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March 2011

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Wow! Another month bites the dust! This month has just flown by and it looks like the weather god is going to be nice to us with the season’s equestrian events kicking off into high gear. Don’t forget you can view the magazine on line and if you have any friends or relatives interstate, they too can view the articles, photos and what’s on. With the increase of popularity we are already increasing our print run by a further 1000 copies which is fantastic news. This month sees the launch of our Tamworth franchise, followed by the Gold Coast Local Horse Magazine launching their first edition in April, keeping our locals up to date with local events and information. If you have a local event happening in either of these areas, you can send thru the information to our website. Competitions galore this month, for those avid non professional photographers, we will be running a monthly photo competition with the finalists at the end of the year receiving some great prizes and don’t forget our Mum’s Day Competition, give your mum a big rap and win! Until next month, hope to see you out and about at our local events... Happy Reading, Kristi

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Cover Story - Weaning the Foal Page....4 Breeds Page....8 Camp Drafting/Cutting Page..12 Dressage Page..16 Endurance Page..20 Eventing Page..24 Natural Horsemanship Page..28 Polo Page..32 Pony/Riding Clubs Page..36 Racing Page..44 Reining Page..50 Show Jumping Page..54 Showing/Agricultural Page..58 Trail Riding Page..62 Western Pleasure/Performance Page..66

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Breeds - What a Little Champion Follow up on Qld Floods What is Cutting From The Judge at C Training the Endurance Horse Eventing with Kevin McNab Angie Glover - Natural Horsemanship Qld Polo – ???? Meet Sheree Drake A Horse to follow - Spechenka Reining - What the Judge is looking for Meet John Wicks - 3 x Aust Reining Futurity Champ Training Problems - Jumping Showing National Barrel Racing Association Dental - Why Teeth Veterinary - Dynamic Respiratory Scope 5 Mins with Susie Cooper


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By: Veresdale Equine Veterinary Services

There are many different methods of weaning foals, and each person involved in this process will have their own opinion about how it should be done. The first consideration is at what age should foals be weaned? Most studs agree that 4-6 months is a suitable age for weaning. By this time the natural weaning process has already begun. The mare’s milk is much more watery than when the foal was born, and the foal should have been eating grass for some time now. Also, foals begin to spend more and more time on their own in the paddock. If the mare is back in foal, she is usually entering the second trimester of pregnancy by this stage. Having to feed herself, the foal on the ground and provide the energy for the growing fetus can place a large strain on her reserves. It is also best to wean foals towards the end of summer and early autumn, when the weather is still reasonable, not too hot or too cold. Weaning is a stressful time, and doing it when the weather is cold and wet or 40 degrees or more can make the foal more prone to illness. Mare and foal should both be in good health at the time of weaning, including having been dewormed. Also, it is a good idea to have started to feed the mare and foal hard feed about one month prior to weaning. This will help prepare the foal’s digestive system for the switch from a predominantly milk diet to solid feed. Most foals are already eating hard feed alongside the mare by the time they are three months old. However, be aware that some mares become possessive of their feed and act aggressively towards their foals, preventing them from eating hard feed. After weaning the routine of feeding can be a comfort to the foal, and the hard feed provides a good way to maintain your foal’s weight through the winter. After making the decision to wean the foal it is necessary to ensure you have suitable safe and secure facilities for doing it. Decide if you are going to place the weaned foal into a stable, yard or small paddock, and ensure that the walls/fences are high and strong. Foals sometimes try to jump over or through the sides of the enclosure, so there must be no sharp or loose objects that the foal could injure itself on. Ideally the foal will already be familiar with the stable/ yard that it is placed in. A familiar environment is one less factor for the foal to stress about. Ensure all feed and water containers are secure and unable to be knocked over. It is also important to decide where the mare is going to be placed after weaning. The mare will cope better than the foal in an unfamiliar environment, but it must still be a safe one as mares can run the fence for several hours after weaning. It is usually better to be able to put the mare out of earshot of the foal so that they cannot hear each other calling out. Ideally plan to be around when you begin the weaning process, such as on a weekend, in case the mare or foal injures themselves trying to find each other. The least time-consuming method of weaning is to place the foal in the stable/yard designated for it and take the mare away to where she is being placed for weaning, ideally where the mare and foal cannot see or hear each other. This can be the most stressful method for the foal, but the process of weaning is not prolonged, and in some cases the mare and foal are already quite independent from each other and barely notice their separation. A more gradual method of weaning involves placing the mare and foal in separate but adjoining paddocks or yards, so that they can see each other and perhaps touch noses over the fence, but the foal cannot drink from the mare. The foal becomes accustomed to the yard it is in as well as the feeding routine. Gradually they will spend more and more time away from each other until the mare can be taken away to a paddock where the mare and foal cannot see or hear each other, but by this time the foal is used to being on its own in its yard. The most time consuming method of weaning involves separating the mare and foal for only short periods of time initially, and gradually increasing the length of time the mare and foal are separated until eventually they are not reunited. Some people believe that this method only prolongs the weaning process and is actually more stressful because the mare and foal undergo the separation process multiple times. When the mare and foal are separated, they do not understand that they will be reunited later that day, they just experience the anxiety of the separation process. However, it does give the foal a taste of independence before it has to do it full time, and the mare’s milk will start to dry off with the reduced demand. Where there is more than one foal to be weaned, the temptation is to wean all the foals together and place them all in a paddock together. Be aware that foals weaned in a group can try to drink from each other seeking out the comfort of the mare’s milk, and they can bully each other. However, the foals also seek comfort from each other and this can reduce the stress of weaning, though it can create a new problem whereby the foal develops insecurities about being on its own. To avoid this problem, wean the foals at the same time but initially keep them all in separate stables or yards, or place them all together in a paddock but stable them all separately for several hours each day so they learn to spend time on their own. This also provides the ideal opportunity for you to begin to handle the foals, if you have not started this already. Alternatively, an older, good natured horse can be an ideal paddock companion. Foals can call out for their mothers for several hours, and in some cases days, after weaning, and can appear to become quite depressed. Once the foal has calmed down, this is the time to place it in a small paddock with some companions. Maintaining a regular routine and providing the foals with companions in a warm and safe environment will get them through this difficult process. After weaning don’t forget about the mare. Most mares cope much better than their foals with this process, but they must still be monitored to ensure they do not harm themselves in the immediate period after weaning. A paddock is the safest and least stressful environment for the mare to be placed into after weaning. One of the most important points to remember is to check the mare’s udder for the development of mastitis. Mastitis is uncommon in mares but requires veterinary attention if it occurs. The udder becomes hot, swollen and painful. The mare may be reluctant to eat and move, and may have a fever (temperature greater than 38.5°C). Do not be tempted to strip out the mare’s udder after weaning; this mimics suckling by the foal and encourages the udder to produce more milk when you want it to produce less. It is best to do nothing to the udder other than monitor it for signs of mastitis. Initially the udder will enlarge after weaning but the mare should remain bright and comfortable, and the udder will begin to reduce in size again after a few days.


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Foal Cont.....

Additional Tips: •

Wean early in the morning when it is cooler, this also gives you more daylight hours to monitor .

Brand your foal before weaning so the mother can provide comfort.

If the foal is going to become frantic at weaning, remove feed and water containers initially for a short period to reduce the risk of injury. Return them to the foal as soon as possible.

Ensure your foal has had steady human contact from birth, and the weaning process should be less scary for them.

Also introduce a halter and lead to the foal before weaning. If foal does become injured in the weaning process, it will be easier for your vet to handle them and thus treat effectively. But do not leave a halter/lead on them, as they can become easily caught up on something and panic.

Ensure your foal has had its tetanus vaccination at 3months old, prior to weaning (the vaccine your foal would have been given before this stage would have been a tetanus antitoxin, and only affords 10 days protection)

Ideally your foal would have already had its routine post-birth examination by a vet, to check oral, limb and general conformation, and any problems correctly assessed and treated.

Gradually decrease your mare’s diet from a wet mare’s one to a dry one: the last thing you want to do is upset her sensitive gut and cause colic or founder.

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Stomach Ulcers in Foals Andrew Lamont Scenic Rim Veterinary Services Gastric ulcers are common in foals with a reported prevalence of between 25-57%. They are caused by excessively acidic conditions in the stomach resulting in damage to the lining of the stomach and small intestine. The condition (known as gastroduodenal ulcer syndrome) varies in severity but a serious ulcer can be life threatening. A severe ulcer can erode through the entire thickness of the stomach or small intestine resulting in sudden death. Less severe ulcers can result in anorexia, teeth grinding, excessive salivation, diarrhoea and signs of colic. Stress, difficult foalings, small meal size, prolonged periods between feeds and lying down excessively can all contribute to the condition. Drugs such as phenylbutazone (Bute®) or meloxicam (Metacam®) can also cause gastric ulcers as they prevent the production of certain protective substances (prostaglandins) in the stomach. Other illnesses can also contribute to gastric ulceration by reducing the bodies’ natural defense mechanisms and by disrupting feeding habits. Frequent feeding is beneficial in preventing the formation of gastric ulcers. It stimulates saliva production (which acts as a buffer) and helps absorb acidic stomach secretions. Diagnosis can be made by your vet after performing a gastroscopy (passing a camera into the stomach via the nose). Other tests that may be performed include blood tests, radiographs, ultrasound examination as well as a clinical examination. Once a diagnosis has been made, there are a variety of medical treatment options available. Drugs that may be used include; cimetidine, ranitidine, omeprazole, sucrafate and bethanacol. Preventing gastric ulcers in foals can be difficult. Any foals that are considered ‘at risk’ should be treated with pre-emptive medications (such as Omoguard®) in order to prevent the ulcers developing. At risk foals include foals that;

- Are treated with anti-inflammatory drugs - Spend prolonged periods lying down - Are being transported long distances as well as those with a secondary health issue that may interrupt normal feeding behavior.


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What’s On Calendar Breeds

March 2011

Greenbank Show Contact:

5th & 6th March

April 2011 The DPG Farmcraft Open Pony Breed Show - Boonah Showgrounds

17th April

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IMHR Double Shot show Beaudesert

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Tiny Town Jack of Hearts

Monique & Tiny Town Carbon Copy

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3rd, 2nd & Reserve Champion (Junior Gelding)

Tiny Town Carbon Copy 3rd, 1st & Champion (Senior Gelding)

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March 2011

Surrounding Areas

Qld All Welsh Show - Gatton

18th - 20th March

Toowoomba Royal

29th - 2nd

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What a Little Champion.....

