Manawatu Farming Lifestyles, August 2021

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AuGuST 2021

MANAWATU FARMING LIFESTYLES

LAND GIRL AT HEART BY DENISE GUNN

Field technician Amanda Seddon has always been a land girl at heart.

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aised on a sheep and beef station under the Ruahine Ranges near Mangaweka, Amanda grew up around livestock. She also developed a passion for horses from a young age. Although her father vowed his daughter was never going to ride horses, a local Welsh Mountain pony arrived on loan one Easter. “I spent the whole day riding her and eating Easter eggs,” said Amanda. The pony was returned to its owner during school holidays for visiting family to ride. Eventually, Amanda’s parents bought her a pony, which was later found to be in foal. This foal gave Amanda a taste

for educating young horses. Amanda attended Pony Club, competed at shows and hunted. Showjumping was her discipline of choice. Later in life, she returned to trekking and breeding potential performance horses. As her parents dabbled in the odd racing syndicate with little success, Amanda suggested breeding their own. A thoroughbred mare owned by Amanda produced a filly by well-known sire Zed. The filly never raced but went on to produce three foals, with the first one recently broken in and starting pre-training. In 1989, after receiving a full French Limousin yearling heifer as a 21st

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