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Barefoot, Endurance

Team PSV dominates at Hofmeyr – Spring 2010

This past weeked was South Africa’s second oldest endurance ride at HOFMEYR, which has been going for 32 years.   It’s also one of the hardest courses, which takes the riders to the top of Aasvoëlkop and down the other side, over 2188 m above sea-level.  And Team PSV dominated the rest of the field, despite being the only team riding barefoot horses!

Laura Seegers and PSV Jedi won the 130km, and took Best Condition for this distance;  Megan King was the first junior in the 80km, and PSV Liberty took Best Condition, despite it being only her first ride out of the novice class.  Ashley Gower and PSV Karoo breezed over the very tough and stony course in Karoo’s last stepladdder as a novice;   and Bob Seegers and PSV Mabruk were kings of the mountain, beating every other horse over the peak, in Mabruk’s VERY FIRST 80km ride!

So Team PSV is feeling rather pleased with itself, having also returned triumphant from BEAUFORT WEST last month with a full house completing what is a described as an ‘unsuitable course for barefoot horses’!

Laura on PSV Karoo did a solid 60km and Lucy Dixon finished a good 80km stepladder on PSV Kandahar to take him out of novice.   Bob on PSV Ibis and Ashley Gower on Rafiki did the 80km, and both came in second in their classes.  And last, but definitely not least, Megan King, riding PSV Mauser, came in 2nd in the 120km!

Also, in a recent ranking, we were delighted to see that PSV Jedi was listed as the fastest horse in the Eastern Cape.  He’s a star, and will be competing with Laura at some of the upcoming rides.  But we have several other Jedis in the making, including his nephew PSV Neptune!

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ENDURANCE RIDES

Team PSV on the starting line at Hofmeyr at 2.30am!

Next up for Team PSV is the TARKASTAD ride on the 25th of September.  We’ll be taking four or five horses to compete, and as always, do welcome guest riders.  Then a bit closer to home in October, we’ll be taking another full team to the SCHANSKRAAL FEI ride.

These are our confirmed rides before Christmas, so if you’re planning to attend any of them, do come and say hello.  Our pitch is always easy to find…. look for the big silver truck!

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STALLIONS AT STUD

Of our three stallions standing at stud on Broederstroom, Jaudet SILWER is one of the few 100% Crabbet stallions in the world.   All of his forebears were bred or owned by the Crabbet Stud.  The triumph of his son Liquorice at the King’s Cup in Bahrain just proves to the world that we are right in our confidence in him.   Our oldest Silwer son is PSV Mercury who is as fast as his name suggests, and will be starting his endurance career now.

El-Jahrousse AMIR is the only purebred foal of Timarie Prince Valiant and his dam is Jaudet Venus who is a half-sister to our own senior stallion.   His conformation is correct, and in the perfect balance for endurance athletes.  Amir is a blend of Timarie and Olford  lines; this is pure gold for endurance!  We will shortly be greeting the first of his foals from our mares.

And finally, our young four year old stallion, PSV ORIENT, is the next horse that we are planning to back, in preparation for his endurance career.   Bob is already pulling rank to be his rider!

El-Jahrousse Amir introducing himself to PSV Orient

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HORSES FOR SALE

We have several horses for sale, both senior and novice endurance horses, as well as young horses that are in training at the moment.  For details (including pedigrees) on any of the horses, please reply to this e-mail and we’ll get info out to you straight away.  You can also visit the website www.endurancehorse.co.za

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NEW FOALS

We’ve had several visitors to the stud recently, including Lorraine Currie of the Annandale Stud in Australia, who’ve all commented on how good our brood mares are looking, which we hope bodes well for the new crop of foals that are about to drop.  And with that thought in mind, it’s time to start thinking of names again.

This season’s letter is T, so if you have any good suggestions, drop us a line.  Here are a couple we’ve already got on the list: Toledo, Texas, Tahiti …  All sugestions welcome!

All the best from Bob & Laura Seegers and the rest of the team here at Perseverance.

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Lucy Dixon

Perseverance Arabian & Endurance Horse Stud

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About Perseverance

PERSEVERANCE Arabian & Endurance Horses have special Arabian bloodlines, they have functionally beautiful bodies, and they do endurance barefoot. TEAM PSV: Francois & Laura Seegers, Gurth & Rosemary Walton, Lucy Dixon, Donalyn Hennessy & Ashley Gower. www.endurancehorse.co.za

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