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Post by l.. » Wed, 02 Nov 1994 07:53:15



Quote:
>...
>What breeds of horse do people in Asia, China, Japan ride?
>What about Africa?...

I have never understood how this happened, but evidently there
is a long-standing sizeable population of American Saddlebreds
in South Africa.  They even ride in the American saddleseat
style.  This isn't recent (last few decades) it dates from
at least the 30s and 40s.  As I said, I have no idea how this
happened.  I just see it mentioned now and then.  For example,
_Horse World_ described a group of junior saddleseat equitation
riders who went over to South Africa to compete with their
South African counterparts, using their Saddlebreds.

Linda B. Merims
Waltham, MA

 
 
 

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Post by Philippa Sumsi » Sat, 05 Nov 1994 09:35:13


: >...
: >What breeds of horse do people in Asia, China, Japan ride?
: >What about Africa?...
: >

: I have never understood how this happened, but evidently there
: is a long-standing sizeable population of American Saddlebreds
: in South Africa.  They even ride in the American saddleseat
: style.  This isn't recent (last few decades) it dates from
: at least the 30s and 40s.  As I said, I have no idea how this
: happened.  I just see it mentioned now and then.  For example,
: _Horse World_ described a group of junior saddleseat equitation
: riders who went over to South Africa to compete with their
: South African counterparts, using their Saddlebreds.

: Linda B. Merims
: Waltham, MA

From what I understand the saddlebreds were favoured mounts
of the plantation owners - vineyards, etc.  Similar to the
types of horses favoured by the plantation owners in the southern
states.  I think they wanted comfy horses to ride around the
ranch on - and look good on.  Thats probably why they are
still popular today....justmy theory as to why  there
should be a higher percentage of Saddlebreds in S. Africa
(you'd think they'd have a lot of Arabs - being closer to that
part of the world! - maybe they do?!)

Pip


 
 
 

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Post by Bradley4 » Tue, 08 Nov 1994 13:26:31

From what I know, somewhere around 75 years ago several Saddlebred
stallions and mares were bought and sent to South Africa.  Pretty much the
breed down there evolved from those origional horses, with only a few new
Saddlebreds being introduced from other countries over the years.  As to
the riding styles, they are duplicate.  The competition is known as the
World Cup, and consists of a team being chosen (from interviews and
performance) of equitation riders from both countries.  The USA team
*usually* goes to South Africa, but last year the South African team came
to the US.  The judges and horses are from the host country, but the only
condition is that if the guests cannot ride their own horses, then the
hosts cannot ride their own horses.  The competitions take place at three
regular horse shows, with the horses loaned from trainers.  One of the
only differences between the judging of this and normal classes is that a
special point system is used for a more objective score.  (EX: 5 pts off
for missed lead)

I have never understood how this happened, but evidently there
is a long-standing sizeable population of American Saddlebreds
in South Africa.  They even ride in the American saddleseat
style.  This isn't recent (last few decades) it dates from
at least the 30s and 40s.  As I said, I have no idea how this
happened.  I just see it mentioned now and then.  For example,
_Horse World_ described a group of junior saddleseat equitation
riders who went over to South Africa to compete with their
South African counterparts, using their Saddlebreds.