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Equiville … Gentle, Effective Horsemanship

Monty Roberts famously said, “For centuries, humans have said to horses, ‘You do what I tell you or I’ll hurt you.’ Humans still say that to each other – still threaten, force and intimidate. I’m convinced that my discoveries with horses have value in the workplace, in the educational and penal systems, and in the raising of children. At heart, I’m saying that no one has the right to say ‘you must’ to an animal – or to another human.”

At Equiville Horsemanship this is a philosophy we live by. As the first Monty Roberts Certified Instructor in Africa, founder Simon Marrier d’Unienville is helping Monty Roberts achieve his goal of “leaving the world a better place than I found it, for horses, and people too.” And our mission is to teach as many people across South Africa and the rest of Africa about Monty Roberts’ violence-free concepts and how using a gentle approach can produce far better results, both on the ground and in the saddle, than the traditional forceful horse training methods.

Our vision for the future is a simple one. To see horsemen and women across South Africa and the rest of Africa adopt a more gentle approach to their training.

By teaching equine students Monty Roberts’ concepts, holding groom training courses, through our kids courses, and with our non-profit programs in partnership with Horses 4 Hope, we are making our vision a reality – one workshop at a time.

“A good trainer can get a horse to do almost anything. A great trainer can cause the horse to want to do it.” ~ Monty Roberts

Simon Marrier d'Unienville - Monty Roberts Certified Instructor South Africa with Monty Roberts and Miguel Lupiano

Equiville Horsemanship’s Services

At Equiville Horsemanship we offer a range of complimentary horse training programs and horsemanship courses.

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Meet the Equiville Team

SIMON D'UNIENVILLE
SIMON D'UNIENVILLEMonty Roberts Instructor
Simon, the first Monty Roberts Certified Instructor in Africa, has spent the past 3.5 years studying gentle, effective horsemanship under world-renowned horseman Monty Roberts and his team of Certified Instructors from across the globe. Simon’s goal is to help reduce violence to horses and humans in Southern Africa through his non-profit work and continuing education of equestrians.
BIANCA VAN VUUREN
BIANCA VAN VUURENAssistant Trainer
Bianca has spent her life around horses – both in her career and as her hobby / passion. She has competed in many disciplines but has stuck with Eventing, her favourite, over the years. She has found success with a non-violent approach to horsemanship and is keen to spread Monty Roberts’ concepts to a wider audience. She is working towards her Monty Roberts Instructor certification.
YVETTE D'UNIENVILLE
YVETTE D'UNIENVILLEOffice Manager
Yvette overseas coordination of the Monty Roberts courses and horsemanship clinics across Southern Africa. And additionally co-facilitates our Lead-Up and Equ-Us programs through our non-profit – Horses 4 Hope. Yvette is working towards her Monty Roberts certification, and studying a psychology BSc, with the goal of working in the equine-assisted therapy field.

I have been working with Simon for a year and I always feel completely safe around the horses he has worked with. If there is a challenging horse to be worked on, I know that Simon will have my back and I can focus on my work. I trust him 100% and can’t recommend his skills highly enough.

JANA PEPIN
Barefoot trimmer, Member of PHCP

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Our Facilities

Centrally located between the bustling metropolises of Johannesburg and Pretoria, Equiville Manor is situated in the quiet agricultural suburb of Austin View (in Midrand, Gauteng) with easy access from the N1 highway.

STABLING

Our stable block houses 6 large, individual stables – all with rubberised flooring, and shavings for added comfort.

GRAZING

Set on 1.5 hectares, our facility offers 4,200 square metres of grazing for horses during the day, divided into 5 securely fenced paddocks.

TRAINING

Our training facilities include an 18 metre enclosed round pen for ground work; a large grass arena for ridden exercises; and a crush for gentling and veterinarian work.

STAFF

Key staff live on site – ensuring your horse has round-the-clock care and supervision. In the event of a veterinarian emergency, we have an equine vet on-call (5 minutes away).