Six Riders Take on ‘Toughest Single Stage Race in the World’ to Help Rescued Horses

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On 20th of August 2022, a team comprising of six men and women will set off on an extraordinary mountain bike race – the toughest single-stage race in the world – in support of the Cape of Good Hope SPCA’s Horse Care Unit.

The six-strong team, divided into two groups made up of three riders each, includes a school principal and insurance broker. Karlien Scholtz, Howard Warrington and Marius Erasmus whose race name is Team SPCA “Bucking Broncos” and Helgo Hohenstein, Burt Gildenhuys and Elandre Kotzee called Team SPCA “Jolly Jockeys”– all of whom are set to take on the gruelling 230km-long Trans Baviaans mountain bike race, known as the ‘toughest single stage race in the world’.

‘We are all animal lovers and against any form of abuse or neglect,’ said team member Karlien Scholtz, who has dogs, alpacas and horses at home.

The Cape of Good Hope SPCA Horse Care Unit rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes horses and other equines, and also treats minor ailments of owned horses. The unit has provided a safe haven to 80 equines during the past year and has had as many as 25 horses on site on any given day.

Many owned and impounded horses require lengthy stays in the unit’s paddocks and can be very costly to rehabilitate these animals.

Recently, the SPCA confiscated a continuously whipped cart horse Mona. Currently in our care, Mona had a cart attached and was busy transporting a heavy load on Strandfontein Road.

She was heartlessly and cruelly whipped in an attempt to get her to move faster.

Farrier Visit

We have had the farrier come to our premises to remove her shoes (she only had back shoes on where she should have had on all 4 feet as she was working on the road) and trim and balance her feet.

As you can see the shoes are different sizes, completely different shapes and very differently worn.

The impact of these mismatched shoes carries all the way through her body, it is almost like us wearing a trainer on 1 foot and a stiletto on the other. It puts everything out of balance and causes an immense amount of pain. 

Mona's Rescue
Mona's horseshoes were different sizes and shapes, and very differently worn.
Mona has settled in well and is slowly learning to trust again. She just loves apples!

Help more horses like Mona!

Individuals and companies are urged to support the team reach their target of raising funds for horses rescued by the Cape of Good Hope SPCA.

Donate via GivenGain

The 6 Trans Baviaans riders

Training Rides

Race to the Sea on the 3 September 2022

Karlien Scholtz & Deon Van Den Berg



If you want to combine your love of sport and animals then this is the purr-fect place for you to make a difference!

It’s not going to be easy but you can help make it worth it!

Join Team SPCA team to run, cycle or participate in any other sports event and through the funds you raise along your journey you ensure that countless animals get the help and love they deserve.

Because change begins with someone like you.

Whether you like to run like a breeze, cycle like the wind, shake your tail feathers or just monkey-around, it all starts with unleashing the animal inside of you.

With the funds that you raise you will help us to continue to Speak for, Protect and Care for Animals. If you need any support along the way, our animal loving fundraising teams are here to help you have as much fun and raise as much money as possible.

Ready. Get set. Go and open this brochure for more information. Print it, email it, share it with someone you know who would like to make their race count for more!

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