Louis Grobler stumbled upon Verkykerskop and its surrounds back in 2004. He immediately appreciated the unique potential installed in the rural village. Land happened to be available, and he establish the development company Verkykerskop Country Village (Pty) Ltd, together with professional colleague Alf Raspi.
The conveyancer for the acquisition of the land, Joe Vogel, was also persuaded by Louis to buy into the development company. The farms on which Aansluit Landgoed, Afsluit Gastehuis, Old School Cottage and the Aboukir Arabian Stud are situated, belong to this company.
The current shareholders in the company are as follows:
Louis Grobler Familie Trust
Since July 2017, PJ Grobler, son of Louis and Alona, is the resident farm manager, taking bookings, looking after our guests, offering hunting packages in the area, and breeding and breaking horses in his spare time.
He offers hunting and guiding services under his own company:
Verkykerskop Safaris (Pty) Ltd No 2017/340673/07
"Abukir" is the name of the Egyptian city where Napoleon defeated Seid Mustafa Pasha of the Ottoman Empire in 1799. It was in this era and from this part of Egypt that Europe received one of its greatest blessings ever from Africa in the form of excellent hot blood genes.
"Aboukir Arabian Stud" was registered in 1985 by Theo en Marvel van Hasselt of Zastron, Freestate SA. The stud produced excellent work, breeding, and sports horses, many of which excelled at the Fauresmith endurance race. Breeding was stopped and the stock much reduced since 2002 when Theo retired. Fortunately, in 2006 his daughter Anli managed to gather a few brood mares from the orignal Aboukir stock and revived Aboukir's breeding programme. The stud found its new home at Aansluit Landgoed, Verkykerskop, north-eastern Freestate. Ownership and management of the stud was taken over by PJ Grobler in June 2017.