Chelsea climbed aboard a horse for the first time at only three years old, and hasn't been far from one since. She competed throughout Children's as well as Juniors in showjumping and eventing. Her passion for horses has seen her venture into studying Equine Science after school, and she has since graduated with a National Diploma, after which she worked for Elena Bosman with the focus on dressage. Chelsea joined Capital Stud in October 2012, initially involved in the production of the young horses. Chelsea’s wealth of breeding knowledge has since put her into a position of high responsibility as stud manager.
Nicole Horwood, winner of numerous 1.50m competitions, including Grands Prix, Triple Crowns, SA Champs and World Cup Qualifiers, is truly one of South Africa’s greatest riders. Nicole’s greatest achievements have been the only rider to have won the Derby four times and winning the triple crown (Winning the outdoor Grand Prix, SA Champs and the Derby in the same year) in 2015. Not only has the partnership between her and the Capital stallion Don Cumarco captured the hearts of the riding community, but Nicole Horwood and Capital Hitoshi have really stepped into the limelight too, having won three Grands Prix and a World Cup title just in 2017 alone. Nicole began riding at the age of 6, however it was only when she relocated from Durban to Johannesburg to work for Gonda Beatrix that she started competing. Look our for Nicole competing in the 1.50m classes with Capital Don Cumarco and Capital Hitoshi, the 1.40m classes with Capital Look at Me, the 1.30m classes with the young stallion Capital Kronos and the 1,20m classes with Capital Levubu.
Chris is a professional Show jumper and instructor based at Blouberg Ryskool. Chris produces young horses to competitive showjumpers and currently rides 8 horses competitively. Chris has been consistent at the top level of the sport for the past eight years and has also had great results as an instructor since 2011.
Chris has many great achievements, including being awarded SA Young Rider of the year in 2010. Among many other achievements, Chris has won World Cup Qualifiers and Grands Prix. Chris also won the Burlington Cup in 2014 as well as Presidents Cup in 2016. Over and above his passion for horse riding, Chris went into partnership with Lohan Steyn in 2015 and is now Director of a crocodile farm.
As a show jumper, Helen has many esteemed classes ticked off her list by competing in the 1.50 grades which include the Derby, as well as representing KZN in Interprovincial team events. Helen has also been involved with the breeding of horses and from 1992 she had a stud called Headland Stud. It was from here where she assisted Capital Stud with the purchasing and breeding of top quality warmbloods in South Africa. Helen travelled to Germany, Holland and Belgium, assisting Capital Stud in choosing the best bloodlines to import to South Africa. Helen currently competes in the open classes with Capital Chicoletto Z, a stallion which she broke in and has ridden right up the grades.