About Happy Horse Farm


Ivan and Bernice have many years of equestrian experience and love to share their knowledge and passion with others. Bernice has been riding since childhood and endurance racing since 1992 and is considered a stalwart in the sport.

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Happy Horse Farm is an equestrian establishment just outside Krugersdorp on the periphery of Johannesburg. Situated in the new World Heritage Area near Sterkfontein Caves (Cradle of Mankind) the area is well suited to horse riding. See directions here.


As the name implies we are a relaxed yard with a focus on joy. Our yard has multiple functions including, teaching people how to ride, teaching young horses (Schooling) breeding Arabian horses, stabling peoples horses for them, going on long hacks (between one and seven hours) into the country, training people to do both jumping and dressage as well as teaching and training endurance enthusiasts. We often host pony camps for children and clinics for adults. We have a wooden club house where we meet before and after the ride to talk and swap knowledge and fun.


Evolving from 1992 as a small breeding yard but soon realized that the demand for an established riding facility in an area where there is low vehicle traffic was needed - close to Johannesburg. Most yards are located in or near Johannesburg which is fine for pure arena work but is not ideal for people who want to spend some time on horse back. We slowly evolved and now embrace most equestrian sports (with the exception of polo and gymkhana). The yard is run by Ivan and Bernice and supported by a team of adults and children alike.