The Welbech Arabian Stud lies within the vast 13,000 hectare Schanskraal Private Estate, located in the Great Karoo of South Africa, (90kms from Graaff Reinet).
It was established in 2003 by Leanne Wels in partnership with Roger Beach, the owner of the Schanskraal Estate, to breed pure Arabian and Arabian cross Endurance horses for sale to both South African and overseas buyers. The hardiness of terrain and altitude of some 1,500 metres making it an ideal environment in which to breed and train Karoo Endurance horses.
Over the years, Leanne, a champion Endurance competitor herself and past captain of both junior and senior South African teams, has applied her extensive knowledge to the breeding, training and maintaining of our stable, hand picking superlative blood lines, predominantly Crabbet and Egyptian. The Welbech Endurance Team compete in numerous FEI and ERASA rides across South Africa during the course of the year as part of the intensive training programme of their horses.
Since 2010 extensive development has been taking place at the Welbech Stud to incorporate new landscaped fenced and gated paddocks with large individual areas for mares and foals, the endurance horses and the stallions. Some 3.6km of post and rail fencing has been installed to create 5 hectares of paddocks, a 60m showing arena and ring and covered Welbech Grandstand. The landscaping programme continues.
Over a decade, from 2005 to 2015 annually in October, we hosted the Schanskraal F.E.I.***Ride. It became a foremost event in the annual endurance riding calendar and attacted a high level of competition from participants attending from all across South Africa and neighbouring countries.
Under the F.E.I. and E.R.A.S.A regulations we offered 40km, 80km, 120km and 160km events over a horse friendly course. The terrain and supporting facilities were highly praised by officials, organisers and participants and boasted a spacious ablution block, extensive grass areas for camping, marquee tents and new horse paddocks.
In 2012, The Schanskraal Estate was chosen to host the South African 160km Championships during their FEI Ride in October and in 2013 they hosted the South African 160km International Championships with teams as far afield as Namibia and New Zealand competing.
Welbech has now grown to in excess of 100 horses and is able to offer trained Arabian and part-Arabian Karoo Endurance horses for sale.
In 2013, for the first time, the Welbech Arabian Stud started offering internships to accomplished young riders to ride its endurance horses, both in training and in competition.
We are well on our way to achieving our aim of becoming the “internationally renowned breeder of Arabian Endurance horses”.