Zimbabwe Jockey Academy

For three years now we have mentored four Zimbabwe Apprentice Jockeys through the Zimbabwe Jockey Academy.  We help with their physical training as well as their mental preparation for races. It is our goal that these young athletes go on to dominate the sport locally or abroad.  For various reasons including economic hardships, The ZJA closed it's doors for the final time at the end of March 2020. O'meara has already transferred to The Durban Academy, and we are hoping to send the boys as soon as possible. 


We have recently partnered with StrideFree Racing / Peter Horobin Saddlery who kindly sponsored each apprentice with a lovely race saddle! We have also recently welcomed Alliance Health - Northern Alliance on board as a sponsor of their medical aid! There is still more to do, please keep reading to see how you can help!


O'meara Rusike

Swanson Racing

O'meara was the only female Apprentice in Zimbabwe and she is the first women to ever win a race at Borrowdale Park. She has transferred to the Durban Academy and has had her first qulifying ride.


Rodgers Satombo

Swanson Racing

Rodgers is enjoying a lot of success riding for a few yards in Zimbabwe and was crowned Champion Apprentice in 2020! His dream is to ride against Franki Dettori one day


Munashe Josi

Stidolph Racing

Munashe won his first race on his 5th start. He is really talented and is getting more rides recently.


Walter Shumba

Thomas Mason Racing

Walter is working with the newest trainer at Borrowdale Park. He has ridden a few winners now including one particularly sterling day with 4 winners and we are looking forward to many more.

Support our Apprentice Jockeys

Support our Apprentice Jockeys in their campaign to receive training from the South African Jockey Academy. Click here

Our Partners

With the generous help of several individuals and companies, our apprentices receive some generous support in the form of gear, fresh produce, medical aid, photographs for their social media campaigns and funds. We are humbled by the generosity of our partners

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For any further information on sponsorship opportunities, collaboration projects or personal information of these young athletes, please click on their pictures which will direct you to their FB pages.


Equestrian Performance


   Kylie Bonthrone - Equine Physio and Rider Sports Therapist

          BSc (Hons) Equine Science, PGDip VPhys, SMT, NKTP, MIAAT           

     Craig Bonthrone - Strength and Conditioning Coach

       MSc Coaching Science, NSCA accredited,  BSc (Hons) S and C,  FdSc.