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MAY 2013

Tash’s Training Tip - Commitment ~

News From Holland - Approved Stallion Arjen 417 passes away

Kate’s Knowledge - feeding the older horse ~ Loes’ and Danielle talk about transitions

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From the Editor Hi Fabulous Friesian Fanatics!! :) How are you all doing? We have been super busy here at Ebony Park this month! In this months issue Loes and Danielle talk about learning how to do canter transitions on Friesian stallion Ebony Park Jorrit, Tash talks to you about commitment, and I look into feeding the older horse... there are also photos, events, horses for sale and so much more!! :)


We would like to welcome Annemay van Roosmalen to the Ebony Park Team! Annemay is here on work experience all the way form Holland! She will be staying with us for about three months, and as part of her placement has to run an event - so keep an eye out, as this will be happening soon!! :)


Have a fabulous month!! :)


To Your Dreams Becoming Reality,



Kate Langdon




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News From Holland - Shock Death of Arjen 417 Last month saw the sudden death of KFPS stallion Arjen 417. The just 13-year-old stallion was widely known for his accumulated successes in dressage and as a breeding stallion was greatly valued for his outcross lineage. Bred by A. Postma in Hantum, Arjen 417 was collectively owned by the van Dam family and Obbe and Margriet van der Weide, at whose studfarm he performed stud duties until his death. As a 4-year-old Arjen 417 was approved in the spring of 2004. Sired by Erik 351 and with Nikolaas 310 as his dam´s sire, Arjen´s low kinship percentage caught the eye of the stallion inspection judges. With 83 points he received high ratings for the performance test with special emphasis and praise for his willing character and excellent attitude.

progressed to the level of Prix St. Georges.

daughter has risen to the predicate `Model´.

Probably his most notable achievement is the 2008 Frisian Dressage Championship level Z2 with his rider Bennie van Es.

Arjen 417 will continue to influence breeding by means of his so far only approved son Wytse 462 (dam´s sire Oege 267).

Based on the evaluation of his offspring, who were shown to have the same willingness of character as their sire, Arjen 417 was approved in 2009 (Ebony Park Achillies is one of his offspring).

Arjen 417 died early in April. Initially he appeared to be suffering from a harmless viral infection, but in the end he perished due to several tumours, which is a real shame! Source: KFPS website

Eighty of his descendants earned at least the `Star´ predicate, four of his offspring were awarded the `Kroon´ predicate and one

His high ratings for the performance test soon became evident when he made his appearance in sports in which he

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DIARY DATES 11th May Boneo Park Ebony Park Abe Grand Prix

18th May Mitavite Victorian Dressage Expo

19th May Victorian DC Ebony Park Abe Grand Prix

Ebony Park Dante -


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Hi Super Friesian lovers!!! :) :) :) Happy Marvelous May!!! :)

I trust you are having an amazing start to your year and everything is going well!!!! :):):) Everything is happening here at Ebony Park. Our much loved rider from Holland - Loes van der Leest has made the decision to return home. We are devastated but understand this is the right choice for her and we wish her well. This means I am on the search for someone extremely special to take on her role as stable manager and rider. We have the young stallions that need to be ridden, as well as the opportunity to ride Abe himself if the rider is capable. The role is for 5 years as I really want to take a rider all the way to Grand Prix and have them part of our super team. You can click here for more info. I also want to give all my love and welcome to the newest members of the EP family - Gabbi and Dion, Charlotte, Joanne, Jessica and Sharon on their purchases of their EP horses. We can't wait to see you have your dreams come true. This month I am also competing in the Grand Prix at Boneo Park and then at Werribee the week after as well as Loes doing another prelim start with Dante. We have the 2013 Mitavite Victorian Dressage Expo which I am presenting a masterclass on unusual breeds of dressage horses (including Friesians) and Loes will be one of the demo riders. A busy month planned but lots of fun planned also!!! This weekend the team and I are off to Crown Metropol to spend the night, huge thanks to Gabbi and Dion who gave us the night as a gift! We are really looking forward to getting away and enjoying the city!!! :) Trust your riding and horses are going sensationally!!! :) To Your Success,

