About us

Henning Pretorius

Capital Stud horses are bred out of passion and sold with pride.

This passion has resulted in some of the best jumping horses in the world now standing on, owner, Henning Pretorius farms in Skeerpoort, near Hartbeespoort dam.

Since 1998 he has imported stallions and mares with proven international jumping lines from all over Europe enabling him to accumulate the best bloodlines.
Being a farmer all his life, Henning’s experience with nutrition, grasses and pastures has ensured that his horses all get the correct nutritional requirements from birth.
The stud’s philosophy is “the dam line has the most important value” hence they have imported mares from the best dam lines and then chosen from their top quality imported stallions to suit that mare according to the whole family lineage.

Determination and patience is paying off with results now being seen in the jumping ring throughout South Africa. His young stallion Don Cumarco (Cumano / Darco) won the 2012 Avis Derby on his first attempt and numerous Grand Prixes. Capital Stud is the breeder of the winner of 2011 and 2012 top South African bred show jumper and the winner of the World Cup Series Southern African League in 2012.

If you are looking for a top jumping horse with good temperament, excellent conformation and endless potential, look no further than Capital Stud.

Our Team

Meet our professionals
team member

Helen Bean

As a show jumper, Helen has many esteemed classes ticked off her list by competing in the 1.50 grades which included the Derby, as well as representing KZN in Interprovincial team events. She has been actively involved in the stud, and can take credit for the breeding of Capital Liberty who jumped in the derby with Ronnie Lawrence. She currently competes two of Capital's breeding stallions in the Open classes, Conlanc and Chicoletto, with Chicoletto holding a special place in her heart as she has ridden him right up the grades.

team member

Nicole Horwood

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. Her career in the Adult division has seen her being awarded Provincial colours for show jumping, but it is the partnership between her and the Capital stallion Don Cumarco that has captured the hearts of the riding community. They have, in the last year alone, won the 1.50m Revil Grand Prix in Polokwane, the prestigious Avis Derby, the Riders Grand Prix at Burlington and the Nissan SA Outdoor Grand Prix, as well as attaining a second place in the President's Cup this year. Nicole also rides another Capital stallion, Colnardo, and has purchased a young mare by Don Cumarco, called Capital Donna Karan, for herself.

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Chelsea Oliver

Chelsea climbed aboard a horse for the first time at only three years old, and hasn't been far from one since, competing throughout Children's as well as Juniors in showjumping as well as 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. In the showjumping ring Chelsea won the 1.20m Amateur Series in 2010 as well as the 1.00m Championship last year, finishing a close 2nd in the overall series. She joined Capital Stud in October last year and is involved in the production of the young horses, introducing them to shows and guiding them into their roles as sport horses.

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Kim Hathaway

With horses being 'her life', Kim has always made sure she is involved in riding in some way. Beginning her competitive career at around age 7, she competed up the grades on her pony Angel Eyes before moving onto Juniors where she concentrated on showjumping and some eventing. After matriculating, Kim worked at Dageraad Stud where for over four years she backed, produced and competed on many young horses and was involved in all aspects of the stud. Joining the Capital team in the beginning of this year, Kim is responsible for bringing on young horses and producing them for the sport, with her personal goal being to jump up to the top grades.