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MARCH 2011

Kate’s Knowledge - Foal Immunity Tash’s Training Tip Don’t Train the Problem, Train the Cause Lovely Loes & Delightful Danielle News From Holland

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From the Editor IN THIS ISSUE

Hi Fabulous Friesian Lovers!! :) Welcome to Autumn!! :) I can’t believe the year is going so fast already!





Loes talks about competition plaiting with those long luxurious Friesian manes with video and photos to guide you. Danielle has started halter training Onyx... check out how she does it and the photos!



This month we have an absolutely information-packed magazine!

Tash looks at training the problem and not the cause... We go through Friesian facts, spend 5 minutes with Sabine, and I look into foal immunity... wow! What a lot to get through! We would like to congratulate Danielle and welcome her to the Ebony Park family... she has fallen in love with EP Lightning (see pic below - Jorrit x Solome B 2009) and has decided to go on one of our payment plans to make her Friesian Dream come true!! If you would like to see what our payment plans involve, click here to go to our website now! :)


Have an excellent month!! :)


To Yo u r D r e a m s Becoming Reality,



Kate Langdon


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FRIESIAN FACTS This month I thought I would give you some interesting facts on the Friesian breed!! :) 1.

Friesians were bred to be the ultimate all-around horse, able to be ridden, driven or pull a plow with style and strength. In modern times, they are used for horse sports (particularly dressage), for entertainment and for pulling hearses. 2. Friesians are one of the most ancient European breeds of horse and modern Friesians are direct descendants of the horses that medieval knights used to ride into battle. 3. Written descriptions of Frisians go as far back as 1276 in a description of a local German horse fair. The oldest artistic representation that we know of is from 1568 in an etching done by Jan van der Straadt. 4. Friesian horses come from the same area of the Netherlands as do the more familiar Friesian (Holstein) dairy cattle... hence the name! 5. Friesians are a rare breed. There are fewer than 1000 Friesian Horses in the U.S. and Canada. 6. The Friesian Registry, which is still based in the Netherlands, maintains very strict standards for stallions. To become approved stallions are judged on conformation, way of going and quality of progeny. There are only around 100 approved stallions for breeding in the world! 7. Friesian horses now only come in black but they originally came in chestnut and grey as well. 8. When the Friesian Registry was founded in 1879 there was only one purebred stallion remaining. All of today's Friesians can trace their ancestry back to that one stallion. This is why the Friesian registry is so careful about inbreeding! 9. The Friesian horse is the only horse breed native to the Netherlands, where the Friesian has been known since as far back as the 13th century. 10. Friesians are featured in the movies "Alexander," "Eragon," "Ladyhawke," "The Mask of Zorro" and "The Chronicles of Narnia" series. Source: , http:// , KFPS website.

Anne 340 (Abe’s sire). Photo by Cally Matherley

Jasper 366 (Jorrit’s sire). Source:

Jorrit. Photo by Nadeen Davis

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Note from Tash DIARY DATES Werribee Park NEC 3rd March Zeus - Prelim Jorrit - Elementary Balmoral 4th March Zeus - Prelim ACHILLIES!! Prelim (his first time out!!) Boneo Park 17th March Abe - GP Jorrit - Medium 18th March Abe - GP Special Zeus - Prelim Achillies - Prelim

