Mervyn Woodrow

Mervyn Woodrow

Wesley Hayes, President, presenting Mervyn Woodrow with a plate as a token of gratitude for his services to the Arab Horse Society of South Africa.

Sad to announce that my good friend, the talented author and artist Mervyn Woodrow passed away on Thursday last week, 23 February 2017 and will be buried on Saturday.


I met Mervyn 42 years ago when we both owned Arabian horses bred by Victor Voorendyk of the Vidiko Stud. Mervyn played a huge role in building both the Arab Horse Society and the Arabian classes at the Pretoria show. I remember so well the Arab Parade he introduced, that the audience always enjoyed and the wild gallops we used to have in the the traditional costume classes.

Mervyn also was the editor of the Arab Horse Newsletter. He was a senior lecturer in English at the University of Pretoria and one of his novels A Capital Affair was turned into a film. A short story Drinkers of the Wind was also broadcast on the radio. More recently he published a second novel Behind the Mountain, two volumes of short stories and a lovely book of nursery rhymes (including music), for children called With love from grandpa.

Mervyn was also a talented artist; painting horses and people that almost moved on the canvas.

We will miss you, my good friend.

Prof Cheryl McCrindle

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