Our Valuable Team Members

The Callaho Team members are all central to our endeavours as breeders of world-class sport horses. On the Stud farm, as well as at our competition yard in Johannesburg and our breeding nucleus in Germany, an experienced and highly capable team of horsemen and women ensure that no stone is left unturned in our quest to place Callaho on the cutting-edge of international Warmblood breeding.
Grant Store
Grant StoreStud Manager
Grant was born in Cape Town in 1960 and attended Kimberley Boys High School. He served in the South West African Specialist Unit (SWA SPEC) where he patrolled on horseback with the Mounted Infantry. On completion of his National Service he enrolled at the Witwatersrand Association of Racing Clubs in Alberton as an apprentice farrier.
After a few years in the private sector, Grant re-joined the SADF’s Potchefstroom Equestrian Centre as a farrier and, later, officer-in-charge of the Military Veterinary Institute. While there he completed the Advanced Riding Course and was awarded provincial colours in Dressage and Polocrosse. He returned to the private sector as a farrier and riding instructor until the passing of his wife, Barbara, after which he took up his current position as Callaho’s Stud Manager.

Besides 34 years’ experience in farriery as a qualified Master Farrier and Instructor, Grant is also a Level Two Riding Instructor in Show Jumping, Eventing and Polocrosse and a Level Three Instructor in Dressage. He also carries an IGEQ (International Group for Equestrian Qualifications) Equestrian Passport at these levels. He is a National A Panel Dressage Judge, and has done courses in equine artificial insemination and equine dentistry. His interests include adventure motor cycling, archery, hunting and sport shooting especially wingshooting with his German Short Haired Pointers. Grant has two sons, Dwayne, who also practices farriery, and Kyle who is a software developer, both excellent horsemen – as well as a grandson, Mathew, who has also inherited his grandfather’s passion for horses and the outdoors.

Marike Swanepoel
Marike SwanepoelStable Manager and Assistant Stud Manager
Marike was born in Bothaville, a small town in the Free State. She grew up in an agricultural environment on the family farm and developed a passion for animals, especially horses. She matriculated from Wolmaransstad High School and went on to complete an Internal Auditing Diploma through the Vaal Triangle Technikon. However, she soon found that book keeping and office work were not for her, and from July 2001 to August 2002 she went to America where she worked at West Wind stables as a groom, with American Saddlebreds. Between 2003 and 2006 she was back in South Africa, at Rathmor Stud, where she worked with Thoroughbreds and Warmbloods. In July 2008 she joined the Callaho team.

Marike is an integral part of the Callaho team and she is a walking database of all the horses to be found at the stud and even those sold off over the years.

Marike has completed the Argus Cycling Tour and is an avid reader. In her spare time she does Warmblood genetic and pedigree research and loves riding her stud horse, Le Grand.

Shadrack Moeng (Ace)
Shadrack Moeng (Ace)Senior Supervisor/Foreman at Callaho Stud
Shadrack, also known as Ace, was born on the farm and was also schooled here up to Standard 5. His father was also a senior foreman for Agrivan / Callaho and so it was natural for Ace to follow in his footsteps. He completed Grade 11 in Boshof and then returned to start working on the farm.

Shadrack has worked in all of the different sections at Callaho, thus making him the most versatile and experienced staff member. His favourite section is breeding, where he currently assists in addition to his management duties.

Ace is married with two children- a boy of 4 years and a girl of 7, and enjoys soccer and watching movies. Shadrack is one of the happiest, most positive members of the team, and although firm he is also very fair. He is well liked and respected by all of the Callaho staff members.

Carrie Anne Bottom
Carrie Anne BottomAssistant Stable Manager
Carrie Anne was born in 1991 in Greys Hospital Pietermarizburg and grew up in the coastal town of Scottburgh, completing both Primary and High school there. Her interest in riding started after she spent her holidays growing up riding farm ponies on my father’s farm with her sister. Carrie started formal lessons at 12 and hasn’t looked back since, always working hard to learn more and better herself.

