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Member Report from South Africa

REPORT MADE AT 2014 WAHO CONFERENCE:

Marie-Louise Van Wyk, South Africa: Mr President, distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen, greetings from the President and Council of the Arab Horse Society of South Africa. I am Marie­Louise van Wyk, National Council Member of the Arab Horse Society of South Africa, where my portfolio is Studbook and WAHO affairs. Our sincere gratitude is extended to our celebrated and legendary outgoing President, Dr. Hans Nagel, we wish him a well earned retirement. At the same time we welcome our new President, Mr. Peter Pond from Australia. South Africa looks forward to this new era and wishes him all the best for a prosperous and fruitful term of office.

At the present time, we have 774 members of the Arab Horse Society. Since the first volume of our Stud Book was published in 1961, we have registered in the region of 15,000 foals. The number of living purebred Arabian horses at present is 7,807, with 475 mares entered for breeding and 242 stallions. Stallions do not have to be licensed but must be tested for SCID and CA. Approximately 1,000 Partbreds and Anglo-Arabs are also registered. Only 73 foals were registered so far this year. This is a dramatic decline from 563 in 2011, 709 in 2012 and 457 in 2013. This situation has arisen due to three years of severe drought in some areas and the appalling economic state of affairs in our country. 36 horses were imported and 64 horses were exported. Artificial Insemination is accepted and stallions have to be registered as semen donors. There are approximately 30 stallions registered as semen donors. Embryo transfers have only been accepted since July 2008.

Six Regional Shows are held each year with an entry of approximately 150 horses, and a National Championship Show is also held each year and here the entries top 350. Besides the Halter Classes, Riding, Dressage and Performance Classes are an integral part of our shows.

Endurance Riding is extremely popular in South Africa with between 96 and 100 Rides taking place each year. On some weekends, three to four rides are held over one weekend at various venues across the country, the most challenging and arduous being the 210 km Fauresmith Ride. Eleven FEI events were held during the last year. The Endurance Ride Association of South Africa (ERASA) is an independent body governing all Endurance Rides in South Africa. These rides are open to all breeds, but I am happy to report that Arabian horses and their derivatives feature strongly at the finish line.

We are grateful to report that an excellent and friendly rapport exists between the WAHO office and our office in Bloemfontein. Nothing seems to be too much trouble for your amazing Executive Secretary, Katrina Murray. In conclusion I thank you for this amazing experience, to visit this beautiful country and to attend this well organized illustrious Conference in Qatar. I sincerely wish all delegates an interesting and productive Conference. Thank you.

REPORT MADE AT 2009 WAHO CONFERENCE:

I am Marie Louise Van Wyk, Council Member of the Arab Horse Society of South Africa, where my portfolio is Stud Book and World Affairs.

At the present time, we have 720 Society members. Since the first volume of our stud book was published in 1961, we have registered in the region of 15,000 foals. The number of living purebred Arabian horses is 5,982, with 3,850 mares entered for breeding and 1,633 stallions. Stallions do not have to be licenced but must be tested for SCID. 1,084 Partbreds and Anglo-Arabs are also registered. 2,176 foals were registered since our last WAHO meeting. 90 horses were imported in that time and approximately 150 horses were exported. Artificial Insemination is accepted and stallions have to be registered as semen donors. There are approximately 30 stallions registered as semen donors in South Africa. Embryo Transfers have only been accepted since July 2008 and since that time 90 applications for registration of Embryo Transfer foals have been received.

I am very proud to report that I bring to this Conference Volumes 16 – 32 of our stud book. This brings the South African stud books up to date until 2007. A CD of our stud books is available.

5 Regional Shows are held each year with an entry of approximately 150 horses, and a National Championship Show is also held each year and here the entries top 350. Besides the Halter classes, Riding, Dressage and Performance classes are an integral part of all our shows.

Endurance riding is extremely popular in South Africa with 67 rides taking place each year, on some weekends three to four rides are held over one weekend at various venues across the country, the most challenging and arduous being the 210Km Fauresmith Ride. The Endurance Ride Association of SA (ERASA) is an independent body governing all Endurance Rides. These rides are open to all breeds, but I am happy to report that Arabian horses and their derivatives feature strongly at the finish line.

I must not fail to mention the excellent rapport which exists between the WAHO office and our office in Bloemfontein. Nothing seems to be too much trouble for your Executive Secretary, Katrina Murray, for which we say thank you. In conclusion I thank you for this amazing experience to visit the beautiful country of Oman, and to attend to attend this well-organized, illustrious Conference and I sincerely wish all delegates an interesting and productive Conference. I would like to thank His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, The Royal Court Affairs, and the Organizing Committee for hosting this Conference. Thank you.

REPORT MADE AT 2007 WAHO CONFERENCE:

South Africa is one of seven founder member countries of WAHO. The Arab Horse Society of South Africa was founded in 1960 by the late Charmaine Grobelaar and Jani Grobelaar. A book on the history of the Arabian in South Africa is currently in print which will give the history of the Arabian in our country going back to 1652.

