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Castle de Wildt 2nd Equine Extravaganza

The Equine Extravaganza will be held on the 8th of July 2017 at Castle de Wildt, Modimolle. Top breeders of Arabian, Friesian, Saddlebred and Boerperd horses will be showing their best performing horses as an introduction to newcomers and interested parties wishing to embark on a worthwhile new market.

The decision to diversify outside one’s own industry is often a challenging one to make for any individual or company. When faced with such a challenge, one should, however, keep in mind, that customer satisfaction is driven by critical-to-quality measures that are similar regardless of the industry that one operates in. Most of the time customer concerns are the same, and a lot can be learned from going outside one’s own industry. Ultimately, good returns on good investments will always stand the test of time.

By benchmarking this event, we are hoping to help the game industry discover Arabian horses as an entirely different, but surprisingly similar, industry. This information can then be used to identify new ventures and markets in order to achieve even more competitive breeding advantages.

Castle de Wildt’s investment in Arabian horses – an experience we gladly share with you:

In 2013, after careful investigation of the market and comprehensive financial analyses, LBG Holding and Castle de Wildt too raised to the challenge and stepped out of our comfort zone. We have since started acquiring and breeding top quality Arabian horses. Having made the decision to benchmark and diversify to breed species other than what we are known for, we would now like to invite you to witness and be introduced to an exclusive opportunity and a new breed – Arabian horses.

Our decision to diversify to Arabian horses were further motivated by the genteel characteristics these creatures are known for, namely:

  • Extreme versatility in all facets of performance
  • Gentle & loving temperaments
  • Easy going dispositions
  • Innate and highly intelligent characteristics
  • One of the top 10 popular horse breeds in the World
  • The Arabian horse is striking. Its entire appearance exudes energy, intelligence, courage and nobility. The neck is long and arched, the back is short, and the tail is naturally carried high. Every time an Arabian moves in its famous “floating trot,” he announces to the world his proud, graceful nature.

    Arabians are the oldest pure breed of horse. Nearly unchanged throughout the ages, the purebred Arabian is virtually identical to those ridden in ancient Arabia. Long eyelashes protected the eyes from sand while large nostrils assured easy breathing in a hot, dry climate. Likewise, the Arabian’s deep chest, strong joints and good lungs guaranteed its ability to carry its owner across the large stretches of land.

    Temperament also sets the Arabian apart from many breeds. For thousands of years Arabians lived among the desert tribes of the Arabian Peninsula, bred as war mounts for quick raids into enemy camps. The harsh desert climate required these Bedouin tribesmen to share food and water – even tents – with their horses. As a result, Arabians developed a strong desire for human companionship that carries forward today.

    Over the centuries, the Bedouin tribes maintained strict purity of the breed. The Arabian is the only breed whose blood has been preserved for over five thousand years and has contributed, in varying degrees, to the development of every other popular breed of horse ridden today. (Credit: Beaulah’s Arabians)

    An article published by Wildboere.com, the benefits of “Horses in Wildlife Management” was very well encapsulated by Ryno Verster, equine specialist and owner of Jamer Trading. With the permission of the publisher and writer, I have pleasure in again enlightening you to the following uses of horses in wildlife management.

    As the Wildlife Industry keeps expanding, there is a growing need for game farmers to get closer to their game with the least possible disturbance. While wild animals are particularly sensitive to noises and smells in their environment, getting closer to them is now more important than ever. With the phenomenal increase in game sales over the past few years, capture and transport has become an integral part of any game farmer’s success. This often requires darting from a helicopter or other noisy platform such as a field vehicle or bike. Whether viewing, treating or hunting animals or tracking poachers; doing it more quietly will definitely give you the upper hand.

    Horses allow you to get much closer to game without them sensing your presence. They are much more familiar with the sounds and smells of another animal than that of a field vehicle or helicopter.

    In many cases, we need to inspect game for minor injuries or wounds from a close distance in order to determine whether invasive or other treatment is necessary. Such an inspection may often require darting, which is expensive and time consuming and may cause unnecessary disturbance to the animal. Again, an approach on horse back allows you to get much closer to wild animals.

    Poaching is a huge problem on larger farms and farms in certain areas and we believe that this problem will only worsen due to the increasing demand for game and game related products. When you’re in a field vehicle, poachers hear you coming from a mile away – providing them ample time to make a successful escape. Their escape route is usually through difficult terrain where most vehicles have trouble keeping up. The only way is then to track them further on foot. Trained horses can solve this problem by allowing you to approach quietly and track through difficult terrain. This dramatically increases the successful capture of poachers and also serves as very effective deterrent for future poachers.

    The possibilities and benefits are endless and being able to move with ease and speed over difficult terrain without intimidating the wildlife is by far the biggest advantage to any farmer.

    To me, however, the most decisive benefit derived from the breeding of Arabian horses, is the opportunity it affords me to involve my family and children in quality time spent grooming and riding together.

    Now, in 2017, we are excited to introduce you to Friesians, Saddlebred horeses and Boerperd, showing a multitude of and creating an open atmosphere where horse, breeder, trainer and buyer can truly connect.

    We do believe that both breeders of wildlife and these beautiful horses will benefit greatly from this event as there will be ample opportunity to network, share expertise and broaden horizons with different breeding species.

    Please come and enjoy the day with us.

    For further information: Please contact Leon Botha on 082 928 3579 (leon@lbgh.co.za) or
    Engeline Gericke at Essential Marketing on (014) 736 4653 or e-mail engeline@essentialmarketing.co.za.

    Credits and references: Wildboere.com Adriaan Snyman 083 556 2168,
    Ryno Verster Cell: 082 331 6036, Beaulah’s Arabians Kansas City, USA