After school, Carrie worked as a rider at Saratoga Stud in the KZN midlands where she was able to develop not only her riding skills (backing and working with young warmbloods), but also grew her interest in the breeding aspect of a stud farm. Carrie worked close handed with coverings, foals and all sorts of injuries and illnesses and that’s how she figured out that this was more than just a job for her – it was her passion. She worked her way up to stable manager for Saratoga and was part of the team for four years, after which working for another breeder in the midlands in the Western discipline.

Carrie started as Team Callaho’s Stable Assistant Manager in March 2019 and is responsible for looking after all the external/veld horses, as well as overseeing the day to day handling of the foals, weanlings and young horses. In her spare time, Carrie is an avid reader, loves riding and also enjoys working with and training her young Belgian shepherd, Gibbs.

Cherricka Appelgryn
Cherricka AppelgrynAdministration
Cherricka, one of three children in her family, was born in the capital city of Cape Town in January 1991. At the age of 3 her family moved to Christiana where she completed her education and matriculated in 2009. After which, Cherricka gained vast experience working in client services for the passed six years in the hospitality sector.

In May, 2019 Cherricka joined the Callaho family as Head of Administration, thrown into the deep end two months before the 11th Annual Auction. Cherricka however, is always up for the challenge bringing an element of fun and organisation to the team. Cherricka enjoys spending her free time with her close family and friends.

Johnny Smith
Johnny SmithMedical Manager
Johnny is responsible for all medical issues relating to both horses and staff, such as liaison with doctors and veterinarians, preventative medicine such as inoculations and dipping, as well as pest control and medication control. Johnny is also the Occupational Health and Safety Officer for the stud.

Johnny was born in the small town of Hoopstad, in the Free State. He was educated in the local school in Christiana and at Grey College, and was always passionate about caring for people and animals. During his 2006 school holiday Johnny worked part-time at Callaho as a member of the veld or field team, which oversees all horses outside of the training section and performs post-veterinary nursing care. A year later he was offered a full-time position as assistant stable manager, a position he held until 2012 when he was promoted to the position of medical manager.

Johnny enjoys the outdoors, meeting new people and making friends, as well as participating in novel activities. He also enjoys travel and spending time with his own animals, of which his Friesians are his pride and joy.

Ben Marumo
Ben MarumoAssistant Maintenance Manager
Ben Marumo is the Assistant Maintenance Manager at Callaho Warmblood Stud. He was born in 1982 in Warrenton and completed his high school career in Jan Kemp Dorp, where he also studied cattle and sheep farming for six months. Under the guidance of his uncle he started farming in Boshof. It has been his lifelong dream to own a herd of well-bred cattle. Additionally; he and his brother own a small car wash business in Warrenton.

Bennie is married to Flora, who also works at Callaho, and together they have two beautiful children. In 2006 Bennie started his career at Callaho and has successfully worked his way up to Assistant Maintenance Manager. Bennie is responsible for maintaining safe fencing for all the horses as well as the daily upkeep of camps and arenas. He is the go-to guy for most things and is a valuable member of the team.

In his off time he likes to spend time with his family and is very passionate about playing soccer.

Tani Gerber
Tani GerberBreeding Manager
Tani was born in Potchefstroom in 1995. She started riding when she was 5 and never stopped since!

After matriculating at Hoërskool Overkruin in Pretoria she followed her equine love affair by completing the Equine Science National Diploma at Tshwane University of Technology. Tani had the fantastic opportunity to do part of her practical year at Burlington Stables under the watchful eyes of Anna-Marie Esslinger and David Wilken.

To complete the breeding aspect of her practical year another lifelong dream came true when she joined Callaho Warmblood Stud as a work rider!
In 2018 she became Assistant Training Manager at Callaho. Being at Callaho also triggered a keen passion in the breeding aspect on the farm and she was fortunate enough to learn under the guidance of Grant Store and Dr Nico Hendrikz. She is now assisting in all breeding aspects at the Stud.

Tani is a qualified Provincial Level 2 course designer under the mentorship of Anna-Marie Esslinger. She is an enthusiastic showjumper and applied her skills up to 1.2m level.