The Society has currently 597 paid up members who own 4,912 horses of which 3,184 are mares, 1,450 stallions and 278 geldings. 750 purebred foals were registered in 2005. Anglo-Arabs and Partbred Arabs are also recorded by Society and numbered 202 foals born for the current year. In 2006 no horses were exported, while 10 were imported. DNA testing is done routinely and is mandatory. Mechanisms and knowledge exist to utilize Artificial Insemination and Embryo transfer which are both allowed. The management of the Society is handled by council and a series of sub-committees under the headings of actions, showing, sponsorship, finance, studbook, promotion and drug testing. This is all under the chairmanship of the current President, Mr. Johan Du Plessis.

Over the years the primary activity was showing classes, with one annual National Championship. This is continuing but with an extension into endurance riding which is the latest and fastest growing equestrian sport in South Africa. There are multiple 80km competitions through which one qualifies for the ultimate 201km Fouresmith competition, which this year saw 348 competitors. Endurance riding is subdivided into senior and junior riders, with qualification for national and provincial levels. Single competitors compete in categories for children (10-13 years), juniors (14-17 years) and seniors (over 18 years). This latter group is sub-divided again according to weight carrying, i.e. lightweight (below 73 kg), standard (73-94 kg) and heavyweight (95 kg and over). Endurance riding is not the sole domain of Arabians, yet in open company they often dominate. Veterinarians check all horses every 25 kilometres and the Fouresmith ride is completed over 3 days. A more strenuous ride over 100 miles is done once a year by competitors over 24 hours, starting at midnight.

Visiting judges from overseas are at times invited to give seminars after judging. Our stud books are up-to-date.

In 2007, South Africa registered 1,042 foals, an encouraging increase on previous years. 12 horses were exported and 59 were imported.

Trophy Winners


BENLARICH FUTHI EL ARAB – 2014 WAHO Trophy Winner – South Africa

BENLARICH FUTHI EL ARAB, Grey Stallion, 2003, (Sidi El Thabi / Johrhemar El Lulwa)
Breeder & Owner: Mr. Eduard Von Moltke Boerdery Edms BPK.
Strain: Seglawi Jedran of Ibn Sudan (Ghazieh)

The Arab Horse Society of South Africa has awarded their 2014 WAHO Trophy to the versatile stallion Benlarich Futhi El Arab, a successful ridden show horse in a variety of ridden show classes including hack, hunter, and costume. Of Straight Egyptian bloodlines, and with an excellent temperament, he has also competed successfully in endurance, including completions in FEI one and two star events over 80 and 120 kms.

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SIDI LALAGE – 2013 WAHO Trophy Winner – South Africa

SIDI LALAGE, Bay Mare, 1990 (Laddinn / Jeanta Ghazala)
Breeder: Mr. A.W.A. Maritz, Owner: Mr. Henk Cronjè.
Strain: Kehaileh Rodanieh (Rodania, 1869)

The Arab Horse Society of South Africa has awarded their 2013 WAHO Trophy to the veteran mare Sidi Lalage, whose stellar show record from 1998 to 2013, exhibited by her various owners down the decades includes countless wins and championships in all categories of ridden show classes. In particular, she has achieved many wins and championships with junior or child riders, especially in the later years of her career when she was mainly ridden by Michael Cronjè. She is truly an excellent ambassador for the breed in her country.

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SIDI OBSESSION – 2008 WAHO Trophy Winner – South Africa

SIDI OBSESSION, Grey Mare, *2000 (Magical CAF x Harka)
Breeder and owner: Mr. A.W.A. Maritz.
Strain: Not Recorded (Family of Verana, 1934).

The Arab Horse Society of South Africa is proud to announce the winner of their 2009 WAHO Trophy.

Text by Zandri Reynolds. The saying goes that only from true greatness come greatness! The WAHO Trophy certainly was intended for such great individuals. When one looks at a pedigree with horses in it such as Ansata Ibn Halima, Salaa el Din, Moniet el Nefous, El Shaklan, Estopa, Ali Jamaal, Ruminaja Ali, Bey Shah, Bask and Marsianin, one expects some degree of greatness and Sidi Obsession is no exception to that rule. Her sire was imported from USA, and her dam, bred by the Maxwells, was imported from UK. She was born in the stables of world renowned breeder, showman and judge Jack Maritz. Her name indicates that at her birth, Jack already held high expectations from this exquisite mare.

In her young life, Sidi Obsession has never failed to live up to that high expectation resting on her shoulders from birth. At her debut show, the South African National Championships, she was paced 4th in Fillies under 6 months, ever since has never looked back and went on to earn herself many rosettes, amongst them Champion Foal, twice Junior Champion mare, numerous Res. Junior Champion Mare, Senior Champion Mare, twice Res. Senior Champion Mare and Supreme Champion Mare.

Coming from the Maritz’s stables it came as no surprise that this beautiful mare, with her extreme type and beautiful, smooth body, was put under saddle. Most of the Maritz’s Halter Champions goes on to be even more versatile under saddle Champions. Sidi Obsession is no exception and just like most of her stable mates excels in a wide variety of riding disciplines. In the short 3 years under saddle she has already won over 40 riding classes in Riding Horse, Show Hack, Hunter Pleasure, Country Pleasure, Costume and English Pleasure, with just as many placings as well!