Hello wonderful Friesian lovers!!!! :) Yay! Marvelous March already!!!!! :) I LOVE life! You know when you realise how amazing life is and how blessed you are to have the opportunity to have so many amazing experiences! I spent the first two weeks of February in Thailand having the most amazing opportunity for Phil and I to give back, and volunteer at the Baan Tharn Namchai Orphanage in Khao Lak. I was so lucky to have the opportunity, and I got so much from the visit. Now that I am back so much is happening! Achillies, Zeus, Jorrit and Abe are off to competitions all through March, finishing with Abe doing his 2nd CDI at Dressage with the Stars. I LOVE all the learning I go through at each competition, and I know I will 'crack the code' so to speak, and be the rider Abe needs me to be :) I know Loes has a journey ahead of her as well with the young ones, and will be learning and taking a lot from each competition, as she works towards her goals :) We are looking for a very very very special 'someone' to come along and be Achillies’ new owner! So if you are interested in a small Friesian gelding (15.1HH) who has absolutely phenomenal movement, and is very forward thinking please have a chat to us - click here to go to his page on the website! :) I know both Loes and I don't want him to go as he is such a super horse! But of course if the right person comes along, and he can make the person happy, we are happy to see him going to a perfect home! :) Other than that, we are busy as always consolidating old projects and working on new ones. I love how some things you think are easy take that extra long time to actually come to fruition, and sometimes the things you think will be a challenge happen easier and quicker than you ever thought :) I would also like to thank from the bottom of my heart Brittany Thompson and Kim Arnup for their wonderful work and help they gave Ebony Park and myself personally this month! They were working on a special project for us and THANK YOU!!! We couldn't of received the outstanding results we did without you!!! You are very special to us!!! :) I would like to welcome Danielle to the Ebony Park Family, after falling in love with EP Lightning!! :) We are so excited for you, and can’t wait to see this very special boy grow up into the beautiful horse that he promises to be! I hope your riding and horses are giving you joy and happiness and you have an absolutely amazing marvelous March!!!! :) To Your Success,

DWTS!!! GO ABE 22-24th March GP!


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Kind Kate’s Knowledge - Foal Immunity Now that the foaling season has come to an end for another year... I thought I would have a chat about foal immunity, as I have had a number of questions regarding foal vaccinations and why we give them when we do, why not earlier/ later etc... So this month, I am going to talk about foal immunity - where do they get it from, what happens if they don’t have any, and what tests you can do to make sure you foal’s immune system is functioning the way that it should! Failure of passive transfer (FPT) is the lack of adequate maternal immunoglobulins passively passed via colostrum to the foal, and is considered, to be a leading cause of young foal death. Because the neonatal (newborn foal) immune system of the foal has not been exposed to pathogens, and hence cannot create an effective immune response, passive immunity via the transmission of antibodies in colostrum is really, really important. The failure of adequate passive transfer of antibodies can predispose affected foals to a range

because full penetration and erosion of the uterine epithelium does not take place which is what is does in humans. H o w e v e r, t h i s d e s i g n o f placentation causes the foetal and maternal circulations to be quite separate from each other, and prevents the large immunoglobulin proteins from diffusing between circulations during gestation.

of bacterial diseases, leading to sepsis infections and even death. Therefore it is important to know what to look for and how to manage foals found to be lacking in these essential antibodies. Before this management plan can be implemented, it is essential to know the processes going on within the foal, why they go wrong and the different options for diagnosis and treatment. The equine placenta is diffuse or epitheliochorial (a big word, I know!!) in nature (See figure above). This is the least invasive form of placentation in mammals,

Basically what this means is that foals are not born with any immunity to anything! Foals will start producing their own antibodies as soon as they are exposed to pathogens, but these are not in effective concentrations until they are around four months old. In the meantime the neonatal foal acquires antibodies passively in the first few hours of life via colostrum from the dam. The process of colostral antibody uptake in the neonatal gut during the first few hours of life is a complex mechanism (See Figure below left) involving specialised enterocytes in the mucosa of the small intestine. These specialised cells engulf immunoglobulins, and transfer them through the gut wall and into the bloodstream via the lymphatics. More mature cells without this capacity replace the original enterocytes within 12-24 hours after birth, and any colostral antibodies and other large proteins are digested and broken down in the small intestine (and destroyed) rather than absorbed unharmed into the bloodstream. That’s why it is so so sooooo important that a newborn foal drinks as much colostrum (the first milk of the mother) as possible within the first 12 hours after birth this maximises the chances of the foal being healthy and having good immunity for the first couple of months of life, before it’s own immune system kicks in!

