THE SAFARI CUP: This cup is awarded each year to the horse/horses that have successfully completed the most number of safaris.
THE VICTOR LUDORUM CUP: This cup is awarded each year to the horse that shows great courage, progress and overall recognition for their extraordinary work.
MARANIA: 16hh ~ 2001 ~ Thoroughbred ~ Chestnut mare. Marania came from Zimbabwe for polo but decided the game was not for her. She is a lovely safari mare, easy in every way and very independent. She loves to jump and on occasion has stepped up as lead horse. She is now retired at home. Marania ~ beautiful farm on the slopes of Mt. Kenya.
Victrix Ludorum ~ 2018
MSHALE: 15.2hh ~ 2001 ~ South African Boerperd ~ Dark bay gelding. Mshale came from South Africa in 2006 and is the first Boerperd Safaris Unlimited has owned. This breed is the only native horse found in South Africa and has influences of Thoroughbred, Arab, Andalusian and many more. A forward-going lead horse, he is eager and loves to jump. Mshale is Gordie’s lead horse of choice and it is fun to watch them communicate with each other – they share a very strong bond. Mshale ~ Swahili word for a hunter’s arrow.
Safari Cup ~ 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020 & 2022
Victor Ludorum ~ 2015
CAPRIVI: 15.2hh ~ 2004 ~ South African Warmblood ~ Grey gelding. Caprivi came to Kenya from Zambia in 2010 and we bought him in 2014. His sire was a well-known eventing stallion in South Africa. He is a flashy grey, well-schooled and jumps with ease. He has flourished with safari life and loves the wide-open spaces of Kenya’s game country. Caprivi ~ the Caprivi Strip, a geographic salient protruding from the north eastern corner of Namibia.
Safari Cup ~ 2015 & 2017
Victor Ludorum ~ 2022
BARILOCHE: 16hh ~ 2006 ~ Thoroughbred ~ Dark bay gelding. Bariloche is an ex-racehorse but with a wonderfully laid-back attitude. He has a huge jump on him, has been well-schooled and bravely steps up to be a lead horse if needed. Bariloche is a very special horse. Bariloche ~ a town in Patagonia where Gordie and Felicia spent their honeymoon.
Safari Cup ~ 2017, 2020 & 2022
STARLIGHT: 13.3hh ~ 2008 ~ Ethiopian cross ~ Flea bitten grey mare. Thego (our son) could not be left behind in the pony department and of course needs a bigger pony than his sister, Tyga. Starlight is half-sister to Inka and also bred by the wonderful Rose Dyer. A perfect bush pony, unfazed by all and extremely patient and kind to her little jockey.
WOW: 16.3hh ~ 2009 ~ South African Sports Horse ~ Skewbald gelding. Wow is certainly Wow. He came from South Africa as a young horse to compete in the shows here in Kenya. He is accomplished in dressage, and thus beautifully schooled. His previous owner decided that Wow would prefer a less pressured life on safari with us. We are grateful.
Safari Cup ~ 2022
QUICKSILVER: 16.2hh ~ 2009 ~ Appaloosa/Thoroughbred cross ~ Chestnut roan with brown leopard-spotted blanket gelding. Quicksilver came from Zambia, having previously played some polo. He has the same sire as Picasso and Wayan, and is being trained to be the next lead horse with a fabulous walk. He has the sweetest of natures and a very inquisitive character. Quicksilver ~ a fictional character in comic books and first appeared in The Uncanny X-men.
EWASO: 14.3hh ~ 2010 ~ French Arab/Somali Thoroughbred cross ~ Light bay gelding. A homebred, Ewaso is a very handsome, cheeky bay with heaps of character. He was bred on the ranch and broken-in using horse whispering techniques. A lovely ride with a good jump. Ewaso ~ a large river in northern Kenya.
Safari Cup ~ 2018
FLASHMAN: 15hh ~ 2010 ~ French Arab/Thoroughbred cross ~ Chestnut gelding. A very smart, homebred chestnut with a striking white flash. His dam, Two Socks, was an outstanding safari horse, as was his sire, Congo. Flashman is a comfortable ride with a fun personality and is a safari legend. Flashman ~ a fictional character in the book, Tom Brown’s School Days.
Victor Ludorum ~ 2021
ICENI: 15.1hh ~ 2010 ~ Percheron/Boerperd cross ~ Dark bay mare. Iceni originally came from South Africa and was brought to Kenya by Sirai Stud. She was found running wild in the Free State and selected for her composure and kind eye. This mare was broken-in and used as a recipient broodmare for the first embryo transfer ever to be done on a horse in Kenya. She had three foals before returning to work. Forward going with a lovely jump, Iceni is also our resident supermodel, having styled for the Italian GQ magazine in 2014! Iceni ~ a tribe in ancient Britain, whose queen, Boadicea, rebelled against the Roman Empire.
Safari Cup ~ 2019, 2020 & 2021
INKA: 12hh ~ 2011 ~ Ethiopian cross ~ Light bay mare. Bred by the famous Rose Dyer, Inka was our daughter Tyga’s first birthday present. A loveable, plucky pony who has grown up in the bush. Inka and Tyga completed their first pony club camp in 2018. Inka ~ the Quechuan people living in the Cuzco Valley in Peru.