A Tragic Accident “Our hearts sank.... our last hope of helping him stay alive”

Ti ny Town Car bon C o py , i s a Mi n i at ure ho rse wi t h a tal l t al e t o t el l . Tiny Town Carbon Copy - affectionately called Nelson. Nelson had been shown as a stallion most of his life, and has competed well, and won many awards. He was admired by others as much for his temperament as his great conformation and his stunning looks. He was a stallion with a bright future and we looked forward to him reaching maturity, and his full potential. The 2009 Miniature Horse Association of Australia, National Show, held at Horsley Park, Sydney was to be his brightest moment to date, he was in great condition and was going to give the title his best shot. Preparations for miniatures are complex and time consuming, and often they become bored or impatient, and our boy Nelson was a horse who loved to play and run. He exercised himself continuously in his paddock with a jolly ball, running about and flicking it over his head and chasing it down, having fun. As a result he looked trim and was on his toes, ready for showing. He was always ready to spend time with us too. He would follow us around the paddock and help us with whatever we were attempting. He was a loving, playful stallion and we adored him. During preparations at that show we were washing him; he was tethered in the wash bay, with two chains from his halter to the sides of the bay. He became a little impatient and swung his rear out of the wash bay onto the slippery concrete, and slipped. The chains held his head up, as his hip and back leg hit the ground. The pain in his neck must have been excruciating as he dangled there for a few seconds, then thankfully (because he was wet) the halter slipped off his head and his head hit the concrete. A vet examined him within 20 mins of the fall (the organisers had a vet on-site) and she was worried about head injury or bleeding in his brain. She advised it was a miracle he hadn’t broken his neck. It also appeared his back leg was very sore and swollen, and he had some tenderness along his spine. She treated him for the swelling and we waited to see how he settled. There were doubts we would even be able to float him to get home, and head injury was a grave concern. After 24 hours he seemed greatly improved, very alert and although he had a slight limp, we were able to complete the halter class with him taking out National Champion and we returned home. After being home a couple of days he went downhill and would only stand in his paddock with head down and yawning. He ate and drank, but little else. He showed no interest in the mares around him, and his head drooped lower, and lower. Our hearts sank. We had several vets look at him, and after the third opinion advising us to put him down because he had torn ligaments in his stifle, and probably a serious brain injury, we decided to seek other help. Our Equine Chiropractor was called, and she advised he probably had vertebrae out in his back and poll, but refused to adjust him, knowing the severity of his fall. She asked if we were open minded and recommended we seek advice from a kinesiologist. We agreed, and she made the arrangements. Approx 10 days later, we had a phone call from the chiropractor advising that the kinesiologist had done a remote reading. Her advice was that Nelson had a severe headache, nerve damage in his poll, and torn ligaments in his stifle. She recommended a mix of different things we could purchase from our local produce, and natural therapy drops made up by a homeopathic vet and we were to gently massage his poll twice a day. In pure faith, and with the thought this was our last hope of helping him stay alive, we committed ourselves to the treatment she suggested, and we did it without fail every day. After 7 days we began to see improvements. He started by lifting his head and looking around. It was such a small thing, but it gave us hope. The morning we heard him call out to the mares we cried with joy. Nelson was on the mend. 2 years later he is still not able play with his ball for too long, his leg won’t always work properly if he over does it, but his temperament and good nature are back. He is now a valuable part of our herd as a gelding, living his life with the company of other horses playing and enjoying himself and giving us the same loyalty and attention whenever we go into his paddock. We are forever grateful to those who helped give Nelson a second chance at life. On the 13th of Feb 2011 we took him to the IMHR double shot show named for the Love of Horses, at Beaudesert. This was his first show and float trip since his accident and my 1st time on the lead in the ring with him. One judge gave him 3rd and the other 1st and Champion Senior gelding! This was a very emotional day and we are so proud of him and love him dearly.

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What’s On Calendar Campdrafting/Cutting

March 2011

Glen Gough Campdraft School at Rathdowney Showgrounds Working Horse Club

5th & 6th March 13th March

Warwick Show Draft at Warwick Showgrounds Beaudesert Cutting & WP Club - Activities

27th March 28th March

from 8.30am at the Boonah Rodeo Arena. Activities include reining cutting working cow and lots more. Contact Tina on 0407562623 for further details


April 2011

Beaudesert - Campdraft

1st - 3rd April

Working Horse Club

10th April

Contact: Ian Harrison Ph: 55 431 294

from 8.30am at the Boonah Rodeo Arena. Activities include reining cutting working cow and lots more. Contact Tina on 0407562623 for further details

Rathdowney - Campdraft

16th & 17th April

Kyogle - Campdraft

30th - 1st May

Contact: Liz Richards Ph: 55 451 566

Contact: Wendy Piggott Ph: 0438 554 385

March 2011

NCCA Championships - BARRABAHosted by ABCRA Campbell Tonkin 0429 830 140 Manumbar - Merle Richards (07)41 688 193 Mar 5 - 6 Dalby Steph Smart 0417 421 133 Inglewood - Rosemary Johnstone (07)46 521 396 Toogoolawah - Traci Lynham (07)54 231 876 Dawes Hall - Julie McGuigan (07)49 951 239 Eumamurrin - Jane Lee (07)46 233 788 Hannaford / The Gums - Amanda Cover (07)46 277 039 Capella - Holly Dawson (07)49864 401 Monto Gold Buckle - Joanne Markwell (07)41 650 823 Goondiwindi - Janine Finlay (07)46 713 612 b/h Tara - Delia Stephens (07)46 692 104 Tooloombilla - Tracey Ridley 0427 995 369 Cooyar - Samantha Bain 0408 061 908 Alpha - Sherilee Hoch (07)49 853 508 Wallumbilla - Jocelyn Maller (07)46 235 146 Weengallon - Mary Turvey (07)46 259 672 Eidsvold - Lorraine Lindenmayer (07)41 617 392 Cooranga North - Toni Ramsey (07)46 686 749 Brymaroo - Kurt Wockner (07)46 927 727

4th to 6th March 5th & 6th March 11th & 12th March 11th to 13th March 12th & 13th March 12th & 13th March 12th & 13th March 18th to 20th March 18th to 20th March 19th & 20th March 19th & 20th March 19th & 20th March 19th March 25th to 27th March 26th & 27th March 26th & 27th March 26th & 27th March 26th March 27th March

Kragra - Vicki Radke (07)41 658 191 Balonne Branch - Polly Southern (07)46 257 328 Springsure - Linda Tucker (07)49 841 227 Blackall - Carly Walker (07)46 576 031 Bancroft - Sally Cowen (07)41 667 163 Fernvale - Futurity and Campdraft -Therese Humphreys 0448 859 633 Proston Golden Spurs - Aline Thackeray (07)41 689 696 Clarke Creek - Kaye Black (07)49 389 138

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April 2011


Surrounding Areas

The horses involved are typically Quarter horses, although many other stock horse breeds may be used. A cutting horse is an athletic and willing animal that is trained to instinctively keep a cow from returning to the herd. In the event, the horse and rider select and separate a cow (typically a steer or heifer) out of a small group. The cow then tries to return to its herd; the rider loosens the reins ("puts his hand down" in the parlance) and leaves it entirely to the horse to keep the cow separated, a job the best horses do with relish, savvy, and style. A contestant has 2 ½ minutes to show the horse; typically three cows are cut during a run, although working only two cows is acceptable. A judge awards points to the cutter based on a scale that ranges from 60 to 80, with 70 being considered average.

History: The sport originated from cattle ranches in the American West, where it was the cutting horse's job to separate cattle from the herd for vaccinating, castrating, and sorting. Eventually competitions arose between the best cutting horses and riders in the area. Rules were added, and in 1946 the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) was formed, which today is the governing body of the sport. Cutting is one of the fastest growing equine sports in the world. In 2006, the contestants at the United States NCHA Futurity competed for more than $3.7 million—over a hundred times the offering of the first year. Total purses at NCHA-approved shows now exceed $39 million annually, not including prize money distributed at Australian Cutting Horse Association, American Cutting Horse Association, single-breed shows, or European and Canadian events. In Australia: In 1972 the NCHA was formed in Australia and is an affiliate of the American National Cutting Horse Association. The showcase of Australian cutting is the NCHA Futurity which is held every May or June at the Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre (AELEC), Tamworth, New South Wales. During the 36th cutting futurity held in 2009 AUD$540,000 in prize money was distributed during the 11 days of competition. 13

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Kimberley Sammon – 0428 963 763

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What’s On Calendar Dressage

March 2011

Tamborine Pony Club - Open Dressage

5th March

Contact: 5546 3171 or 5543 6321 email:

Logan Village Riding Club - Dressage & Show Jumping Clinic 12&13th March Contact: Sarah 0427 812918

PRARG - Dressage Preliminary to Elementary

13th March

Contact: 55 460 669

CGDRC - Open Dressage

27th March

Contact: Kristen Heffernan Ph: 5546 4410/0404 071 123

Paraequestrian - Warwick Show 25th-27th March

Contact: Diane Coy Ph: 4661 9060

CGDRC - Open Dressage

27th March

Contact: Kristen Heffernan Ph: 5546 4410/0404 071 123

April 2011

PRARG - Dressage Associate Prep to Advanced Contact: 55 460 669

17th April

Surrounding Areas March 2011 Tallebudgera Pony Club - Official Dresage

13th March

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20th March

GCDA - Gold Coast Schooling Show Noreen O’Sullivan Ph: 561-227-1570 email:

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Greenbank Pony Club - Official Dressage

27th March

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April 2011


Horseland Qld State Dressage Championship - Gatton email: web:

8th - 10th April

Colleen Kelly Rider Biomechanics Teacher training day and lessons or go to to register your interest.

15th to 17th April

From the Judge at C Liz Coe

‘A’ level Grand Prix Dressage Judge/Mentor and Judge Educator

THE TRAINING SCALE This month let’s talk about the basic framework that all dressage training is founded on, the Training Scale. It originated in Germany and has been taken on with much success globally. These concepts, which have been well tested over the years, of the way the horse travels are the building blocks to develop the ideal horse and rider team and is considered the clearest and most comprehensive way of expressing the basics of dressage. The Training Scale is a gymnastic plan to guide riders to develop the horse’s natural, physical and mental capacities in a systematic way. The goal is to obtain a trusting partnership between the horse and rider, with the rider communicating in a respectful manner on an obedient, supple and comfortable horse that will stay sound longer. Unfortunately as this method does depend on patience from the trainer/rider, some try using quick fix fads, to skip over the basics in order to get on with the movements. These may provide a sense of victory in the short term but it is usually not sustainable and progress cannot be made as vital components of horse (and often the rider’s) education are missing. In the words of Franz Mairinger from the Spanish Riding School who trained Australia’s first Gold Medal winning eventing team “when we train horses we must make haste ...slowly”. Below is the official version of the training scale that shows these phases from the start point of Rhythm to the Nirvana of collection and throughness. Throughness is where the horse is relaxed and happy to allow the rider’s aids through it’s whole body without tightening of it’s muscles or resistance with complete understanding to produce an active, athletic, beautiful way of going that is a pleasure to watch and bliss to be sitting on

Some people can at times find the above chart a little complex and so I offer you an accepted alternative image of it. I personally like the idea of building blocks in the shape of a pyramid because you have a visual image of how important the base is in order to achieve the top of the pyramid of collection and throughness. Visually it is easy to see that the first step towards your goal- on which the whole pyramid is built on, and will topple and fall without it ..... is Rhythm. Until the horse works with Rhythm, it will be difficult to make him Supple, and until Supple, the Contact will be spasmodic and until the Contact is true, soft and still, Impulsion will be elusive. Then straightness cannot be maintained to allow the aids to flow through the horse to develop collection. The levels are, from the base up are: (the English word is the closest interpretation to the German word) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Rhythm (TAKT) Suppleness/relaxation (LOSGELASSENHEIT) Contact (ANLEHNUNG) Impulsion (SCHWUNG) Straightness (GERADERICHTEN) Collection (VERSAMMLUNG)

As I said earlier they are all interlinked and cannot be used in isolation from one another. You cannot think as a rider “well today I am going to work on the impulsion” and forget that what is vital to support the horse so he can show impulsion is to have him working rhythmically, with his back relaxed and a soft contact. Next month we talk about the different levels and what each means.


