Nica Richards
Deputy online news editor
3 minute read
21 Oct 2020
3:12 pm

Indigenous horse racing gets a modern revival

Nica Richards

Indigenous horse riding is often confused with bush racing, but the two could not be more different, emphasised the president of the indigenous horse riding association, Gerda Liebenberg. 

Sechaba Seotlolla with his horse, Kolomane. Indigenous horse riding is a sport practiced in rural and remote parts of South and southern Africa. Photo: Supplied

Just shy of one year ago, South Africa’s equestrian world gained a new family member - indigenous horse riding.  Ironically, the discipline has been around for decades, but because it is a sport practiced in rural and remote parts of South and Southern Africa, not much is known about it.  Indigenous horse riding was formalised in November 2019, and went through the affiliation process with the South African Equestrian Federation (SAEF), to comply with policies related to sports federations, explained the president of indigenous horse riding association (IHRSA), Gerda Liebenberg.  This, she said, includes adhering to South Africa’s Sports Act,...