MEET THE TEAM

Barbie Gertenbach

Barbie Haug-Gertenbach

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Personal & Qualifications
  • Born Barbie Haug in Port Elizabeth
  • FEI Level 1 coach
  • FEI Level 2 coach
  • National Judge (Equitation)
  • Candidate National Judge (Dressage)
  • Provincial Judge (Showing & Vaulting)
  • SANEF coach
  • 1978  – Dip. Cur. Anim, (Onderstepoort)
  • 1980  – Established Riba Stables (riding school, instruction and livery yard)
  • 2019 – FEI Level 2 tutor Vaulting
Riding Achievements

Adult:

  • A grade (Show Jumping)
  • Prix St Georges (Dressage)
  • Intermediate (Eventing)
  • Winner of Derby Compleat Horse four times on different horses
  • Transvaal Provincial Colours (Showing & Dressage)

Child/Junior:

  • Open (Equitation)
  • CA & JA grade (Show Jumping)
  • Transvaal Provincial Colours (Eventing & Show Jumping)
Coaching Achievements
  • 2013 – Coached Philip Smith Memorial Equitation Trophy Champion
  • 2010 – National Coach: South African Vaulting Team (World Equestrian Games)
  • 2008 – Coached Philip Smith Memorial Equitation Trophy Champion
  • 1980 – present: Coached pupils into provincial teams in Show Jumping, Dressage, Equitation and Vaulting.
  • Coached Child and Junior Provincial and National Champions in most disciplines.
Equestrian Administrative Positions Held
  • 2007 – Chef d’Equipe: South African Vaulting Team (European Championships)
  • 2005 – present: FEI Development Officer: Group IX Vaulting
  • 2002 – 2006: Chairman: South African National Vaulting Committee
Jaysn Gertenbach

Jaysn Gertenbach

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Personal & Qualifications
  • A-Level (British International College)
  • FGASA 1
Vaulting Achievements

South Africa:

  • 2014 – Trained horses at Dunkeld Equestrian Centre to do Roman Riding displays
  • 2007 – Winner South African Open Individual Vaulting Championships
  • 2004/5 – Member of the winning Junior Team – South African Championships
  • 2004/5/6 – Winner South African Junior Individual Vaulting Championships
  • 2003/4/5 – Member of the winning Mixed Vaulting Team– S A Championships

International:

  • 2013 – Current: Member of the Dunkeld Vaulting Squad
  • 2011 European Championships – Le Mans France
  • 2010 World Equestrian Games Kentucky USA – South African Team – placed 9th
  • 2007 European Championships Kaposvar (Hungary) South African Team – placed 9th.
  • 2007 European Championships Kaposvar (Hungary) 17th place.
  • 2006 World Equestrian Games South African Team placed 13th 
  • 2006 World Equestrian Games Aachen – 23rd Individual Men’s championship
  • 2005 European Championships Brescia Italy
Coaching Achievements
  • 2018 – Coach of gold and silver medal winners CVI CH 2* in Belgium
  • 2017 – Coach of gold and silver medal winners CVI CH 1* in Belgium
  • 2008 – 2013 employed part-time at Riba Stables, Kyalami, South Africa as a vaulting coach
  • 2008 – Coached vaulting in Mauritius September – November
  • 2006 – Current: Instrumental in coaching and organising of the FEI Group IX Africa Vaulting Cup. Coaching in Zambia, Swaziland, Mauritius and South Africa.
Kayla Gertenbach

Kayla Gertenbach

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Personal & Qualifications
  • Matriculated Greenwich College. (Studied correspondence through Cambridge (UK).)
  • Holds Protea colours for Vaulting
  • Holds provincial colours for Showjumping, Dressage, Showing, Vaulting and Equitation.
  • Owns and runs Kayla Gertenbach Equestrian.
Riding Achievements
  • 2017 – Clear and placed in multiple Longines World Ranking classes in Lake Arena Summer tour, Wiener Neustadt, Austria.
  • 2016 to 2017 – spent living, working, training and competing in Europe
  • 2016 – 3rd place in the Silver tour 1.30m Championships at the Mediterranean Equestrian Tour, Oliva, Spain.
  • Member of Gauteng Showjumping, Vaulting, Dressage, Equitation and Showing teams
  • 2014 – Produced horses to 1.50m
  • 2013 – Selected as one of the top 3 young riders to take part in a clinic conducted by the trainer of the Olympic gold medal-winning Great Britain Showjumping team.
  • 2013 – Leading Young Rider (age 16 – 21) in South Africa.
  • 2012 – Jumped home bred and self-produced horse in the South African Derby.
  • 2012 – Winner 1.35m Championship – Sunshine Tour in Durban
  • 2011 – Winner 1.30m Championship – Revil World cup qualifier
  • 2010 – Shortlisted for the Youth Olympic Games for show jumping
  • 2010 – Member of the South African team at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, USA. Achieved 9th place.
  • 2009 – Winner Junior Outdoor Grand Prix, Cape Town
  • 2008 – Winner Philip Smith Memorial Trophy
  • 2007 – Winner South Africa Equitation Championship Junior
  • 2006 – Member of the South African team at the World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany
  • 2004 – Winner South Africa Equitation Championship Pony Rider
Coaching Achievements