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What’s On Calendar Endurance

South East Queensland March 2011 Lake Manchester Seminar 40/20/10

5 & 6th March

Brymaroo 80/40

19 & 20th March

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April 2011 Maryvale 80/40

9 & 10th April

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16 & 17th April

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22 to 25th April

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March 2011 Eden Creek 80/40 P: 02 6633 3151 E:

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April 2011 Gemstone 160E/40/20

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Mossvale Station 80/40/20

22 to 25th April

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TRAINING THE ENDURANCE HORSE Intro and Training rides (Twenty to Forty Kilometre)

Training the endurance horse is not a short term proposition. To train a horse to compete well in endurance it takes a minimum of three years. This time is required for a horse to develop enough strength both mentally and physically to endure this rigorous sport. I have often been asked “what is the biggest downfall to the endurance horse, why do they fail?” My answer is always the same. “Speed”. Any horse can run 160 km, it may take some horses two weeks, or it can take a competitive endurance horse under 10 hours. If we push a horse too fast, before it is trained it will fail. Before we begin on the actual training I would like the reader to reflect on the following. The sport of endurance is very new as sports go, but endurance riding is not. Not long after man crawled out from the cave and found he could domesticate the horse, it became his partner. The horse has carried mans loads, pulled his wagons and carried him across every continent on the planet spanning back thousands of years. The ability to look after a horse and train the horse to travel long distances up until the last 150 to 100 years was a life skill. Now we have planes, trains and automobiles, and like a lot of our history, these skills are fading into the past. What we are trying to accomplish with our horses is nothing new. We may have advanced alloys we use in our horses shoes, light weight synthetic tack and our knowledge of disease and nutrition has certainly come forward in leaps and bounds, but the actual training of a horse to run long distance is the same as it always has been, careful attention to every detail of the horses well being and slow and consistent time on their backs.

The First Step – Legging up An endurance horse must be legged up – this term means getting the horse both mentally and physically able to begin the training process which enables the horse to compete in endurance. This process is more important than any other training you will ever give your endurance horse. Imagine if your horse has been turned out for a while, he is nice and fat and shiny, looking a picture of health. This is because the horse has been storing all the energy it has consumed in the form of grass or fed as fat. Horse’s bodies do this; it is a natural process. It is done so that when the times are harder they will have fat reserves to rely on. While the horse is at rest there is no strain being placed on his muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones, so the horse tends to ‘neglect’ these structures. As there has been no requirement placed on them to work any harder, the horse’s body does not renew the cells or lay down new tissue, other than what is required to handle its day to day survival. Draw a similarity with a rope. If the rope is left out in the weather and gets old and decrepit through natural breakdown, the minute you put any strain on the rope it may well break, if not entirely then certainly some strands will break. The same applies with the horse. If you were to take the horse straight out of the paddock and into an endurance ride, guaranteed, it like the rope, will break. The process of legging up makes the horse’s body accustomed to the new demands placed on it by laying down new tissue and strengthening these structures. The process of legging up begins by walking. We allow the Glengannon horses a minimum of six weeks legging up, some may get more, however none will get less. To begin legging up, you ride at the walk on flat, level ground, starting out with half an hour everyday day and over a two week period, work up to about one and half hours to two hours a day. At this stage in training, horses should never be over exerted and sweat excessively, be blowing or be stressed in any way. The horse should be given one or two days off a week- remember, legging up works because the horse is being worked consistently. By the third/fourth week, you should be covering around 10 Kilometres within 1 ½ -2 hours. It is then time to introduce short spurts of trotting during the third and fourth weeks. Gradually increase the distance, (NOT THE SPEED), a good working trot is all that is needed at this stage. During the fifth and sixth week, you may like to introduce some short sections of canter. Introduce the canter in the same method as the trot- short spurts gradually increasing the distance, not the speed. Keep in mind, un-seasoned horses may take longer to leg up. In such cases, a more realistic time frame of 8-10 weeks is best. As the horse gradually gets fitter you can start extending the distances of trotting so that around the fourth and fifth week, you should be alternating between the walk and trot with the walk taking up around 60% of training time and the trot around 40%, perhaps with some cantering. Around this time, start introducing some easy hill work, always- at the walk both up hill and down. (Remember that rope).

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THE SPORT OF ENDURANCE RIDING Cont........ Provided your horse has incurred no injuries or problems you can start considering preparations for your first event when the horse is travelling speeds up to 14 Km/H and is recovering well. (During training, you should monitor the horse’s heart rate, temperature, and respiration). After leg up, I allow 1 week of training for every 10 kilometres of competition, for a seasoned horse. Double this if this is your horse’s first preparation. So if I was planning to do an intro ride I would continue with the same work for a further 2- 4 weeks before I took the horse to competition, and for a forty kilometre training ride, a further 4 -8 weeks on my six to eight weeks leg up. As this article is only covering intro and training rides, the training program you have been using is fine to continue with, as long as you add in some long distance slow rides. Basically, you are asking your horse to get used to carrying weight on his back for a prolonged period of time. This is essential. You can also give the horse two days a week off and replace one other day with lunging. The horse should be ridden out long and slow twice a week, and by ‘long and slow’ try to do around twenty to thirty kms, or 3 to 4 hours. This is a practical leg up training guide for non-completive events, but don’t expect things to run smoothly all the time as they won’tthat is the nature of the sport. Remember, every horse is an individual so use this program as a loose guide.

Heart Rates Endurance riders use the horse’s heart rate as a guide to its recovery and hence it’s fitness. You must get a stethoscope and train your horse from the very start to stand still to get its heart rate taken. An average resting heart rate is usually somewhere around forty to Forty- five BPM, but this will vary on individual animals. Arabs usually have lower heart rates, for example, Kalkadoon Zorro’s standing heart rate has been officially recorded at seventeen, whereas the other Arabs and Anglos we have here average about 30. The horses standing heart rate doesn’t really matter- Our gauge of fitness is not the actual standing heart rate, but the recovery rate, which means the time it takes for the horses heart rate to return to normal or for intro and training rides, the heart rate must return to 55bpm or under, within ½ and hour of your return to the ride base. When you bring your horse in from his work, start acustomising him to strapping - hose him down, scrape him, towel dry his head walk him very slowly, if the weather is cold then rug him when you bring him in and remember, your aim is to relax and get the horse comfortable, cool him down or keep him warm depending on the conditions and thus his heart rate will drop and start returning to normal. You should notice that the heart rate decreases as the horse gets fitter. If the horses heart rate is not dropping, remember Speed is our number one enemy. The horse may be tired; he may need a few days off. As I have stressed, this is an article written to introduce people to endurance by focusing on the intro and training rides, so the following points are very important to adhere to when training.

Points to Remember: •

Do not increase or change your horses feed all of a sudden because it is doing endurance. Endurance horses are aerobic athletes, they run on carbohydrates not protein. High protein diets are wrong for endurance, do not add extra grain. Monitor your horse’s weight; if he is losing weight, increase hay, pasture or low protein pellets, millrun dampened is great as are some of the rice bran products. Never suddenly change feed for any horse.

Water - horses drink when they are thirsty, never stop a horse from drinking. It is a rule in endurance riding that in events water must be available at least every 10 kilometres. The old adage that you shouldn’t give a hot horse a drink strait away because it will gulp down water and get colic is not entirely true. If your horse is at a stage where it will gulp down water, chances are it is already on its way to dehydration and colic is a very common side effect of this. You must ensure your horse drinks wherever and whenever water is available to prevent dehydration.

Check your gear constantly, take good care of it wash and clean it after every use. Dirty gear rubs and irritates horses. Horses with rub marks and ill fitting gear or irritation, get sore, go lame and vet out. What is a slight dry spot or rub mark on your horse when you are just riding around for a couple of kilometres will turn into a crippling injury after 80 kilometres.

Next time we will start to cover the actual training for an endurance horse doing eighty kilometre rides, and elaborate on feeding, anaerobic versus aerobic muscle types, hydration and the actual strapping and ride competition. About the Author


Simone and Matthew Krahnen own Glengannon Arabians at Josephville via Beaudesert. Along with their children Erin, Colleen & Connor they compete at state, national and international levels. They also train and breed Arabian horses for endurance and show.

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What’s On Calendar Eventing

March 2011

Kooralbyn Equestrian Group - ODE

12th - 13th March

Warwick Horse Trials - Cross County & Show Jumping

12th&13th March

Warwick Autumn School - Eventing Clinic

19th&20th March

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April 2011

Warwick- Qld International 3 Day Event - CCNPN, CCI1*, CCI2*, CIC3*

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March 2011

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26th & 27th March

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Dressage for the Eventer Dressage has now become such an important phase in eventing at all levels. At most competitions the winner is generally in the top six after dressage, and if you’re not in that first half dozen after dressage, you face a really uphill struggle to become a winner. I continually explain to my eventing pupils that dressage training isn’t just about improving their dressage score - it can also make a huge difference to their performance on the cross country and in the show jumping. It’s like driving a car - improving the engagement, and thereby lightening the forehand, gives exactly the same feel as having power steering. A greater obedience to the half halt increases your braking power, just like having disc brakes all round. Disc brakes and power steering mean you can safely ride faster between fences! Dressage is about control. This obviously comes into play when you have to ride accurately across country, to ride arrowheads, corners and tricky combinations. Fundamentally, my approach to a training session with an event horse doesn’t change that much from that of a pure dressage horse. However, I do need to be far more flexible and have the ability to recognize that a horse may present itself in very different ways, depending on the type of work it has done in the preceding few days. A horse that has had strenuous fittening work the day before a schooling session will present itself in a very different way to one that had simply been schooled, as would be the case with most horses. The principles behind my training are based on six principles being Rhythm, Suppleness, Contact, Impulsion, Straightness and Collection. The training scale is, in a sense, a progression, working from the simplest to the most demanding requirements. But this is not entirely true, since elements from further along the scale are required to achieve the aims of the earlier principles. The late Reiner Klimke considered Suppleness (in German) ‘Losgelassenheit’ before Rhythm and described it as a “Horse which freely gives all its muscles to use its whole body without resistance; the horse is supple and unconstrained.” For me this is the key to training the event horses, predominately thoroughbreds, who’s degree of fitness - particularly the 3* & 4* horses presents something resembling a tightly wound spring! I think in eventing the judges are generally happier to reward a fluent, harmonious, tension free test, even if there is some degree of lack of engagement. For this reason ‘Losgelassenheit’ (literally letting looseness through) is my starting point and it is this principle that gives me the flexibility I need. Each training session has three parts, Loosening up, Work and Relaxing. The first phase is very important for the event horses as it relieves both physical and mental tension. I usually start with 5 -10 minutes walk on a loose rein letting the horses stretch out all its muscles, which gives me the ideal opportunity to talk to the rider about the horse’s work since the previous training session. With this information I can plan the work phase of the session. Every horse is different and some horses, for varying reasons, benefit from some canter work before the trot. But as a general rule I use the rising trot next, encouraging the horse to stretch forwards long and low, with large circles and frequent changes of direction.

