INANDA CLUB: A MODERN CLUB, STEEPED IN EQUESTRIAN HERITAGE
The unique character of the Inanda Club is moulded around its founding purpose as being a home for equestrian sports of all disciplines. This, by its very nature, requires open land that is compatible with the outdoor activities associated with these sports. This has created a unique facility nestled in the heart of the Sandton business district. It could even be argued that the Sandton CBD is located where it is because the Inanda Club chose this area as its location.
In 1934 the Johannesburg Polo Club and the Rand Hunt members decided to join forces and find a venue that would be suitable for their equestrian sports.it A suitable farm was identified in the countryside north of Rosebank. With the founding of the Inanda Club, many of its members and others followed, establishing country site homes in the area that would be coined as the ‘mink and manure’ belt. The urbanisation around the Club land was fast, but rather than being swamped by the development, the Inanda Club has steadfastly retained its country flavour whilst evolving and developing modern city club facilities. This provides a unique oasis of tranquility and style minutes from the ‘hub bub’ of the city. The Inanda Club offers quiet elegance suitable for any occasion - from the most formal business function to the most casual family gathering – from a grand banquet for 400 guests to a romantic dinner for two. The facilities available to members and their guests ensure an intimate exclusivity not possible in any commercial venue.
The club’s equestrian foundation is as strong as ever. The Sandton club is seen by many as the premier polo venue in Africa and plays host to some of the most prestigious matches and tournaments seen on the continent. In the 1960s the need for more space to host equestrian activities resulted in the development of what was to become the Inanda Country Base in Kyalami. This expansion of the club now hosts the Rand Hunt, as well as providing facilities for a wider range of horse-related sports and activities. Inanda Country Base is fast becoming a similar oasis of open land in Kyalami as urbanisation engulfs the area. So much so that the Inanda Club has purchased a beautiful farm in the Hekpoort area. This farm, once owned by the Oppenheimer family has excellent potential as an equestrian sports venue. Now known as Inanda Blue Bird, its current main use is as a venue for the Rand Hunt trail hunts and for great outrides in the country.
In this way, the Inanda Club continues to pursue its singular stated mission of promoting equestrian sports as determined by the Club’s constitution. Although all disciplines are found at the club’s venues, the most popular at the Club are polo, trial hunting, three phase eventing, show jumping and polo crosse. However, this is the place where any horse enthusiast may indulge their passion.
It is intriguing that the club formed by the association of those who share a love and passion for the horse and horse related sports results in providing facilities and a lifestyle that appeals to a much wider audience. The very nature of the horse and our relationship with the horse brings with it a natural balance to life. This somehow creates an equilibrium between the pressures of modern lifestyles and the therapeutic essence of being in the open air and with the horse. It is this very combination that the Inanda Club shares with anyone who visits.
This unique club has a range of facilities that have a wide appeal beyond the equestrian sports. The Sandton Town club has a gym, tennis courts, swimming pool, two bars, restaurants, lounges, meeting rooms, accommodation and a spectacular and large function room. The Inanda Country Base offers stabling, numerous arenas, 300 acres of secure outrides and an intimate clubhouse. It is still the home of the Rand Hunt making it a unique equestrian venue. The acquisition of Inanda Blue Bird in Hekpoort is further evidence of the club’s commitment to the future of equestrian sports. With all it has to offer, the Inanda Club has enormous appeal to anyone with equestrian sport interests.
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