The rural horse riding sport in South Africa was established more than 100 years ago in South Africa. Although it has been a sport that has predominantly attracted black rural people in southern Africa, internationally it is more than an African sport, as in southern Africa it is perceived to be a rural and cultural sport for rural people. Although the sport is called Umtelebhelo in Nguni language, which is southern Africa, in Australia and the U.K it’s also recognized as trotters and pacers, in America it is known as racking or single footers, in Mexico is called andandura. The sport of trotting horses is worldwide and is big internationally. As a social event in South Africa Umtelebhelo has broken tribal and political barriers, the walls of hatred and community segregation created by the political and tribal wars which commenced in the 80’s. The love for horses has created unity amongst several tribal and political communities from Kwa-Zulu Natal, Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana and Namibia.
Rural horse racing is the racing of local horses in rural areas around Southern Africa; these horses are owned by families in the rural areas which are used as a source of transport from point A to point B.

In KZN all rural horse riders that race Umtelebhelo fall under KZN rural horse riding and breeding association, even though you find that those that live on the extreme ends of KZN find it hard to race against each other due to the amount of money to spend since you would have to travel and find accommodation. The KZNRHRA has a calendar of events that goes from north of KZN all the way down to the south KZN. These races are the official races of which we call calendar events. You will find other small racing events happening in local areas. As KZNRHRA we have some calendar events that have a financial remuneration and some without because of lack of sponsorship, even though we maintain and attend for the love of the game. The advantage of us hosting this event is that we close the gap between north of KZN and South of KZN, not only geographically but also because north of KZN has excelled in this sport compared to south to such an extent that when the Dundee July started we were taken as a development by the north, now in this development. We as Umgungundlovu District have progressed to the standard of those in the north and we now represent the south when we race in Dundee, so in that manner when we host a race we bring north and south together.

The Willowfountain Gold Circle Christmas Cup 2015 was a huge success with the number of participants reaching new heights with over eighty participants from all over Kwa-Zulu Natal, provinces like Free State, Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga and neighbouring country Lesotho.
Another highlight of the day was the number of dignitaries who were present on the day namely: Ms Belinda Scotts (Kwa-Zulu Natal Minister of Treasury); Mr Mawethu Mosary (IEC); Mr Mosses Tembe (Deputy Chairperson forGold Circle (Pty) Ltd); Mr M.J.R Mauvis, Mr M Smith (Gold Circle (Pty) Ltd); Dr Peter Olmesdahl and Ms Gillian Olmesdahl (Coastal Horse Care Unit) and Dr Z.L Mkhize (Host)
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ILAF Programmes


The education programme incorporates the following:
The Bursary scheme
Nkululeko 1

The agriculture programme creates community based agricultural hubs in the following:
Poultry farming
Vegetable farming
3Youth Development
The youth development programme has three elements.
Youth Leadership Development
Entrepreneurship Development
Regeneration programme