This would be followed by transitions from working trot to working canter on both reins, still maintaining what I call a softer frame. The amount of time spent in this phase varies enormously on both the age and stage of training of the horse, but most importantly with the event horses, the type of work they have received of late. It is this factor that is often overlooked, or a belief that loosening horses in this way is not necessary and the process makes them go onto their forehand. This for me is misguided, if a horse in unable to move freely forwards without tension it is not possible to start building up the muscles or start training the horse. This is a prerequisite to developing the natural movement. In nature a horse is a moving animal, confining him to a stable, sometimes with strenuous work the previous day, will create stiffness which must be removed before work can begin. Irregular walks, tightness in the back, short tense steps, resistances through transitions and a reluctance to maintain a round consistent frame are all signs that this important phase is being either ignored or given insufficient care and attention. Continues Next Page.... 25

Dressage for the Eventer Cont....... The next phase is the part of the session where we really start to develop the obedience of the horse to the riders aids, starting with simple exercises and building to more difficult ones. It is important to remember with the event horses, particularly the young ones, that although they may be very fit to run across country they have not yet built up the fitness and strength required for dressage. For this reason I continually give short breaks and allow the horse to stretch its neck on a long rein. The rider and trainer must listen to the horse as it is often unpleasant or even painful to work in a round frame for long periods of time. If the horse starts to feel a little heavy in the contact or raise and lower its head and neck these are usually signs that the horse requires a break. For me I am far more interested in developing the horse’s natural way of going, movements are a secondary issue, they are in fact proof of the pudding! I use the scales of training to develop horses that are truly able to confidently work actively forward from behind over a swinging back to a soft contact. Then they are really able to develop expression in their work and carry that through to the movements. When the basics are in place and there is a firm foundation to work from, the movements are easy. When I first start to work with a combination I often find the rider has not experimented with the movements not required in some of the eventing tests. I like to take them out of their comfort zones for several reasons. Firstly, canter half passes are wonderful suppling exercises, many horses, particularly event horses, who’s canter is often more balanced, find them easier. I often use them to help teach the trot half pass and in preparation for a flying change. I also remind the riders that a flying change has not always been a requirement and caught many unprepared riders out with their initial introduction. I would not be surprised to see the canter half pass introduced at some point in the future. The canter pirouette although not a requirement is also a valuable training tool. In general eventers tend to be of thoroughbred type, with a long hind leg bred to gallop, and therefore find the engagement far more difficult. I am therefore not looking to develop the standard of pirouette expected for pure dressage but developing what we call working pirouettes is of huge value. The work develops a degree of collection in the canter necessary to produce good simple and flying changes. In general, the hardest part is coping with the added tension at an event, particularly at the One Day events, because there are so many other things going on, event riders are faced with the temperament and fitness of many event horses and the atmosphere around them. To help them, I encourage that the work at home is done in a busy environment and if the horse doesn’t like it then you have to find a way to work them through it. Unlike pure dressage horses who’s competitive levels don’t really take huge leaps, talented jumpers can often be faced with a more demanding test in a matter of weeks. So the work at home needs be ready for such challenges. It will help enormously with the tension issue if the horse does not need to feel pressurized in any way during the Dressage Phase. If the test is easy for him because he has learnt to work at a higher level at home there is a much greater chance he will relax during his test. From the point of view of the rider, the most important thing is that the horse must react actively and quickly to the rider's leg aid. If the horse does not and the reason is not a result of bad condition or incapability due to conformation, it will usually be found in the way the rider is riding. In most cases the rider jams there thighs, knees and calves into the horse and holds onto the horse in this way, particularly in the sitting trot. This clasping of the legs goes together with a jammed and stiffened seat and this combination of seat and legs works so much against the movement that it causes the horse to shut down. I think it’s fair to say most event riders dread “sitting trot” but it’s only because no one has taken the time to show them how to sit properly. Not that I can talk I bounce terribly! I make lots of transitions from walk to trot simply getting the rider to use one clear leg aid, if the horse responds he is praised, if he does not the rider must tap him with the whip. This is repeated until the horse clearly understands to respond to a light aid. It is important that the horse is never allowed to ignore a leg aid, but of course equally important when we teach this amount of sensitivity that the rider’s leg remains still and quiet until an aid is required. If you are worried that in your canter work you don’t have quite enough then all you have to think is could I canter to a jump like this and that will tell you if you need a little more or a little less.

The last phase is cooling off and relaxation. I like the horses to stretch their necks forwards and down again, which with the correct work they should readily be willing to do. This ensures that the muscles completely relax again and the horse returns to his stable or paddock without physical or mental tension. I believe with calmness, patience and consistency it is possible to refine and consolidate the horse’s natural gifts in a manner which is fun and rewarding for both horse and rider. For this reason I always end a training session on a good note, irrespective of whether it was an easy or difficult exercise. This also gives you chance to give the rider a run down on what has been worked on during the lesson and time to answer any questions they might have.

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What’s On Calendar Natural Horsemanship

Quantum Savvy Play Day - Logan Village

2nd March

Carlos Tabernaberri Clinic

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Quantum Savvy Harmony In Motion Camp - Jimboomba

7th to 11th March

Quantum Savvy Play Day - Logan Village

16th March

contact Sharon Ford 0411 551 703

Stables De Ville - Bunjurgen,Via Boonah Contact: annette

Become more aware of your body and how it affects your horse, in everything you do with your horse, with Meredith Ransley Contact Tracey Edie 0411 106 651 Contact: Sharon Ford 0411 551 703

Quantum Savvy Play Day -Logan Village

23rd March

Contact: Sharon Ford 0411 551 703

Quantum Savvy Play Day - Logan Village

26th March

Contact: Sharon Ford 0411 551 703

Georgia Bruce - Clicker Training

26th & 27th March

Quantum Savvy World’s Biggest Play Day – Logan Village

27th March

Quantum Savvy Play Day - Logan Village

30th March

Oakleigh Equestrian Centre Gilston Ph: 07 40930338 For more information: Medieval Theme dress up and games Contact: Tracey Edie 0411 106 651 Contact: Sharon Ford 0411 551 703

April 2011 David Grace Parelli Course - Beaudesert

7th to 10th April

Contact: 4627 7089

Quantum Savvy Play Day - Logan Village

6th April

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Quantum Savvy Play Day - Logan Village

13th April

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Quantum Savvy Play Day - Oxenford

16th April

Quantum Savvy Play Day - Cedar Grove

16th April

Contact: Denise Niit 0419 750 854 Contact: Tracey Edie 0411106 651

Quantum Savvy Play Day - Logan Village

20th April

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Quantum Savvy Play Day - Logan Village

24th April

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Quantum Savvy Play Day - Logan Village

27th April

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Developing a Partnership with your Horse By: Angie Glover Continued from last month

Developing a partnership and establishing your horse’s trust and respect is best started working on the ground. Horses are looking for leaders and so many problems that people have with horses is because they don’t know how to establish this leadership with a prey animal. The main two questions I get asked from people are either how to fix common problems such as float loading, rearing, pushy behaviour, not standing still etc and the other request is that people aren’t having these problems but they just want to know how to start to develop a deep bond with their horse. No matter what discipline you do with your horse or what level you are, basic ground work will start to change the way your horse perceives you and as you learn new techniques you will start to be able to solve all sorts of problems that people have with horses. Whether you want to solve a problem you are having with your horse or whether you want a better relationship with him it all boils back to the same thing. You have to develop your horse’s trust and respect. As you develop your skills and techniques on the ground your leadership will get better and over time your horse’s trust and respect will develop and grow. Training horses always comes back to pressure and release and people that are good at training horses are good at applying just the right amount of pressure and most importantly knowing exactly when to stop applying the pressure. Horses actually learn when the pressure is released not when the pressure is applied, so if you stop at the wrong time you’ve actually taught your horse the wrong response. Whenever I’m teaching a horse my phases of pressure are:

1. Suggest 2. Ask 3. Reinforce Last month’s article covered Lesson 1 - Establishing Personal Space Boundaries- so now that you can back your horse out of your space let’s look at leading him with respect.

Lesson 2 – Leading with Slack in the Lead Rope

Getting Started – The Drive Line Before I explain the steps of leading we need to look at the ‘drive line’ of the horse. In the picture below you will notice a line near the wither area. This is what we call the drive line and any pressure applied IN FRONT of the drive line is going to move your horse’s front end out of the way (turning) or cause him to stop or back him up. And any pressure applied BEHIND the drive line will cause your horse to go forward or move his hind quarters out of the way.

Body Position

Your body position is very important with all ground work as horses read body language. When you’re leading your horse in a straight line, or stop and back your horse up make sure you are facing directly forward. Then when you want to turn in either direction it is important that you turn your belly button and shoulders in that direction, just like you do when you’re riding. After a while your horse will start to follow the suggestion of your body.

Step 1 – Check your Back Up

If you have a back up, the good news is you will have a stop. To get started stand at your horses shoulder, stand facing forward and hold the lead rope about 2 foot down the rope. Now lean back a little with your upper body and lift and bounce your lead rope rhythmically (a bit like jiggling a tea bag) in an upwards motion until your horse takes a step back. Make sure you’re not jiggling or pulling the lead rope off to one side, you need to be lifting it straight up. If your horse is still backing crocked hold your stick parallel to your horse’s body to keep his nose from tipping towards you when you’re first teaching him to back up.

Step 2 – Upwards Transitions

Standing at your horse’s shoulder facing forward, rest your stick just behind your horse’s wither (just behind the drive line). Remember any pressure behind the drive line will cause him to go forward. You’re going to suggest he walks by standing tall (it helps to take a breath in) and start tapping rhymically with your stick UNTIL your horse steps forward. As soon as he walks forward rest your stick on your horse’s back and walk together, shoulder to shoulder. It’s important that your only walk just as your horse walk off not before. Whenever your horse is walking at the pace you would like make sure you’re still not tapping and nagging him, you should simply be focused on walking forward with purpose. Now two things will usually happen: the impulsive horse will get out in front of you or the lazy horse will slow down and doodle behind you. With the impulsive horse you can do two things: first try lifting and bounce the lead rope straight up (step 1) to see if he will come back to you (making sure you’re not tipping his nose towards you), if he runs through that pressure you can try turning about 90 degrees to the inside which will cause him to be behind you so you’ll then and have to tap him back up to you with your stick and say ‘hey, catch up’. Keep turning like this until he realises there’s no point rushing off and then when he starts to slow down and listen to you, you can go back to bouncing the lead rope. If you have a lazy horse, first you will need to make sure you walk with a strong focus forward and have energy in your step. Then you will need to tap with your stick rhymically just behind the drive line every time your horse slows down and then as soon as he puts effort into staying with you make sure you instantly go back to resting the stick on his back. When he’s at your shoulder you’ll need to leave him alone and then every time he starts to lag behind, you will need to be his annoying friend and tap him back into position while walking forward with focus. With sensitive or impulsive horses you will only need to tap very lightly but with horses on the dull side you will need to tap bigger and create a lot of energy, not so much harder. To go from the walk to the trot simply repeat the above steps. Stand taller and increase your energy, then start tapping rhymically starting soft and getting bigger and harder and then as soon as your horse trots rest your stick and trot together. Remember not to start jogging until he takes his first step of trot.

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Step 3 – Downward Transitions & the Halt

If your horse goes crocked in the stop or back up it’s usually because his nose has come towards you which has caused him to flick his hind quarters out. To fix this use your stick as a long arm and hold your stick parallel to your horses body and use your stick to make sure he doesn’t tip his nose towards you as you prepared for the downwards transition or halt. Your first phase for a downwards transition is to lean back and down and down and soften your energy (spring in your step). Then start to lift and bounce the lead rope and as soon as your horse makes the downward transition release the pressure. If you are clear and consistent it shouldn’t take too long before your horse starts to read your body language and you will no longer need to rely on the lead rope.

Step 4 – Turning Left and Right

When turning it is important to turn your body from your waste first and over time your horse will start to read your direction through your body. When teaching your horse your first cue will be to turn your body and look where you want to go. Then if you want to turn to the inside use your stick to tap your horse to stay up and turn around you while you take small steps. As soon as you finish the turn focus straight and expect him to stay at your shoulder again. If you want to turn to the outside turn your shoulders first and then you can either use your outside hand rhymically to push the air near your horse’s nose in the direction you want to go. If he ignores your hand, just before turning put your stick parallel to your horse’s body and then when you want to turn push the air rhymically near his nose with your stick, make sure you’re not too close to him. If you’re standing about 1 metre away from him he will find it easier to turn.

Your horse will only learn if you are consistent with your techniques. Your goal is to lead your horse with slack in the rope to where you no longer have to rely on your stick because your horse follows your body suggestions for walk, trot, turn, halt and back up. Have Fun!

