The HAK recommends that you insure yourself for Public Liability and your horse for Mortality. The premium is inexpensive and therefore worth taking out.
Public Liability covers your yard and horses belonging to you in the event of a third party accident. Mortality cover is for accidental injury or death of a horse. Please contact the Secretary, PO Box 24555, 00502 Karen, tel 0724 804 564 for recommendations.
There are a number of shows, clinics and events held each year, the calendar is available at the HAK Office and is also included in the quarterly newsletter.
A. The HAK Rule Book
If you intend to compete it is essential that you buy a Rule Book available from the HAK Secretary behind Zawadi Africana. This will give you a good idea of what is required at shows and events. Rule amendments are sent out each year, and you should up-date your book accordingly.
B. Registration of Horses
All competing horses and ponies MUST be registered with the HAK. Registration forms can be obtained from the HAK Secretary or the Registration Secretary, and you are required to re-register your horses/ponies annually. Change of Ownership, Change of Name of Horse and Deeds of Lease must also be registered. In 1993 the HAK implemented a system of permanent numbers for all competing horses/ponies.
C. Measurement Certificates
All horses and ponies competing in showing classes require a measurement certificate. Measurement can be done either by a Vet or Official Panel Member at any time of the year, or at a show. You will be informed at the show when measuring will take place. There is a fee for initial measuring. Subsequent, annual, measurement being free. When a horse/pony reaches the age of 8 years it is issued with a Life Certificate. Horses over 16hh, and those who do not take part in showing classes, need only the initial measurement.
D. The Show Office
At most shows the Office is opened the afternoon preceding the start of the show. You should bring your Rabies certificate for each horse/pony if this has not already been seen, otherwise your horse/pony will not be allowed on the premises or to compete in the show.
NB: Dogs are ABSOLUTELY not allowed in Jamhuri Park.
E. Stabling and Camping at Shows
Annual Stabling Fee is optional and not mandatory but application must be made to the HAK Office and not the Stabling Steward. Stabling Fees at shows is payable with Entry- individual request passed on to Stabling Steward by shows Secretary for allocation at each Show. Stabling for Jamhuri Park shows is pre-arranged per night for each show or can be reserved annually. Camping is not recommended. A chart will be displayed showing you where your stables are. If you need directing ask at the office. Where space permits an extra stable is allotted for a food store or sleeping accommodation for your syce. You must bring all food, bedding and fodder with you to the show. Your syce will either sleep in the store or pitch a tent nearby. It is recommended that syce is paid a food allowance of at least Kshs 350 per day, unless you provide his food. There are food outlets at Jamhuri Park. No fires are allowed near the stables, so ensure that he has some means of cooking where it is safely permitted. Syce should be provided with torches and NOT paraffin lamps. Advise your syce that it is not safe to walk on his own into nearby Kibera (Jamhuri Park area) as many syces have been badly mugged there. If he has to do some shopping there it is best for him to go in a group, and well before dark.
Instruct your syce not to take your horse to graze near any course (working hunter, cross-country or roads and tracks) or arenas, as you could be eliminated from the competition. There are often specified areas where horses can be grazed, lunged or ridden. Please keep mares away from the stallion block.
At Jamhuri Park you may be unlucky to find the stables in a dirty state, due to previous recent use, for which we apologise. Please make sure that you have the stables cleared out before you leave.
Dress can sometimes be a little confusing, even if you use the Rule Book as a guideline. You will be suitably dressed for dressage, showing and show jumping classes if you wear the following:
Tack and equipment for your horse is specified in the Rule Book, but remember to remove any equine boots and martingales before entering the dressage arena and for all showing classes, apart from the working hunter when the same tack must be used in both phases, with the exception of boots.
For Events, Cross country and Hunter Trials you need the following:
Your horse’s tack should include a surcingle, breastplate and adequate protection for its legs.
A few people have their own trailers, but most transport to and from shows is by lorry, unless you live close enough to have the horse ridden to the showground. Otherwise you can try contacting the following people:
Mrs Janet Mills - Nakuru
Mrs Liz Thoenes - Karen
Mrs Jane Wilson-Smith - Karen
Mrs Anja Du Toit - Karen
Mrs Susie Nann - Karen
Ms Deborah Duveskog - Karen
You will need to book a place in good time if you are going to an up-country show or event and, if you need to cancel try to let the organizer know in plenty of time so that the space can be filled. If you do not cancel in time you may be charged for the space anyway.
Ensure that your horse’s legs are properly protected – locally made foam can be used with bandages – and a tail bandage is also advisable. In cold weather, or for a long journey, a light rug should be put on the horse.