Back on Track

The seasons are changing here yet again, and I’m feeling the pressure of a coming winter with my clippers currently still out of commission. On the bright side, we’re fully stocked on blankets and our grazing is holding up great. We’ll have to see how it does as standing hay, but for now, the horses […]

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Fourways Training SJ and XC

I looked at my list of horses for this show and thought, “Six horses, six riders! What a lovely, relaxed show,” and then contemplated how six riders felt like about a million at SANESA this year. One does get used to things – and better at managing them. Early sunrises also help; it was broad […]

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Sunlands Training Show

Here are some numbers for this show: 8 horses. 1 four-berth. 1 two-berth. 4 trips; one for the two-berth, three for the four-berth. 6 saddles. Nowhere near enough girths. No dedicated horse-holders. (We’re very thankful our horsies almost all tie up). Not one single fall. One child’s round that I didn’t get to watch. An […]

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Miracle Season

We started off our first SANESA season as a yard the way we always do: a little clueless, a lot scruffy, and ready to give absolutely everything we had. At our first qualifier, I didn’t even know that SANESA working riding tests are given at the judge’s box instead of at the class itself. My […]

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Riba Training SJ

On Sunday morning we trundled off to Kyalami in convoy: the four-berth and two two-berths, all full except the second two-berth. Because with the business growing like it has, that’s how we roll. God is good! The seven horses arrived at Riba, a smartly efficient and friendly yard right in the heart of deep Kyalami […]

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Just Snippets

Teaching is a high calling, a daunting responsibility, a rewarding rollercoaster, and a breathtaking honour. It does, however, have its downsides. Not least of which is that whatever infection the child population of Heidelberg have, I inevitably end up having, too. At least my sad homeschoolers’ immune system has girded its loins somewhat, but I […]

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Gauteng Finals Primary Schools

Last Saturday morning at early o’ clock saw us boxing Vastrap and Liana in the dark. Good little VT strolled right in; Liana had never seen a two-berth before and needed a rope around her bum, but we got her in with minimal drama and headed off to beautiful KEP. We arrived with enough time […]

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