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Queensland Polo Association Calendar 2011 Date



Goal Rating Chukkas




Beginners Day Clinic

Doomben Racecourse

2/3 April





Willowcroft Polo Fields

9/10 April





Willowcroft Polo Fields

16/17 April


Autumn League for Beginners

Graded 2


Biddaddaba Polo Fields


Ashling Anzac Cup



Ashling Polo Fields

23/24 April 30-Apr

Easter and Anzac Day No Games

MAY 1-May


Ashling Anzac Cup



Ashling Polo Fields

7/8 May


Ashling Anzac Cup



Ashling Polo Fields

14/15 May


City Motor Auction Group Tournament



Alsace Polo Fields - Veresdale

21/22 May


Biddaddaba C PC Ladies Tournament



Biddaddaba Polo Fields

21/22 May


Biddadaba C PC 4 Goal Tournament



Biddaddaba Polo Fields

28/29 May

Downs PC

Neil MacGinley Tournament




28/29 May



4 Goals



JUNE 4/5 June

Downs PC

Downs Shield



Clifton Showgrounds

11/12/13 June


Frank Sherred Tournament

2 Goal


Gympie Polo Fields

11/12 June



4 Goal


Ashling Polo Fields

18/19 June

Downs PC

Cooke/O'Leary Tournament



Clifton Showgrounds

25/26 June


Gold Coast Polo Club Tournament



Gold Coast Polo Field

JULY 2-Jul



Doomben Racecourse




Doomben Racecourse




Doomben Racecourse



Yellow Cab

9/10 July


Harcourt's Beaudesert Family Tournament

16/17 July


Gympie Mary Valley Classic

23/24 July


Dowling Cup



30/31 July


Guanaba Cup







Biddaddaba Polo Fields

Alsace Polo Fields - Veresdale



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AUGUST 6/7 Aug





6/7 Aug





Biddaddaba Polo Fields


13/14 Aug





Willowcroft / Bromelton

20/21 Aug



27/28 Aug


Ron Hunt Memorial






Gold Coast Polo Field



Ashling Polo Fields




10/11 Sept



10/11 Sept


Mercedes Benz Tournament

17/18 Sept



Various Beaudesert Fields

24/25 Sept



Doomben Racecourse





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Biddaddaba Polo Fields

15/16 Oct


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Biddaddaba Polo Fields

Please note these calendar dates can change without warning at anytime. To confirm an event please contact the club directly.


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The History of Polo through out the world

Have you ever wondered when Polo came to Australia and who bought it here? Well, Author Gene Makim has. Gene has written a fascinating detailed account of the History of Queensland Polo called ‘Backhanders from the Past’. With Genes permission the Queensland Polo Association will be using exerts and references from her book to write a monthly Polo article focussing on different aspects of the history of Polo for the Scenic Rim Horse Magazine. Gene acknowledges in her book the many that have contributed to her book of which enabled her to ensure a comprehensive account of the Qld history of Polo. Exert from Book by Jack Scott Gene Makim - Author ‘Born into a family steeped in the traditions of horses and horsemanship, Gene’s interests in all things equine has been an abiding passion throughout her seventy-odd years. Herself an accomplished horsewoman, and historian of note, she is uniquely competent to compile this biography of Queensland’s involvement in polo past and present. Readers here will be able to go on a learning curve about polo, the brash bush type so loved and remembered by many, playing the refined and traditional gentlemanly game practiced by the conventionalist, and in later years the professional game as we see it played today. Having reared five children, Gene went into journalism later in life, to become one of the Land Newspaper’s best respected writers. Her coverage of the Royal Sydney Show for that Newspaper caused her to become one of Royal Sydney Showground’s best known personalities.’ Gene currently lives in Toowoomba and has expressed her hopes that her book lives on as a useful tool and an important part of the History of Polo in Queensland. A History of Queensland Polo Backhanders from the Past Author Gene Makim. Author’s Note; ‘I HOPE THIS BOOK DOES JUSTICE TO ALL POLO PLAYERS, PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE.’ The follow are exerts from Backhanders of the Past. ‘This book is a grass roots history of polo in Queensland, as played by ordinary down-to-earth horsemen. On odd occasions a Royal visitor, a Lord, or an Army Officer filtered through these ranks, but the long standing ones of prestige and so worthy of note, were, and still are, your fathers, brothers sons and husbands, and in a few cases wives, mothers, daughters and sisters. Indeed down the years, whole families have linked together to form formidable teams and mix it with the best of them. In early history they played against their neighbours, then clubs, and in state championships, graduating to prestigious interstate matches. Since air transport tor horses became a reality, and numerous Queenslanders found themselves on a par with international players, they have winged their way overseas to places they had only read about in books and magazines.’ Continures next page

Where and When it all Began Persia may seem an unlikely place for the game of polo, the oldest sport in the world, to have originated, but well documented records prove that this is so. The Persians were skilful, practiced horsemen of the oriental type, who never let their horse out of their hand. Their Eastern breed ponies, who always had their hind legs well underneath themselves, with the assistance of strong bitting, were able to stop and wheel on their haunches at a moments’ notice. Originally fixed goal posts of solid stone were erected on established grounds, which no doubt accounted for horrific impacts at full gallop, and many fatalities, as did the later-installed wooden ones. Common sense prevailed, and these were eventually replaced by papier mache, cardboard or plastic uprights. Some ancient art depicts Persian players utilising a human skull for a ball. It is not on record that Queenslanders were quite as ruthless, but it is quite possible that they honed up their hitting skills on cow pats, paddy melons and rabbits squatting under roly polys or similar noxious vegetation. Cricket, golf, hockey and Irish hurling, all originated from polo. In actual fact when polo first originated in England, it was called hockey on horseback, and hurling on horseback in Ireland. Without assistance from modern technology or mechanisation, it wasn’t long before polo spread to Constantinople, then east to Tibet, China, and Japan. The hill tribes in the north of India, participated in this horse sport in the sixteenth century, riding like ‘red shanks’ on very small ponies, and of course breaking every rule in the book as we see it today. The game surfaced again two hundred years later, coming back into fashion in Bengal in 1863, where Indian Army Officers adopted it with great gusto. Three years later the 10th Hussars returned to England from India, full of enthusiasm with the magic of polo. In 1871 the first recorded match on English soil took place between the 10th Hussars and the 9th Lancers. As it so happened, the colonials in Australia were not very far behind their English ancestors, who were rapidly taking up polo in preference to the traditional fox hunting. The formation of the first polo club in the Southern Hemisphere was in 1874. The inaugural match which took place in Hyde Park, Sydney, in front of His Excellency, Sir Hercules Robinson, was embroiled in a very English flavour. Australia was on the ball though very early in the scene, as a polo book printed in 1905, by R and R Clarke, Ltd., Edinburgh, for Country Life Library of Sport, states an interesting item in the section on Australian polo, which incidentally only mentioned New South Wales and South Australia. “There is an invention used in Australia which we might find useful here. This is an instrument used by the umpires for picking up balls. It saves them from having to dismount in order to do this, and seems a very useful and practical idea.” No doubt since this tool became a reality, umpires all over the world, support the writer’s views, in fact where would they be without it? It would however be nice to know the inventor’s name, who quite possibly was some innovative ancient blacksmith, whose name should be recorded among those of our great inventors. The blacksmith tradesmen are still irreplaceable on the polo field today. Gene’s book ‘A History of Queensland Polo’ ‘Backhanders from the Past’ is available for purchase for $40.00. If you are interested please contact the Secretary of the Queensland Polo Association at or 0458 772 753. Please look out for next month’s article; The History of Polo and Polo in Queensland.

Irish Foursome 1. 2. 3.

Polo Carnival - Moree 1913

Gene Makim PIC. By courtesy Shelly Alderman of The Land Newspaper. This fearsome Irish foursome, the Ashley Team, lived about fifty miles over the boarder in NSW. Brothers, Dick Woods, Tackinbri, George Woods, The Glen and Jack Woods, Graigue and cousin Dick Woods, Wilga Downs, played in Goondiwindi and Moree in 1913. It is interesting to note that the horses are wearing leg guards, and the one with its hindquarters visible has it’s tail tied up. (Gwen Makin Collection). A Polo carnival at Moree in 1913, when a Goondiwindi team including JHDoyle, rode the hundred-odd miles or more across the border to take part. (Judy Mackay Collection).

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10th April

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17th April

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24th April

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23rd April

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13th March

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13th March

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13th March

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19th March

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19th March

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Horse Details:

Show Name: Persian Reign. Stable Name: Class. Breed: Crabbet Arabian. Age: 12. Markings: White Faint Star, white socks on both back legs and 1 white pastern on front left leg. Colour: Bay. Height: 14.3 hh.


Equestrian Australia Dressage, QISEA Dressage and Agricultural Arabian Show Horse Shows.

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6 years.

How Long Have You Been Riding?:

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QISEA Canterbury College Show Horse Competition placing 1st in Maiden Galloway, 1st in Novice Galloway, Champion Novice Galloway and 2nd in Pleasure Galloway. TDRC Open Hack Show placing 1st in Led Galloway, 1st in Best Presented Galloway and Rider, 1st in TDRC Members Only Galloway Hack, 1st in Newcomer Galloway Hack, 1st in Novice Galloway 14.2 hh and Under 15hh, 3rd in Open Galloway 14.2 hh and NE 15 hh, 1st in Child's Galloway Hack, 1st in Intermediate Rider 12yrs and under 15yrs and Reserve Champion Intermediate Rider.


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Sheree Drake was forty when she began her apprenticeship as a jockey in 2004 but even today doesn’t look a day over thirty. Trim and bubbly, how could horses not respond to her coaxing? Her very first race day as an apprentice resulted in a win at the Anzac Day Race Meeting at Beaudesert in 2004. Sheree’s first ride that day was uneventful but then the second ride was on one of their own horses Lord Reggae who had not won a race in two years...”And he won”, said Sheree simply, giving all the credit to the horse, not to herself. Add modest to the above attributes. She smiles at the remembrance of that day. “It was really nice to get a win on my first day with so many people there and Channel Nine cameras as well, and on our own horse too.” Lord Reggae went on to become Sheree’s 1st, 2nd, 20th and 30th winner. The horse is now retired and has been handed down to daughter Kirsty as a pony club horse. Being a woman jockey, Sheree contends that she has had to strive to be twice as good as the boys to prove herself. “It is a battle.” At first, the other jockeys could not understand why she would want to start an apprenticeship at her age. Can she ride? Will she kill herself? Frequently she was reminded that many of the older jockeys were getting ready to retire at forty, while the younger ones teased that she was old enough to be their mother. Her answer? “Well, how about giving me right-of-way then!” Maturity has played a big part in Sheree’s successful career to date where the ability to quickly evaluate surroundings, and take action, can make the difference between winning and losing. Just imagine the slide show of images flashing before a jockey as hooves thunder around the track.’ Knowing the horse, is a big advantage. “If you know how much turn of foot it has, you can put your foot down on the accelerator and it just pings! Some horses just grind away and they have to take off early because it takes them ages to wind up. Then there are those that can just sit and then sprint - they are the nice ones to ride.” When on a strange horse the trainer’s instructions have to be relied on: settle it back; it’s got a good 400m sprint; pull to the outside; or ride for luck. While working track work for Tommy Hutcheson it wasn’t long after when her future partner Greg Cornish came on the scene, being a farrier and also doing some track work for Tommy Hutcheson at the time. They just clicked having the same interests, and ended up getting together. When Greg began training, Sheree became his track work rider and it was then that the idea germinated: why not become an apprentice jockey and ride their own horses. She applied for a licence, only to have all plans put on hold when Sheree became pregnant with her second daughter. Horse breaking is another of Sheree’s pursuits but she only breaks in their own now because it is such hard work. Riding so man horses a day results in regular falls. “I was riding here on the property and a big bird flew across in front of it and it just slammed on its brakes and dropped its head and I had nowhere to go with my legs up there in the air. I just did a complete somersault over its head and landed on my feet.” Pure luck, but a different story a few years previously when she was thrown at the bottom of the hill just down from the house, while breaking in a horse, and landed in front of the horse which then ran over her, breaking her leg. “I walked up the hill but kept falling over and I thought, I’m not feeling real flash, I had to ring an ambulance to come and get me.” Sheree’s most pleasurable experience was in 2006 when on of Queensland’s top trainers Alan Bailey offered her a town ride on Nexgen at Doomben. It was her first real Saturday ride on a good horse and everyone kept reminding her she was on ‘the favourite by a mile’ which was pressure. “I don’t like favourites too much because if I’m riding a 100/1, I try really hard but if I make a mistake it’s not as noticeable as if I’m on a favourite. To add to the tension that day, Nexgen was a puller. She calmed herself down by telling herself that she could only do her best. He won! “While I’m capable of riding I’ll keep going because I have our own horses to ride and I still want to do track work. I suppose my ambition would be to outride my town licence claim which means I have to ride sixty winners in town. I have already outridden my country and provincial requirements. It would just finish everything on a nice note, but I’ve still done better than I expected to do. It would complete my scrap book for my kids.” Add to the above, Mother. Article by Barry Cheeseman & Alsa Rolley - They Gallop at Dawn......