Click to Enlarge - Photo:  Sidi Obsession ridden by Jackie Maritz Jr.
Sidi Obsession ridden by Jackie Maritz Jr.

What makes this mare’s achievement even more remarkable is that she competes equally well, both in Open riding classes with her owner, Jack sr. aboard and in Children’s riding classes, with young Jackie jr., only 12 years old, aboard. Together Sidi Obsession and young Jackie makes a mean team, hard to beat and regularly takes the Child Victor Ludorum Trophy home with their many wins. Aboard Sidi Obsession, young Jackie is finding all the confidence and experience that will make him a truly great horseman just like his father, Fanie, his brother, Fanie jr and his uncle, Jack sr.

This young mare is an outstanding example of an Arabian horse, she has already been an outstanding ambassador for the Arabian breed and without a doubt will remain such a great ambassador throughout her life. Sidi Obession has all the class and qualities to compete in any country in the world, what a huge privilege that this proudly South African mare graces our show ring, that she will contribute greatly to the future of South African Arabians and that her genetics will carry on in South Africa. Any person sitting next to a show ring, will give anything to own such an exceptional individual. Any parent would give a blank cheque to have their child aboard such a trusting mare, her kind nature makes her any child’s dream horse. Sidi Obsession has already produced two stunning foals that are bound to follow in their great dam’s footsteps and one day might even follow in her tradition to win the very prestigious WAHO trophy.


DENTOR BINT LALAGE – 2007 WAHO Trophy Winner – South Africa

DENTOR BINT LALAGE, Liver chestnut mare, *1998 (Sidi Crossfire/Sidi Lalage).
Breeder: Dr. J.H. Van Rooyen. Owner: Captain A.B. Parker, rider Amy Parker.
Strain: Kehaileh Rodanieh (Rodania, 1869).

The Arab Horse Society of South Africa is pleased to announce their winner of the 2007 WAHO Trophy.

The lovely mare Dentor Bint Lalage (Sidi Crossfire x Sidi Lalage) is 10 years old and was bred by Dr. J.H. Van Rooyen. She has excelled under saddle in the show ring for many years especially in Hunter Pleasure, Child/Junior Riding Horse, and Show Hack classes. She has won several championship titles at major Shows, most notably including two Champion Show Hack titles in 2006 and another two in 2007, ridden by Amy Parker. She has also achieved success in dressage competitions.

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Amy Parker with Dentor Bint Lalage.


SIDI BALLALAIKA – 2006 WAHO Trophy Winner – South Africa

SIDI BALLALAIKA, dark bay mare, 1991 (Laddinn x Sidi Narimaan).
Breeder & Owner: Mr. Jack Maritz.
Strain: Kehaileh Rodanieh (Rodania, 1869).

Sidi Ballalaika has been awarded the 2006 WAHO trophy by the council of the Arab Horse Society of South Africa. Sidi Ballalaika is a consistent winner at halter, ridden and performance championships in South Africa. She was South African Supreme National Champion Mare in 1994 and has won numerous championships under saddle over the years.

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Presenting the WAHO Trophy to the 2006 winner, Sidi Ballalaika and Jack Maritz Jnr.
is Johan du Plessis, President of Arab Horse Society of South Africa.

Sidi Ballalaika is also a great broodmare, having produced two Supreme South African National Champion Mares namely Sidi Victoria (1997) and Sidi Namira that won the title as Supreme South African National Champion Mare twice in 2001 and 2002. With a truly international pedigree combining lines well established in South Africa which originated from Egypt, Poland, USA and Britain, she was bred and is still owned by Mr Jack Maritz of the Sidi Arabian Stud near Upington.


SHAHEER PRINCE CYCLONE – 2005 WAHO Trophy Winner – South Africa

SHAHEER PRINCE CYCLONE, Grey stallion, *1999 (Thee Cyclone / Sidi Bint Malika).
Breeder and Owner: Mr. Fanie Maritz, Shaheer Stud.
Strain: Not Recorded (family of El Samraa, 1924).

The Arab Horse Society of South Africa is proud to announce that the horse selected to receive the 2005 WAHO trophy was the beautiful grey stallion Shaheer Prince Cyclone (Thee Cyclone x Sidi Bint Malika). With many wins and championships in halter classes, this athletic young stallion is not just a pretty face, excelling under saddle and a consistent winner and multi-champion in the highly competitive ridden and performance classes in South Africa. Shaheer Pince Cyclone has won 14 Victor Ludorums in the showring.

The award was made at the 2006 South African National Championships Show.

Presenting the beautiful WAHO Trophy to the 2005 winner, Shaheer Prince Cyclone and Fanie Maritz are Johan du Plessis (President of Arab Horse Society of South Africa) and Prof. Philip Boyazoglu (the South African delegate to WAHO).

Presenting the beautiful WAHO Trophy to the 2005 winner, Shaheer Prince Cyclone and Fanie Maritz are Johan du Plessis (President of Arab Horse Society of South Africa) and Prof. Philip Boyazoglu (the South African delegate to WAHO).