Premier Equestrian Club
Founded in 1994 Premier Equestrian Club is proudly the largest and only multi-discipline endurance club in South Africa. We continually strive for the development and progression of all equestrian disciplines within South Africa whilst always making the welfare of the horse a priority.
Endurance Horseback Riding
Endurance is a long-distance competition against the clock, testing the speed and endurance of a horse and challenging the rider over their effective use of pace, thorough knowledge of their horse’s capabilities and ability to cross all kinds of terrain. Although the rides are timed, the emphasis is on finishing in good condition rather than coming in first.
Each rider must safely manage the stamina and fitness of their horse and each course is divided into phases – in principle at least every 40km – with a compulsory halt for a veterinary inspection, or ‘vet gate’, after each. Each horse must be presented for inspection within a set time of reaching each ‘vet gate’, which determines whether it is fit to continue.
Horseback archery is an ancient martial art, that has been revived into a modern equine sport. This is basically riding hands-free on a horse and shooting with a bow at targets that have been set up in various configurations, in order to prepare a warrior for a certain battle strategy. Most disciplines and styles in this sport come from ancient nomadic combat preparations and battle techniques. From Hungarian, Cossack, Kazak, Persian, Turkish, Mongolian, Korean, Polish and many more. Each of these countries or groups has developed its own unique style or discipline.
Dressage Horseback Riding
Dressage is a French term meaning ‘training’ and its purpose is to develop the horse’s natural athletic ability and willingness to work making him calm, supple and attentive to his rider. In the discipline of Dressage, the horse and rider perform a series of predetermined movements.
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