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Wednesday
Mar162011

PAUL HART AND HARRY QUALIFY FOR 2012 OLYMPICS

Paul Hart and Heartbreak Hill representing South AFrican Eventing

Paul Hart and Heartbreak Hill
(Photo : Vuma Horsefeed)

Barroca D'alva
Portugal

Vuma Champions Heartbreak Hill and Paul Hart, achieved their goal of qualifying for the 2012 Olympics, this past weekend! Competing in the three star event at Barroca D'alva in Portugal.

The daunting Cross country course was 3626 metres long with a total of 24 jumps. Paul was very positive, Harry went superbly and they were clear in their jumping. Unfortunately, a small error incurred them a few time faults.

Only 30 of the original 48 entries made it through to the show-jumping on Sunday. Unfortunately, Paul and Harry had two poles down but have qualified for the Olympics and earned valuable points for their international ranking.

The Vuma Team wish Paul and Harry every success in their European quest and we will be watching every step as they fly the South African flag!

You can follow their progress on Facebook :

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Paul-Hart-Weg2010/259214698928

Sunday
Nov072010

SOUTH AFRICAN EQUINE GLOBE TROTTERS

j j the jet plane
JJ The Jet Plane
(Photo : Gold Circle)

...the all thrive on Africa's Finest Horsefeeds.

We may be Africa's Finest Horsefeeds but our effects are far reaching and some of our best ambassadors travel the world to conquer and excel abroad, and many do return for a taste of the good stuff back on home soil.

One of these travellers is Sue Cullen's warmblood stallion, Wenzel R, who is due home in December after his time in quarantine. Sue is adamant that Wenzel will eat nothing but Vuma and we would have to agree that apart from being a magnificent horse he does have great taste. Wenzel will be continuing his dressage career here in South Africa, after a year competing in Europe.

Among our racing champions whose foundations were built on Vuma are Desert Links, Paris Perfect and Imbongi, all whom started life at Summerhill Stud and all who went on to fly the South African flag high in Dubai. While we may tell you that nutrition is key to the foundation of a successful racing career, it is the stats that will tell you that graduates of the Summerhill pastures are hardy and run more often for more stakes. This key differentiator is what has kept Summerhill at the head of the pack on the breeder's log for the past 6 consecutive seasons.

Currently still in the UK is Paul Hart's, Heartbreak Hill, who was prepared in South Africa for his International campaign on Vuma Vitality and who we look forward to feeding again on his return sometime next year. Paul tells us that since the horses had to return from the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, via the UK, they are planning on competing at Badminton which falls over the Easter weekend in 2011.

Vuma Champion, JJ The Jet Plane won both the Golden Horse Casino Sprint and the Mercury Sprint earlier this year and is currently in quarantine near Newmarket, in the UK before he jets off to Hong Kong, where he will run in the in the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint on December 12th. In his case he is taking his supply of Vuma Feed with him to ensure a seamless move across the globe and to ensure his best chance of success.

Wherever in the world they may go, our Vuma Champions have one thing in common; they all thrive on Africa's Finest Horsefeeds.

vuma horsefeed africa

AFRICA'S FINEST HORSEFEEDS

For more information contact :
Catherine Hartley : 083 640 1155
Email: catherine@vumafeed.co.za

www.vumafeed.co.za

Tuesday
Sep212010

PACKING FOR WEG 2010 KENTUCKY?

thoroughbred park sculpture

The Thoroughbred Park Sculpture Collection by Gwen Reardon
(Photo : Gwen Reardon)

ALTECH FEI WORLD EQUESTRIAN GAMES

If you are not packing for Kentucky, what are you doing?

With the world's biggest yearling sale, Keeneland September Sale, underway for just over a week and the World Equestrian Games starting as the sales end, it would seem that if you are not in Kentucky or packing your bags to leave, then you must be missing something!

Reports from the sales are that trade continued to be robust during Monday's session, which was headlined by the $450,000 paid for a colt by Tapit.

As the sales wind down to end on Sunday 26th September, the World Equestrian Games kick off on Friday the 25th September at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. There will be an influx of people from all over the world, not least of which will be a contingent of South African's to support our riders as the show the rest of the world what South Africa is capable of.

