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Henning Pretorius

Where it all began:
Capital Stud has been built on 19 years of passion and dedication to breeding quality sport horses in South Africa. Since 1998, Henning Pretorius has been breeding sport-horses in South Africa, with the well-known Rafika D’Or and Rattler D’Or being the first horses he bred at the stud. Since 2000, Henning has imported stallions and mares with proven international jumping bloodlines, setting world-class breeding standards, becoming one of the top breeding studs in South Africa.

Being a farmer all his life, Henning’s experience with nutrition, grasses and pastures has ensured that his horses all get the correct nutritional requirements from birth. The stud’s philosophy is “the dam line has the most important value”, hence they have imported mares from the best dam lines and then chosen from their top quality imported stallions to suit that mare according to the whole family lineage.

Where we are today:
Capital Stud has produced incredible performance-tested sport horses with results being seen in the jumping ring throughout South Africa. The Capital Stud stallions continue to impress from four-time Derby winner, Don Cumarco (Cumano/Darco), who won his first Derby on his first attempt to Capital Hitoshi (Winningmood/Sioux de Baugy) having won three Grands Prix and a World Cup title just in 2017 alone.

The famous Capital Colnardo (Colman/Coronado), currently competing on the international circuit under Harrie Smolders, is one of the best showjumpers in the world and has certainly given Capital Stud global recognition. This dedication to breeding and producing quality sport-horses, led Capital Stud to host their first Auction in 2017. Colnardo’s exciting offspring were exclusively available at this Auction and due to the tremendous success, setting the standard for the future, one can only look forward to the talent to come.

Look out for the new up and coming stallions, Capital Levubu (Cachas/Cassini I) and Capital Kronos (Darco/Cash), both with incredible bloodlines, showing immense scope in the jumping arena. The scope seen within these stallions can only make one excited for the great potential expected from their offspring.

Capital Stud – Warmblood Champions

Our Team

Meet our professionals
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Chelsea Oliver

Stud Manager

Chelsea climbed aboard a horse for the first time at only three years old, and hasn't been far from one since. She competed throughout Children's as well as Juniors in showjumping and eventing. Her passion for horses has seen her venture into studying Equine Science after school, and she has since graduated with a National Diploma, after which she worked for Elena Bosman with the focus on dressage. Chelsea joined Capital Stud in October 2012, initially involved in the production of the young horses. Chelsea’s wealth of breeding knowledge has since put her into a position of high responsibility as stud manager.

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Nicole Horwood

Professional Rider

Nicole Horwood, winner of numerous 1.50m competitions, including Grands Prix, Triple Crowns, SA Champs and World Cup Qualifiers, is truly one of South Africa’s greatest riders. Nicole’s greatest achievements have been the only rider to have won the Derby four times and winning the triple crown (Winning the outdoor Grand Prix, SA Champs and the Derby in the same year) in 2015. Not only has the partnership between her and the Capital stallion Don Cumarco captured the hearts of the riding community, but Nicole Horwood and Capital Hitoshi have really stepped into the limelight too, having won three Grands Prix and a World Cup title just in 2017 alone. Nicole began riding at the age of 6, however it was only when she relocated from Durban to Johannesburg to work for Gonda Beatrix that she started competing. Look our for Nicole competing in the 1.50m classes with Capital Don Cumarco and Capital Hitoshi, the 1.40m classes with Capital Look at Me, the 1.30m classes with the young stallion Capital Kronos and the 1,20m classes with Capital Levubu.

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Kim Hathaway

Professional Rider

With horses being 'her life', Kim has always made sure she is involved in riding in some way. Beginning her competitive career at around age 7, she competed up the grades on her pony Angel Eyes before moving onto Juniors where she concentrated on showjumping and some eventing. After matriculating, Kim worked at Dageraad Stud where for over four years she backed, produced and competed on many young horses and was involved in all aspects of the stud. Kim joined the Capital team 5 years ago and has since become a huge asset to the stud. Kim is still responsible for bringing on young horses and producing them for the sport. Although focussing on her career, Kim makes sure that her dedication towards the sport does not seize and still remains extremely competitive within the sport.