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Kind Kate’s Knowledge - Feeding the Older Horse The aging process in horses usually occurs over a period of years. Some horses appear old at 12 years of age, others are still active up to 25 years or older. Poor teeth, or loss of teeth, are the most common problems which affect feeding efficiency and well-being in an aged horse, with up to 33% of aged horses declining in health and passing away because of poor teeth and secondary septicaemia from infected teeth and gums. An aged horse in retirement at pasture may fall away in condition during winter or summer when pasture is very succulent or sparse, despite adequate shelter and supplementary hay. Unfortunately, once an aged horse loses condition, it is often difficult to regain the weight, even on a higher energy ration.

It is a good idea to carefully observe an aged horse when eating for signs of teeth problems - such as dropping feed (‘quidding’), slow chewing and slobbering when eating, and passing grain or long straws in the droppings. Pain and discomfort from arthritis and earlier injuries may restrict grazing and adversely affect the horse’s appetite and ability to walk to harvest its own feed. Heavy worm burdens can develop as a horse’s immunity wanes with increasing age and, combined with poor teeth, may cause ill-thrift and loss of condition. Worm older horses every 6-8 weeks and adopt strict pasture hygiene to reduce worm egg and larval ingestion during grazing.

As a horse ages, its digestive efficiency also decreases and it will generally require more energy for everyday activities, such as walking, grazing and maintaining itself. An aged horse requires higher levels of good quality protein, as well as increased amounts of calcium and phosphorus, in its ration as compared to a younger adult horse under similar conditions because digestion of these nutrients becomes less efficient as horses age past 16 years of age. The energy density and protein quality of the ration should be increased to maintain vitality, ability to exercise and a reasonable body condition, especially during cold weather or over winter.

Common Causes for Weight Loss or Ill Heath In most cases, an aged horse will have lost some teeth, reducing its ability to chew grains and long stemmed hay. A horse which has been kept on sandy areas, or one which ‘windsucks’ on fences, will wear its teeth down more quickly. It may start to show the effects of poor teeth at an early age. Poor teeth condition can lead to increased risk of colic and digestive problems in an older horse.

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Kind Kate’s Knowledge - Feeding the Older Horse Often pasture is not adequate to maintain condition and a hard feed at least once daily may need to be provided. Arrange with your vet to check the teeth of an aged horse every 3-6 months, and correct any problems, such as stepped mouth, which may interfere with chewing and therefore directly affect the efficiency of feed utilisation.

with 50mL of 50:50 molasses and water mixture per kilogram of pellets or 50mL of apple cider vinegar and water mix just prior to feeding. A daily Omega oil supplement, such as 15 mL/100kg body w e i g h t o f K o h n k e ’s O w n Energy Gold™ (with Vitamin E and garlic flavouring) will help

Basic Ration Often an aged horse will put on weight and do better when given a completely pelleted or extruded ration. I d e a l l y, t h e processed feed should contain 14% crude protein, 0.4% calcium and 0 . 3 % phosphorus to help maintain condition and adequate mineral intake. Approximately 750g-1kg of 14% crude protein pellets or extruded feed per 100kg body weight mixed with twice its volume of chaff should meet needs at rest, with adjustments to maintain condition as required. If the pellets are hard to chew,and are being wasted due to ‘quidding’ from poor teeth, they may be softened

improve coat condition and maintain the appetite. An increased dose can be given to boost energy intake. G o o d q u a l i t y, p r e f e r a b l y dampened hay, should be provided. Leafy lucerne hay is preferred because it has a higher protein content and more available calcium, the 2 nutrients which are required in increased amounts in an aged horse. However, too much lucerne

