Graduate of the month
Charlize, who now works as a stable manager at Maties Equestrian Club, graduated from REC in 2019 as a very talented instructor and compassionate horsewoman. Her and her elegant thoroughbred, Devine are currently competing in the 1.20m showjumping classes and REC is so proud of everything she has achieved in her equestrian career.
After Kira Ackermann graduated in 2006, she found her passion for endurance riding. These day, on top of a very successful corporate career, she races regularly. Kira has represented Western Province and has taken part in the gruelling Faure Smith Endurance race twice!
Sam went on to study Veterinary Science at Onderstepoort and now practises in the UK. She is very passionate about equine biomechanics and alternative medicine and is currently furthering her studies in acupuncture.
Karen, who graduated over a decade ago, owns and manages Canterburg Stable Yard, home to REC Equestrian Academy, on her beautiful farm in George.
After graduating from the Academy in 2013, Adie McMaster continues to prove her worth ‘Down Under’ and backs young horses in between her routine stock driving tasks as a ‘buckaroo or is it ‘Gillaroo’ and taking tourists on long trail rides. Due to the great distances Adie has had to take on the role of ‘bush vet’ in emergency situations and her training at REC has ably prepared her to deal with any first aid situation that comes up whether it is an injury that needs stitching or a snake bite – and we are open 24/7 when she needs to check in for advice!
Paula, who graduated in 2013, is the manager and trainer of an Arabian breeding and training facility that boasts some of the best Arab showing bloodlines. With her passion for horses we know that Paula will continue to grow her expertise within this industry and we are proud to have been part of her training.
Tina-Jo was a top performing student at the academy and after graduating, she was offered a job to continue teaching at the riding school, as well as managing the yard for REC. Tina is currently a successful freelance instructor.
After spending two years at the academy, Tim moved on in 2016 to follow his passion and dream of riding and working with South Africa's best race horses! He is currently working at Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa in Dubai and enjoying every minute!
Read about Tim's daily routine working with horses in Dubai https://www.hoteliermiddleeast.com/people/105535-day-in-the-life-timothy-perring
Upon finishing her year with us in 2015, we recommended Elizabeth for the position of manager, of a small but exclusive facility that specialises in breeding and showing Arabs and she has become an indispensable ‘equestrian girl Friday!’ Whilst looking after the yard admin and the horses; she is able to long line, nurtures the mares & foals, schools the show horses, and in between she orders the feed, shavings and does the show entries!
After receiving her Stable Management Certificate, was accepted to study physiotherapy at Stellenbosch University.
After graduating from REC, Schane went on to Manage the stable yard for the Montrose Foundation, an Equine Youth Development programme. She is currently an instructor at Aljawhara Equestrian Club in Saudi Arabia.
After Nadia graduated from REC, she went on to study Veterinary Physiotherapy at Equine-Librium College.
After Kari graduated in 2020, she was accepted into the South African Lipizzaners' Student Programme in 2021.
After Kayla graduated from REC, she had a short stint at an eventing yard in Kent, UK, before returning to SA. She then swopped her riding boots for corporate ones but still competes in endurance races on her arab Sannie reguarly.
Bobby spent two years at REC. Since he graduated he has developed himself as a successful freelance trainer and instructor and still competes in both show jumping and dressage.
Kirstin graduated in 2021 and found a job soon after as Head of Equestrian at a local school in the Eastern Cape. She runs the riding school of 48 little riders.