Facing up to the Fauresmith Endurance Ride

elmarie van wyk and el-qahiraElmarie van Wyk and El-Qahira Rashiq
(Photo : Vuma Horsefeeds)

Fauresmith in the Free State Province is best known for its legendary Endurance ride. Started more than 30 years ago with only a handful of riders competing, Fauresmith now attracts over 300 riders from all over Southern Africa.

The ride tests the stamina and fitness of riders and horses as they traverse 201 km’s of tough terrain in the Free State winter over three days.

The first two days are ridden over 74km’s and the last day over 54km’s. Following each stage of the ride, there is a compulsory veterinary inspection. Riders have 20 minutes following arrival to present their horse.

The regular inspections by the line veterinarians ensure early recognition and treatment of any metabolic problems associated with an endurance ride. Any horse considered by the vets to be stressed or unsound is immediately disqualified.

The preparation for such a race is of utmost importance, ensuring maximum fitness and stamina through correct training and optimal nutrition.

The 2009 race starts on 7 July and ends on 9 July and this year Vuma Feeds will be watching a pair of our Vuma Powered clients with keen interest; Elmarie van Wyk and El-Qahira Rashiq are setting out for their first attempt at Fauresmith in the light-weight category.

El-Qahira Rashiq is a young Arab Stallion and he is currently fed on Vuma 10%, Vuma VO3 Max Oil and Strike R8. The pair has been extremely successful in their run-up races and we will be behind them all the way!

Vuma Feeds is proud to be a part of the Endurance community and we wish all competitors an exceptional Fauresmith 2009 – We love to feed your Champions!


Vuma – part of the winning team!

Hartford Buenos Aires and Vuma South Africa Ladies Polo TeamsHartford Buenos Aires and Vuma South Africa Ladies Polo Teams
(Photo : Vuma Horsefeeds)

A little sibling rivalry is never a bad thing to keep the various members of the family on their toes and like any family, the Summerhill group of businesses share a little friendly competition now and again. And so it was that the Buenos Aires (BA) ladies polo team from Argentina, representing Hartford House, took on the SA ladies, representing Vuma Horse Feeds.

The first game was played at East Rand Polo Club on Sunday 6 June between Veronica Posse, Sofia Taylor, Anne Rodgers and Natascha Baecher for the Hartford BA ladies and Catherine Uys, Candice Kane-Berman, Sarah Van Wyk and Erin Jones for the Vuma SA ladies. It was a hard-fought game but under the talented captaincy of Sarah van Wyk, the Vuma SA team prevailed.

The touring BA team then enjoyed the hospitality of Horseback Africa, near Cullinan, Oaklands Polo and Country Club at Van Reenen and Hartford House and Summerhill Stud near Mooi River before joining in to play the Karkloof Classic ladies polo tournament. On Sunday 14 June, the BA ladies again took on the SA ladies in a tightly contested match enjoyed by many spectators while savouring Champagne, cocktails and Sushi sponsored by Absolut Vodka and Mumm Champagne.

Although the BA ladies put up some strong opposition, the SA ladies were the eventual winners.

Vuma is also proud to feed the Best String of Ponies at the Karkloof Classic, owned and played by Brian Hein – We Love to Feed your Champions.



zirconeum winning connections

Zirconeum with her winning connections
(Photo: Gold Circle)

Those who read the Sporting Post will undoubtedly know by now that, come the big days, there’s always a drum banging for horses that know the taste of Africa’s finest horsefeed.

Saturday’s gathering of the best three-year-olds in the land, witnessed the renewal of the Daily News 2000 (Gr.1) and the Woolavington Stakes (Gr.1), an assembly of the best colts and fillies respectively and the principal trials for the sophomore generation aiming at the biggest horse race in Africa, the Vodacom Durban July.

There was nothing really surprising about the outcome of either, as the winners represented some of the best form of the season, with Big City Life taking the colt’s version, and Zirconeum, bred across the valley from Summerhill by our neighbours, Karen and Warwick Render at Bush Hill Stud, snatching the laurels in the fillies’ version.

What wasn’t surprising though, was that the first three home in the Daily News 2000 were all sustained by Vuma (Big City Life trained by Glen Kotzen, Dan De Lago (Charles Laird) and Captain Scott (Alec Laird) while Zirconeum, the little filly with the heart of a giant, was another feather in the already substantial cap of Mike de Kock.

No doubt, knowing the protagonists, these fellows will all march on to the Greyville track on the first Saturday in July to the Vodacom jingle.

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