Where is She Now?

I recently caught up with our local Beau Jockey Sheree, who in April 2010 had a double hip replacement due to injuries and falls, nothing stops this girl, the day before surgery she rode a winner at the Gold Coast and sadly after her operation, doctors told her “that she would never ride again”. Well Sheree proved them wrong, 3 months after her operation not only was she riding and training her own horses, Sheree has had 7 wins since being told she would never ride again. This is a lady that at 47 years old has plates and chains in her back and 10 screws in her hips. Sheree has had the honour of being asked to race each year to an invitational Ladies Jockey race at Ballina in aid of a lady jockey that was killed in racing. Sheree rode a double at Beaudesert winning on an Indian horse Red Mohican and then again on another Indian horse Sittin Bull and again just recently riding the same two horses at Ballina placing 2nd on both. Sheree Currently has 6 of her own horses in training and her ultimate goal before retiring would be to ride one of her own horses in the Brisbane Cup or in the Crown Oaks. Article by: Kristi Canty Editor

S pechenka puts Melbourne Cup on the agenda

Danachenka (AUS) - Special Class (NZ) Conquistarose (USA)

The five-year-old is now qualified for this year's Melbourne Cup after breaking a 10-year-old record, and is set to take Beaudesert trainer Ben Ahrens and owner Deb Argue on the ride of their lives.

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Spechenka has showed superior staying ability to win the Group III Summer Cup (2400m) at Randwick on Boxing Day.

David adds that owner (Debbie Argue) was given Spechenkas mother with him in utero, after she was injured in preparation for being exported overseas. The mare “Special Class”, was nursed back to health by Deb and then gave birth to Spechenka. Deb raised Spechenka and even broke him in herself before sendPhoto by: ing him to me as an early two year old. It took a while for him to start to show some potential, but he’s appreciated the time we’ve given him, and it is beginning to pay off.

Photo by: Trackside Photography It has taken a while, but Spechenka has now come a long way since scoring his Maiden win over 1400m at Beaudesert in June 2009. That win came in his third start of his first preparation. Spechenka’s second win came first-up, again at Beaudesert, again over 1400m on Decemeber 5, 2009. That result was part of an extended, eleven-race, second preparation for Spechenka during which time he added a further four wins to his resume (over distances ranging from 1710m to 2200m at tracks as diverse as Ipswich, Gold Coast and Toowoomba). That meant that when Spechenka went to the paddock in May 2010 at the end of his second preparation he was a six time winner from only fifteen starts. He had put his hoof in the water in city company on three occasions up until then (a close up second being Tripitz being his best result) and when he returned after a little over a three month spell, a city win would be the target and the benchmark on which to mark the progress of the maturing five-year-old. It took five runs for Spechenka to land that breakthrough city win … but then again, that was just a case of patience being a virtue as Ahrens allowed Spechenka to slowly build up in distance … from 1200, to 1350, to 1600 and then back to 1500m … before making his play and stepping Spechenka up to 2030m. Spechenka won that race (beating subsequent winner Raeburn).

Take a runner who has shown good promise outside of the city. Give him time Two weeks later he made it two-in-a-row when beating Beartrackto find his feet and learn his trade. Gradually let him develop maturity-wise er by 2.50 lengths over 2400m before scoring just as impressive a while building up his fitness. Choose the right moment to step him up to a win. (beating the more-than-useful stayer Eureka by 2.00 lengths distance where he will thrive and … hey Spechenka … you’ve got yourself a when handling a big hike at the weights with aplomb) to complete the hat trick. Story by Graham Potter racehorse!

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Age 26 Hometown Mt white NSW Current location Tamborine QLD

Disciplines: I have competed and performed in trickriding, showing, dressage, showjumping, ponyclub and ODE's Horses I’ve owned: 1991- midnight Oil - black welsh mountain pony (showing) 1993- Girl Overboard - bay stockhorse X mare (all except trick riding) 1996- Sonomay Magic - bought as a 3yo unraced grey Thoroughbred gelding (showing, showjumping and pony club) 2008- Unit - 7yo bay thoroughbred gelding OTT (trick riding) 2009- HL Thats Gold - bought as an unbroken 3yo. Quarter Horse/Thoroughbred (showing and breed classes) 2010- Jay Jay's Jewel- 4yo Thoroughbred mare OTT (showing and soon to be trick riding) All my horses were purchased pretty much uneducated or unbroken and with the help of my mum Julie Shiels and other equestrian coaches I succeeded in all disciplines. Jobs: I have been working at Australian Outback Spectacular on the gold coast since October 2005. I’m a trick rider/trainer, lead role 'Kate" and supervisor. On a casual basis as a waitress/barista at a cafe on Tamborine Mountain. I also do trick riding lessons and training of horses when I get the chance to, as well as riding my own two 4yo's. Injuries: I had never in my 22 years of horses been kicked or broken any bones. In November 2009 I was double barrelled by a clients horse and it left me with a 13cm plate, 8 screws and 300 staples. It left me off a horse for 9 weeks and took 12 months to get full clearance to start trick riding again. Trick riding I’ve been lucky to only have had 1 bad stack in going on 11 years. It was whilst training for Sydney Royal, I was in hyperdrome (standing on top of the horse) while cantering and as I bent down to click him up faster he shot forward and I lost my feet out of the straps and fell straight on my tailbone. I never got any xrays, though I managed to be in the show by the time it started. Highlights: Performing is definitely the highlight of what I do with combined trick riding, whipcracking and singing performances over the years in front of crowds of up to 30,000 people at gigs like EKKA, Sydney Royal and Equitana with Heath Harris' Girls Girls Girls. I’m also part of Gold Coast’s own Southern Stars Trick Riders and have performed locally at Ag shows and Rodeos. Other highlights of being a professional trick rider/ horse rider would be the amount of amazing people you get to meet, learn from and perform with and of course my job at Aust. Outback Spectacular. Achievements: Competing in Australia's very first Trick riding championships in 2009. I borrowed Mel Spittall's (owner of southern stars trick troupe) trick pony Bubby and came 2nd in the compulsories and 3rd of all after one day of training together. I have also won numerous ribbons and prizes in all the above disciplines over the years I’ve been competing. Favourite trick: Would have to be backdrag. Its where you put your feet into a strap on the back of the trick saddle and lay back over his rump with the head near the horses hocks. A lot of trust in your horse is needed when performing this trick. Coaches: Over the years I’ve had lessons with a few well known people in the industry such as :- Heath and Krissy Harris, Kim Durante, Steve Gladstone, Pat Parrelli and Steve Brady.

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What The Judge Is Looking For Continued from February Edition

Horses are judged on attitude and correctness of prescribed manoeuvres as they are guided through one of ten prescribed patterns. Judges are looking for smoothness, temperament, quickness and authority in the execution of each individual reining manoeuvre. Controlled speed in the pattern raises the level of difficulty and makes the reining horse more exciting to watch. "To rein a horse is not only to guide him, but also control his every movement".

PENALTIES IN REINING Penalties will be given to any horse that is not being willingly guided, pins his ears, refuses to go forward, runs sideways, bounces his rear, kicks out, wrings his tail in irritation or displays an overall poor attitude. Here are just a few of the penalties along with their deduction values. No Score (Disqualification) • Failure to provide horse and equipment to the appropriate judge for inspection. • Use of illegal bits, bosals or curb chains. Score 0 • Failure to complete pattern as written. • Performing the manoeuvres other than in the specified order. 5 Points • Holding saddle or touching horse with free hand. • Blatant disobedience including biting, bucking, kicking or rearing. 2 Points • Break of gait. • Freeze up in spins or rollbacks. As there are too many to list here be sure to check your rule book to see the other penalty deductions.


Reining horses are judged as they complete a selected pattern. Judges will score each contestant, with 70 denoting an average score. Each horse automatically begins the patterns with a score of 70. As the judges watch a horse and rider perform the pattern, a scribe records the judge's score on a scorecard. Maneouvres are judged individually on precision, smoothness, correctness and finesse. Additionally, penalty points can be deducted for incorrect execution of manoeuvres. Scores are tabulated and announced at the end of each run. The judge's scorecard, showing separate and detailed scoring for each individual manoeuvre is posted at the end of each class for the benefit of competitors. Credits will be given to your horse for exhibiting smoothness, finesse, quickness, a good attitude and authority in performing the various maneouvres while using controlled speed. For each maneouvre the point scoring is as follows: • -1 ½ for an extremely poor execution. • -1 for very poor. • - ½ for poor. • 0 for correct. • +1/2 for good execution. • +1 for very good. • + 1 ½ for excellent. YOU’D LIKE THIS CLASS IF you enjoy watching or showing off a horse’s abilities as a versatile, well-trained horse in a fast-paced, adrenalin rushing event. With various classes for professional and non-professional riders, beginners as well as youth, Reining is definitely an equine sport for the whole family. Article by Lyn Hoffmann © 2010


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John Wicks has won numerous State and National Open Titles, Derby Titles and is 3 times NRHA Australian Reining Futurity Champion. John has been training horses for over 20 years and he has an incredible lifetime earnings of over $185,000 in the sport of Reining. Visit his website or his Facebook page: John Wicks Training Stables to check out his comprehensive list of show results! John began riding at an early age and most weekends he would be found riding and helping out at the local riding school. When he was 21 he saw a Craig Johnson training video and decided he wanted to learn how to rein. In his early twenties he was fortunate to learn from top trainers; Ian Francis, Robbie Hodgeman, Paul Farrell, Rick Tranter and Mick Connolly. John’s natural training talent became apparent not long after he started and it wasn’t long before he was placing and winning at State and National Shows as a Non Professional. In 1995 he represented Australia at the International Reining Council in Oklahoma. John has also travelled to the United States and Europe and learnt from top trainers overseas. By 1998 he decided it was time to turn professional and since then he has been part of the Reining Demonstration Team for the Sydney 2000 Olympics and has won numerous State Derby Titles and National Derby Titles, numerous State and National Open Horse Titles and is 3 times NRHA Australian Futurity Champion in 2001, 2005 and 2007. John is the second highest reining money earner in the country with a total life time earnings of over $185,000. John now lives in the beautiful Biddaddaba Valley situated between Canungra and Beaudesert in South East Queensland where he runs his 120 acre Horse Training Centre. John offers Performance Horse Training for Rockie and Non Professional level horses to Futurity Prospects to Campaigning Derby and Open Horses. John also takes in horses to Start under Saddle and horses that need Re-education. John also breeds and sells quality reining horse prospects. Every horse John takes in for training is individually catered for and the time needed for each horse depends on the client’s goals. John is devoted to his clients, and to the horses that he takes into his training program. You can be assured that your horse will get the best of care and individual instruction they need under John’s expert guidance. John is available for private lessons and travels throughout Australia teaching reining lessons and clinics. If you are looking for a trainer that is serious about his business and you are interested in making your horse the best they can be, make sure you contact John today.