Currently coaching Juniors and Adults

Chelsey Gertenbach

Chelsey Gertenbach

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Personal & Qualifications
Riding Achievements
  • 2018 –
    • Represented SA as the only individual at WEG Tryon North Carolina
    • Winner gold medal CVI 3* in Rugby, UK.
  • 2013 –
    • Al Rosario: competed in Galencia Properties Derby, Winner 1.35m Classic, Winner 1.35m Micro-Derby Speed, 2nd & 3rd in the Hilmar Meyer Series 1.40m and 3rd Junior Derby 1.30m.
    • Kinvara: Winner Junior Derby 1.20m, Winner Philip Smith Memorial Equitation Trophy.
    • March – April: 5 weeks vaulting in Europe: 5th place CVIJ2* Saumur France and a 7th place in CVIJ2* in Geel Belgium.
  • 2012 – Won 2 South African titles along with riding in three provincial teams.
    • Member of Gauteng Dressage, Equitation and Show Jumping teams
    • Winner Individual Junior South African Equitation Championships on Locarno Nautilus
    • Winner Individual Junior South African Show Jumping Championships on Al Rosario
    • Winner Junior Dressage Derby. Top Rider on Alzu Last Time
    • 2nd Junior Derby and Winner Speed Class 1.30m on Al Rosario
  • 2010 – Part of the South African team at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, USA
  • 2007 – Part of the South African team at the European Championships in Kaposvar, Hungary
  • 2006 – Part of the South African team at the World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany
Annelise Steyn

Annelise Steyn

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“I started riding at the age of 6. I have competed as a junior and adult quite successfully in many disciplines such as dressage, eventing and showjumping.

Some of my highlights were jumping at the post-Derby 1m class which was at the time still held at Inanda in Sandton and I also competed at the Sun City Indoor Showjumping competition. I have been trained by many instructors including Lachlan McLachlan, Ian Milligan, May Foxcroft, Shirley Green and of course, Barbie Gertenbach.

I moved my horse (and now horses) to Riba Stables almost 10 years ago and currently own Laurie (Classical Blues) and Daydream Jiveman.

I started teaching at Riba Stables 6 years ago and currently provide tuition in dressage, jumping, working riding and vaulting.

I have assisted many clients in bringing up young horses by teaching as well as riding their horses and have taught from very young beginner riders to more experienced riders.

I was also part of the SAPS Reservists Mounted Unit and we did many patrols on horseback in the Midrand area.” – Annelise

Annelise also attended Tri-Nations Vaulting in Mauritius with Charlsy Loni.

Nhlanhla Vilakazi

Nhlanhla Vilakazi

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Nhlanhla started riding at the age of 13 with Enos Mafokate (Soweto Riding Centre). His main discipline was vaulting.

He went on to do Horse Mastership Modules 1 and 2 at Beaulieu College.

In January 2018, he approached Riba Stables for a job.

Due to his earlier focus on vaulting, he started to work on his riding skills with Barbie and Kayla. He started jumping in 70cm to 80cm classes and has now moved up to 1m. At his very first 1m show, he placed 2nd and has picked up many places since. In 2019, he placed 5th in the Invitational Class at Derby. In 2020, he placed 8th at the Outdoor Grand Prix.

He is an animal person with a great passion for horses and places the well-being of the horse first. With his likeable personality, he has become a firm favourite at Riba Stables.

Nhlanhla has learned a lot of Kayla. He says Kayla has taught him, not only patience with horses but in life as well. He currently helps Kayla bring on horses off the track for her KGE Second Career Initiative. From Barbie, he has learned to be firm but fair. As much as he finds it challenging, he perseveres in his flatwork lessons with Barbie.

He often gets comments from top riders who watch him – they say that he has really good ‘feel’. The improvement he is showing is due to the fact that he rides many different horses and he is passionate about learning from Kayla.

His dream is to one day own his own stable yard but his short term goal is to get a horse he can call his own. He is currently competing on one of Riba’s old schoolmasters called Chet Baker.