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Kind Kate’s Knowledge - Foal Immunity There are a number of maternal factors that must be considered when looking at FPT in newborn foals. Premature lactation, which can occur during unnaturally long gestation or delayed parturition, occurs where colostrum leaks from the udder via the teats prior to foaling, and is identified by colostrum coating the inside of the mares hind legs (See Figure left). This is detrimental to foal colostral antibody uptake, as there are high immunoglobulin levels (IgG and IgM) in this pre-formed colostrum. These levels tend to drop dramatically before 18 hours of lactation has passed and leakage reduces the total amount of colostrum available to the foal.

Causes of Failure of Passive Transfer The level of immunoglobulin present in the foal's bloodstream as a result of colostrum ingestion considered protective will depend on controllable factors such as foaling environment and broodmare management, coupled with uncontrollable factors such as illness and genetics. The causes of FPT can be split into two broad categories: those resulting from maternal, and those resulting from foal factors.

Maternal Factors

Mares with placentitis and other foeto-placental abnormalities tend to deliver foals early and in some cases the mare will fail to produce normal colostrum. Mastitis or other udder damage also causes the mare to produce less colostrum and hence reduces the availability of passively transferred antibodies to her foal. In some cases, the mare may be producing high quality colostrum with adequate levels of immunoglobulins, but may not have been on that property for very long, and hence has not had the chance for exposure to the same environmental pathogens that the foal will be. The mare will therefore be producing the 'wrong' antibodies in her colostrum that may not be protective to the foal in that environment. Poor quality colostrum with low levels of antibodies is also often seen in older mares.

effective levels of immunity, often leading to FPT.

Foal Factors In addition to the mare derived causes, there are also a number of factors surrounding the foal that lead t o F P T. T h e s e m a y i n c l u d e prematurity (See Figure below), where among other problems, the foal may not have a entirely developed gastrointestinal tract and hence not be able to fully utilise the antibodies contained in the colostrum. Ingestion failure of colostrum by the foal includes anything that prevents the foal's ability to suckle such as weakness from sepsis, dummy foals with behavioural abnormalities or orthopaedic problems such as contracted tendons preventing the foal from moving around on its legs effectively. Sick or stressed foals not only have reduced appetites leading to a delay in the ingestion of colostrum, they also tend to have a decreased capacity to absorb the antibodies through their gut wall. Another reason for low immunoglobulin levels in neonatal foal circulation is absorption failure caused by premature gut closure or congenital defects of the enterocytes in the small intestine.

Complete rejection of the foal by the mare, or nervous behaviour preventing the foal from nursing occasionally seen in stressed and maiden mares, means the foal does not have a chance to ingest enough colostrum to be at

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Kind Kateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Knowledge - Foal Immunity Diagnosis and Treatment Detection of low concentrations of antibodies (IgG testing) in the foal's serum within 24 hours of parturition allow for diagnosis of FPT. A blood sample should be taken from the foal within 18-24 hours after birth to measure the serum immunoglobulin levels of the foal. If the levels are checked before 12 hours, colostrum or plasma can still be given orally, but the later the test is taken, the fewer treatment options are available... so if you are concerned, make sure you get onto it really fast!! The general consensus is that a blood sample which contains IgG levels greater than 8g/L indicates adequate levels of antibody transfer, whereas IgG concentrations below this indicate a partial (4-8g/L) or complete (<4g/L) failure of passive antibody transfer. There are a number of tests that can be undertaken to diagnose and hence treat FPT as soon as possible in these vulnerable foals, but the gold standard is called a radial immunodiffusion test (RID). This test is very accurate but requires a lab to analyse the blood sample (24 hours), so is usually

only used to confirm FPT (if you think that your foals immune system might be compromised). There are other tests available that are easy and quick to use such as the zinc sulphate turbidity test and the ELISA methods described below.

degree of turbidity in the solution which develops is directly proportional to the amount of IgG in the test serum. The greater the IgG level, the less light is able to be transmitted through the sample (See Figure below left).

