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.