may cause low grade diarrhoea because it does not hold as much water in its structure and therefore there is more free water to be passed in the droppings. In an aged horse with poor teeth, lucerne chaff mixed in with the concentrate to increase bulk, should be provided on an adlib basis if the animal is unable to chew hay efficiently. Alternatively, a home-mixed concentrate feed of 0.5-0.75 kg per 100 kg body weight of crushed oats (or steamed rolled barley), 100g full fat soyabean meal per 100 kg body weight, mixed with double its volume of lucerne chaff, all dampened with molasses and water, is a suitable basic ration when split into 2 feeds. A good quality commercial working horse mix or sweet feed can be given, provided that the grain has been processed to make it easy to chew and more digestible. An extruded feed is usually well digested in an aged horse, but may be more expensive to purchase.

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Kind Kate’s Knowledge - Feeding the Older Horse If the aged horse has access to good quality pasture, a night feed containing damp crushed grain or pellets, boiled barley, or whole grain soak mixed with 5% wheat bran for phosphorus, is easier to chew and better utilised in an old horse with poor teeth. Unfortunately, many very aged horses develop a terminal form of low grade chronic diarrhoea, perhaps due to loss of gut absorption or reduced digestive action, and so fall away in condition. Avoid large amounts of hay as it may bulk out the digestive system and reduce the digestion of the hard feed. Where an aged horse has access to good pasture, but is unable to graze effectively due to poor teeth or arthritis, then about 2kg fresh grass daily as green feed will help digestion and appetite. Alternatively, mow small areas every 2-3 days to dry out as soft wilted grass hay on the top of the pasture. However, do not feed grass cut up finely with a lawn mower, as there is a high risk of mould overheating the clippings, resulting in colic and serious digestive upset. Often an aged horse in a group of other horses will be bossed away from feeders by younger, more aggressive horses. Place a feed bin away from the group and encourage

the aged horse to eat by itself, or bring it into a yard to feed, so it has more time to slowly and peacefully chew and consume its feed. Make sure you arrange a dentist or vet to come out and check your horses teeth every 3-6 months (horses in work should be every 6 months, and horses that are not in work, such as broodmares, once every 12 months) - they can correct any problems, such as stepped mouth, sharp teeth etc. which may interfere with chewing and therefore directly affect the efficiency of feed utilisation. A portion of good quality leafy lucerne hay, dampened by placing each biscuit in a polywoven chaff bag and spraying it with clean (preferably warm) water and letting it soak for 15-20 minutes will help soften the hay, facilitate chewing and reduce dust and waste when pasture is dry or sparse. Additional fat may be added at a rate of 30-60mL/100kg body weight to boost energy density, but larger amounts may not be well utilised and may cause mild diarrhoea in an old horse. During cold weather, add an extra 200g per 100 kg body weight wet weight of boiled barley or 500-750g/100 kg body weight of extruded feed to the night meal and provide extra chaff or dampened hay

for roughage. Ensure the horse is double rugged or covered with a heat reflected insulated rug, or stabled overnight where possible to reduce heat loss under cold conditions. Loss of body weight is difficult to regain as a horse ages. Weekly evaluation of condition, pasture value and monitoring grazing time, combined with regular worming and teeth checks, will help ensure that an aged horse is able to maintain itself in a healthy condition. Always ensure the hooves are well maintained to enable the horse to move around and regularly groom the horse’s coat, mane and tail to remove loose hair and caked dirt. If you are looking for old horse agistment, where you know your retired horse will be well cared for, we now offer golden oldie agistment at our Garfield property. Call me on 0422 227 364 for more information! :) Until next month! To Your Dreams Becoming Reality, Kate Langdon Source: N1feedingtheagedhorse.pdf

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Tash’s Training Tip - Commitment Commitment. Who loves that word? I love that word! And for me the word has nothing to do with marriage or relationships. To me, that word means success, results, achievement. What about you? What does that word mean to you? How committed are you in: -your work -your riding -your relationships -your health -your goals for the future If you are committed, if you have let go of if, but, maybe, what if - and thrown yourself into whatever it is you have decided to commit to you, you would know how liberating that is! It simply has to work, it has to happen because you have committed yourself to it, and decided this is what you will do.