The zinc sulphate turbidity test is rapid, technically simple and takes only 5 minutes for a result. This test involves a chemical reaction between zinc sulphate and the sample - the

Another commonly used test for serum IgG levels in neonatal foals is the ELISA (enzyme linked immunosorbent assay) test. This test involves anti-IgG antibodies added to blood samples and an enzymatic reaction taking place. The absorbance of the sample is then taken (See Figure above) after around 10 minutes, and generally the darker the result, the higher the IgG levels. Treatment involves providing the foal with adequate immunoglobulins to prevent the onset of disease. The success of treatment depends not only on the speed of FPT diagnosis, but also the age of the foal, how low the IgG levels are, as well as the conditions to which the foal has been exposed, and perhaps the treatments available on hand.

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Kind Kateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Knowledge - Foal Immunity way to reduce the incidence of disease in foals with FPT by improving circulating IgG levels and hence immunity. This method is necessary after the foal is 12 hours of age as gut closure to antibodies will probably have occurred. Commercial plasma such as Plasvacc can be used but again may not protect the foal against local bugs. Alternatively a horse on the property can be bled and plasma extracted and administered to the foal, allowing the foal to theoretically obtain enough immunity from local bugs to prevent disease. Plasma is an easy method to use, but always carries a risk of a protein reaction by the foal - serum can also be used without this unwanted side effect.

make sure your foal stays happy and healthy! :) To Your Dreams Becoming Reality,

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With any of these methods it is important to monitor the foal's serum IgG levels after administration to ensure levels are high enough to provide the foal with adequate immunity. Oral colostrum from a frozen colostrum bank is the easiest method, but needs to be administered to the foal via a bottle or bucket within 12 hours of parturition to ensure the gut is still open to IgG absorption. Colostrum not only contains antibodies essential to foal immunity, but is also a mild laxative and has a local protective effect on the gut epithelial cells. There are oral colostrum substitutes available but they have variable immunoglobulin levels and may not protect the foal against the bugs in your local environment. Intravenous plasma transfusion (See Figure above) is an effective

Foals with FPT often need high intensity care as the risk of disease in these young animals is very high. Monitoring of condition, temperature and general demeanour can be the difference between life and death or severe sickness for some of these foals. Therefore it is essential to ensure through effective education and management that adequate levels are obtained as quickly as possible to ensure these otherwise vulnerable foals are protected from disease!! The quicker you are onto it, the easier it is to

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Tash’s Training Tip -Don’t Train the Problem, Train the Cause Hello everybody!!! How are you all going with your riding journeys!?!?!? :) I trust they are going well and that you love implementing all your new learnings! I want to discuss in this article about finding the root cause of a training issue rather than training the presenting issue. …But what does that mean? :)

planner, but none of that will work long term because I am only surface coaching. I am only coaching the presenting problem. My job is to delve deeper and find the cause of the time management problem. In this case it was a fear of not being good enough, so if they ran late to appointments,

I can coach them on structuring their day in 15minute blocks, using a time tracker, a diary and a day

So by working on being and feeling good enough all the time management problems can be completely resolved without one mention of a day planner or time tracker in sight! Bringing this back to riding - I sometimes choose to have a challenge around flying changes. Now I am the Queen of flying changes!

Well, as my riding knowledge has increased I have had many amazing opportunities to ride many different horses and learn so much from each of them. What I have come to realise is that I need to search harder and fix the training issue that is causing the presenting training problem. I learned in coaching that when people come to me with a presenting problem - let’s use something easy like time management.

have friends then there would be no excuse except for the thing they fear most, not being good enough!

missed meetings and didn’t catch up with friends they had an excuse to explain why they don’t succeed in work and don’t have friends because they are too busy. If they had plenty of time and still didn’t succeed in work or

Sometimes though I like to play with myself and don’t get the results I choose. Now when this happens I could try to fix the flying change itself, work change after change after change but that actually isn’t the issue. The issue is always me moving in the change or me not getting enough bend and flexion to the right and having the horse completely through onto the outside left rein.

