Looking back on an exciting year of being published!

Last year, I wrote and submitted a number of articles to the Pinelands Muse community magazine and the Reserve Force Volunteer magazine, as well as the Equestrian Express and the Sawubona in-flight magazine of South African Airways, our national carrier. In order to update my CV at the start of January, I compiled a list, which I thought I’d share with you, in case you are curious.

Prancing ponies, colourful carts – and a braying donkey: Having fun at the Cart Horse Show 2012

Clip-clop, clip-clop, clip-clop… a line of cart horses from the Cape Flats came a-trotting down the road, pulling colourful carts of all shapes and sizes – elegant two-wheelers, traditional four-wheeler passenger carts, and rustic handmade scrap-metal carts. Some sported a fresh lick of paint and even their tyres had been scrubbed clean. That day, the carts were transporting family and friends and supplies for a picnic, instead of the usual awkward loads of scrap metal, building rubble and garden refuse.

“Another day at the office”: The CHPA mobile clinic at Boland scrap yard – and tracking down a fleeing horse in Khayelitsha

Three mornings a week, the Cart Horse Protection Association of Cape Town opens the doors of their Epping premises to offer veterinary and farrier services to the cart horse community of the Cape Flats (see previous post). As this is not sufficient to deal with all the horses who have to be shod, dewormed, tetanus-injected,…

Half-price Horseshoes for Cape Town’s Cart Horses: Farrier Day at the CHPA Epping Clinic

When I arrive at the clinic of the Cart Horse Protection Association in Epping 2 on Monday morning, 18 June 2012, organised chaos reigns. There are horses and carts and people milling around everywhere. Today is an important occasion: It is Farrier Day! This means that the first twenty horses, in good condition, will receive…

Healing the Body and Spirit of Cape Town’s Cart Horses: The CHPA’s Recovery and Rehabilitation Centre in Gordon’s Bay

On Sunday morning, 17 June 2012, Richard and I drive out to Somerset West/Gordon’s Bay. As part of my research for the Feature Writing Course I am currently enrolled in (see my previous post), I have arranged to meet Louis Joubert, the manager of the Cart Horse Protection Association‘s Recovery and Rehabilitation Centre at Firlands.…