What they need to understand is, by playing the game of life this way - yes, they may stay ‘safe,’ but they are pretty much guaranteeing a life of mediocrity. I had the pleasure of hanging out with Kerri Pottharst for a couple of days, and she explained how she turned a bronze medal in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics into a gold medal four years later at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Yes, it had everything to do with hard work, everything to do with training, diet, drills, fitness but she and her partner Natalie Cook also had a success coach, and she attributes a lot of that gold medal to their success coach. Why? He demanded a commitment from them that they were the gold medalists.

They had to think, act, feel, be, like gold medalists. Now - what if they didn’t get the gold? then they wouldn’t have got it!! And do you know what? that's ok because they would have known they gave it EVERYTHING - and I mean EVERYTHING - to getting it. But because they did commit, because they gave it their everything - they did end up going home with the gold. So what about you? Do you give everything your ALL and I mean your ALL or do you hold back? Have you heard of a man called Eugene Orowitz? He went through high school as a skinny, awkward quiet boy, who was very shy and self conscious.

Some people however, are afraid of what will happen if they fully commit and ... heaven forbid... they still don't get it. They imagine the pain of deciding, wanting and committing to something, and not getting it, is so much higher than they are willing to risk, so they stay small, don’t commit so they are safe if it doesn't happen. Ebony Park Friesian Magazine May 2013


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Tash’s Training Tip - Commitment One day the sport coach half jokingly told him to try out for the track team, and Eugene took him up on it. Eugene fell in love with javelin throwing and although he wasn’t very good at it, committed himself to being the best he could possibly be. It was this commitment that allowed him to achieve the national high school record and receive a college track scholarship. Eugene was training and hoping for the Olympics, when a torn shoulder muscle ended his career. But then Eugene went and say a play, and he fell in love with acting, and decided he was now going to commit to becoming the best actor he could be. Just like with the javelin he committed himself to it - he enrolled himself in acting classes, and refused to listen when people said he would never make it in an over-crowded industry.

What about in your riding? Do you go for it in your riding, or do you hold back?

happening - it's not "I hope," it's "I will NOW". I will leave you with this quote:

As a coach, where I see a lack of commitment in riding a lot of the time, is in the canter transition. Some people go 3-2-1 I hope I canter, I think I'll canter, I might canter, I hope i don't canter! :) So the horse doesn’t go into canter directly, there may be a few trot strides, or a few faster trot strides before the canter happens. I demand a commitment - if you are going to canter, then you are going to canter when and exactly when you decide you will. You have to 100% commit to that canter

"Desire is the key to motivation, but it's determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal - a commitment to excellence - that will enable you to attain the success you seek." ~ Mario Andretti

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Eugene Orowitz starred in three of the most popular TV shows in history - "Little House on the Prairie", "Bonanza" and "Highway to Heaven". He is better known by his stage name - Michael Landon So what about you? Do you commit to your goals and dreams like Eugene, or do you ‘listen’ to the people that tell you that you can't do it?

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Abe’s Perspective Hey super riders! My name is Abe and I am Natasha’s superstar Friesian stallion and her one and only horse she likes to ride. I told her I thought it was very unfair that she was the only one to share how to ride - as lets’ face it... I’m the one that really makes it all happen - so this is my chance to teach you how to really ride a horse... with advice straight from the horses mouth! *Taken from April 2013 Your Riding Success Monthly. If you would like to view Your Riding Success March Monthly click here

Halt Transitions Tash and I used to sometimes get a little bit confused when she would ask for transitions. We would be riding around I would be thinking about oats and that gorgeous black mare over in the paddock over there and suddenly - BAM! She would ask for a halt, I would get such a fright and wasn’t prepared for it at all, so I would stop my legs but lose my balance... and my head would lift and my back would stiffen.

get high scores for her. So it’s really up to her to help me do that for her. Now-a-days she is soooooooo much better at doing that, it is really important to us horses when you are riding us, to give us preparation.

