"The horse. Here is nobility without conceit, friendship without envy, beauty without vanity. A willing servant, yet never a slave." - Ronald Duncan
The breath-taking Paarl Diamant Equestrian and Guest farm has been in the Schabort family since 1950 when Oupa-Grootjie, Jakobus Wynand Louw Schabort, bought the farm.
The 700 hectare farm was later split up between the two sons Willie and Victor where they farmed the land and even had a dairy business up and running. Willie was a passionate farmer and had a great love for nature and animals which was supported perfectly when Anne-Marie joined Willie on the farm in 1977. She introduced the love for horses to the farm when she started offering riding lessons and pony camps. Anne-Marie has been an avid equestrian since her childhood.
Unfortunately, Willie passed away suddenly of a brain aneurism in 1988 leaving Anne-Marie to look after their three young children Louw, Jo-Marie and George; as well as the farm. But despite the difficult circumstances the farm grew from strength to strength under Anne-Marie’s care with the help of her children. Using her love for horses and children, she shifted the focus of the farm to the equestrian industry and sports.
Today you can still see the passion for horses alive on the farm with Louw and His wife Monique running a Horseracing Training and Stabling facility, Jo-Marie running a successful Equestrian Centre and George being a full-time vet specialising in Horses and Farm animals. While Anne-Marie pours her love and energy into the Guest House.
The Schabort family's love for nature, animals and the community shows in everything they do. You can see the immense care and love that is poured into every inch of the land and every animal on the farm. Which varies from dogs and cats to tame donkeys and guinea pigs and everything in between. And then of course, a stunning variety of horses.