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About Us

Chris has been involved in racing since 1972. Chris started out as assistant trainer to Koos van Jaarsveldt before taking out his own licence in 1975. Chris began his training career at Newmarket Racecourse where he was based until the sale of the property when he moved to Turffontein Racecourse. Chris' yard caterers for approximately 50 horses. 

In 2011 Chris expanded his Racing Stables to include a satellite yard in Mooi River, at Yellow Star Stud. At the main yard in Turffontein Chris is assisted by Billy Ruiters and at the KZN yard by Ivan van Wyk. Both Billy & Ivan have been with Chris for many years. Chris spends a week each month in KZN where he and Ivan plot and plan each horses progress and racing schedule.

The Gauteng yard competes at Turffontein & Vaal race courses whilst the KZN yard competes at Scottsville, Greyville & Clairwood.  

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Chris is a hardworking, family man married to Ansie they have three children and four grandchildren. Chris loves the outdoors and his perfect holiday is one in the game reserve with his family. He is dedicated to his job as a trainer and is passionate about what he does. He always works to achieve the highest possible results for both horses and owners.



Billy, originally from Uitenhage in the Cape joined Chris' training operation in 1985. Billy has been Chris' right hand man at stables and his representative at the track for many years. Always easy going during interviews he is well known amongst racegoers. Billy starts his mornings early at track riding out getting his own feel of the horses and passing this invaluable first hand information onto Chris.  




Ivan, born on David Southey's Southford Stud in Colesburg, has been in the horse business all his life. Ivan joined Chris over ten years ago. He took care of the youngsters pre-training in Chris' yard. In November 2010 Ivan jumped at the chance to move to Mooi River as Chris' assistant. He is an important member of the Yellow Star Stud management team. The yard has enjoyed some good success and Ivan is a popular figure at the KZN courses.