Table of Contents

1. Overview

  • Horses in South Africa are used in a wide array of activities. They are very effectively utilised in poorer communities as draught animals, for general transport and as an agile means of tracking stock animals in remote and rural areas where motorised vehicles are inadequate or unavailable. Horses are also extensively used in sport and leisure and in some cases are considered champion athletes that can have large commercial values attached to them.
  • Export of horses provides South Africa with a foreign exchange income of approximately R250 million/annum, with a potential for growth to over R1 Billion/annum and significant job creation.
Source: Otto Koekemoer, ARC-OVI ; Import Export Working Group press release 23 April 2014 


2. International business environment

To find out about the international business environment :


3. National strategy and government contact

The South African export protocol, 97/10/EC, was ratified by the European Union in 1997. Built on the principle of Regionalisation, South Africa is only permitted to export from the African horse sickness (AHS) Free Zone in the Western Cape. Find the “pre-export quarantine” option at

African Horse Sickness (AHS) Trust Tel: 031 769 2961 / 082 965 4082  African horse sickness (AHS) is a notifiable disease in SA – all suspected cases have to be reported to a State Vet. Cases have to be confirmed at the Office International des Epizooties (OIE) reference centre for African horse sickness at the ARC-OVI. Member countries have to report outbreaks to the OIE headquarters. Visit and for more information.

Kenilworth Quarantine Station Tel: 021 761 8338 quarantine [at]

Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) Find details of different directorates like Animal Health and Animal Production at (take the “Branches” option). Other relevant government departments include the departments of Trade and Industry, of Science and Technology, and Sports and Recreation. Find details of all government departments at


4. Associations involved

SA Stud Book Association Tel: 051 410 0900

The following are affiliated to SA Stud Book:

Other societies include the SA Warmblood Horse Society, Standardbred Breeders Association of SA, Thoroughbred Breeders' Association of SA, Trotteurs Francais Breeders Association of SA, SA Hackney Pony Breeders' Society and South African Lipizzaners.