The Cape Boerperd
A Horse from South Africa for
South Africa and all horse sport
harness; 3 Gaited; Work
5 gaited; Endurance; Western; dressage
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info on the breed:
The Cape Boerperd breeders Society was
formed in 1948. A group of horse
enthusiasts realized that the horse was
fast disappearing in our mechanical age.
These people realized how popular the
old Cape Horse was throughout the world.
The Cape Horse was famous for it’s
hardiness, endurance and it’s ability to
work hard on minimum feed, yet still
maintain condition. It was all these
outstanding characteristics that made
these people to raise a breed that would
display all these characteristics and
improve and refined to be ideally
suitable for South African conditions.
The Cape Boerperd is a multi purpose
horse that can be used for work,
pleasure and show.
The Cape Boerperd is used for hard
demanding farm work, thus it must be a
hardy animal with plenty of stamina. It
must be comfortable to ride, with enough
speed at various gaits to make it a
pleasure horse for all who ride it. It
must possess enough style and action to
compete favorable in the show ring in
any breeding, saddle or harness class.
The Cape Boerperd is well known for it’s
good temperament and thus very suitable
for riders of all ages as a work,
pleasure and sport horse. At present
there are keen interest in the Cape
Boerperd from other countries. Members
of the Cape Boerperd breeders Society
are spread across the country with a
bigger concentration in the Eastern and
Western Cape and Griekwas.
The Kaapse Boerperd (“Cape Boer Horse”) differs
significantly from any other existing horse breed with
regard to basic conformation. In 1948, a group of
concerned horse breeders felt that the early Kaapse perd
faces possible extinction and therefore initiated formal
steps to breed and improve this horse breed. The early
Cape Horse was universally popular and was one of the
first horse breeds to be exported from South Africa to
Australia. The Kaapse horse was renowned for its
endurance as well as the ability to work hard on a
meager diet and still remain in a fairly good condition.
The horses had an easy, comfortable gait and could carry
a big rider effortlessly over difficult terrain for
These and other fine characteristics of the early Kaapse
horse prompted breeders to develop a horse breed with
the same features and to improve and upgrade the breed
at the same time be a pleasurable riding horse with a
good temperament. It was considered important that the
horse had to be able to hold its own in the show ring.
Attempts were made to identify suitable breeding
animals, but because of exports, droughts and other
disasters, suitable animals were hard to come by.
Stallions were especially rare. It was then decided to
make use of stallions of other breeds that conformed to
the basic requirements of the breed and which could make
a positive contribution in terms of establishing the
fledgling breed. Breeds considered in this regard
included the Arab, Hackney and Flemish Horse and the
American Saddle Horse. The saddle horse were selected
because of the fact the Boerperd mares were used as
foundation mares in the breeding program of the Saddle
horse in South Africa. Stallions of these breeds were
used in conjunction with Boerperd stallions to breed
foals conforming to all the breed standards.
It was decided that all horses would be subjected to
inspection and that those which passed would be entered
into a foundation register. Foals born from foundation
parents would then, after passing inspection, be entered
into an upgrading programme. A stringent selection
policy ensured that only desirable animals were allowed
to the upgrading programme. Mares became eligible for
inspection at two years of age and stallions at three
years of age. The Boerperd Herd Book was initially
closed in 1964 and no more “foreign” horses were
accepted to the breeding programme. The herd Book was,
however, re-opened in 1970 for a period of one year. In
1981 the South African Stud Book and Livestock
Improvement Associations accepted the affiliation of the Kaapse Boerperd Breeders’ Society and animals with the
desired qualities were again accepted into the re-opened
Herd Book of F1 animals, after passing inspection.
In 1993 it was realized that the Kaapse Boerperd was
beginning to lose its identity. A decision was taken to
nominate specific stallions from other breeds to enhance
some of the traits of the Kaapse Boerperd. In 1994 eight
stallions were nominated and inspected by a specially
appointed inspector. The progeny of these stallions were
entered into the herd book as F1-animals. The Society
followed the normal upgrading programme and no animal
was registered without passing an inspection.
In 1999 the Herd Book was closed and no foreign material
The Cape Boerperd was declared an indigenous developed
With the long history of registration as a developing
breed with horses registered as F1 – F4 Studbook and the
Director of Animal improvement suggested that horses
will be classified as follows in the future:
Basic herdbook will include all basic stock plus F1
animals of which the father and mother are not known.
