History

100 years of the South African Thoroughbred

 
The Thoroughbred Breeders Association of South Africa was formed in 1920 by a core group of early breeders.

The first AGM of the association was held in 1921, and to celebrate the centenary a limited edition, high-gloss, coffee-table book is being published by Africa Press for release in April 2022.

 
The book sets out the story of the past 100 years, notable breeders, the champions, the characters and the significant horses and moments that have shaped the breed in South Africa. However the history of thoroughbred racing and breeding in South Africa started many years before that, and notable and ongoing importation of bloodstock has played a major role in defining the South African racehorse. The early years are also touched on in the book and as an introduction, we share just some of the information that will be recorded and celebrated in our centenary publication.
January 19, 2022

SOUTH AFRICAN BRED RUNNERS IN NORTH AMERICA 1964 – 1983

SOUTH AFRICAN BRED RUNNERS IN NORTH AMERICA 1964 – 1983.  An article contained in the November / December 1983 issue of THE SOUTH AFRICAN RACEHORSE.   […]
January 17, 2022

JOY II (GB) 1957

JOY II (GB) 1957, a bay colt by DJEBE (FR) out of PERFUME II (GB) by BADRUDDIN (FR), was imported by Mr. Archie Dell in 1961 […]
January 14, 2022

JUBIE (GB) 1933

JUBIE (GB) 1933, a bay colt by BIRIBI (FR) out of JURA (GB) by GAINSBOROUGH (GB).  A very interesting stallion who was brought to South Africa […]
January 12, 2022

NEW SOUTH WALES (GB) 1961

NEW SOUTH WALES (GB) 1961, a bay colt by ABERNANT (GB) out of ALOR STAR (GB) by ALYCIDON (GB), imported by Mr. Godfrey Gird in 1965 […]
January 6, 2022

PERSIAN WONDER (GB) 1959

Bred by Lord Durham, PERSIAN WONDER (GB) 1959, a brown colt by PERSIAN GULF (GB) out of LILAC BELLE (GB) by PETITION (GB), was brought to […]
January 4, 2022

SEA COTTAGE – THE END OF AN ERA

SEA COTTAGE – THE END OF AN ERA   The May 1987 issue of the SOUTH AFRICAN RACEHORSE carried this excellent five page article on our […]
January 3, 2022

HIGH VELDT (GB) 1953

HIGH VELDT (GB) 1953, a chestnut colt by HYPERION (GB) out of OPEN COUNTRY (GB) by FAIRWAY (GB), bred and raced in England by HER MAJESTY […]
December 31, 2021

DRUM BEAT (IRE) 1953

DRUM BEAT (IRE) 1953, a bay colt by FAIR TRIAL (GB) out of RESPITE (GB) by FLAG OF TRUCE (GB).  He was bred by Sir Percy […]
December 29, 2021

RENOUNCE (SAF) 1961

RENOUNCE (SAF) 1961, a chestnut filly by ARCTIC FLOWER (GB) out of CLEANSE (SAF) by MARCIUS (FR), was bred by Mr. J.C. van der Walt and […]