Johan started riding at the age of 7 at Club view Stables.

As a child rider he competed in Showjumping, Equitation, Dressage as well as Eventing.

Some of his achievements are:


3rd Traansvaal Pony Champs riding Always Happy

He was a member of the Traansvaal childrens Showjumping Team


Member of the Traansvaal Junior Showjumping Team riding a horse called Palladium

Johan joined the hotel industry from 1991 – 1997 and worked for Protea Hotels after matriculating from Hoerskool Zwartkop.

In 1998 and 1999 Johan then went on to work in England as a work rider and groom.

Johan then returned to South Africa and jumped in his first South African Derby in 2000 riding Forrest Martial.

Many good years and great wins followed with Johan and his two horses Forest Martial and Jasenda.

Johan and Jasenda won the Avis 1m35 Micro Derby.

In 2004 Lyn Rowand purchased Nova Zonnestraal’s Randement a young stallion from England. Johan then produced and rode Rendement up to top level showjumping and in 2007 the pair left South Africa and travelled to Holland where they would begin to campaign for the World Equestrian Games.

In 2010 Johan was a member of the South African Showjumping team at WEG in Kentucky.

During the final individual round Johan and Rendement jumped a clear round with 1 time fault and won the hearts of many spectators!

After returning to South Africa after WEG Rendement has retired to stud and Johan has spent time building a business and string of new young horses.

Joan has enjoyed much success with his horses Nova Zonnestraal’s Cremant van der Heffinck, Nova Zonnestraal’s Azur and Richelieu.