Hobday Equestrian Enterprises was established in 2000 and registered in 2006 by director and owner Candice Hobday.  This Pty Ltd Company deals with all the logistical arrangements of importing and exporting competition, sport, sale, or stud horses, door to door, from around the world.

From small beginnings, we now ship up to 60 horses at any one time, in and out of the country.  We are committed and passionate about horses and the people who own them. Regular trips to clients, colleagues, the department of agriculture, Customs and Excise, quarantine and the airport are merely part of the organisational process in pulling it all together.

About Candice Hobday

Candice was born in Pretoria, South Africa, and started riding competitively from a very young age. She has held the title of South African Dressage Champion at Grand Prix level, won the FEI Dressage World Challenge and was ranked number 1 in South Africa with her imported mare Filina.  She is currently still competitive in dressage. In addition to a modest livery yard in the heart of Kyalami, Candice also has a small stud breeding with PRE horses (pure Spanish horses).

Candice has historically been involved in the equine fraternity. After qualifying in a Bachelor of Science from the University of Witwatersrand, she became a full time dressage instructor, teaching both locally and internationally.  She has supported various development programmes for the growth of the sport, and has been active on many equine related committees, as well as regularly contributing towards local animal welfare organization.  Due to her integral association to horses her entire life, Candice’s primary focus is always the welfare of the horses in her care.

Candice has been in the shipping industry for more than 16 years, and is passionate about her business. Her head office is located in Kyalami, Gauteng, with a satellite office in Cape Town managed by Kerry Hobday.

Our Vision

To aid the sportsmen, buyers, sellers and breeders in taking their passion worldwide:- to give them a means to think the unthinkable, and do what people said was impossible. We provide the means and the vehicle for people to take that step and make a success of their sport or breeding programmes alike. International is the way to go, and Hobday Equestrian Enterprises makes that possible.

The Future

Hobday Equestrian Enterprises has developed into the largest South African based shipping company. The vision forward is to improve and streamline all logistical and managerial tasks to further increase our worldwide footprint.

Animal Transportation Association (ATA)

We are Dedicated to Safe and Humane Animal Transport

We are a proud member of the Animal Transportation Association (ATA). The ATA are a non-profit international trade association dedicated to promoting their members and providing access to necessary resources and education for the safe and humane handling and transport of all animals worldwide.

Our Johannesburg Team


Candice Hobday

Managing Director

Ireen Ncube

Office Admin

Kate Wordsworth

Office Admin

Our Cape Town Team


Kerry Hobday

Operations Manager

Jeanne Badenhorst

Logistics