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Helen Bean

Professional Rider

As a show jumper, Helen has many esteemed classes ticked off her list by competing in the 1.50 grades which include the Derby, as well as representing KZN in Interprovincial team events. Helen has also been involved with the breeding of horses and from 1992 she had a stud called Headland Stud. It was from here where she assisted Capital Stud with the purchasing and breeding of top quality warmbloods in South Africa. Helen travelled to Germany, Holland and Belgium, assisting Capital Stud in choosing the best bloodlines to import to South Africa. Helen currently competes in the open classes with Capital Chicoletto Z, a stallion which she broke in and has ridden right up the grades.

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Daniëlle Lemmer

Professional Rider

Different from most riders, Danielle only started riding at the late age of 9, doing dressage for 3 years before jumping in juniors at the age of 12. As a junior, Danielle’s biggest achievements were winning the 1.30m junior outdoor grand prix in 2015, placing 2nd in the junior open equitation at SA Champs 2015 and qualifing for the Philip Smith, where she came 3rd.
Danielle started riding for Capital Stud in January 2016 and even though she was still a junior, she rode in her first 1.40m on Capital Conlanc at SA Champs 2016, where they placed 5th. In July 2017, Danielle and Capital Conlanc rode in their first 1.50m Grand Prix, coming home with 5th place.
Apart from horse riding Danielle is also a student, studying Sport Science at the International eta College. Having just finished her first year of studies, she is now a qualified personal trainer. Once Danielle completes her degree, she wishes to specialise in the fitness and muscle conditioning of equestrian athletes, focusing on the development of the different muscle groups being used in each equestrian discipline.

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Chris van der Merwe

Professional Rider

Chris is a professional Show jumper and instructor based at Blouberg Ryskool. Chris produces young horses to competitive showjumpers and currently rides 8 horses competitively. Chris has been consistent at the top level of the sport for the past eight years and has also had great results as an instructor since 2011.
Chris has many great achievements, including being awarded SA Young Rider of the year in 2010. Among many other achievements, Chris has won World Cup Qualifiers and Grands Prix. Chris also won the Burlington Cup in 2014 as well as Presidents Cup in 2016. Over and above his passion for horse riding, Chris went into partnership with Lohan Steyn in 2015 and is now Director of a crocodile farm.

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BRUCE DEWAR

Professional Rider

Bruce Dewar started riding at the age of 3 and has been involved in horses ever since. He achieved Provincial colours at the highest level in both Show Jumping and Eventing as a Pony Rider, Junior and Adult and then received Protea Colours after competing in the SA Team at the CSIO Falsterbo in Sweden.
Bruce relocated to France to compete on the European circuit riding young horses and the CSI Tours. He was involved in producing French young horses for the 12 years he was in France. He returned to RSA as a qualified instructor and FEI Level 3 Coach and it is here when he started riding for Capital Stud. He loves the Capital horses as they are easy to handle.
Some of the special highlights of his show jumping career include competing in the 1989 Sun City SA Indoor Grand Prix, the 1992 Mercedes Benz Grand Prix, placing 2nd in the 1989 SA Eventing Championship, 2nd in the CSI3* Dinard Derby, 1st in the Grand Prix St Hilar du Harcourt and competing in the 1998 World Equestrian Games – Rome.

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DEAN ENGELBRECHT

Work Rider

Dean is a passionate equestrian and his dedication and love of horses is evident in his work. Dean started working for Capital Stud in August 2017 and is currently involved in the production of the young horses. Dean has competed successfully in many different disciplines including show jumping. Capital Campari and Dean have done extremely well in the 1,20m classes having won a few awards including the Oliver Lazaris Trophy and Kruger Rand.

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Tiffany Neethling

Work Rider

Tiffany is a young, talented and energetic rider. Tiffany has been riding since she was a youngster and having had exposure to working with many different breeds of horses, she possesses a great knowledge and understanding of training different horses with their stereotype personalities. Tiffany has had great exposure competing in juniors and it is with this knowledge that she is able to help produce Capital Stud horses to be top performing athletes. Tiffany’s love for producing these majestic young horses knows no end.