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March 2011 Warwick Horse Trials - Cross County & Show Jumping

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12th/13th March

April 2011 Cedar Grove & District Riding Club - Open Jump Training

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Cedar Grove & District Riding Club - Open Show Jumping

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Logan Village Riding Club - Dressage & Show Jumping Clinic 12 & 13th March Contact: Sarah 0427 812918 NADEC - Open Show Jumping

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Training Problems

By Don and Karen Sullivan - Cont.. last edition - Education of the young horse.

Karen Sullivan & Jaybee Vesper

The advantage of the training method described in the previous articles is that is it so logically progressive. It provides you with an automatic solution to most training problems; simply go backwards down the progression until the problem ceases to exist then begin again from there. However there are a few more complex problems which cannot be dealt with in this way. These include the horse that does its grid work well but still wants to rush over a single fence or speed up over a course and the horse that refuses or runs out without warning.


When a horse begins to rush, firstly the rider must analyze his own contribution to the problem. Many riders tend to over-ride the last few strides to the fence combined with a relaxing of the rein contact. The horse, being obedient to the aids, speeds up in the approach and in time this becomes a habit. The rider must maintain an even rhythm and steady contact in the approach. Some riders, when trotting to a fence, allow the horse to canter the last couple of strides. Trotting is trotting and breaking into a canter is a form of rushing or anticipating so this should be nipped in the bud by discouraging the canter and maintaining a perfectly even trot before a real problem develops. The solution for horses who are habitual rushers is in practicing the approach to a fence. This is done by making a long approach to a single fence, then making a large circle the instant the horse begins to rush. It may be necessary to circle 5 or 10 times before the approach is good enough to allow the horse to jump the fence and this may need to be repeated in the other direction as well. This takes endless patience on the part of the rider and is a long process. The rider must make sure he doesn’t rush by deciding to jump the fence on the next approach, whether or not it’s any good – do not jump until the approach is correct. Don’t just whip around a few times and then charge at the fence! The beauty of this technique is that it takes away the horse’s anticipation of jumping the fence. The horse will begin to realise when approaching a fence it may or may not be asked to jump it and so will be awaiting its rider’s wishes. Horses that have already developed a tendency to rush will benefit by jumping a course with circles between every couple of fences, never jumping the next fence until the horse is completely relaxed. A hot type of horse will often tend to become hotter and more upset by constant changes of speed so it is particularly important to maintain a steady even rhythm throughout the course.

Refusals and Run-outs

Refusals and run-outs are a way for the horse to tell the rider something. Usually the horse is saying “For the ride you gave me I did the most natural thing” or “I didn’t have enough impulsion and didn’t feel like it” or “It’s too big” or even “No, I don’t want to”. Refusals and run-outs differ in that in a refusal the horse actually stops and says “No” whereas in a run-out he just keeps going past the fence ignoring the rider’s aids. Your first reaction when a horse refuses – even for justifiable reasons – must be to punish the horse by a quick smack with the whip; refusing is completely unacceptable behaviour for a show jumper. Never hit the horse near the head or abuse it in the mouth, one or two smacks behind the rider’s leg are enough to let the horse know he has done the wrong thing. Punishment must also be immediate so the horse knows what he did that provoked it. Then settle the horse and approach the fence in perfect control, straight and with impulsion. On no account speed up, anticipate the take off with your upper body or make a big crest release – often habitual stoppers are just waiting for you to drop them so they can repeat the performance. For a run-out, because speed leading to lack of control is usually part of the problem it is not usually productive to smack the horse with the whip. Approach the fence slightly from the side from which it ran out. So if it ran out to the left, next time come to the fence on a slight angle coming from left to right. This makes another run-out to the left quite difficult for the horse. If you keep a steady impulsion and do not drop the horse it will usually jump the fence. It will usually be found that a horse will tend to run out to one side only; with most horses this seems to be the left. Therefore this can be counteracted in the approach by keeping a little more pressure on the right rein and left leg(for a horse who usually runs out to the right reverse the aids). When starting a young horse the only kind of refusals that are somewhat excusable are when it encounters a type of fence it hasn’t seen before or when a fence is substantially bigger than what it has jumped before. Accustom your young horse at home to the types of fences it will encounter at shows. Walls, liverpools and dazzle boards will often stop a young horse in its tracks. To take a horse to a competition before it has gained confidence in jumping these fences at home is asking for trouble and a display of poor training. If, when training at home, a horse stops because a fence is bigger than it is used to jumping and you feel the refusal is due to a lack of self confidence on the horse’s part, still smack the horse but for the next approach reduce the height substantially and gradually increase for subsequent approaches. Next article we’ll discuss improving your horse’s jumping technique.

About the Authors Don and Karen Sullivan own River Downs Equestrian Centre, They train and compete their home bred warm blood horses in show jumping and dressage. They also start and train outside horses for clients as well as coaching and conducting clinics.


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March 2011

What’s on Calendar Showing/Agricultural

Greenbank Show

5th & 6th March

CGDRC - Beginners Hack Show Contact: Kerry Ph: 0402115493

20th March

Warwick Show

25-27th March



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Horse Exhibitors will be pleased to know that the Greenbank Show is catering to the Safety & Wellbeing of the Show horses and the Exhibitors. No members of the public will be permitted inside the Horse rings. The Horse Float parking area will have food and drink vendors available for early breakfast and throughout the day, both Horse Show Days. Lavish Prizes, trophies and vouchers have been donated as well as Place Ribbons, Champions, Supremes and prize money. The New Greenbank Show has put together A Spectacular Horse Show Schedule which has spilled over to fill an entire two days. Sunday the 6th March is a Horse Show only, not a Public Show.

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B y : K a t h G a l l a w a y Showing has been a passion of mine for many years now. I get a real buzz out of preparing a horse for the ring and having it look its absolute best. There are a lot of behind the scenes tasks involved with show preparation before such time as you even get the horse on the float, then once you arrive its more preparation then SHOWTIME! Prior to making it to the ring though, feeding is imperative for a showhorse. I feed simple but make it balanced and in turn the horse looks better, feels better and shines inside and out. Grooming at home on a regular basis also cuts out the need for lots of extra supplements for coat. And rugs changed day and night and washed regularly also keeps horses looking fantastic all year round. The first impression of the horse entering the ring is the most important. A good coated, well conditioned horse presented immaculately will always catch the eye. Preparation at home for me often includes some of the following: Dyeing Tails – A bay/black or brown horse that has a sunbleached tail will require a black hair dye to be put through it. This makes the overall look of the tail consistent in colour, healthy and vibrant. Clipping up socks, bridle path, ears, muzzle, throat and tail – Keep clipping bridle paths/wither to a minimum , use a razor for the muzzle and always make sure the inside of the ears on showday are clean and wiped out. I like to totally clip up white socks on horses at least 4 days before a show, that way once you apply the white cover crèmes to make the socks really stand out , you lose that ‘gluggy’ look on a hairy sock. Plaiting up the night before - My plaits are sewn in for a softer look to the horses neck and should be spaced evenly. My rule of thumb for ‘numbers’ are : thicker/shorter neck, small rosettes and lots -Thinner/longer neck, slightly bigger rosettes and less. Before I leave home I like to braid their forelock down also as usually they will stand nice and calmly for you to do it and not fidget about like they tend to at a show.

Upon arriving at the show, the pre-class preparation includes such things as putting the false tail in, whitening socks, darkening/highlighting legs, makeup applied to face and patterns on the quarters. False tails – Should blend in well with the horses own tail. Cutting the tail off square to a point between the hocks and fetlock joints seems the fashion. Make sure if your horse carries his tail a little higher when ridden that you allow for this. Don’t go overboard with spray sheens in the tail as they do attract dust and end up looking lifeless and dull. Highlighting legs – For White socks there are various cover creams on the market which are great, don’t over do them and make them too thick, application with a toothbrush or small sponge makes it an easy job. Be careful to stay within the sock lines (its just like colouring in). I use a black niko pen (on a dark horse to then accentuate the white to dark, gives that lovely crisp line. Always make sure when adding product to above the socks with black or brown that you blend in well. Blacken the hooves or clear coat them and give a good spray with hairspray – this helps them set, dry and stay shiny for longer. Legs are done!

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Showing Prep - By:Kath Gallaway Cont..... Make-up – there are many different face make-up products on the market, be careful if your horse has sensitive skin/eyes as they can irritate and burn in the hot sun. Also less is better, don’t give your horse BIG black eyes, subtle but defining around the eye, cheek bone and the muzzle gives lovely definition. Applying a make up shine product sparingly over the top of the dark makeup gives a glowing highlight when in the ring, again not too greasy/thick as it will look and get messy once the horse sweats.

Quarter markers – Applying patterns to your horses quarters should enhance their back end. Spray water on the rump and brush down, this will make them really stand out, spray with hairspray when complete to hold. The shape of their rump will determine what you apply. Practice at home when you lunge your horse with different size checkers (on rump), sharks teeth (up the flanks) and moons (away from each side of the tail) to see what REALLY looks the best. Options can include Big checkers on a lighter in condition or short quarter with wider sharks teeth, Smaller checkers on a broad, round quarter and narrow sharks teeth. Length of rump to tail will determine your moon pattern as side on these will make a rump look longer or shorter.

At this point your horse is looking like he just stepped out of a salon, you can now get him saddled up and ready to ride. For the rider make sure jackets are drycleaned regularly to give that lovely crisp tailored appeal, ties/stock is straight, jods are clean with no big stains and boots are polished and shining brightly. Putting a pair of football socks over your topboots/short boots will stop them from getting dirty and dusty. Pull them off when you’re mounted and you have ‘Nice Clean Shiny Boots’. Once the bridle goes on and its all sitting straight, you are now ready to go out and impress the judge before you. Always give yourself ample to time to familiarise your horse with the ring and work him down. If you always remember that presentation is everything and you put the time in to achieve this, then you will feel great once you are in the saddle, you will ride like you’re the best combination out there and the rewards will be plentiful. Practice makes perfect and planning your time to get all this done well before your first class is the key to a stress free ‘Great Day Of Showing’… good luck and enjoy… Kath Gallaway

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"Always remember showing is supposed to be fun, just get out there and have a go"

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Making sure my Horse enjoys the ride like I do.

I am always concerned about trail riding in the hotter months of the year and if we are not prepared properly then it can put you off this great activity. The concern I have is hydration of horses. In this modern age many of us have automatic water troughs. With the use of these you are never sure how much water or if any your horse is drinking. I still follow the old way of having a large container in the horses paddock in the shade and checking each morning and night. This way I know how much water and when my horse drinks the most. At the moment my horse is drinking twice as much water at night, than he does during the day. This is just half the message. There are many schools of thoughts around about horses drinking while working. I now take the approach that I had for when I was playing professional football. That is when playing and training I drank water at regular times. When I arrive at the ride if I float to it I always offer my horse a drink when he gets off the float. When on the ride when I come to dams or creeks I always let my horse have a drink. Sometimes he will just wet his mouth or have a small drink; other times he will have a longer drink. Your horse like yourself knows what he needs and will self monitor his drinking. Vets involved with endurance riding also recommend letting your horse drink when he wants to. If you pass water on an endurance ride offer you horse a drink. When you return to your float or home let your horse have a drink. I know this sounds common sense but you will be surprised how often horses suffer from dehydration while on rides. One important warning is that when entering dams be aware that they can be very boggy and your horse can sink. Secondly you horse can lie down in the dam. If you have not let your horse drink at a dam before be prepared to teach your horse how to use a dam so your horse and you have a positive experience. I have seen many horses and riders very wet and muddy after going to have a drink in a dam.