Lucas Goitsimodimo Seleke
Lucas Goitsimodimo Seleke Assistant Stud Foreman
Lucas was born on the 26 September 1981 in Warrenton. The youngest child of a family of four, Lucas passed Grade 11 at the Mogomotsi Secondary School. Lucus’s father also worked for us for many years and Lucas spent many school holidays assisting his father around the farm. This paved the way for the obvious transition from scholar to groom. Walking in his dad’s footsteps, Lucas officially started working at Callaho in 2006, and due to his sober habits, hard work and ethical conduct, he was soon promoted as a permanent manager in the stable management department, as well as assistant to the Stud Foreman.

Lucas speaks English, Afrikaans, and of course his native tongue Setswana, fluently and has two sons (three and seven years of age).

He enjoys reading and listening to the radio, especially with regards to news and current affairs. He is also an avid soccer fan.

Riaan van der Merwe
Riaan van der MerweFinance
Riaan was born in Durban in 1968, attended school in the small Town of Piet Retief where he matriculated in 1985. He started his BCOMM at the North West University and completed this degree through UNISA in 1998. He also did and complete a Diploma in Taxation through UNISA in 2009. Riaan started his working career at the Department of Correctional Services in 1991 as Financial Officer and in 2002 he joined the private sector gaining experience as Financial Manager in various sectors which include Auditing, Fruit Exports, Manufacturing, Labour Broking and Transport.

Riaan joined the Callaho Team in January 2019. His interest include Fishing – Salt and Fresh Water as well as Golfing. He also loves spending time with his family. Riaan is married to Sue Ann for 24 years now and they have 2 sons Matthew the oldest – 4th year Medicine Student at the University of Cape Town and Kyle who is in Matric and planning to do a BSC Degree at Stellenbosch University from 2020.

Ivana Callender-Easby
Ivana Callender-EasbyMarketing Manager
Ivana, known to her friends and family as Evi, has lived on the Callaho stud farm since birth in May, 1992. Growing up in the Natal Midlands were Ivana went to boarding school, she returned home to Callaho to work with the horses during her holidays.

Ivana learned to ride under the careful tuition of top South African Showjumper, Grant Langley, where she represented Kwa Zulu Natal as a junior on both her horses. After school, Ivana completed her degree in Interior Design from Greenside Design Centre with distinction and later graduated from the Gordon Institute of Business Science with her PDBA where her she learned to combine her skills of marketing and love of horses.

Today Ivana is part of Team Callaho as the Marketing and Communications Manager. Throughout her studies, Ivana and Callaho’s Carnaval La Silla placed successfully up to the open level until his recent retirement. Ivana is now producing her young horses and enjoying the journey with them.

Annette Rousseau
Annette RousseauTraining Manager
Born in Harare, Zimbabwe in 1996, Annette has been riding for as long as she can remember. During her education at Gateway High School Annette competed in Showjumping with her horses up to the open level and participated in both Eventing and Dressage disciplines. Annette was part of Zimbabwe qualifying for the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympics and though wasn’t shortlisted, gained invaluable experience during her training. Annette participated in two competition tours to South Africa in 2012 and 2016 on her own horses for the annual Easter Festival. Always eager to expand her knowledge base, Annette exercised horses during their export process from South Africa in Mauritius.

After high school, Annette began to focus her skills in schooling and backing young horses and joined the Callaho Team in 2017 in pursuit of higher levels of training and horsemanship. Now Team Callaho’s Training Manager, Annette is responsible for the daily progress of our young horses and is integral to the preparation of our horses for the Annual Callaho Auction from the backing stage.

Rainer Korber
Rainer Korber Professional Rider
Rainer was born in Johannesburg and is co-owner of Korber Equestrian stable yard and Equine Walker SA, together with his wife, Jeanne. He is a full-time professional rider and instructor. He served his apprenticeship in 2003 with Ben Maher in England and the Clarks in Ireland. He is a qualified SANEF and FEI level 3 instructor.

