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Hart E Miniature Horse Stud

Jacobus Moll Johnstone (Koos) imported racehorse bloodstock in the 1920’s to 1940’s.  These horses travelled from England by ship and often required travelling companions.  Being a horseman himself, the selection criteria for these travelling companions were temperament, hardiness and conformation.  Once in South Africa these horses together with local stock became the nucleus of what is now the Hart E Miniature horse breeding herd.

Koos Johnstone’s son, Greyling Johnstone, continued the legacy.  In 1984 there were enough people with a common purpose and small South African origin horses to form the SA Miniature Horse Breed Society.  Greyling Johnstone was a founder member and is a past president of the Society.  His daughter Coralezet Erasmus – nee Johnstone and her husband Chris have continued the legacy.

Hart E has for three generations embraced some very strict criteria.  Horses were, no matter what, first selected on conformation.  With good conformation came good movement.  Colour and size have always been secondary factors.  A goal common to the generations that built this stud has been to produce a herd of brood mares of similar type who breed true.  This is work in progress and the challenge continues.

Hart E Miniature horses recently moved from Amersfoort where it has been situated to Beka Idube, a bushveldt retreat.  Here a stable block and the necessary facilities have been created for the miniature stud.

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  • Thank you Coralezet for a wonderful and peaceful stay, we will most definitely be back. Lovely place, friendly staff - definitely coming back! Waking up to Zebras, Impalas and Wildebeest now that was special. Thank You! Virginia S. Jul 18, 2016
  • Once again, a big thank you to Chris, Coralezet and Nathan for a wonderful weekend. Every time that we have been there we felt like part of the family. Wonderful people and a beautiful place to chill, surrounded by bush with many visits from the Impala, Wildebeest, Zebra and occasionally the duiker. Thanks again for the informative tour of the miniature horses. We will most definately be back. Wayne.S Jul 7, 2015
  • A very special place run by special people. The ideal place to touch base with your soul... Luxury accommodation. VERY PRIVATE, Very good value for money. Paul.C Jan 7, 2015
  • It is very peaceful at Beka Idube. You can sit back with a book and watch the animals roam past your tent. Or for the bird lovers, you can hear and see a variety around your tent. Chantelle H. Sep 4, 2014
  • What a nice weekend break away! With arrival we immediately felt welcome, we were welcomed with a smile. Everything was explained to us nicely about where to put the lights on and how to do this and how to that. Chantelle S. Nov 4, 2013 (Johannesburg)
  • If you want to just relax and cool down in your.own little splashpool this is the place to go. With amazing hosts they leave you alone to enjoy the peace and tranquility and watch the zebras, wilderbeast and buck eating outside your tent. The tents are quite luxurious with a king size bed with a shower and toilet. This is defnitely the place to get away, relax and enjoy the bush. Caron A. Nov 4, 2013 (South Africa)