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Tash’s Training Tip - Don’t Train the Problem, Train the Cause So I go to work on fixing that underlying problem, work on keeping myself still, and lots of shoulder-in and lateral work for my horse to get the softness to the right and the left rein connection. Guaranteed I then go across the arena and get all the changes perfectly. Why? Because I have corrected and trained the issue, not the problem. I get that a lot with people saying my horse is bucking, make it stop. I laugh firstly because I am only little and I can’t ‘make’ a 600kg animal do anything! :) So I observe the horse and I realize that the buck is the presenting problem of the training issue, that the horse refuses to go forward into the bridle. This means my training job is to get the horse forward into the contact. Yes I will get some bucks convincing the horse this is the way to go, but once I have succeeded in

getting the horse forward and connected to the bridle the buck completely goes away. So it is not that the horse is a ‘bucker’ it’s that the horse doesn’t go forward, so that’s actually what needs to be fixed! So what training ‘problems’ do you encounter on a daily basis? If there was to be a

cause to those problems what would it be? Another example is, riding a correct 20m circle. If the circle is not round, it could be because you don’t have bend or flexion, it could be that you not looking up and planning where your circle will go, and it could be lack of forward or

the horse running so you are not in control. This means that the 20m circle is not the problem, the bend, planning or control is the issue and THAT is what you need to work on, not the 20m circle itself. I like to think of it as a BandAid, yes you can treat what you see on the skin around the band aid, or you can rip off the Band-Aid and treat and deal with what is really there, the underlying factors that you previously didn’t notice. I trust you have enjoyed this article. Please email me with any thoughts/comments about any of the articles, or any requests for what you would like me to write an article on. I am here to help you and happy to assist with any questions you may have! Until next month, To Your Success,


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Lovely Loesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Learnings Hi everyone!! This month, with help from Danielle, I am going to talk about how we plait our Friesian horses, both for competitions, as well as when they are at home but in work .

right, middle and left, so you will understand what parts you need to use.

Ok, so how do you plait a Friesian, who has such a long, luxurious mane, for a competition and make it look so neat and small? Firstly, before a competition we always wash the horses, using lots of conditioner for the mane and the tail so they become nice and soft and silky.

The three part of the plait...

Second step:

Our model once again for this month is Achillies!! :)

You will always plait from the right to the left!! You will grab your right part of the mane that you have divided and place it over the middle, then you take the left part and place it over the middle. You then hold this!

After he has had his bath, and we have brushed his mane, we can then start to make the running plait for a competition!! The running competition plait!! First step: You will start at the top of the neck dividing three even parts of his mane, as if you were going to make a normal plait. Those three divided sections we will call Ebony Park Friesian Magazine November 2011


Lovely Loesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Learnings Third step: You will then take a new part of mane and connect it with your left part. You then start again, so your right part comes over the middle, then your left goes over the middle and then step three starts again, taking a new part and connecting it with your left part of the mane!

neck!! This will take a bit more practice until you can get it right!!! The middle of the horses mane is always thicker then the start, so you will want to grab smaller strands of the mane half way through the plait, than you did at the beginning. This makes it easier to hold in your hand and making the plait look even in size the whole way along!

Holding the plait, and taking a new section of mane for the left side of the plait

Fourth step: You then continue this pattern all the way down the neck, until you run out of mane! This is where you start a normal plait going down... and on the end you will put an elastic band and admire your complete competition running plait!! Tips!! In those four steps you will want to make sure that your plaiting is strong and tight, and that it will not start to hang... focus on following the top of your horses neck, so it will then look even and not hang down his

End result of the competition plait!

Competition plait for the forelock!! The forelock plait is almost the same as the running plait!! Step one: You will start by grabbing only a part of the forelock on the top and you will make this in three parts again, we will use the terms right, middle and left again to help you understand!

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Lovely Loesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Learnings Step two:

same colour elastics as your horseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mane!!