Nhlanhla is busy preparing for his lunging for vaulting exam.

Thank you to Natasha Williams who donated her dressage saddle to Nhlanhla and given him permission to sell it to buy a jumping saddle. A mention also goes out to Dee Palm who is helping him find the right saddle. Nhlanhla is now one step closer to achieving his goals thanks to your generosity.

Lynette Meyer

Lynette Meyer

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SANEF Instructor Level 2

  • 1963 – Began riding at Muriel Higgs Riding School
  • 1964- 1994:  Competed in all Equestrian Disciplines including Show Jumping, Dressage and Gymkhana.
  • 1978 – 1982: Employed by Anglo American to teach all equestrian disciplines  at Oranjemund Riding school
  • 1982 – SANEF Instructors Certificate – Level 2 SANEF Coach
  • 1982 – 1984: Taught all equestrian disciplines at Back of the Moon Stables in Kempton Park.
  • 1985 – 1986: Employed by Anglo Vaal to teach at Mine Stable in Stilfontein.
  • 1987 – 2000: Owned Moonraker Stud and Bred Welsh Ponies, Partbred Welsh Ponies and Warmbloods. Also taught all disciplines to baiters in the yard.
  • 1988 – 1999: Ran Equestrian Club at Midrand High School.
  • 2000 – 2005:  Moved Moonraker Stud to Crowthorne.
Shannyn McGrath

Shannyn McGrath

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Shannyn lives at on the property at Riba stables.

She has a passion for horses and children. Shannyn teaches all our young children and oversees a lot of the functioning of the yard. She checks on feeding and the well-being of all the horses. When medication has to be given, Shannyn is the person who make sure that the program is adhered to. Shannyn has enormous patience, and brings on the beginner riders to a point where they move on to one of the more advanced coaches.

She runs pony camps during holidays and long weekends where the children learn about basic horsemanship.

Carley Uys

Carley Uys

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Carley has ridden a lot in Zambia and Zimbabwe since she was a child.

She Owns a very nice thoroughbred which she has taken off the track and produced herself. Carley is currently studying at Beaulieu college and is teaching and producing young horses at Riba stables and KGE.

Carley has also trained under top coaches such as Martine Lambert and Barbara Keith-Wright.

Carley has a great work ethic and teaches from intermediate to advanced riders. All her pupils absolutely adore her.

Boemo Makgalemele

Boemo Makgalemele

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Boemo teaches riding and vaulting.

She was a vaulter herself and her riding training was done at the Lipizzaner centre in Kyalami.

Boemo is very gentle and kind to her students and has coached the overall E-grade vaulting champion Sana Mashego.

Hloni Lepata

Hloni Lepata

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Hloni or ‘H’ as he is known,  started riding at the Soweto riding centre. Here he ended up as the head coach for some years. He then worked at a riding school in KZN, and is now following his dream to become a competitive rider

He is teaching all ages and all levels, schooling horses and starting to compete himself.

Vincent

Vincent

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In the past Vincent competed in the discipline of endurance. Now he would like to fulfill his dream of becoming a competitive showjumper.

Currently Vincent is working as a groom, and recently competed at the prestigious ‘Horse of the year show’, where he won his ‘groom handler class’, and achieved 4th overall in the supreme championship. This is just the beginning and we look forward to seeing great things from him.

Errol Wucherpfennig

IN MEMORY OF – Errol Wucherpfennig

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Although Errol is widely known, respected and endeared by the South African and International riding community as one of the world’s top show jumpers in his time, it is also his ability in the workplace which truly stands out and illustrates his diverse capability.

His enterprising character-focused methodological approach and intelligent flair as a sportsman.

Errol is a well-known legend in the horse riding world and has won almost every major showjumping title during his career.

Personal & Qualifications
  • RSA provincial footballer
  • Provincial boxing champion
  • Springbok showjumper
Riding Achievements

Adult:

  • Won the South African Show Jumping Championships twice on Compass Line and Marble Hall.
    • ‘Compass Line’ won the South African Show Jumping Championship, the South African Outdoor Grand Prix and the Rothmans Derby in the same year which was an amazing achievement
    • Marble Hall also won the South African Outdoor Grand Prix
  • Awarded the State Presidents Award by Magnus Malan
  • In 1982, he won the South African Sports Merit Award presented by The honourable G van N Viljoen the minister of National Education
  • Internationally, Errol competed in Bremen Germany, the UK, La Baule France, and San Diego USA

Child/Junior:

  • Won the South African Show Jumping Championships twice on Warrior and Russian Girl
Coaching Achievements
  • Current successful coach of young riders including Chelsey and Kayla Gertenbach as well as adults such as Arnold Botha