"To breed and train our Arab Endurance horses 

to a level at which they are qualified to compete

internationally in 120km**FEI Rides and

World Championships and achieve winning

or highly rated results in such events,"

The achievement of this Mission is dependent on several key factors including: lineage, conformation, environment, training methodology, general husbandry and experience of Endurance competitions.

Our blood lines of Crabbet, Polish and Egyptian assure an accredited lineage and we selectively choose conformation that will generate future successes - including maintaining an ideal height range of between 14.3hh and 15.3hh. 

The altitude, topography and natural environment of the Schanskraal Estate provides a unique location for the breeding and training of Endurance horses.

Training does not commence until a horse is approximately 5 years old; prior to which it becomes hardened to the terrain, left to graze and exercise on the open veld. When training commences the horse is stabled in generously sized post and rail paddocks minimising any potential for injury from fencing.

Participation in Endurance events held throughout South Africa is fundamental to its training; gradually building a horse's confidence and endurance, with the aim that at the age of approximately 8 years old we will be proud to offer a horse for sale that can confidently compete in any FEI Endurance event worldwide.

Welbech will at times sell young horses that have not reached the level of qualification referred to above; but we appreciate that for an international buyer, facing costs in the region of $25,000 per horse to export to Europe and the Middle East, such an untested purchase might not be regarded as a judicious purchase.

The support of international buyers is fundamental to the existence of the Welbech Arabian Stud and the achievement of our "Mission"; and we are anxious to foster their good will on all accounts. We want their visit to our Stud to be enjoyable and memorable. 

In this regard we have various key elements in place such as: our cross air strip allowing a comfortable and efficient alternative means of transport to the Stud; a 60 metre showing ring and covered grandstand providing splended presentation of our horses and the Manor (private home of the owners) located on the Schanskraal Estate, which is made available to the Welbech Stud to entertain and accommodate its guests (the Schanskraal-farmed and much famed Karoo lamb being a particular favourite on the menu).

Welbech is determined to continue to achieve its "Mission" and is cognisant that this requires it to continually develop its skills in the horses it breeds and trains and the services it affords to its clients.


Interesting Note: The ideal height

Generally informed opinion elicited from the internet would suggest that from analysis of top endurance results around the world - the ideal height for an endurance horse seems to be between 14.2hh  and 15.3hh. Horses outside this range have much lower completion rates, shorter competitive lives and less wins to their count. 


There is a 1.3km x 1km cross air strip at Schanskraal to provide swift access from the major centres across South Africa.

5290 ft. GPS Co-ordinates: S31 35' 30.0".  E024 27' 00.0"




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