Danie van Zyl

Horse owner and stand-in guide

Danie has been managing Karweyderskraal Farm since 2005 and his love for horses only developed in 2010 when he and his wife Sonja bought two mares – not knowing they were actually pregnant at that stage. Later that year Sirocco and Allegro was born and they are currently two of “The Dream Team” that numerous riders have come to know.

Francois Hein

Groom and Stablehand

Francois is the man behind the scenes making sure the stables, tack and paddocks are well maintained and the horses are cared for daily. Francois helps with exercising, lunging, desensitizing, feeding and the list just keeps going. He loves what he does and you’ll see it when you visit our stables.


Born and bred on Karweyderskraal this Thoroughbred X mare is a pure delight to ride and has an inquisitive nature. She’s part of “The Dream Team” with impeccable behaviour, yet some days her cheekiness brings delight to her spectators and we love her all the more for it.


Also born on Karweyderskraal this Boerperd X gelding will enter a warzone with you and not flinch at the drop of a bomb. Laid back and mellow – novice riders adore him, but put an experienced rider on Sirocco and he becomes an intercontinental ballistic missile with power steering(If that’s your thing).


Also nicknamed “Houdini” because of his ingenious ways of escaping from any paddock or gated enclosure. “Nappi” is the third member of “The Dream Team” and willing do anything his rider asks him to. He has phenomenal endurance and power but even the tiniest of riders can control him.


Meet Buck – the Boerperd X Saddlebred gelding we know very little of, except that he has the softest, kindest eyes of all our horses. We rescued Buck from a drought stricken farm in the beginning of 2017 and since then he has become a very reliable steed with good work ethics.


This young mare is a pure bred SA Vlaam from Williston. We acquired her to pull our carriage but these days she helps out with the trails (if we can steal her away from Sonja). She’s unique for 3 reasons – her excessive flatulence, she’s our only Afrikaans horse and my wife Sonja adores her – so be very fortunate if you happen to ride Juliet.

Tooings “Mr T”

Tooings is an inquisitive and affectionate Boerperd gelding. His nickname  “Mr T” was given by Bronwyn since his Dutch name “Tooings” is difficult to pronounce in English. Very sensitive to his rider’s commands – Tooings handles nimbly and precise. Therefore, a great asset when mustering cattle.

Poker Knight

An off the track Thoroughbred who won a couple of races at Kenilworth and Durbanville. Our own “Chuck Norris” have the greatest character you’ll ever find in a horse. When mustering cattle, Poker will batter through bushes -rather than around them and whatever you do – don’t whisper “Let’s go boy” in his ears, otherwise he will gallop ahead at full

Tibby “A Little Tibsy”

Another Off the Track Thoroughbred, “A Little Tibsy” competed at Turffontein where she did exceptionally well especially in the longer races, before she ended up on Karweyderskraal. She is the fastest horse of the herd but on an outride she will be far behind – dragging her feet and plodding on like a donkey. Kids and novice riders enjoy her for it.


Amirah – born in 2014 on the farm– she’s one of our younger team members. Her sire is Amir, an Arabian stallion from McGregor. Although she’s still young in the trail business, she has an incredible willingness to learn and work, and if she’s anything like her mom Lara, she is going to be a star.

Pearly Rock “Rocky”




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