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The Tarka Ten Thousand – 17 September 2011

One of the year’s most anticipated Eastern Cape endurance rides took place last weekend – the Tarka Ride, hosted by the Hofmeyr Club on Gys & Mariska Botha’s farm in Golden Valley near Tarkastad. For the first time, the 120km distance also included a team competition, with a huge prize of R10,000 for the team … Continue reading

Barefoot is Best at Blakeridge

It was an unusually chilly start to the Blakeridge Ride this year, in it’s new slot in August. But the conditions were fantastic for the horses and riders, and led to some exceptionally fast times being achieved. Nearly a dozen horses completed the 80km ERASA cloverleaf in under 4 hours. The ride is hosted by … Continue reading

The Benefit of Perseverance | Barry Armitage

We had a surprise visit to the stud last week from Barry Armitage, soon to be a South African television star with his new series, Ride of the Peacemaker. Last year, he and his friend Joe Dawson took on the mind-boggling task of following the 600 mile route that Dick King rode 168 years ago … Continue reading

7 Characteristics of a Great Endurance Horse – September 2011

Endurance riding is a team sport. The team is the horse and rider and their support crew at the vet checks. The challenges they face are distance, variations in altitude and terrain, difficult going such as rocks, mud or sand, extreme weather fluctuations, time limits and passing the vet checks every 30 km or so. … Continue reading