Becoming an international racehorse owner in South Africa

Grade 1 Vodacom Durban July @ Greyville – Durban South Africa

Racehorse ownership in South Africa is open to anyone anywhere on the globe. We offer a world class racing product with all the stakes and thrills of the ownership experience at a fraction of the cost of our international counterparts. We race 364 days a year across 8 racetracks countrywide with a choice of turf, polytrack and sand surfaces. 

Become an owner in less than  72  hours!

Get licensed as an individual owner/colour holder (racehorse owner) in South Africa with your own silks – there’s no waiting list and no wait. Complete the forms, pay the NHRA fees and you’re ready to roll within 3 days of application.

Licensing/registration  US$ 280 
Set of silks each  US$ 71 
Authority to Act per trainer once off  US$ 58 
Change of ownership per horse once off  US$ 63 

Racehorse Purchases

>> It’s a buyers’ market!
SA has a full calendar of auctions throughout the year from mares & weanlings to yearlings, 2yr olds and horses in training. Racehorses can also be sourced privately from sellers and breeders directly. There’s no restrictions on trade (buying/selling) and prices range from US$1k to US$400k

Training Costs

>> Own & race horse/s at a fraction of the cost
At around 1/8thof comparative international costs, South Africa is one of the most affordable racing districts in the world! 

Full Training per month  US$ 750 
Farm keep, backing, schooling, pre-training, resting etc rates are significantly cheaper from US$350-450 /month

Return on Investment

STAKES – South Africa offers a similar costs-to-stakes ratio to our international counterparts eg. Hong Kong.

RESALE – Top performers are exported to compete in Hong Kong, Dubai, Europe, USA, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Japan etc. and generate massive returns on investment at point of re-sale often in excess of   US$1mil  Horses that don’t reach top level are still in demand in places such as Mauritius with its insatiable appetite for colts/geldings at all levels, and there are additional smaller markets both locally and in neighboring countries.


Insurance, accounting & tax recovery services are readily available through reputable service providers that specialise in racehorse accounting management for international owners.

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