BLONDIE: 15.1hh ~ 2011 ~ Quarter Horse ~ Palomino gelding. Safaris Unlimited’s first ever Quarter horse. Blondie was imported from South Africa as a two year old. He has a wonderful temperament and is a fabulous and striking addition to our team. Blondie ~ the American rock band founded in the 1970’s in New York.
NYOTA: 15hh ~ 2012 ~ French Arab/Arabian cross ~ Light bay mare. Nyota was homebred by Shaula, a long-standing safari legend. Just like her mother, Nyota is brave, forward going and already proving to be a pro. Nyota ~ Swahili word for star.
REGO: 15.3hh ~ 2012 ~ Friesian/Boerperd cross ~ Light bay gelding. An exciting and very elegant horse to have at our stables, Rego was bred by Sirai Stud and is beautifully schooled. Rego ~ the Portuguese-British visual artist known for her paintings based on story books.
GERONIMO: 15.1hh ~ 2012 ~ Thoroughbred/Warmblood cross ~ Chestnut gelding. Geronimo’s dam was purchased during the Zimbabwean Land Crisis for 80 litres of diesel! His sire, Crazy Horse, is a well-known stallion in the Kenyan Highlands. He is a fantastically brave safari horse with an athletic jump and looks wonderfully flashy with his four white socks. Geronimo ~ the fearless Native American Apache leader and medicine-man of the late 1800’s.
PICASSO: 15.3hh ~ 2014 ~ Appaloosa ~ Leopard-spot gelding. Picasso and Wayan’s sire originally came from Texas (USA), arriving in Zambia in 2008. The brothers are the first Appaloosa horses to be seen on safari in Kenya. Imported from Zambia by truck, they have come a long way north. Picasso has an inquisitive and yet laid-back attitude. He stands out from the crowd with his striking spots. Picasso ~ Pablo Picasso, the Spanish painter who arguably revolutionised the art world in the 20th century.
Safari Cup ~ 2021
DALI: 15hh ~ 2014 ~ Friesian/Boerperd cross ~ Black mare. Dali is a striking horse, half-sister to Rego out of the same dam. She loves lots of attention and is particularly partial to the carrot bucket. She is a smooth ride having been wonderfully schooled at Sirai Stud. Dali ~ Salvadore Dali, remembered as much for his extravagant persona and comic moustache, as he is for his abstract art.
WAYAN: 16hh ~ 2014 ~ Appaloosa ~ Snow-capped gelding. Wayan is a big gentle giant, who loves attention. Like his brother, he has a relaxed personable attitude to work. He loves safari life and is turning out to be a fabulous back-up lead horse. Wayan ~ Balinese word for ‘eldest’.
Safari Cup ~ 2021
ASTRO: 15hh ~ 2015 ~ Percheron/Boerperd cross ~ Grey gelding. Astro has come a long way from the wine-lands of Cape Town in South Africa. He is a stunning chap full of presence and a good little jumper. Tyga has ear marked him as her future horse. Astro ~ Greek for stars or celestial bodies existing outside the earth’s atmosphere.
VESPA: 13.3hh ~ 2015 ~ Ethiopian Cross ~ Grey gelding. Vespa is a kind and flashy-looking pony. Loves to jump and is a fabulous addition for young riders on safari. Vespa ~ Italian for a winged insect having a sting and a slender waist.
GOYA: 15hh ~ 2016 ~ Friesian/Boerperd cross ~ Light bay mare. Goya is full sister to Dali and half-sister to Rego. All from Sirai Stud. We love this line and are thrilled to have her in our string. She is compact and has a lovely attitude. She has very interesting markings on her back, known as lacing. Goya ~ Francisco Goya from Spain, famous for his achievements in etching and engraving.
MACHAKOS: 15.2hh ~ 2017 ~Thoroughbred ~ Bay gelding. Machakos raced for several years on the flat in Kenya, winning one race. His sire Westonian, won the Kenyan Derby. However Machakos is very happy to be out of racing. He has a fabulous quiet independent personality. Machakos ~ the first official horserace in 1897 for the Diamond Jubilee for Queen Victoria, The Machakos Challenge Cup.
DRAKENSBERG: 15.2hh ~ 2017 ~ Percheron/Boerperd cross ~ Grey gelding. Drakensberg came from near Port Elizabeth in the foothills of the Drakensberg Mountains in South Africa, where they run a herd of 300 wild horses. Drakensberg is a brave and courageous horse. Drakensberg ~ Dragon Mountains in Afrikaans.
KAROO: 15.2hh ~ 2019 ~Percheron/Boerperd/Quarter horse cross ~ Grey gelding. Karoo was born in the Stromberg region of the Eastern Cape in South Africa. Karoo has a great attitude to life and is fast becoming a favourite in our yard. Intelligent, with a kind personality slotting straight into safari life. Karoo ~ the ancient San word for the land of great thirst.
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