All F1 animals with parents on record plus offspring of
basic herd animals mated to F2 stallions and higher will
be registered in Herdbook A. All F2 animals with both
parents on record will be registered in herdbook B. All
F2 animals and higher with both parents and grandparents
on record will be registered in the SP or fully
The ideal Kaapse Boerperd must be of medium height
(between 14,2 and 16 hands), strong without being clumsy
and have quality, especially in its legs. As the Kaapse
Boerperd is primarily used for arduous and demanding
farm work, the horse must be robust, have good endurance
and be fast and surefooted. The Kaapse Boerperd should
ride comfortably with enough speed in its various gaits.
This will ensure that it can also be used as a pleasure
horse. Above all, the horse should not tire its rider.
It is also important that the Kaapse Boerperd have
enough grace and action to hold its own in the show
ring, in breeding and in the riding classes.
A Kaapse Boerperd is allowed to display a lot of
quality, as well as a fiery posture and action, on
condition that it meets the stringent standards of
conformation and type. If an animal has an unnatural
stretch for a stance, which may hide aspects of its
conformation and appearance, it is desirable to let such
an animal move around. The Kaapse Boerperd has a proud
head and high rolling action. The horse has a good
temperament and may be ridden comfortably, but with
action, grace and style. The horse does not scare easily
and is not excitable. The Kaapse Boerperd has the
ability to maintain good condition on a meager diet and
adapts to a wide variety of circumstances.
The Kaapse Boerperd is a registered breed with SA
Studbook. At present there are about 650 horses on
record. The Breed Society and SA Studbook is in the
process of updating all records.
All foals from registered parents are registered in the
foal book. At age three these young horses are inspected
by a panel of 3 or more inspectors appointed by the
Only about 25% of all registered Cape Boerperd end up in
the “Saddleseat” showring. The rest are used for
pleasure riding, dressage, jumping etc.
The Cape Boerperd is a multi purpose horse that can be
used for work, pleasure and show. The Cape Boerperd is a
very versatile horse and it is the aim of the Breeders
Society to show the Cape Boerperd in all its diverse
forms. We have a “saddle seat” as well as a “standard
seat” division at shows. Horses are also exhibited in
harness classes as well as in Carriage driving. Cape
Boerperd are also used for show jumping, dressage, out
rides, endurance riding and game viewing.
During 1997 a rulebook for the Cape Boerperd was
published by the Breeders Society. This book is updated
annually and is available in English and Afrikaans. This
rulebook is used by judges, breeders etc to learn more
about the Kaapse Boerperd.
The year 2001 saw the start of a website for the Cape
www.capeboerperd.co.za Information about the
horse itself, the SA Boerperd Amateur union, board
members, the youth program, “For Sale” page etc are
available on this website.
Cape Boerperd Youth Program (CBYP)
In 2004 the Cape Boerperd Youth program was started.
The youth program of the Cape Boerperd Breeders Society
and the SA Boerperd Amateur Union aims to introduce the
Cape Boerperd and it’s versatility to all horse loving
children. We aim to involve the youth in all aspects of
the horse industry. The CBYP is a program for young
people with a common interest in horses. CBYP offers a
variety of programs and competitions that challenge
members to become involved, to learn, and to develop
competence in all areas of the horse industry.
While working with the Cape Boerperd, members develop a
sense of sportsmanship and fair play, learn citizenship
skills, master leadership skills and develop discipline
and responsibility for themselves and their horses.
The CBYP is designed to bring out the best in its
members - no
matter what their skills and interests
Since the early 1992 regular Boerperd courses are held
under the auspices of the Breeders Society and the
Amateur Union. Since the early 1900 regular symposiums
and judges courses are also presented by these
(SABAU) SA Boerperd Amateur Union
AMATEUR - STATUS
In 1990 a long awaited ideal was realized when the Cape
Boerperd Breeders Society initiated a sport organization
using the Cape Boerperd as sport horse. In 1990 this
organization was allocated Amateur Status by the Dept of
Sport and SABAU was formed.
The country is divided into provinces. In each province
riders compete at club and regional shows and
competitions. From these results provincial teams are
selected to compete for the “Pietie Joubert” shield at
the South African Boerperd Amateur Championships. A
National team is selected on an annual basis to compete
against teams from other countries.
The SA Boerperd Amateur Union (SABAU) caters for its
members in a lot of different divisions. At present
there are a “Saddleseat” division, a “Standard” seat
division, “Pleasure” ride and “Carriage” driving
Development and advanced training courses are held on a
regular basis. SABAU is a fast growing organization with
members from all walks of life. SABAU is a member of
Participation in shows is growing continuously and
because of its affordability, the Kaapse Boerperd is
enjoying growing popularity.
Links to members websites