You will start to plait this part of the mane, right over the middle, left is going over the middle, doing this this four times before you grab another part of mane!! Step three: You hold the plait and on the right and the left side you will grab a new part of mane to connect into your plait, you then start again, right over the middle, left over the middle. You then repeat step three until you have no more forelock left, and then plait the left over strands of mane putting an elastic band round the end. Step four: The plaiting part is over... but now we will make the plait shorter, so it will not stick out underneath the brow band. You grab the end part with the elastic and poke it underneath the start of the plait, you can put as much as you would like underneath the plait depending on how short you would like it. You finish off by putting two elastics around the whole plait to keep it in place!! Tips!! Have someone else hold your horse, so that he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t move his head around so much!! Make sure all your divided parts are even, and that your plait is strong!! To demonstrate exactly how it is done, we used red elastics to show you in this example, but normally you would Use the

End result of the forelock!

We have made some video footage so you can have a good look on how we do this plait click here to watch it now!! Paddock plaiting!! This is the way we plait our Friesians on an everyday basis! The plaits we use for our horses everyday is just a normal long plait!! Our horses always have their manes plaited like this to keep them tidy and unknotted, as well as to make sure that their manes do not interfere with our riding (because they are sooooo long)!!

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Lovely Loesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Learnings Step one: Divide the mane evenly into sections - one for each plait. You can use as many as you like, but we tend to use between 5-7 plaits for our Friesians. Step two: In one of your divided areas of mane, separate it into three parts of left, middle and right again.


Separate each plait into three sections...

Step three: Plaiting in the same repeated pattern of right over middle, and left over middle, until you have no more mane left, finishing off with an elastic band!! You will plait all of your mane like this. Step four: We keep the front of the mane the same as the competition plait, or you could use the same plait as you use for the mane in step three!!

The working or paddock plait

If we do not have a competition, we wash our horses manes once per month. When we replait the manes again, you will change the amount of plaits your horse has in their mane, so if your horse has 4 plaits, you may make it 6 the next time you plait him!! This prevents the mane from having splits through it when you let it out and when the horse rubs his mane it will not always be divided in the same spot!! We hope you have a much fun as we did plaiting your horses mane and that our advice is useful! Created by Loes and Danielle!! If you have any other suggestions for future articles... please email us!! Until next month!


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Delightful Danielle’s Tales Hi Guys!! :)

before I started to gently rub it on his shoulder, letting

This month I have been working on halter training

him get used the the smell and the sound of it, so that

Onyx of Ebony Park - one of the purebred Friesian

he knew it was ok!

foals - and thought I would share with you some of the steps and techniques we like to use when we go

You can see from the pics that he enjoyed this part of the training!

through this process with a young horse in getting the halter on for the first time! One of the very first things we do, before we even THINK about putting a halter on one of the foals, is to get them used to people, and realising that being patted and scratched is not actually a bad thing... in fact, it feels great!! With Onyx, and most of our other Friesian foals, this is never a problem - they are friendly from the moment they are born!

Then you can bring the halter into it... when you introduce the halter for the first time, it is extremely important that the foal knows it is not a bad thing, because if they have a bad experience for the first time with the halter, then the next time you try and put the halter on, it is 100 times worse - all they remember is the bad experience! So going back to Onyx... the first time I introduced the halter, I let him have a sniff and a nibble at the halter Ebony Park Friesian Magazine November 2011


Delightful Danielle’s Tales After this the training was a bit more serious... the

It is a good idea to make sure you are on the left side

next step was to put the lead rope around his neck.

of the horse when you are doing all this, as it makes

The reason we put the lead rope around his neck first,

the straps easier to do up without the horse getting

is because if the foal resists it, you have some control

away. And another tip is to make sure you are in a

over them and they can’t just learn that whenever they

safe and relatively small environment - a stable is best

run away they get away with whatever they like!

as it is all enclosed and you can push the foal up

So because everything is so new, and makes the foal feel

against the walls to get a bit more control.

a bit vulnerable or unsure, it is really important to

The last step of course is to put the nose band over the

give heaps of scratches and reassurance that this is

foals nose - this can make the horse feel a bit

normal - everything is ok!

claustrophobic, so don’t forget to do it slowly and give heaps of scratches, talk reassuringly to them! Then you can gently do the neck buckle back up, and the halter is on!

