I have never had the opportunity to built a close relationship with a horse, but over the last 10 years I have had the opportunity to become part of a very close horse riding community.
It all started with Mark Christy, the original Homestead, Tracy Kennedy and Lezaar, some ten years ago. And my daughter Nicci, having Tracy as her first (and only) horse riding instructor, riding Lezaar. Tracy and Lezaar left Mark to move to the new premises of the Homestead Equestrian Estate, where Tracy introduced many young riders to a life with horses on the same Lezaar.
This week we had to say goodbye to Lezaar, who was already 30 years of age. Lezaar, an Arab, became part of each and every horse rider’s life. He touched so many hearts, not only of the riders, but also the moms. That I have realised yesterday when the umpteenth mom-and-child drove out to the Homestead with a bunch of flowers, for Tracy and for Lezaar, to say goodbye.
Lezaar will be missed, a lot. He will live on in our memories – it is not for me to tell the stories, I just want to say thank you to an amazing instructor who not only had to cope with her own emotions this week, but those of her “followers” as well. Because the moms don’t speak horse, we only understand a little bit.
Photo taken during 2013 pony camp games.
- Saturday 8 March: 08:00 St Francis parkrun
- Saturday 8 March: Zingela Archery Monthly Shoot and ABO
- Friday 7 & Saturday 8 March: Rotary Makro Golf Festival at the St Francis Golf Course and the St Francis Links. R750 pp, contact Justin Roux on 042 200 4500.
- Friday 14 – 15 March: Kouga Quilters National Quilt Day Exhibition, Dutch Ref Church Humansdorp. Read more …
- 08:30 – 09:30 The Studio, Village Centre: Yoga for all levels
- St Francis United Christian Church Home Groups: 10:00 Pat Munro (042 294 0583)
- 10:30 – 11:30 Nadine’s Boot Camp for Girls, contact 079 509 2071
- 11:00 – 13:00 Balobi Fresh Fish Market @ Port St Francis - 042 2940 148
- 13:00 Tabs at Bowls Club Read more …
The St Francis Bay Golf Club Ladies 2014 Championships took place on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 March. “We can almost quote Charles Dickens (A Tale of Two Cities): ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times’ - as the ladies endured a strong south-westerly wind on Saturday, but true to our region, Sunday arrived with the most beautiful weather conditions,” says Heilie Uys, one of the competitors. Read more …
Entries have opened for this year’s Lilizela Tourism Awards. In the inaugural event of 2013, St Francis Bay’s Dune Ridge Country House took honours in the Country House Division. These awards are spread over four focus areas: service excellence, entrepreneurship, sustainable development and the Minister’s Award. Entries close on May 30 and the overall winners from each category will be announced at a ceremony in September. Read more …
The 5th annual Quilt Exhibition, hosted by the Kouga Quilters in celebration of National Quilt Day 2014 will take place on Friday, 14 March from 09:00 to 16:00 as well as Saturday 15 March from 09:00 to 12:00 at the Dutch Reformed Church hall in Humansdorp. Read more …
It is a privilege to write to you so early in the year to announce an upcoming recital! Later in the year you will also receive notices on two ensemble recitals and an organ concert by an excellent Dutch organist from Utrecht. The Moederkerk Concert Series celebrated its 20th birthday during December 2013, and I am glad to say that through the years an exceptional high standard of performances was maintained – right on your doorstep! I hope that you will find more time this year to come and enjoy the concerts with me, writes Christiaan Carstens. Read more …