Hall of Fame
The South African Equestrian Federation Hall of Fame will be continuously be updated with new members. This is our opportunity to recognise the exceptional achievements and services of our members in Equestrian Sport.
Ernst Holtz is one of the stalwarts of equestrian sport I South Africa. He was born and raised in South West Africa and moved to South Africa in the 1950’s. Ernst competed in various equestrian disciplines including Eventing, for which he was the first rider to earn Springbok colours in South Africa.
Ernst got married in 1964 and moved to Johannesburg. It was soon after that when he got involved not only as a rider but also in equestrian administration and judging. He served on the Transvaal Horse Society committee as Chairman. He was also the President of SANEF. Mr Holtz became the first Chairman of The Group of African Countries created by the FEI.
His dedication to the sport saw him also serving on the International Dressage Technical Committee. He was honoured with the SA National Sport Merit Award by the Prime Minister of South Africa.
He still attends major events abroad. These include Youth Olympic Games, European Games and the FEI World Champs for young Dressage horses. Ernst still judges at shows when time allows.
He breeds with Namibian Warmblood horses and still enjoys riding on a daily basis.
Carol Hobday, Editor of e-questrianfocus.com spoke to Ernst Hotlz – HERE