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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

The Essential Barefoot Course – 30 September to 2 October

Here is your chance to tap into the formidable knowledge and experience of two of South Africa’s pioneering barefoot endurance riders! Bob and Laura Seegers are hosting another barefoot workshop at Broederstroom which will incorporate all aspects of riding, maintaining and training a barefoot horse, focusing on natural horsemanship principles. Broederstroom is the home of … Continue reading

Going barefoot – October 2006

This was an article that Laura Seegers wrote for the SA Horseman in October 2006, the year that that ERASA changed the rules to allow barefoot horses to compete in endurance. ~~~ Why do you want to ride your horses b­arefoot in endurance rides? is the ­question often asked by riders interested in our reasons … Continue reading

Barefoot hooves = no slip!

Fauresmith 2011 Perseverance took three of our horses to their first Fauresmith. They were thoroughly prepared and well managed by the team. We were blessed when PSV Jedi & Laura flew round the 201 km in 8 hours 36 to finish 5th in Standardweights, Ashley & PSV Mauser rode a good 9h48 to finish 17 … Continue reading

Fleet barefoot feet at Fauresmith 2011

Last week saw the biggest event on the South African endurance calendar take place: the SA National Championships at Fauresmith in the Free State.  It’s a 3 day race over 201km, in freezing, sub-zero conditions, which attracts riders from all over the country as well as overseas. This year a record number of horses were … Continue reading

Eventually Further and Faster?

I made a very bold statement quite recently. I suppose I was feeling super confident because things have been going extremely well with our barefoot endurance horses. Our best horse, Perseverance Jedi, continues to improve and get faster and faster, and now that he has got up to National Team level, that is very gratifying. … Continue reading

The Essential Barefoot Course – 17 to 19 June 2011

Here is your chance to tap into the formidable knowledge and experience of two of South Africa’s pioneering barefoot endurance riders! Bob and Laura Seegers are hosting another barefoot workshop at Broederstroom which will incorporate all aspects of riding, maintaining and training a barefoot horse, focusing on natural horsemanship principles. Broederstroom is the home of … Continue reading

Team PSV produces the goods at the SAIC – Apr 2011

Team PSV has just returned from an epic adventure up to the Waterberg District in Limpopo last week for the South African International Challenge. We went up early and spent a week there to give our horses time to recover from the 15 hour trip, and so that PSV Jedi could have his blood tests … Continue reading