Rainer has been involved with Callaho since 2004 and has competed and trained many wonderful Callaho horses in this time. Some favourites are definitely the stud’s stallion, Con Coriano (Contender/Coriano), who jumped up to Grand Prix level and Lansink (Lissabon/Pilot) that has won more than ten major titles in his career to date. Lansink was ranked as the top 1.35m horse in 2019 and our highlight was winning the 1.40m Burlington Cup Championships. He is also producing the very exciting young stallion, Cartier (Casall/Corrado I), for Callaho stud.

Rainer’s achievements include winning the Burlington Cup in 2009 & 2012, winning the SA Riders Championships in 2013, winning the 2018 Midrand World Cup Qualifier and the 2019 South African Derby. Rainer has consistently been in the top 10 SA Rider rankings the last couple of years.

Carl Boonzaaier
Carl Boonzaaier Professional Rider
Carl matriculated at Hoërskool Waterkloof in Pretoria and went on to study Financial Management at the University of Pretoria. He rode in the UK and Turkey for a while before returning to South Africa to start his own equestrian business. He has been married to his high school sweetheart, Karlien, for 13 years.

Carl has been riding for Callaho for 13 years and currently competes on Callaho stallions Corinth and Casparon. His greatest achievements have been to win the Burlington Cup in 2012, the 1* event at ICB, Northern Farms and Shongweni, and being placed 3rd at the 2* event at Oaksprings. He competed in his first Derby on Cardoso WH in 2014 and was 3rd on the Podium with Callaho’s Casparon at their Derby debut in 2019.

Govett Triggol
Govett TriggolProfessional Rider
Govett is a chartered accountant by profession and is the CEO and shareholder in a utility efficiency business. He is married to Aisling and has three children: Cayleigh and Tom, who both compete at top level in Showjumping and the his youngest Miles.

Show jumping is a passion and an ambition for Govett and he has been riding most of his life, having competed at international level (1m50) for 14 years. Most recently on Wolke 334, Callaho’s Kadice van de Pitsemburg and Callaho’s Crabat 9. Making his way up the grades and now having debuted in the open classes with Govett is Callaho’s up and coming young stallion, Larison.

Govett’s major recent show jumping achievements include: Winning both the 2020 Riders’ Grand Prix Gold Tours at Stokkiesdraai Cup and the Reonet Riders’ Gand Prix. Represented South Africa on the Nations Cup Team in Denmark 2018 and has won and placed in multiple World cup Qualifiers in South Africa including Stokkiesdraai WCQ and KPC WCQ.

Lara Neill
Lara NeillProfessional Rider
Lara was born in Kwa-Zulu Natal and started riding at a very early age after being given a pony for her third birthday. Lara attended UCT where she obtained a Bachelor of social sciences in Psychology and English and then opened up equestrian retail business, Equestrian Affair. She now lives in Johannesburg and is married to successful showjumper and businessman Gareth Neill. Together they have 2 young children, who both appear to be horse mad too.

Lara competed and represented Western Province Equitation and Show-jumping as a child and junior rider and Gauteng open show-jumping as an adult with a myriad of Championship and Grand Prix victories in the open divisions. In 2005 she spent time riding with Swiss Showjumper, Beat Mandli, where she gained valuable experience. Lara has been riding for Callaho for 3 years and currently competes on Callaho mare Consuri (Con Coriano /Simply/Ussuri) and Callaho Stallion Equinox (Numero Uno/ Vigo D’Arsouilles/Jalisco B). Her other horses include Ultimo WC and Tallulah D.

Günter Friemel
Günter FriemelManager, Breeding & Sport in Europe (Germany)
Günther was born in the South of Germany in 1968. After his schooling and army service, he studied Agricultural Science at the University of Kiel, North Germany. All throughout Gunni’s education, he was involved with horses whether is was breeding, training, or competing in both Dressage and Showjumping. He finished his doctorate at the Stallion Selection Station at the University Kiel, after which was employed as Auction Assistant and Manager for the Hanoverian Verband in Verden for 12 years.

In 2011, Günther joined the Callaho Team and was appointed as Manager of Zuchthof Hollen, Callaho’s breeding nucleus in Bremen, North Germany. Together with his wife, Bettina and a small team, there are around 20 mares in breeding each year with a collection of 60 to 80 horses growing in the pastures, training or in sport at Zuchthof Hollen.