Equestrian legend honoured for legacy

Brunsi von Arnim spends some time with one of her beloved horses, Sweetie Pie.

On Saturday December 1, Brunsi von Arnim was presented with an acknowledgement for her contribution to the equine industry over the last 46 years by the Equestrian Qualifications Authority of Southern Africa, at Klein Bottelary, owned by the Fischer family.

Brunsi, an accomplished horsewoman in all respects received her training at a riding school in Germany, where she was trained in all disciplines.

Her passion and love for horses and teaching have produced exceptional riders, including a world class dressage rider who competed at the Olympic Games, a National Panel Candidate Dressage Judge, and successful yard owners.

Present at the lunch were competitive riding instructors, riding school owners, stable yard owners, competitive riders, Equestrian Qualifications Authority of South Africa (EQASA) representatives, and the Western Cape representative of the Council of Equine and Equestrian of Professionals of South Africa (CEEPSA), dressage and showjumping judges
and members of the Bottelary wine community, many of whom were once old riders/acquaintances of Arnim’s Place Riding School.

During the luncheon, speeches were made in tribute to Brunsi, remembering fondly the fun times and lessons learned over the last 46 years at Arnim’s Place.

One message became very clear, Arnim’s Place has become the anchor and safe harbor for all those who passed through there.

Brunsi’s passion and love for her craft, her humble nature and determination for excellence inspired many to work hard and be better today than they were yesterday.

She is deeply respected and loved by the Bottelary community and Western Cape Equestrians. Her retirement is well deserved, but will most definitely leave a gap in the equestrian industry.

See page 24, for Bolander editor Carolyn Frost’s reply to a reader’s letter about raising squirrels. Carolyn also attended a horse-riding camp at Brunsi’s Place, during her Matric year in 1983, where she found three naked, newborn squirrels that had fallen out of a tree, which she then successfully raised on the family farm in Mossel Bay, and released at the Hout Bay World of Birds.