About Rivendell Stud
Competitive horses bred for temperament, strength & spirit.
Rivendell stud was created due to an innate and incurable passion for horses. Loving the horse more than competing, the horse is paramount to me. Quality rather than quantity is my focus, as well as having a personal relationship with each horse from conception, birth and production and ultimately being able to chose a human to buy it. Respect and love for horses has resulted in sane and sound horses being bred in both dressage and showjumping with internationally proven bloodlines. In the last few years, horses have been exported and many are regularly seen in top levels of competition in South Africa, holding their own next to imports. Being a woman in a male dominated industry has come with its challenges, but having the backup of my degrees and other qualifications, I have been able to overcome many hurdles.
Adaptability is a soft skill that means you easily adjust to changing circumstances. Established in 1992 in Namibia, moving to South Africa in 2000 and onto Farm France in Stellenbosch in 2004. Rivendell Stud will always be somewhere and is not destined to be in just one place forever. New adventures and exciting times are always ahead of me and as long as my main intentions are true, it will be a success. The stud is run with integrity, transparency, honesty, humility, love, respect and passion.
Everything in nature is about the cycle of life, which is replicated on a smaller scale at a stud farm. At Rivendell we not only breed warmblood horses, but we produce them, too. Planning the next crop of foals is always as exciting as them being born, because it is the anticipation of waiting to see what your thought processes about pedigrees and combinations have produced. At Rivendell we do not believe in paper breeding, but rather matching our stallions to our mares because we know them all so well. Pedigrees on paper will back up this process, but for us it is not the ultimate and only decision.
This is what my passion is all about. It is easy to lose sight, but one look at foals playing or watching the stallions being brought out of their stables, and it comes back in a flash and realization kicks in; the feeling of being utterly blessed and privileged to be a part of this all. Several factors are instrumental in the success of living one’s passion, being expertise, experience, patience and the ability to take criticism and to learn from one’s mistakes.
The aim is to breed and produce a horse that is strong in type, sound in mind and body with exceptional temperament and great rideability. A horse that is willing, noble, well-proportioned and correct. This combined should result in a horse with the greatest aptitude for competitive or recreational riding, which leads to happy horses and riders. It is our aim to breed a horse that will ultimately bring a smile to our lips as well as to those sitting on top of it.