That would make Tash really upset, saying she is losing marks for her halt, and I would be like - well Natasha Maria Desiree Princess Althoff-Kelley... if you gave me some warning, and said we are going to halt, get ready, slow down... and... halt, I would have a much better chance at doing it well! Even though I am a bit naughty and lazy, I genuinely do want to make Tash happy and

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Abe’s Perspective We don’t know the test, and we don’t know what’s happening. Sometimes it’s really boring - you are going around in circles - so sometimes we tune out and think about other things, so you need to keep us constantly on our toes, thinking about you, so we are prepared and ready to do what you ask.

As awesome riders you have to stop us doing that! We have to stay soft, over the back, and not heavy - you make sure we don’t do the wrong thing here by lots of those half halts, which is quick pressure on the outside rein, then softening while using your legs sometimes Tash can give me 5 half halts in a second!

Abe’s Advice for how to do an effective halt transition: 1.


Tell us something is about to happen I think Tash calls them half halts. If I feel on the outside of my mouth the slightest pressure I think - ok something is about to happen - with Tash that could mean - halt, piaffe, passage, trot, walk, canter, flying change, half pass... or god knows what else! Sometimes it doesn’t mean anything except I need to work harder, lift my back more and become more active with my hindlegs. It just means to me - work, get in balance, get ready to do something with my body. Then what Tash does is collect and does what we call an ‘almost halt’ - so if I am trotting I almost halt, but stay trotting - or in the canter I almost halt but stay cantering - I need to work really hard here! If you are strong like me you are doing a collected trot or a collected canter. But if you are like me when you are young, you aren’t really strong enough to do that... so your rider is just slowing you down to prepare you for the halt... Also us lazy horses think when you do this, it’s a great opportunity to get heavy and go on the fore-hand and have you carry us.


Then simply sit deep, and close your hands and stop the movement. If we are with you we follow you and halt, we are soft in the hand, we stay round and we wait for your next command. The trick here is don’t use too much hand to stop! Tash knows if I am on her hands she is stuffed, because I am waaaayyyy stronger than her! She keeps me light and off her hand with half halts and that keeps me balanced in the halt and not heavy and on the forehand.

Good luck with your halts!!!! To Your Success,


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Ebony Park Rockstar of the Month EP Loki and Lucy Hello fellow Friesian lovers!

But that wasn't where it ended! Loki's amazing performance then helped me to win the Senior Handler class - what a star she is! We had come to the show as a training experience and she did no put a hoof wrong. The ribbons of course were a happy bonus :) I’m lucky enough to own 1.5 year old ž Friesian filly "Loki" by Ebony Park Abe out of Carrock Dancer (aka Dazzle). Since Loki made the trip over in WA at 10 months old she has been nothing but amazing. Her fantastic temperament, willingness to please, and her beauty was no more evident than recently at her first ever show. She walked straight onto the float and at the show was cool as a cucumber despite the many horses, rides, and entertainment going on. In our class she performed exactly as we had practiced at home and it was her trot up that won us the blue ribbon - even against a full Friesian filly! Onto the next class where she placed Reserve Champion Friesian/Friesian Warmblood Filly or Mare.

Above all it is Loki's temperament that I love most as she is just SO MUCH FUN to hang out with. Over summer we spent many happy weekends down at the horse beach and now the weather is cooler I enjoy just playing with her in the paddock and continuing her handling training. I am truly blessed to own Loki. She is loyal and completely trusting and I know that she will follow me anywhere I ask her to go. I am so super excited to continue our journey and hopefully one day we will follow in her Dad's footsteps all the way to Grand Prix. *Make sure you email us whenever you take an Ebony Park horse out and get some pics or footage, so that we can include it in the next magazine! We want to hear form you and share in your successes!!! :)

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Well now is your chance… Ebony Park is now offering lessons on our Medium Level purebred Friesian stallion, Ebony Park Jorrit. This is your chance to experience what riding a Friesian stallion is like, as well as learn some pretty cool dressage skills. Jorrit is available for seat lessons – this is your opportunity to experience what the Friesian paces are like, and a great chance to learn how you can improve your seat to sit their gaits deeper and more effectively.