A GOOD RIDE TO START OFF THE YEAR WITH! A good ride in the Scenic Rim are the facilities at Spring Mountain at Greenbank. There are a number of trails leading out from this facility. The Beaudesert Trail riders conduct rides from this facility during the year. You can view their ride calendar on the ATHRA web site. If people are interested the Mudgeeraba Trail riders will be conducting a ride at Fingal beach on Sunday 20th February. Sign on at 8.45am. Unmounted pre ride instructions and ride out at 9.30am. Return to floats for lunch and then an afternoon ride on the beach. If you are a member of TRA the ride is free. Non members $10.00 for the day for insurance. If you are coming on this ride you need to have your horse sprayed at the tick yard. You need to book in by contacting the spray yard on (07) 55361290. The cost is $5.50 per horse. Make sure you know your horse’s brands if it has one as you need to put this on the form you fill out at the gate. For further details you can contact me on 55590078 Other trail rides you might be interested in Yarraman Horse Ride 12th March Killkivan Great Horse Ride 17th September. TRA are organising an Easter Camp at the Blackbutt Showgrounds where you will be able to ride for 5 days on the Brisbane Valley Rail Trails and even the BNT. Besides this TRA is also organising a week camp in the Brisbane Valley . In regards to maps we have included tamborine & plunket area (see adjoining page) please visit for local maps in the area. Type horse trail network maps in the search box for more trail riding maps. I attened the community forum at Boonah for the Wyaralong Dam Project regarding trail riding activites within the boundaries of this project, if you have any coments to make about these trails email: Safe and dry Trail Rides.



Final horse riding trails on Forest Reserve estate in SEQ.



Tamborine and Plunkett regions LEGEND

Wickham Timber Reserve


Finalised Horse Trails (see note 1) Indicative Trails on other land (see note 2) Indicative Trails on Forestry Plantations Queensland Estate (see note 3) Protected Areas Estate National Park Conservation Park Forest Reserve State Forest Other Reserves

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NOTES: 1. Access to horse trails are subject to the operational requirements of the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. 2. Access to off park linkages are indicative only and, where appropriate, require the permission of the landholder. It is the responsibility of horse riders to determine appropriate access requirements. 3. Access to forest plantation areas are subject to the operational requirements of Forestry Plantations Queensland.

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What’s On Calendar Wesetern/Performance March 2011

Barrel Racing - Boonah Showgrounds 20th March Contact: Jenny Harth

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Ettamogah Rodeo NSW 5th March Woodford Rodeo QLD 5th March Alpha Rodeo QLD 19th March Barrel Racing - Caboolture Showgrounds 27th March Contact: NBHA Ph: 0448 995 049 Barrel Racing - Toogoolawah Showgrounds 17th April Contact: NBHA Ph: 0448 995 049 Barrel Racing - Harlin Jackpot 23rd April Contact: Jenny Moore Barrel Racing - Harlin Open Event 24th April Contact: Jenny Moore Inverell Rodeo NSW 25th March Millmerran Rodeo QLD Championship Points

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Barrel Racing - Woodenbong Jackpot 30th April Contact: Andrea Reid





Barrel Racing is a fast paced sport, Barrel Racing becomes a passion creating a very big addiction that many of us love to do, It is like no other sport where every hundredth of a second counts. It is the relationship that the horse and the rider share that ultimately leads to success.

NBHA is a real family sport; we have all classes for each and every competitor. From beginner Barrel racers, Men’s Jackpot, Novice horse, 4 D juniors, Open 4 D competition, and pole bend. If you’re a local Pony Clubber, Jackpot Winner, Experienced rodeo competitor or your just starting out Barrel Racing NBHA is perfect for you. In 2008 NBHA affiliate with NBHA USA to introduce the 4 D barrel racing in Australia, The 4 D concept of barrel racing allows Riders of all levels to have a fair chance of winning prizes and money. NBHA is the largest barrel racing organization in the world. NBHA Australia is the only Association in this Country to allow you to qualify for the NBHA world finals to represent Australia with Barrel Racing. The format encourages everyone to learn, and succeed and build their skills and work towards other higher Divisions, while still staying competitive and having a chance at winning money or prizes. The Divisions work by 1D-Riders with the fastest time of the day , 2D These are the competitors ½ second slower than the overall fastest time , 3 D These are the competitors who are 1 second slower than the overall fastest time, 4 D These are the competitors 2 seconds slower than the overall fastest time. The ultimate Goal for any NBHA barrel racer is to stay focused till the NBHA finals in December. The National Barrel Horse Association is a very open and welcoming club, We love to see new comers to the sport as Barrel Racers love to see our competitors grow and improve, Barrel Racing is a timed event it is you and your horses beating your own time. 2011 is looking busier than ever with many series to offer our members all over South East Queensland, for further details about the National Barrel Horse Association, Please be sure to check out our website for events near you.

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Dental Let’s be clear about this! Horse’s teeth continue to grow (erupt) throughout their life. Erupting at a faster rate when they’re younger and gradually slowing as they get older. Horses have many teeth, see figure1. Take note of where we like the bit to sit. Think of your horse’s teeth like a rat or rabbit. These have both developed techniques used to shorten/ wear/ grind or file down their teeth. Take them out of their environment and we’d need to do it for them. Therefore because of domesticating horse’s which leads to supplement feeding often of which is feed processed into short fibers which do not lay across the whole width of the tooth. This tends to wear the middle of the teeth and not get right to the edge. Left: unattended a sharp edge develops see figure 2.

This will take six months. Having a sharp edge causes cuts in the cheeks in the upper jaw and cuts on the tongue in the lower jaw. A mouth in this state restricts lateral (sideways) motion of the chewing action. This means less grinding takes place, rather just up and down action. That instead of grinding feed tends to only flatten or squish. All of which causes colic, makes chewing inefficient and costs the body energy; which means more feeding. Great amounts of money on feed! Don’t we all need that! Think of it like this. Chewing is difficult so more time and effort has to be put into it. Time and Effort = money on more feed. This is just touching on the reasons we do teeth for chewing.



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Veterinary Dynamic Respiratory Scope By:Veresdale Equine Veterinary Services Up until recently horses that made noises during exercise could only be evaluated with resting endoscopy or on a high speed treadmill. The problem with resting endoscopy is that many problems causing the horse to make a noise are not able to be diagnosed at rest, as the problem occurs during work, not rest. The problem with a high speed treadmill is that it is very expensive, and many conditions can not be diagnosed as it can not replicate working conditions. For example, a Thoroughbred racehorse can only reach “evens” (15 second furlongs or 13-14 metres/sec) on a high speed treadmill. Trainers and riders know that many problems only occur when the horse is in a “working gallop” (11-12 second furlongs or 18 metres/sec). Similarly, a standardbred racehorse is not pulling a gig on a treadmill, a dressage horse is not carrying a rider and a showjumping or eventing horse is not jumping and also not carrying a rider. Therefore, the “over ground” dynamic endoscope is invaluable for diagnosing respiratory noises for horses in work, as they are doing exactly the work that results in the noise, under the same conditions. The scope is inserted into the airway, is then secured, and the images are transmitted wirelessly. The medical condition can then be accurately diagnosed and the treatment options provided. We are excited to introduce Dr Christine Perry, veterinarian from Ambrosia Stud, to provide this technology. She is pictured here driving the Dynamic Respiratory Endoscope. Our surgeon Dr Kylie Schaaf is also pictured here riding one of her favourite horses! Our full surgical facilities should be completed early in 2011 and we can then add pictures of the various surgical procedures to our website. VEVS – 5543 1213 –

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20 acres into 7 paddocks with plenty of feed & water, wonderful views from the wrap around verandah, polished timber floors, French doors onto verandas, 2 of the 3 bedrooms have built-in cupboards, modern kitchen, combustion heater, split system air conditioning, landscaped gardens, fruit trees, shed with two bays, workshop, carport , machinery shed 3m high,12 x 3 metres, wash bay at the rear of shed, 10,000 gal tank and a smaller tank, equipped bore

SALES Cathy Snip 0428 725 889, A/H 07 5544 3282 Vic Perkins 0407 581 985 Kerry Musk 0427 721 275


5 Mins with.....

Susie Cooper

Well I’m 30 some think yrs old, have a 3 year old son, grew up in Victoria on the Mornington peninsula which is a very horsey area and now live in Jimboomba qld. I have two Warmbloods that we bred that I compete dressage on and two ponies for my son one which was my 1st pony and he is 37 yrs old and a 3yr old welsh pony which we are schooling for his next pony. As well as being a mother I am a NCAS EA riding coach and travel to clients to give them lessons on their own horses. I teach riders of any age and ability and coach from basic horsemanship for beginners, to dressage and jumping (showjumping and cross country) for the more advanced riders. I love to see the kids especially go on to successfully compete at whatever level they aspire to, and enjoy a fun and safe affinity with their horses and ponies.

How did you come into the horse industry? I was eating, sleeping and spending every hour on horses during the day and loved it. All my friends where horsey so I didn’t even think of anything else that I would ever want to do. My father really encouraged me to follow the equestrian industry as he knew how much I enjoyed working with horses. When I finished high school I studied at Glenormiston Ag Collage in horse management then started working for some show jumping riders who were on the world cup circuit as well as teaching at pony club. As I was competing at the shows in show jumping and also eventing I was bringing on young horses so started selling them to pay my way and get more money to buy young horses all off the track.

How old where you when you started riding? I got my 1st pony for my 10th birthday from a trail riding school that I had been going to on weekends and school holidays since I was 5 or 6 years old. I ended up working there as a kid taking out trail rides and general stable hand duties.

What is your favourite discipline? When I was a junior and young rider I was eventing mad but my coaches and the lady I was working for were showjumpers so I then took up showjumping. I was at the shows working, so was given rides from my boss and if there was room on the truck was able to bring a horse so then I took up show jumping and followed the show jump circuit and loved it. I loved the excitement of going against the clock and being fast but clean. When I was a kid I remember only doing dressage because I had to for the dressage phase of the eventing but now I love it and find it so challenging and rewarding.

How did you take the path of an instructor? Well at the age of 17 or 18 I had been teaching at a few pony clubs and people started asking me if I would give them or their children lessons so I did. I was full time teaching so I went and sat my certificate with the NCAS with the EFA.

What characteristics would your ideal horse have? Temperament and trainability is the most important to me especially for children. I can over look other faults and it doesn’t matter how well put together they are if the temperament and the willingness to learn isn’t there.

What is your favourite breed? Good horses come in all different breeds each breed has its strength and weaknesses. The thoroughbred is one of my favourite as they are so versatile and athletic. You could try and compete most disciplines with them. You can’t go past a Warmblood for dressage and showjumping and the Welsh pony for young children is normally a good combination.

Most embarrassing moment in horse industry? The day I forgot to wait for the starter’s bell at a big World Cup show jumping event in a championship class. I went clear and no one else did but of course I was eliminated. I was so embarrassed. All the big names were in the class but I was also rapt that I had jumped clean when no one else had.

The one achievement that really stands out? Winning the overall Hunter of the show at Melbourne Show on a horse called “Jarrah King”. Together we went to pony club, 3DE, Show Jumped, Dressaged, Showed and Hunted with the hounds of Melbourne hunt club, all with wonderful success there was nothing left to win. Who has influenced your training along the way? Most of my influences have come from my early coaches David Bridoak and Jane Powell, both Show jumping riders. I used to do lots of clinics with Andrew Hoy. There has been many and you can learn something from everyone. It may not work on the horse you are on at the moment but it might work for you later with another horse down the track. Can you give our readers any hints or words of wisdom? Enjoy your riding and your time with your horse whatever level you are riding or competing at. And progress at your own pace not everyone wants to go to the Olympics.

Susie Cooper Qualified EA/NCAS Coach Ph: 0417 854 427 82


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