Once Onyx was ok with



around his neck, and feeling nice and relaxed, you can buckle up the

As you can see from the pictures, Onyx was very

neck strap of the

accepting of everything we introduced to him - he

halter a bit higher

thought it was all an awesome game! Don’t always

on his neck - this should feel the same as having the

expect to be able to do it all in one day! Do lots of

rope around his neck, but gets him used to

short lessons and always end on a positive note!


fiddling around up around his neck and his ears, and used to the sound the buckles make on the halter.


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Right: Onyx - Halter training

Above: Onyx is very inquisitive; Top Middle: Kirsten loves her food!; Right: Elko x Kirsten - Daquiri at 2.5 years old - look how big she is getting!

Right and Left: Achillies with his mane out, and then during his bath!! :)

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Ebony Park Jor"t Jorrit is an exceptional dressage stallion that made it through to the very prestigious 70 day performance test for approved stallions. In the performance test in Holland, Jorrit was within days of being approved as a stallion but a muscle strain hindered his movement and was unfortunately eliminated late in the test. He was also awarded a breeding permit from the KFPS when they came out for the 2009 Keuring. This is only awarded to very select Friesian stallions who possess the desired characteristics of the breed. There are only a few Friesian stallions in Australia that hold a current KFPS permit, and Ebony Park is very proud to offer Ebony Park Jorrit to the discerning Friesian breeder. This permit is limited to only 20 mares so please Born 12/05/2003, 16.2hh, Jet Black book quickly and as early as possible to avoid imported Friesian ster stallion disappointment! By the Grand Prix Dutch Approved Dressage Friesian Jasper 366 Scored 82% for the IBOP (2009 Keuring) Foalbook ster stallion with a Current KFPS Breeding Permit for 2011-2012 Registration Number: 5280 0420 0305 315

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Ebony Park Elko

Unfortunately, due to a paddock injury to his knee, Elko is no longer able to be ridden, and has been retired from the competition arena. Ebony Park is extremely disappointed and upset by this incident, however we are very happy that he is still able to be bred, and has still retained his breeding permit (not something to be taken lightly, as the KFPS are very strict about awarding breeding permits!). When Elko was able to be ridden he was destined to be Natashaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Olympic Grand Prix horse. He had everything! Three amazing paces, the desire and trainable temperament, and was quick to learn and improve. In his short career he scored up to 72% in preliminary and gained 44 grading points qualifying him for the 2006 Australian Dressage Championships in Novice in only 2 months of competition.

Born 21/04/2001, 17.1hh, jet black imported Friesian ster stallion By the Champion Approved licensed Dutch Friesian Stallion Teunis 332 Foalbook ster stallion with a Current KFPS Breeding Permit for 2011-2012 Registration Number: 5280 0420 0120 011

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Ebony Park Abe

Abe has had consistent results of over 62% at the Inter I level, and currently competing and winning at the Grand Prix level in 2011. Early in his career Abe was the horse to beat in Novice bringing home 3 Novice Championships with scores up to 71%. He also took home an Advanced Championship in 2008 and competed and qualified for the prestigious Dressage with the stars in the PSG and Inter I Kur in March 2010. Abe is now making his debut in Grand Prix and he hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t disappointed. His piaffe/passage is amazing and we are now waiting for him to develop the strength to catch up. This horse is destined for a legendary Grand Prix career.Ebony Park Abe is an exceptional stallion to ride. He is powerful and responsive and carries you through any situation with pride and attitude.

