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Sun Valley Stables Exciting NEws

After a very long absence we will be visiting South Africa and Sun Valley Stables in June and July. I am looking forward to seeing many clients that I have not seen for many years and meeting new clients (some not so new! ) at Sun Valley Stables.

I will be visiting with my Husband, Terence, and our 4 children, Nicholas, Kelly, Peter and Daniel.


We are all very excited for the visit as we have missed family, friends, pets and Sun Valley Stables so much over the past three and a half years. We left South Africa in January 2020 for Sydney Australia and due to Covid and some passport issues had a very long delay in returning for a visit. We have settled well in Sydney and adapted to Ausie life – we have only lost electricity once in the past 3.5 years and only for 2 hours.

We have a riding school in the heart of Sydney, close to the beautiful Centennial Park. Managing a riding school in a big city had been a very different experience but we have learned to adjust and enjoy the city environment. We have our family horses at home and have experienced some shows, including Inter Schools competitions. You can visit the website for our Sydney riding school here






While we have been away Kim has done a fantastic job of managing Sun Valley Stables through some challenging times. Supporting Kim and the Sun Valley team from a long distance has been a pleasure as they have always been super diligent and caring, always doing their best for clients and horses.


Kim has exciting news too; she is expecting a baby in August. We are all very excited for Kim and are looking forward to welcoming a new member to the Sun Valley family. Kim will be taking maternity leave for several weeks to get used to mommy duties and enjoy the special time with her new baby.

Shona is a wonderful coach, but she cannot manage alone so we are very fortunate to have a super new coach joining the Sun Valley team. Lee-charne is a young, but very experienced rider and a competent coach. Lee-charne has grown up in the equestrian world as her mother has a successful riding school in Welkom. Lee- Charne has had the opportunity to ride in both Inter-schools and SAEF competitions from a young age and has many achievements in the competition arena. She has coached children and juniors for several years and is looking forward to moving to Johannesburg and meeting all our Sun Valley riders and parents. Lee-charne will be full time at Sun valley Stables from 1 June.

The count down to 8 June has started, we are looking forward to landing in South Africa and not having to ration biltong and Bovril for a few weeks! We hope to see you at the stables, please come and say Hi, we would love to see you.


Kirsty, Terence, Nicholas, Kelly, Peter and Daniel