grounds in Sandton, and remained there until the

23rd Jul 2018

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

It was a high stakes contest with some of the country’s best riding talent competing over an international-level course at Shongweni Club from 12 to 17 June. Anne-Marie Esslinger put on a spectacular show in the main title class riding Alzu Oregon to win the 1.5m Nissan FEI World Cup

18th Jun 2018

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28th Dec 2016

2013 Nissan Winter Classic

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

24th Dec 2016

J&B Met 2016

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

24th Dec 2016

SA Pairs Championships 2016, Mounted Games South Africa.

24th Dec 2016

Over 800 horses feature in the SA National Saddle Championships

Over 800 horses are participating in the South African National Saddle Horse Championships – just

24th Dec 2016

Durban July 2015

The Durban July has figured on the calendar since 1897 – and it’s billed as one of South

24th Dec 2016

Mounted Games 2017 World Championships in South Africa

The official promo video for the 2017 Mounted Games World Championships in Pietermaritzburg, South

24th Dec 2016

Events Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo Event South Africa 2014 91200 NMNB

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24th Dec 2016


South African showjumper Nicole Horwood riding MARK WHITE, Nissan’s Capital Don Cumarco have clinched the coveted title again this year in the South African Showjumping Derby.

24th Dec 2016


Nicole Horwood riding Capital Don Cumarco clears the last fence in the 2014 Galencia Property South

24th Dec 2016

Showjumping Cheyenne and Chinoa – SA FEI 1.2 m

Cheyenne de Beer jumping Chinoa Firesong in the South African 1.2 m FEI.

24th Dec 2016

Pony Rider South African Derby

Tumi Mosiah and Frangelica’s Dream were awarded 4th place for this Novice Equitation test.

24th Dec 2016

South African Derby 2012

Everybody getting their grOOVe on at South African Avis Derby! Plus catching up with Jade Hooke…

24th Dec 2016

  • 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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