Equanimity has some lovely horses available to ride in lessons and on trails. Their personalities vary and they are encouraged to remain their quirky-selves, despite being asked to conform to the strict standards of discipline required of trail and school ponies.
Conquer is the founding member of Equanimity Equestrian Center, being the first pony jointly bought by Cheresa and Adam, initially with the sole purpose of starting up the horse riding school. He is 14.1hh chestnut arab cross gelding, and was born in 2001. He has done low level competitions in show jumping, dressage, showing, eventing and endurance, as well as a few drag hunts. He has even offered pony rides at a church fundraiser. Conquer spent all of 2012 through until mid 2016 as a school pony for Equanimity, until he was diagnosed with Navicular disease. His diagnosis was a heavy blow, as Conquer is the main pony Cheresa wanted to keep going into his golden years. It was decided that Conquer would relocate to Noordhoek for a quieter life as an equine assisted psychotherapy pony and he spent the remainder of 2016, as well as all of 2017 and the first few months of 2018 with the Equinox Trust. Conquer has since returned home to Equanimity and is looking and feeling wonderful! There is no urgency to return him into school work and instead, he will be spending his early retirement as a companion to our young colts and stallions, teaching them how to behave in a gentlemanly fashion, as well as tolerating obnoxiously overdone cuddles and affection from his existing fan-club.
Roxy, as she is known around the yard, is an immensely gentle and honest thoroughbred mare. She was born on 21 November 2011, is 16.2hh, a dark bay, has shoulders like a tank and a heart as squishy as a marshmallow. Roxy is what we like to call a “nurturing type”. She can be ridden by tiny riders whose legs don’t even go past the saddle, as well as by more experienced riders who would like to do a bit more work. Roxy was gifted to Cheresa in December 2017 by her previous owner, Felicity Rossouw, when Felicity wished for Roxy to receive more specialised attention in terms of her ongoing soundness issues. Roxy has been with us since and has rapidly built up a fan base.
Fine Pearl is the princess (who ironically loves to roll in mud, but hates to step in it) of the yard. She is a 2008-born, 16hh Thoroughbred x Saddler cross, crossbred mare with legs for miles and movement that can make people stop in their tracks. Pearl has a lovely colt at foot (we are still deciding whether to geld him) by the late Donatello, who was by the KWPN stallion Waldemar G out of Saratoga Destiny’s Child (by Saratoga Carrick). We are considering putting Pearl in foal to Rico KWPN at the end of 2017 for the 2018 season and this will be a truly magnificent foal. Pearl is talented in free work, dressage, jumping, cross country, endurance and loves outrides. She is an incredibly honest horse with a fantastic work ethic and willingness to please and she is certainly a gem worth more than we could ever say. Pearl has a huge stride for her size and has talent for days! She is dainty and feminine, yet has scope, power and toughness – what a wonderful horse! Pearl is owned by Mia de Roubaix and they are a lovely partnership. Pearl has been confirmed in foal to Assegai Stud’s Rico (KWPN) for the 2018 season and we cannot wait to see this combination!
Blazing Aurora, also known as Ash or Babyface around the yard, is owned by Cheresa. She is a 2011-born, 16hh red bay Thoroughbred mare with the quirky (yet usually talented) bloodlines of Northern Dancer, Best by Test and Al Mufti. Interestingly, Cammy and Ash share the same great grandsire! Ash was brought to the yard with the intention of her filling Cammy’s shoes. Ash is the most straightforward, laid-back young thoroughbred we have ever come across. She has an impressive stride in the country and showed very good pulses in her first endurance ride. Shortly after her arrival, Ash fractured her left hip and she underwent a lengthy recovery process. The result is that she is very left-bent, but this does not hinder her in the slightest. Ash enjoys jumping, but loves relaxed outrides most of all. Ash is currently in foal to the full arabian stallion, Spartacus, from Strydom Stud in Pretoria. Cheresa met Spartacus on a visit to Pretoria, intending to look for a horse for a client. Instead, she met Spartacus and was completely blown away by his temperament and presence. The decision was made then and there. Ash’s beautiful foal, Akiva, was born 22 December 2017 🙂
Equanimity’s Akiva is our 2017 colt born on December 22nd. He is by an arabian stallion from Strydom Arabian Stud, Spartacus FS, out of our thoroughbred mare, Blazing Aurora. Akiva was born kicking and despite his very plain colouring, he is filled with fire and spark. He oozes presence and keeps the entire herd on its toes. The future is bursting with possibilities for this handsome young fellow and we’re so honoured to be a part of his adventure 🙂
Praline is a 2004-born 16.3hh chestnut mare by Piotter KWPN out of a SAW mare, Verdini Ladioska, who was by Landgraaf KWPN. She is owned by Cheresa. Praline’s dam was nearly 18hh and was an absolute sweetheart of a horse. Praline’s dam died while she was still very young and she was subsequently raised as a pet. Her breeder competed in jumping at the time and bred Praline as a jumper, but she did not seem to have the heart for it. Praline survived African Horse Sickness as a youngster and is a tough, unassuming, easy-going mare with phenomenal scope of movement and hidden talent. She is quite bossy in the herd, but is the most gentle horse when it comes to people. She has in the past been trained in Andrew Mclain’s teachings, Straigtness Training, as well as basic French Classical education. Praline is spending time being a wonderful matriarch and stabilising force in the herd, whilst teaching a few riders about riding with their spines and quieting their minds 🙂 She has been put in foal to the German stallion, Rotspon, for the 2018 season and we are extremely thrilled with this combination.