We also offer dressage lessons on Grand Prix schoolmaster and 1/2 Friesian gelding, The Carrock Tambo. Lessons are conducted by our dutch Friesian specialist young horse rider and trainer, Loes van der Leest. If you would like to book a lesson, click here to fill out the form on our website, or call Kate on 0422 227 364 for more information!

“I cannot wait to come back to Ebony Park and to continue my riding journey at home as well” “It has always been my dream to ride a Friesian stallion and having a foal by Jorrit I wanted to take the experience – I never thought I would have the chance! I just want to say thankyou to the whole team at Ebony Park (but especially Loes and Jorrit!) for the amazing experience I had during my lesson at Ebony Park. I never in my wildest dreams imagined I would get to sit on a Friesian stallion, let alone be able to trot and canter, and learn so much that I can translate to my own horses and riding in the Ebony Park Friesian Magazine May 2013 17 process.” Kellie Mitchell, 2013

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Who is ready for the opportunity of a lifetime? Feel free to share this publication with your friends, family, club... anyone who might find its content useful.

An exciting opportunity exists for an energetic, motivated, driven dressage rider who wants a riding career with horses, including riding at Grand Prix level. Our young horse rider Loes is leaving us after 2 1/2 years to go back to Holland, so we are searching for our next superstar to join the Ebony Park Team!!!!!! Ebony Park is a Friesian horse stud with over 40 horses. We breed, train and ride Friesians to Grand Prix level. Currently we have two young stallions that are competing Preliminary and Elementary and need to be prepared for Novice and Medium level. We also have a Medium level and Grand Prix level Stallion on the property, and young stallions and crossbred Friesians needing to be broken in every year. We are looking for someone very hard working, committed and dedicated to doing what it takes to improve daily, and become the best version of them that they can be. You will be pushed in your role and in your riding to give your best every single day. You must also be capable to give lessons up to novice/elementary standard on our two schoolmasters. You will be trained in your riding, training and in management to step up and increase your skills on the job. You must be friendly, like people, like working as a team as well as alone, and committed to making Ebony Park the best working environment and best business that it can possibly be. We are not looking for people to ‘try’ and see if horses are what they want to do. We want people who have proven they understand that they know what it takes to get results with horses, and are dedicated to improving themselves and their riding. This is not a shortterm position – we are looking for someone who is dedicated to taking our stallions to Grand Prix, and as such we are looking for a 5 year commitment. Click here to find out what the position and for more information on how to apply... Ebonyentails Park Friesian Magazine May 2013 21

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We have been getting a lot of questions about what Natasha thinks about when she is riding a test, and especially during the Grand Prix Kur. This months Ebony Park TV is taken from Your Riding Success, Natasha’s riding coaching business, which is a voiceover of her Kur during DWTS!

Click on the video above to play the movie - you will be taken to the YouTube link so you must have an internet connection.

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THE EBONY PARK FAMILY - AROUND THE COUNTRY! Ebony Park Achillies rounding up cattle - in NSW

Delta of Ebony Park after being broken in for 3 weeks! - in WA

Onyx of Ebony Park! :) - in SA

Above: Achillies of Ebony Park with a second place in Preliminary! :)

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We want to celebrate with you, any photos of you and your horse - they don’t have to be dressage photos, and they don’t have to be Friesian photos - just a photo of you with your best friend! Just email your photo to and we will share it on this wall next month! Left: This is Bindi riding her standardbred gelding Calypso after she had three brain surgeries and not being allowed to ride for 4 months!! How inspiring!!

