Madiba (Dibs) is the little joker of the group. This little horse has been one of our most challenging so far but loves cuddles.

Madiba is named after one of the greatest leaders Africa has ever seen and one of my homeland heroes: Nelson Mandela. Just like our little stallion, Mandela had his freedom taken from him when he was incarcerated during apartheid. Despite this injustice, Mandela worked alongside his captors striving for a better future for all of South Africa. 

During his time in prison, Mandela learned that “courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man (/horse) is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” (- Nelson Mandela) Mandela not only forgave his captors but went on to unite and lead South Africa into a new era as her first black president. 

‘Madiba’ was the name of a great Xhosa chief in the 18th century and later on became Mandela’s nickname to the nation that he led; a term of endearment and immense respect. Our own Madiba has proven to be just as forgiving, looking beyond the confines of his new life and carrying himself with a regal grace befitting any leader. Every day he faces, he surprises us with his bravery and his willingness to work with us. Just like his namesake, we hope we can put our differences aside and continue to work together to forge a new chapter in his life alongside one another.

We would like to thank Nicola Megaw and River Valley Stables for sponsoring this amazing little horse. Nicola has been an avid Kaimanawa advocate for years and we’re honoured that she would entrust us with this next chapter in Madiba’s adventure.

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” 

– Nelson Mandela

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