Valdus aka Sox, is owned by Cheresa after his previous owner was forced by circumstances beyond her control, to rehome him. Sox is a 15.2hh light bay Boerperd cross gelding, bred in South Africa. His previous owner competed him up to Elementary level dressage and up to 1.10m show jumping, but had to stop competing. Sox received his nickname due to the Equanimity herd being flooded with bay horses at one stage. Riders were struggling to identify the school horses, so the phrase; “he’s the one with the socks” was used often. Sox is currently on home lease to previous Equanimity clients, the Siebrits family, as he helps Kay-Lee on her journey towards becoming an SAEF-qualified horse riding instructor. They are working towards KL receiving her 1m grading points to this effect. He is stabled across the road from Equanimity, at Klein Hazendal Farm and will return to Equanimity in November 2018.
Calisto is a 2016-born South African Warmblood filly bred and owned by Cheresa. Cally is by the late Donatello (SAW), out of the late Camargo XX. Cally has her dam’s spunk and sensitivity (not to mention appetite) and shows an incredibly free shoulder, inherited from her dam, as well as her granddam’s side (Saratoga Destiny’s Child by Carrick). Calisto is a beautiful bay tobiano and has inherited her grandsire’s signature black streak in a white tail. We are very excited to see how she matures and who she becomes and she is very special to Cheresa personally, being the offspring of her beloved Cammy – who used to fall asleep in Cheresa’s arms.
Elsa is a 14.2hh, 2014-born Appaloosa crossbreed mare who came to Equanimity with the intention of being backed and sold on. As with all of the horses who come into Cheresa’s possession, no process is rushed and we try to take great care in ensuring that each horse finds his/her ideal human. Elsa (previously known as “Chloe”) is no different. Her backing process is going well and she is a “caretaker” type, who will give her entire heart to her rider once she knows what is expected of her. Despite her conformational defects, she has smooth, floaty, easy paces and is proving incredibly willing under saddle. We are super excited to see the right person find her! Elsa is being classically schooled, so the new potential owner is guaranteed a pony who really has an understanding of the basic aids.
Silver Oaks Bailey
Bailey is Cheresa’s private horse, who she bought in December 2017. Bailey (who has also mentioned that he does not like his name and wants it changed – we just don’t know to what yet!) is a 2012-born, 16.2hh dark bay SA Warmblood gelding by Rivendell High Flyer out of a thoroughbred mare named Secret Affair, who is by Krystal De Roche. Bailey is not a school horse and Cheresa is trying to keep her promise to him about him never having to change homes again. He is wise and regal, but also has a secret sense of humour. His dam was known to dump any rider she didn’t approve of and rumour has it that Bailey is no different! Although Bailey is well bred for show jumping and dressage, and even though he shows an effortless jump and a tremendous natural ability to collect, there are no plans to push him into a competitive career any time soon. For now, he is happy to share an occasional thought of wisdom with anyone willing to listen, and to harass the herd some days while leading the foals on adventures other days.
Phoenix is a 2016-born South African Sports Horse colt bred and owned by Cheresa. Phoenix is by the late Donatello (SAW), out of Fine Pearl. Phoneix is as gooey and gentle as they come. He is the most innocent horse with the most marshmallowy personality ever. His sire was impressive, yet incredibly patient and gentle – he was a fantastic therapy horse and we were heartbroken to lose him to colic in middle 2017. Phoenix has inherited his sire’s softness, as well as his dam’s innocence and sensitivity. We expect Phoenix to mature into a tank of a horse (who will not realize his tankishness) with flowing, correct movement and a durability generally lacking in the current SAW gene pool. With Waldemar G in his lineage, Phoenix is bound to take quite a few years to mature physically and we intend to give him all the time he needs to become an impressive, well-grounded and sure-footed young man. Phoenix was sold to Jenita Ferreira early in 2018 and they are enjoying the journey of each other as Phoenix grows up.
* Leases are available for all Equanimity owned horses so please enquire should you wish to lease your favourite horse or pony! Click here for more information on our leasing options.