Born 29/03/2000, 16.2hh, jet black

imported Friesian ster stallion. To ride him is pure joy! He is solid, strong and powerful! Abe takes you into a test almost like a war horse taking First Friesian stallion in Australasia to you into battle. He is proud, noble and loves to show off compete and win at Grand Prix level in and be the centre of attention. dressage. Abe has been awarded the sports predicate from the KFPS. He is the first stallion in Australia to achieve the award due to his outstanding results in the dressage arena. By the Champion Approved licensed Dutch Friesian Stallion Anne 340 Registration Number: 5280 0420 0010

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Zeus of Ebony Park Zeus is Elko’s first son that we have bred, and we have eagerly been waiting the years until he was old enough to work. At 3 1/2 he is broken in and ready to go, and will be doing his first prelim start in official EA comps in July 2011! Zeus is a delight to work with, having an exceptional canter just like his father, and a swinging, easy trot. He is still taking time to mature with some growing to do, but in another year we are so excited to see where this boy is at! He has inherited the beautiful, willing Friesian temperament from both sire and dam. This will be Zeus’s first season standing at stud, and a wonderful opportunity for people to get access to Elko’s bloodlines!

Born 22/11/2007, 16hh, jet black Friesian BBook1 stallion. By our imported Friesian stallion (who has a breeding permit) Elko van der Woalderhoeve Registration Number: AU0360 0420 0706 076

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5 Minutes with Sabine Schut-Kery Sabine Schut-Kery, born in 1968 in Krefeld, Germany began riding at the age of ten. Sabine spent three years studying with Jan Bemelmans and passed the "Bereiter" in 1989. She continues to train today on an annual basis with German trainers Jan Nivelle and Stephanie Meyer-Biss. Sabine also travels to San Diego to train with Sue Blinks on a bi-monthly basis. Sabine trained and performed 15 years at the training center of Gunther Frohlich, who founded the FPS (Friesian Horse Society) in Germany in 1979. He also was the first importer of Friesians to Germany, and the first to promote, with Sabine's help, the Friesian as a competitive dressage horse. Natasha was lucky enough to go over to the USA and work in Sabine’s stable Proud Meadows Farm - in 2005, and learnt a lot from this amazing horse woman’s experience - especially in regards to Friesians! According to Schut-Kery, her longstanding relationship with Friesians began more by chance than by design. As a young girl in Krefeld, Germany, she was a member of the local Pony Club, which was located at the same facility where Gunther Frohlich (founder of the Friesian Horse Society and the first breeder to import Friesians to Germany) based his training center. "Everyone who got too tall for the ponies, got to ride the Friesians," said Schut-Kery. "From there, it developed into a passion." Sabine is the consummate professional. She has been instrumental in the development of equestrian exhibitions and a successful traveling horse theater in Germany, in which she performed. Her successes in competitions and exhibitions have exhilarated crowds wherever she was performing. She won the Dressage Cup for Baroque Horses at the prestigious Equitana Europe in 1993, 1995 and 1997. In 1995, she won with the unprecedented score of 10, being judged by Gyula Dallos, a Hungarian Olympic rider and trainer. Again in 1997, she won with the score of 10 being judged by Christoph Hess, from the German Equestrian Center in Warendorf, Germany. Her accomplishments do not stop with her riding abilities, as she has been awarded the German Bronze and Silver Coachmen’s badges. She has trained and competed baroque horses since 1983. In addition to her work with baroque breeds, Sabine has been quite successful with a variety of other breeds as well. Not only does Sabine possess the ability to develop competition horses from training level through Grand Prix, but she is also quite skilled in alternative movements for exhibitions, such as Spanish walk, bowing, the lay down, the sit position and rearing on command. Sabine uniquely earned the USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold medals exclusively riding Friesians. Her greatest accomplishments have been in open dressage competition. Sabine competes three to four stallions at different levels per event. She was honored to have been the one to have trained and ridden Tinus to Second Level Horse of the Year in 1999, to Third Level Horse of the Year in 2000, and to Fourth Level and Prix St. George Horse of theYear awards in 2001. Also in 2000, Sabine trained and rode Jorrit (not our Jorrit!) to First Place in Prix St. George. These were the first Friesian stallions to successfully compete at Grand Prix levels. Source:

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