Most exciting is that our eventers are competing on South African horses, internationally, for the first time. News from the team is that the horses arrived safely in Cincinnati and travelled like old campaigners. They will be trucked across to Lexington today to take up their temporary residence in the Kentucky Equestrian Park.

The flight from Europe formed just one of the 10 charter flights transporting the almost 450 horses, departing from Belgium's Liege airport between 16-29 September, to the United States.

The eventers, Paul Hart, Douglas Welsh, Heidi Wood, Martyn Swanepoel and Graham Winn start competing on Friday 30th September in their dressage classes, with the Cross Country on Saturday 2nd October and culminating on Sunday 3rd October with their show jumping. The closing ceremony will be held on Sunday 10th October.

The first of the SA riders to compete will be Shane Borland in the Reining classes on the first day of the games, followed the next day by the Endurance team, including Dominique van Zyl.

Click here for the full 2010 Altech FEI World Equestrian Games event schedules.

We look forward to great results from all of our South African teams and wish them the very best of everything from the Vuma team.

Click here for the full SA equestrian Team.

Tuesday
Sep072010

SOUTH AFRICAN EVENTING TEAM : 12 DAYS TILL TAKEOFF

paula hart and heartbreak hill south african eventing team

Paul Hart and Heartbreak Hill
(Photo : Vumafeed)

WORLD EQUESTRIAN GAMES
2010

The South African Eventing team depart for Kentucky in 12 days time.

Reporting on their progress from their training camp in St Jean, on the west coast of France, Paul Hart tells us that they are well on track and he believes that the horses are going to peak at the right time!

Paul says that St Jean is beautiful and they are doing a lot of beach riding for fitness, which started in earnest last Saturday. The going is great and not too soft.

They are training towards their optimum time for WEG which is 12 minutes at 570m/minute. The WEG track is 7km long and they are incorporating a lot of interval training to ensure peak fitness over the cross country course.

Their morning training continued yesterday and Paul had the following to say :

"We went to the beach to do fitness training yesterday again. We got there at seven am to perfect conditions.

We started with 20 minutes trotting and then seven minutes canter at 500m/minute followed by a two minute walk and back to canter for another seven minutes and then another two minute walk followed by a 10 minute trot on the beach and a minute walk in the sea for their legs.

Harry loves the sea and every time he thinks I won't notice he tries to roll in the water! In the afternoon we lunged for twenty minutes and then hand walked them for 30 minutes.

We are also cycling about 25km a day so we can stay fit!"

It sounds like our team are well on track to do us proud and we wish them the best of everything as they get closer to their goal.

The World Equestrian Games start on 25th September in Lexington, Kentucky. Will you be there?

Thursday
Jul292010

VUMA CHAMPIONS PRIMED FOR WORLD EQUESTRIAN GAMES

paul hart and heartbreak hill

Paul Hart and Heartbreak Hill
(Photo : Vuma Horefeeds)

WEG 2010 : It's Nearly here!

There are a mere 57 days until the start of the Altech FEI World Equestrian Games 2010, in Lexington, Kentucky.

For Vuma Champions Paul Hart and Heartbreak Hill, what seemed like a far off dream has suddenly become an immediate reality, writes Suzanne Boswell of SCB PR & Communications.

Harry is doing well and is fit and ready to compete in their last preparation event which is Martinvast (Normandy) from the 19th to the 22nd of August.

Paul is busy with all his preparations as he leaves for France next week Thursday to train and prepare and will only be returning to South Africa post WEG. He is feeling very optimistic about the event. All preparations are going well.

"It all seems to have come so fast - it seems like the horses were in quarantine the other day and now there are only 57 days left.  In some ways I don't want this to end as it has been such an amazing experience and I have been overwhelmed by everybody's kindness and generosity. I am sure that Harry and I will do you all proud"

I would also like to say a big thank you to all my sponsors big and small as it is through your commitment that this dream has become a reality." concludes Paul.

Suzanne will keep us abreast of things as they happen and from the Vuma team we wish all the South African riders and supporters a superb Kentucky experience – Hambani Kahle!

You can also follow Paul's progress on Facebook.

paul hart facebook weg 2010

Paul Hart WEG2010

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