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Suzie Michaelides

Suzie Michaelides

Suzie is an amateur dressage competitor currently competing at Prix St George level. Living in Joburg, she juggles riding with her career as a Business Strategist at a Top 40 listed company and spending quality time with her husband Leon and their gorgeous son Alex. She loves to escape the city life with her family and get back in touch with nature and its rhythms at their holiday home in a nature reserve near Hoedspruit. Her love for riding stems for her love for all animals, as well as the challenges that training a horse brings: the continuous and always honest feedback loop on the effectiveness of the intended communications that brings the ultimate high on some days, and keeps one well-grounded and humble on others; and always hungry to learn more.

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Stephen Clarke shares valuable insights into what he as a dressage judge looks for when judging a shoulder-in, linking it to the importance of the exercise as a suppling and collecting tool.
Tamara Hasselberg and Dream of Dancier

Introducing Tamara Hasselberg, an exciting up-and-coming rider from Botswana riding for Rita Brink under the coaching of Natalie Hobday.  
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We have taken some snippets from the recently held Stephen Clarke seminar held in Johannesburg at the Equidome hosted by Dressage SA.  Here Stephen comments briefly on the responsibility of the judges during a dressage test.  Enjoy his wisdom! We will bring some more insights from the seminar soon! Stephen Clarke is
David's Anglo-Arab Fingo

I had very fortunate opportunities to spend some time with David Stubbs thanks to Di Pieterse of the Equestrian Qualifications Authority of South Africa and Frances Cheboub of the SA Warmblood Horse Society.  At almost 90 years young, David is a true gentleman and his passion for equestrianism is very
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Hold onto your hats! The Paralympics opening ceremony is tomorrow and based on her form to date, our own Philippa Johnson-Dwyer is in serious medal contention in the Paradressage section! Pips is not a stranger to winning Paralympic medals with two silvers in 2004 and two golds in 2008, so
Tanya and Ramoneur at the Olympics

So has come and gone a very exciting time for South African equestrian sport, with our first ever representation for South Africa at the Olympic Games in dressage. Although our hopes of fielding a South African team were dashed at the qualifying show in Perl-Borg by a mere fraction of
Tanya Seymour canter

Says Tanya: “We starting aiming for Rio shortly after WEG in Caen.  It’s amazing how fast the time has flown by.  Our main focus after WEG was to work on my horse’s connection and improving his overall strength.  The hard work paid off with our scores increasing by 5%.  This
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e-Questrian Focus caught up with our own Sharon Rhode, FEI 4* dressage judge, on the pressures and responsibilities of being an international dressage judge.  
Sonnentanzer (Oldenburg) – Licensed both by Oldenburg and SAWHS, a dressage stallion owned by Berghof Stud and recently won Grand Champion in Hand Warmblood at HOY 2016

With the weakening of the Rand, the quality of our South African warmblood stock is more important than ever, especially from an affordability point-of-view. The South African Warmblood Horse Society (SAWHS) is instrumental in co-ordinating the continual improvement of our warmbloods together with our dedicated SA breeders who are really