Please join us in welcoming Black Jack to our Percheron team!
Completing our ‘magnificent Percheron seven’, this thoroughbred gelding from Summerwind Percheron Stud in Pretoria is the latest addition to aid our estate’s bio-dynamic farming and non-interventionist practices. With soil preparation and cultivation – ranging from ridging, spraying, ploughing and sowing – all part of their job description, Waterkloof’s Percheron brigade not only improves the structure and quality of the soils, but also reduces the farm’s carbon footprint by relying on fewer heavy machines and tractors in and around the vineyards.
“Each Percheron horse is capable of covering 8 hectares of the farm and draws a unique hitch cart that was specially designed for the spaces between the vineyards, and features attachments for ploughing, spraying, carrying compost and containers for grapes. Each horse has its own handler and together the two of them are responsible for those 8 hectares,” explains Christiaan Loots, Waterkloof Farm Manager and passionate bio-dynamic advocate.
“The feisty seven year old Black Jack is a high calibre Percheron and all too eager to get trotting and tilling and take bio-dynamic farming in his stride. Thanks to his previous owners, he needs little training and already knows what to do on the farm. Percherons only mature at the age of seven, therefore Black Jack is in his prime and will be a good influence on the rest of our horses. He is our lucky number seven!” adds Christiaan.