Sue and her Friesian mare Tea D!! :)

Above: What an amazing Easter weekend for Tara McDonough and myself! Thanks to Ebony Park Performance Friesians for the amazing opportunity to have a lesson on Jorrit and Tambo, and see some amazing stallions, mares and foals! - Merrin Boyer

Michelle Gill and her daughter the first time they met Onyx (who is by Jorrit) and his mother Victoria. Ebony Park Friesian Magazine May 2013


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Lovely Loes and Delightful Danielle’s Learnings!! Hey Everyone!! :) This month Danielle shows you her learnings on Jorrit. For the last month they have been working on trot to canter transitions. Danielle has learnt that if she doesn’t have her seat right at the right time and in the right spot, the transition just doesn’t happen Jorrit will just keep trotting!!! She has realised that one of her real faults is that she tends to lean forward when she rides - lots of people do! When she leans forward she lose the contact and the transition doesn’t work! It’s really important to ride the horse really deep and round so that they horse is really working through his back. The outside rein connection is also really important. Another important thing to focus on when riding a Friesian is to make sure you keep their head out - some Friesians tend to suck their head back and make their neck really

short against their own chest - push them forward into the connection, while at the same time keeping really soft and a bit bent to the inside. If Jorrit drops out of the rhythm, Danielle needs to keep pushing him forward and out into the rein. If the horses slow down, lots of people give the rein, whereas it’s really important to hold that connection and outside rein, inside leg, and make sure the horses head doesn’t come up - if it does, push the horse forward! Danielle needs to make sure she sits up straight and is really strong in her seat. Remember - “Every Stride You Have to Ride” Until next month,

Loes & Danielle

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5 Minutes with Edward Gal The Netherlands’ Edward Gal- born on 4 March 1970 – is one of the world’s leading dressage riders. He learnt to ride at the age of 14, training at Rien van der Schaft before moving to Anky van Grunsven‘s yard. In 1998 Edward was placed fourth at the PAVO cup – a young horse championship – with Kappuccino. Since 1999, Edward has been highly successful on the international scene, training a number of horses up to grand prix level, including Gestion Risky Business, Gestion Kappuccino, Geldnet Lingh and Gribaldi. He finished second at the 2005 Wold Cup finals in Las Vegas on Lingh, and came home with team silver from the 2005 European Championships in Turin as well as the 2006 World Equestrian Games at Aachen.

Photo: Ken Braddick

FACTS DOB: 04/03/1970

However, Edward’s most successful partnership has been with Moorlands Totilas, son of Gribaldi. At the Olympia World Cup qualifier 2009, they broke their own world record score in the grand prix freestyle with an outstanding 92.3%.

Country: Netherlands

After winning three gold medals at the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, the dressage world was shocked when the news broke that this extraordinary horse and rider partnership was to be broken up. Totilas was sold to Paul Schockemohle to be ridden by German rider Matthias Alexander Rath.

Education: Completed one year of economics (while riding at the same time) - decided that riding was the way to go!! :)

However, Edward was given the honour of naming Totilas’ first UK foal in April 2011. The jet-black colt was named “Te Amo” after one of Edward’s favourite songs by pop star Rihanna.

Current Trainers:

There was controversy over Matthias Rath and Totilas’ floorplan in June 2011 when they won the national title at the German Dressage Championships. Allegedly the routine was virtually a mirror image of Edward’s. In October 2011 Edward took the ride on grand prix dressage stallion Blue Hors Romanov. Edward rode the inexperienced 11-year-old gelding Undercover at the London 2012 Games, despite only gaining the ride a few months earlier, helping the Netherlands to win team bronze. Edward and business partner Nicole Werner currently manage a dressage stable in the Netherlands, where Edward coaches other top riders. He works alongside partner Hans Peter Minderhoud, supporting each other in training and competitions. Together they have built up a world-class yard of about 50 horses, including a number competing at grand prix level. Source: Horse and Hound website


Business partner Nicole Werner Dutch Teammate Sjef Janssen

STATS Sponsors: • Moorland Investments • 4WD Voets • Euro-star • Cavalor • Magic Stables • Petrie, County • Schelstraete • Anemone Languages: • English • Dutch • German

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